The other day a fellow whom I know asked me what I thought was the most important work marijuana activists can do to further the cause. He clarified that he didn’t just mean politics, but that he was speaking about the whole movement in general.

I thought about this for awhile and a number of people who have been active in marijuana politics came to mind. Two in particular, Jack Herer and Marc Emery.

I remembered Marc Emery’s cure for the impoverished welfare class– 2 lights and 3 months free rent. Sort of a compassionate libertarian approach there.

But Marc had a sound bite “Overgrow The Government,” and that is exactly what he endeavored to do. His efforts, along with many other people have helped to change the context of the political scene. He was providing seeds that directly challenged the government. The growers who grew the marijuana were also directly challenging the government and continue to directly challenge the government– which sends a clear message to all governments, whether or not you allow us to do this—that is, grow and use marijuana, medically or otherwise—we still will. The governments can close all the borders so no marijuana is imported, but that really doesn’t matter when it is literally grown right in its own backyard.

So, answering that fellow’s question, brought another question up– could Proposition 215 have passed without the contextualization of the issue by growers who made marijuana available? I don’t think so.

But are growers and distributors the most important? That is sort of like asking what is the most important part of the wristwatch? Of course there is no most important piece, if it is missing any part it doesn’t work.

However, the importance of Marc Emery far exceeds the sound bite or his brave distribution of seeds to people across the United States. He is a fighter for freedom. Both in terms of political defiance of the government through cultivation and through activism—Marc challenged the Canadian law which censored or prescribed certain publications like “drug magazines” and my books. Then, after a prolonged vacation, he came back to Vancouver and started Cannabis Culture Magazine, the BC Marijuana Party, a political book and paraphernalia store, cafes, and in the process he changed the marijuana scene all over Canada. He put his life and body on the line, like when he went on his Bust Me Now tour, which wound up with him getting busted, and serving time for passing a joint in Halifax.

Now the government of Canada is extraditing him to the United States. He will likely serve a much longer sentence there than in Canada. If he was subject to Canadian law he would most likely not been tried at all and if he actually was tried, he would likely get a maximum sentence of probation.

The question now is, why would Canada be willing to give up one of its citizens and lose a little bit of its sovereignty in a “Billy Bud” type case where everyone knows it is wrong but goes along with it anyway?




Please contact Judge Ricardo Martinez in Seattle, Washington and tell him that he should let Marc Emery return home to Canada with a no-prison sentence instead of the 5-year term in the plea deal.

Mail: Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez
U.S. Courthouse
700 Stewart Street, Suite 13134
Seattle, WA

You can also contact Conservative Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews and tell him to allow Marc to sever his time in Canada as part of the Treaty Transfer process.
Office of Public Saftey
Phone: 613-944-4875
Web Contact Form:

…or you can just ask OBAMA to do the right thing and pardon.

Sign the Petition at – Targeting Obama

Stop the Extradition of Marc Emery! Let Marc Emery Go Free!



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  7. Anonymous on

    It was pretty much inevitable that Marc would do some fairly serious prison time, considering how many feathers he was ruffling at the same time as blatantly exporting seeds to the US from a storefront, just waiting to serve a few DEA agents. It was just a matter of time. Marc just had the attitude that he wasn’t going to let the threats of imprisonment stop him from doing what he thought was an honorable service, spreading the plant of joy and healing. The fact that somebody else had decided that joy and healing had to be stamped out was not his concern. He knew there were lots of crazy and evil people in the world and that they generally managed to gain political power one way or another and make oppressive laws for their amusement and enrichment, but he would at least be able to do his good acts for a short time before Lord Palpatine caught up with him. 15 years was actually longer than expected by most. Marc Emery sacrificed five years of his life for the good of the Cannabis appreciating community, and probably a small amount of personal glory but he’s only human.

    I say thanks Marc. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten and before long you will be back better than ever, a veteran of the clone wars. By the time you get out we should have this legalization thing taken care of, or at least a reasonable medical marijuana program in place. Til then, take it easy, get some rest (stuff toilet paper in your ears) and be glad you won’t have to fight traffic for a while like the rest of us.

  8. Anonymous on

    Naw theres still Dr. Lester Grinspoon and Jorge Cervantes and many more. lol

  9. Dan-o on

    I was led to believe that Marc agreed to the plea deal in order to help Greg and Michelle stay out of jail. Why are we all acting shocked that the US & Canadian govt.’s are holding him to it? Am I wrong?

    The entire ordeal is bullshit, but when you deal with the devil, you tend to get what you ask for and then some.

    Remember, just because Marc is locked up, doesn’t mean WE can’t still help “overgrow the government”. Everyone should go plant a seed for Marc and a couple more for Jack. They are away but we are not…at least not yet.

    First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a communist;
    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a socialist;
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a trade unionist;
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a Jew;
    Then they came for me–
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

  10. Anonymous on

    Nice work Ed, showing your warm support
    for a dead man and a foreigner staring a long stretch in jail.
    Guess that leaves only one pop culture pot superstar standing
    and that would be you

  11. renney b. on

    these politicians can taste marc’s blood now, especially the canadian conservatives so, if it was possible to hide his crucifiction they would be laughing… the thing they are still so dumb about is the power of the worldwide marijuana movement; they are still killing our people for their free choice of treez… this brutal dictatorship has to be defeated ; we cannot smoke them away, we cannot pray them away but, watch and see them get blown away… they do not realize that they will never win the hearts and minds of the generations by brute force; this will only bring rebellion and sad to say its coming soon… free marc emery is our final cry, we have had enough of your lies about marijuana ,it is time to stop the persecution and blood shed…

  12. UncleBob100 on

    Just sent my letter to the Public Safety Minister. Hope everybody reading Eds’ article will do the same. This is not over! The truth will prevail for Marc and Jodie and our movement. I am sad to hear that only 2700 people wrote the Justice minister.

  13. ray christl thc ministry phnom penh on

    The world is invited to build a mighty protest against US GLOBAL DRUG WAR ON MARC EMERY AND CC FAMILY AND CANNABIS!July 4th 2010 Educational message to all people to vote against USA Govt.Propoganda.Pastor Ray Christl [email protected]