We knew sooner or later the day would finally come, but we were all stunned when we found out that Marc Emery would indeed be extradited to the United States by the Conservative government of Canada.
On the day it happened, though we knew extradition was possible, we kind-of assumed that Marc would just go into custody for a few hours to have his bail renewed and figured we’d see him again later that day. As we said our good-byes, some of us had smiles on our faces and told Marc we would see him again in a few hours.
The lawyers told us the day would probably come when our boss and friend would be taken from us, but we were still stunned with disbelief when it actually happened.
Maybe we were stunned because we think Marc Emery is a hero, and we deeply respect his tireless activism and commitment to freedom and liberty, and can’t imagine how someone who has helped so many could be treated so badly by his government.
Maybe it was because we knew that Marc was hardly the drug kingpin the government had made him out to be, and had given all the money he made from seed sales away to fund activist groups without keeping a penny for himself.
Maybe it was because when Marc was a seed-seller, he paid taxes and was completely transparent with the government. He sent donations to many political parties, was the leader of his own registered political party, and was even referred to medical patients by Heath Canada.
Maybe it was because cannabis has never killed anyone and is, contrary to government propaganda, one of the most diverse and useful plants on the face of the earth. Marijuana is an effective medicine, and hemp can be used for many industrial purposes and has the potential to save the planet from many of its environmental woes. Why would they put someone in prison for helping others grow such a wonderful plant?
Maybe it was because we remembered the recent case of a Canadian seed-seller who was arrested and eventually given a $200 fine for doing the same thing Marc did.
Maybe it was because we remembered the recent Conservative scandal starring Rahim Jaffer, a Member of Parliament who was busted for drunk driving and in possession of cocaine, and then let off with a $500 fine.
Maybe it’s because as we look South, we see so many states with legalized medical marijuana and initiatives like the one that could legalize cannabis in California, and felt like it would be hypocritical to send a man to jail for selling seeds to so many who needed medicine.
Maybe it’s because we just didn’t want to believe that the government of a sovereign nation like Canada would hand-over one of their own citizens to another country so easily for charges that were obviously politically motivated, especially in light of recent scandals involving innocent Canadians being handed over to foreign powers for torture.
We should have known.
We should have known that the current Conservative government – the most Neoconservative, backward, science-hating, Jesus-loving group of clicking corpo-fascists this country has ever seen – would be happy to send a peaceful, non-violent Canadian citizen to face the years in prison in an American gulag.
We should have known that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Right-Wing Goon Squad have declared war on the cannabis culture, and won’t stop until they lock up every cannabis grower and user in their corrupt and disastrous prison system (so their private contractor buddies can get rich building and maintaining new jails) – or be defeated in an election.
We should have known that our wannabee-American politicians would following the marching orders of US authorities and hand-over one of our own citizens to uncertain punishment at the hands of the largest terrorist organization in the world: the US Federal Government.
Now, the stunned feeling has worn off, and has been replaced with a feeling of determination – determination to see this government removed from power so other non-violent Canadians won’t have to suffer the same fate as Marc Emery.
Now is the time to stand up and fight, to chase these drug-warrior weasels back into their dark burrows, so our cannabis culture can continue to grow freely. We will continue to fight, but we can’t do it alone.
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