Missing Marc but staying active and getting things done!

Marc and Jodie: July 4th prison photoMarc and Jodie: July 4th prison photoToday I got photos from Marc in prison! They were taken during our visit on July 4th, when inmates can buy photographs of themselves with family. We had to choose one of four painted walls as the backdrop, so we picked the Seattle skyline at night.

I was so pleased to get these photos in the mail, and share them on Facebook so people can see how Marc looks and what his inmate clothes are like. This is the first glimpse of Marc in US federal prison for everyone but me and his lawyers. He has lost weight, but he eats everything he can.

I was also pleased to see an LTE (letter to the editor) by me printed today in the Calgary Sun! It was the first submission I’ve sent in a long time, and it was published, as my letters often are, so I’m reminded to keep writing! It was in response to a great column – one of many recent ones in Canada – about how the Canadian government’s prison plans doesn’t match the crime statistics.

Here is my letter:

Re: Call for prisons, Aug. 9: Dave Breakenridge writes “for someone to go to jail, people need to report the crime, a suspect has to be arrested, tried and convicted.” Not quite, at least not with the modified definition of “serious crime” announced by the Conservative government.

Under the changes, any amount of cannabis grown or sold is now a “serious crime”, which allows the police to use their “organized crime” tool box, without court permission, and asset forfeiture without needing a conviction. Cops won’t need more people reporting crimes. They will simply spy on anyone they believe to be growing or selling any amount of pot, arrest them, seize their property, then deny them bail — all without due process normally applied to regular citizens.

So don’t be mystified about who will fill those new prison cells; it’ll be your friends and family who use even a little bit of cannabis on weekends, because they are now guilty of a “serious crime.”


(Drug policy is a mess. – Calgary Sun editorial comment)

So that was good to see! Marc was also very pleased with it. I used to read the newspapers (Vancouver Sun, The Province, National Post, and Globe & Mail) every morning while Marc slept in, and I would often write a letter to at least one paper every other day. It’s been a while, so it’s nice to know that my first LTE in a few months was printed!

Additionally, on August 9th the Vancouver Sun had an article on “smart meter” technology and how it will help police detect grow-ops. I was contacted by the journalist to give my perspective on it, and I send my response – and I was quoted word-for-word:

Advocates of legalizing marijuana, meanwhile, think the grow operations most likely to be detected by the new meter technology are family enterprises.

“Prohibition breeds creativity for getting around obstacles and law enforcement, so there will be ways for large-scale growers to go undetected,” Jodie Emery said in an e-mail.

Emery’s husband is Marc Emery, an outspoken advocate of pot legalization now serving five years in a U.S. penitentiary for a mail order business that shipped marijuana seeds from Canada to the United States.

“They can just get generators, or buy entire gas stations (as we’ve seen done in the past), or use new LED lighting technology, or grow smaller crops in more locations, which actually spreads the problem out and makes it harder to detect,” Jodie Emery said.

“The most dangerous aspect of the smart meter program is that it means small-scale, mom-and-pop indoor gardens will be more likely to be shut down, whereas organized crime can afford the techniques and technology to avoid detection (in the ways I outlined above). So it puts more of the cannabis market into the hands of gangs, and out of small-scale personal gardeners.

“No matter what BC Hydro does with smart meters, grow ops will never go away unless cannabis prohibition ends.”

My comments there were the final words in the article, so I feel good about getting the truth out! My fight is not only to bring my husband home, but also to end prohibition so every drug war prisoner can go home to their loved ones.


Marc and Jodie: July 4th prison photoMarc and Jodie: July 4th prison photo

Marc and Jodie: July 4th prison photoMarc and Jodie: July 4th prison photo

Marc and Jodie: July 4th prison photoMarc and Jodie: July 4th prison photo

Marc and Jodie: July 4th prison photoMarc and Jodie: July 4th prison photo

Jodie Emery
Jodie Emery

Jodie Emery is a Canadian cannabis activist, politician and business owner. She is the wife of activist Marc Emery, and owner of Cannabis Culture Magazine, Pot TV, Cannabis Culture Lounge and Cannabis Culture Headquarters.



  1. Mark Bolton on

    I was really moved to read Marc talkin about how he lost it in priz over “doing it hard” in front of the other blokes. The throw away comment about “kindness in unexpected places’ shows how raw he is just yet. Being in prison is the place you would MOST expect understanding and compassion from the other blokes unless you are some kinda creepy F***er which Marc surely is not. Once the Prison Officers get his measure – though he seems to be still at the mouthy stage – they will also share a bond of love and respect you might find surpising. Until, of course, it happens to you for no good reason then you get to live it for yourself.

  2. Howard Ulep on

    I had been writing Marc. I just got a letter from him today and it was soooo awesome. He’s a really good guy your Husband. I like him.

    stay strong. Thanks for you sacrifice.

