Free Marc Emery? Yes We Can

Sometimes it’s hard to wrap our minds around abstract things. Like when everyone said “Free Marc Emery,” but he was free, living in Vancouver. But now when we say “Free Marc Emery,” we are talking about a concrete thing. Marc is no longer free.

Protests are popping up all over Canada. People are outraged that a man can be sent to prison for selling plant seeds. Marc is a glaring example of the uselessness and waste of the War on Drugs. How much taxpayer money has the United States blown trying to put Marc away?

We all know that this has nothing to do with seeds. Governments are instinctively wary of grassroots movements (pun intended). Men like Marc, who can inspire the masses by their message, are Enemy Number One to entrenched power brokers.

And as many have learned over the centuries, taking on the government is – in most cases – a losing proposition. But as many have also learned, when one falls, there are more behind them ready to fight. Individuals lose their individual battles with those in power, but the groups that come after them use their story as inspiration – and we eventually taste victory.

The garbage heap of history is littered with the carcasses of oppressive governments. A wonderful thing in the big picture, but little solace to those men and women crushed under the wheels of arrogance and abuse.

Which is why we must use Marc as more than just inspiration for winning the battle over marijuana legalization…we must free Marc Emery.

Marc spending five years in an American prison can be seen as nothing but a defeat for our movement, no matter how many victories it leads to in the future. To leave one of our Generals as a prison of war to the enemy is unacceptable. But what can we do?

Marc’s brainchild and one of the world’s leading marijuana websites – Cannabis Culture – of course has many concrete steps we can take (some only apply to those in Canada):

How to help Marc:

1) Make a sign that says “America Must FREE MARC EMERY” and stand on a street corner for 2 hours this weekend. Just use a big piece of paper and a felt marker, or print a sign on your computer. If you truly support and want to help me, you need to help spread the word about my imprisonment in the USA.

2) Plan a protest at a Conservative Member of Parliament’s office in Canada. Information will be posted at so keep checking back for updates.

3) Take action! Do as many things as you can on the list of “75 Things You Can Do to Free Marc Emery”. Share it online through Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other social networks.

4) Vote against the Conservative Party in Canada and support the opposition parties. Donate to the candidate in your riding who is most likely to replace/defeat your Conservative Member of Parliament. Protest and picket Conservative Party offices as often as possible – show them you mean business!

There are also more than 75 others things you can do to help free Marc. Again, many of these are for you Canadian readers, but many can be done by us here in the States. As Americans we must not lose sight of the fact that it is our government that is pressing our weaker neighbor to the north to sell out a citizen (although the Canadian Justice Minister did go above and beyond the call of duty in his decision).

Of course we are all busy people with our own lives, but this is not about devoting our beings to freeing Marc. It’s about all of us doing one or two things in our spare time; millions of voices directing their energy to the same goal. Let’s not assume that others will take care of it for us.

It’s not too much to ask to help a fellow warrior in need.

Joseph Klare is better known as The Pothead Pundit. He is a regular contributor to High Times and and runs the popular website The Pothead Pundit. With his addition to the roster of Cannabis Culture bloggers, he is now one of the most widely read marijuana activist writers in the world.



  1. The BallyHoo on

    Shut up.

  2. The BallyHoo on

    Defeatist? No, realist, yes.

    I personally voiced my outrage against this happening over & over again to various politicians. I am certainly not saying nothing will help, I’m just saying it is done now, and that’s that.

    These dice were loaded from the start.

    Marc is an amazing person, willing to suffer for his beliefs, he leads us all in determination and fearlessness.
    He will continue to amaze…………

    All I’m saying is, the deal is done. Let’s hope he can get home to serve the unjust time.


  3. Steven Harper on


    I guess he hasnt been chronically abusing a bong for some days now, I wonder if his dellusional meglomaniac / jesus christ of pot / peanut brain will now send morse code out telling him he screwed up?! lmao

  4. UncleBob100 on

    That’s just a defeatist attitude. If Barry Cooper of Kopbusters had that same view, Yolanda Madden would not have been released from 4 years false imprisonment. Madden was framed by cops planting drugs. We all have a voice, a great deal of good is always started by the few…until the rest of the people catch up.

  5. The BallyHoo on

    can be done for Marc now. All my, and I assume your emails and phone-calls to various people in positions of power
    have done nothing to stem this nightmare from taking place. There is NO way they are going to acquiesce

    Positive vibes and thoughts are the answer now………..


  6. Joe Klare on

    Actually I’ll be published in this month’s issue of Nug Magazine.

  7. menohim on

    free country my ass! you have no freedoms you’re all just slaves if you want more freedom you must get out of america or let the muslims destroy it so it can be rebuilt from the ground up. protesting wont do much in the grand scheme what must be done is total destruction of the system so hopefully it can be built up properly and not based on what some idiots dreamed up in the constitution they werent gods yknow.. they were just people probably much dumber than we are today.

