Worldwide rallies for Marc, and sadness for Canada

Yesterday I had a wonderful visit with Marc. Our visits are almost always positive and enjoyable, save for a few times when the stress of the situation made one or both of us sensitive and emotional. Prison is a very difficult place to be, and Marc remains as positive as he can. Seeing each other is the highlight of our lives and keeps us both going.

It’s sad to think of the suffering endured by so many prisoners and their families. One inmate recently lost three of his children in a house fire that his wife barely escaped. He can hardly find the will to live, and I can’t imagine his pain, but I can understand why he would feel that way. Another was a successful legal businessman charged with conspiracy after some associates did something illegal with the money they were managing (unbeknown to him), and his own long-term wife was working as an informant to save herself from being drawn in, so since then his life has fallen apart and she wants to divorce him, but keeps playing with his heart. How cruel and distressing! And it’s not just inmates who suffer — one woman discovered that her husband of over 20 years had been secretly robbing banks and living a double life, then he got busted to her shock and horror! Needless to say, that was extraordinarily difficult for her and their children to find out, and it is still very challenging having the father gone.

But that’s just a sampling of the pain and lives of the people behind bars. Marc and I are so deeply grateful that our relationship is completely honest, and that we’re so strongly connected in many ways, including our life goal to end prohibition and bring liberty to the people! Not many prison partnerships have a solid foundation and sense of complete devotion. So many are angry, jealous, sick, depressed, stressed, and enduring so many burdens and personal problems. Every day I am grateful for the support Marc and I receive, which enables us to stay strong most of the time — because there are definitely times when we are weak. But we’ll get through it. We have so much love and support in our lives, and neither of us ever complain or give in to self-pity because we know how blessed we are.

The proof of Marc’s support was demonstrated on Saturday, September 18th when people in over 93 cities all over the world held rallies, marches and individual actions on behalf of Marc, calling for him to be brought home to Canada and set free! It was really impressive, and the fourth time we have held worldwide rallies for Marc (the first was on September 10th, 2005, the second on September 19th, 2009, and the third on May 22nd, 2010). We have videos and photos from cities all over the world, which you can see here at Cannabis Culture, and on Marc’s Facebook profile here, and fan page here.

I joined activists in downtown Seattle, since I had visited Marc that morning. Between ten and twenty of us stood on an overpass above Interstate 5 from noon until 4pm (though I only made it at 1pm), waving “Free Marc” signs next to the big “FREE MARC EMERY” banners hung over the sides of the bridge. It was supposed to rain all day, but the sun came out instead!

It was such a pleasant day and we got a lot of honking from cars on the overpass we were on and the giant Interstate 5 below us. There were banners and people on both sides of the bridge to ensure the message was seen in each direction. If you took part in the worldwide rallies and have photos, video, or news of your event, please email it to [email protected] and [email protected] so we can share them on our websites and!

I’m grateful Don Skakie of Sensible Washington organized the Seattle demonstration, and thank John Davis (and his adorable daughter Madison) for picking me up in SeaTac and driving me downtown. Many thanks to everyone who joined us throughout the day! I really enjoyed having dinner afterward and discussing politics and cannabis law reform. I managed to shock my American friends with the news of how backwards Canada has become; I told them all about our evangelical, theocratic, anti-democratic Conservative government and the multi-billion dollar mega prison industry and war on cannabis. With me sharing that depressing and distressing news about Canada, it was great to hear about the optimism for serious reform and the end of prohibition in the United States, with the ballot initiatives, recent drug war converts (such as John McKay), and the constantly-growing cannabis economy that has become so big it cannot be reversed — the Government has been Overgrown! What a change from five years ago when Marc was arrested in Canada by the DEA!

Sadly, we Canadians are suffering the wrath of a George W. Bush-esque, ultra-controlling, arrogant, warmongering government that is fighting foreign wars and killing innocents abroad, expanding the military and police state at home, building an inhumane and costly prison industry, destroying the environment and selling out to oil money, muzzling and expelling officials who refuse to just stay silent and obey orders, dismantling civil liberties and freedoms, and recklessly plunging our country into record debt and deficits — just to name a few of the abhorrent actions of Harper’s government.

We need to have an election and get rid of this Harper nightmare for the sake of our friends, families, and future generations. I am so eager to see the reforms and progress in the United States, and find it heartbreaking that Canada has reversed our positive leadership in drug policy changes and is now hurting people instead of helping them. I’ll be running as a federal Green Party candidate, and I’m so ready to speak truth to power and let government know what the people really want!

End prohibition, stop Stephen Harper!

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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.