  3. Dale allo on

    Keep up the good work we all love what you’re doing.

  4. Anonymous on

    sorry but mark looks like a nurse or doctor lol totally scrub clothes!! lol I like them! Also jodie and marc keep faith dont give up and keep your head strong. 5 Years seem like a long time but boy o boy does it ever go by! Pretty soon marc will be comming home to canada cause vic towes will be signing the document and bringing marc back to canada to make it easier for you guys having being closer to home and the time will fly by. Keep busy guys the days will go by! peace and love

  5. Anonymous on

    He lost alot of weight. On the bright side those prison slip on shoes look like vans, they look comfy. And i hope i never ever have to wear a pair. May it pass quickly marc.

  6. Hypnotic on

    and to think the only fighting he has to do as a soldier is eat sleep and watch tv lol just like it takes many people to smoke weed and eat cheetos to win the drug war.. they are trying to beat are chess with there checkers 🙂

  7. Anonymous on

    Dear Jodie: It is great to see these photos. Marc looks great especially considering his situation and you and him are strong people. Please do us all a favor and make the CC blog so that your post and Marc’s are sticky and always show up at the top of the blog. Many of the other blogs appear to often be people just wanting to keep their names on the Internet, etc. The only interesting things I read in the blog list are your blogs and Marc’s letters from the prison. Thanx and stay strong. You two are heroes.

  8. Marianne on

    It makes me furious and immensely sad to think about what is being done to Marc and Jodie, as well as what the conservatives have planned for all people who consume marijuana.

    I smoke often. I could be in this situation at any time. We take a small little risk every time we go see our connections. I don’t feel guilt because I am not doing anything wrong. I feel fear that I will be targeted by law enforcement for choosing a safer alternative to alcohol. Yet we still go, and make trips for friends without friendly connections for no profit.

    I guess in the conservatives eyes, I would be a trafficker.

    I don’t suppose they would think about the peaceful life I lead where I pay my taxes and work hard at a job I like. They will probably just look for a reason to steal my laptop and throw me in jail and make me lose my livelihood.

    The conservatives are pathetic. It’s absolutely disgraceful how they insist on treating their own citizens. These jaded dinosaurs have no business making laws singling me out for choices that are not harmful. Their response to the perceived dangers of marijuana and it’s societal consequences is far more dangerous than the issue itself. I don’t smoke cigarette and I think it’s disgusting. By their logic, we can start rounding up everyone that smokes cigarettes and incarcerating them ; breaking up families while financially bankrupting them.

    Why don’t we? Because that makes no sense. It doesn’t work. You can’t govern everyones morality. This is a moral and public heath issue. What a grand prison we will need to build to house the large percentage of Canadians that consume marijuana today.

  9. Jason on

    Great Pictures Jodie,
    I am really glad others are willing to help you get to see Marc. You are doing an outstanding job in your efforts to continue Marc’s work for Cannabis freedom. Congradulations as well on your newspaper coverage. Thank you Jodie, Jason

  10. War Veteran on

    Jodie –just realize Marc is away for a war deployment –fighting for our freedoms. He’s just like the many of us who have had to leave their homes, families, lives, and countries for days on end. Marc can now be proud that he fought for his and our rights. This makes him more of a man, hero and patriot than most of the cops, DA and judges out there. He’s standing on iron and his will can’t be bent like the many who stand on or for nothing. Think of him more as a deployed soldier because he shouldn’t ever be thought of as a prisoner (since that what they want us to think). Sometimes we go to bad places to get the job done and his efforts and days in concrete and barred walls will not be lost. By all means get Marc out –but don’t let his being gone give you the idea he’s a prisoner. In reality –he chose to leave his country (he could have not sold seeds or fled) for the good of the people –he’s not really in prison, but in a war and be proud Jodie that you have a man brave enough to fight for all of us. He’s deep in enemy territory and he’s lucky to have a woman like you urging him on. Many of us wear cool little black hats about the whatever war we went to –you should make him his own hat that he can brag to the world to show how he fought for freedom.

  11. Erin H Banks on

    It is so wonderful to see pictures of you two loving one another in a difficult situation. It makes life seem positive when those around can keep smiling through hardships. Together, if we keep fighting, we can end the war on drugs. Know that we love and support both of you and will continue to educate, protest, and expand the horizons on marijuana reform in Canada. One Love.

  12. Anonymous on

    So wonderful to see the wonderful smile your visit put on Marc’s face. Best wishes to the both of you.

  13. kelly on

    its good to see the love that two people can share.. as seen in your pics..
    Lets all remember to keep working together – and make more people aware of who Marc Emery really is.. and how important it is.. to bring him back to Canada where he belongs.

  14. persecutedinalberni on

    Those are nice pics of you two jodie