  8. ray christl THC Ministry on

    Dear Joe; it may feel good to strike-out in response to criticism,yet we are the family of love and logos. We are to HEAL the Earth and the people of this exquisite existence.Logic and pathos(righteous indignation)plus ETHOS in the character of MARC and JODIE,Dr Grinspoon,rick simpson,todd mcCormick etc..I call HERO machine ,the people and freedom to work with cannabis-HEMP. THC-LOVE CHURCH will usurp all world religion.Voting YES from cambodia this NOVEMBER.HERO Machine is people and the miracle of NATURE working as synthesis to explode physical and mental health globally.THC_LOVE CHURCH …our minds with the creator is infinite.Beyond JAH and CHRIST or ALLAH,, these god words divide. ONE LOVE may not be absolute,but it’s getting close. We need a fusion between HEMP-HUMAN. this is the global saver of ultimate SYMBIOSIS—HEMPHEADEDNESS to save Earth.

  9. persecutedinalberni on

    It inspired me so I can’t imagine how much your great journalism would inspire me and many others to join in if you were to join the cause too.

    I mean instead of being the critict maybe you should be the inspirerer lol,is this why you come here to look for bad writing or are you just a hater of the free and this is why you are here ?

    You just got me goin that’s all, I’m curious now on what a great journalist you are and would love to read your work,you got anything published?

  10. Joe Klare on

    Sources for what moron?

  11. persecutedinalberni on

    I read #1 on the list of things to do to help free marc three weeks ago and since he didn’t say what weekend I do it every weekend for two hours,I love it.

    I mean it’s all about the filth and scum hate mongers that voted for Harper and some of them live here in my town. So I feel it is my duty to let all those that come to this town that it is free of hatred and this is a marijuana freindly community.

    It gives the haters something to hate on their weekends when they see me proud as ever with my signs showing support for Marc.

    I have been out there with my signs for two hours three saturdays in a row so local Harper supporters know Im there and so do RCMP,I bet they just hate it,I love it,it’s fun.

    You should try it,just grab a few freinds make up some signs and you are all set just find a spot that is safe but lots of motorists passing by.

    Try a spot where a highway or road that leads into your community,make sure you greet them with your signs and at the same time get those that are leaving.

    I like the honks and thumbs up and you can allmost allways expect someone to stop and tell you to keep it up and show you support,it’s allways nice to talk to those people.

    Because of this I stay completely off the highway with me and my signs and try to make sure they have a spot to pull over without blocking highway so there are no accidents.

    You can imagine the headlines ” pesky marijuana junkie activists cause havoc on highway”

    Nothing to laugh at so make it safe if you choose a spot to protest and allways remember that even though ours signs may say FREE MERC EMERY at the same time it sends a message silently that says FUCK YOU HARPER.

  12. Anonymous on

    This story is poorly written and very amateurish. If This is the kind of information being spread it is no wonder the cause is going nowhere and soon to be in the hands of big pharmeceutical companies.

    sources? or is it all just opinion and plagarism?

  13. ray christl THC Ministry CamboDEA on

    Names of GOD create ethnocentric DIVIDE. Soma the THC medicine and sacrament can be used as a healing of the NATIONS for human health and peaceful sharing in love that transcends labels and flags or religion.ONE LOVE>>>DESTINY O.L.D.SOMA in Greek means BODY and we have healing receptors throughout our SOMATIC dimension.

  14. UncleBob100 on

    In the Bible after it talks about how Jah made the seed bearing vegetation, there’s another important scripture at Gen ch 1, v 31.
    “After that God saw everything he had made and, look! (it was) very good.”
    For the Feds to call cannabis and other entheogens “Bad” or “Evil” puts those prohibitionists in direct opposition to Jah! I for one, respect Jehovahs’ perfect plant, a gift of love to mankind. Its a bible principle that God always gives us a way out of our problems, he will not allow us to be tested above what we are able to stand. He provided this wonderful plant to provide everything we could ever need to keep us alive, healthy and happy.

  15. Successfulrebel on

    Thanks for the great article. I just interviewed Jodie Emery for the next book in our series, and I encourage everyone to do what they can to help the cause. Free Marc Emery! I interviewed Neev from CALM for the first book .

    Blessings to all of you guys, and if anyone tells you you’re wrong in your beliefs, just quote Genesis 1:29 …God gave the people ALL the herbs bearing seeds to use.

  16. Anonymous on

    One thing that I like to do is specifically ask politicians what they are doing to help free Marc. If you can get them in a public forum, even better. It seems like there’s always an election on the horizon. When the politicians start making the door to door rounds, and the phone campaigns start, I always ask them if they think that Marc Emery should be imprisoned, and what they have done personally to help this cause.

    I ask these questions regardless of whether it’s a local civic, provincial or federal. Even though some levels of government have no more power to help Marc then you or I, it lets them know that they we are paying attention, and that this issue has weight with us. I let them know that if they don’t support Marc, I won’t be voting for their party at any level.

    Just one more small way to help.