Gangster Governments and the Drug War

It’s election time again in Canada, what with BC’s municipal elections in two weeks, and the campaigns for the US primaries for President, Congress, state officers down to local sheriffs are underway. In Mississippi all candidates for every office assert they are pro-life but in favour of prohibition. Irony and contradiction abound.

It takes guts and courage for anyone in the cannabis culture to get out and vote. You risk breaking your heart and having your faith in democracy (or what passes for it today) repudiated time and time again. And mostly the choices are sordid, like here in Mississippi where the intolerant, backward and failed try to outdo the other intolerant wretch offering the same poison to the same weary yet still gullible rubes.

In my hometown Vancouver you get a Mayor seeking re-election who was, as far as I understand, an active member of our culture in the north Gulf Islands once upon a time, but you never hear him stand up for us as a culture. He never criticizes the prohibition that fuels gang violence in our city. Having run for Mayor myself in 1996, 2002 and 2008, I have seen first-hand that you get no respect accurately assessing the problems of your hometown and providing real-world solutions. My campaigns from those years all accurately surmised the problems awaiting the city; I gave scientifically validated solutions, and was roundly rejected by voters choosing soothsayers that buried the city further in the mire, in all possible ways. I suppose the voters got what they deserved, good and hard, alas. Or did they?

I’ve seen in my lifetime Canadian Prime Ministers who smoked marijuana (Campbell, Trudeau) or ate cannabis brownies (Martin, Premiers who smoked it (Charest, Klein), smuggled it (Glen Clark), US Presidents who smoked it (G.W. Bush, Barack Obama), US governors who did the same (Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura), Senators, Congressmen, even Princes (Harry) – and in office or positions of power they never even try to reform the brutal prohibition that causes such senseless misery for an entire planet.

We have the sight of former Presidents of Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia advocating legalization and an end to prohibition, though while in office they did the exact opposite as the commanders in chief in their nations during the world’s longest war. We see the same from former US secretaries of State (Schultz), Attorney Generals (Ramsay Clark), ex-cops, ex-judges, and ex-mayors – but when in their positions of power and authority, they towed the prohibitionist line as faithfully as any drug warrior.

The obvious conclusion is that we’re only voting in figureheads. The bureaucracy and the institution control the agenda and the figurehead is who we elect to sell us the propaganda of the institutions and agencies: the DEA, FBI, ATF, NSA, CIA, RCMP, CSIS, Homeland Security, Border patrol, SWAT.

You’ll notice that these institutions are never held accountable for the terrible damage they do to our communities, our democracy, and our quality of life. It always gets worse, doesn’t it? Deficits: worse. Drug arrests: worse. Jails: worse. Surveillance state: worse. By every measure, the modern state is more corrupt, cynical, self-serving than ever before.

One hundred SWAT raids on homes in America every day? Check. The Justice Department delivering thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels in Operation Fast & Furious, and no one is accountable? Check. Budgets for the drug war up? Check. Budgets for militarism up? Check. Budgets for prisons up? Check. Increased deficits, cuts to schools, hospitals, pensions, health care? Check. Where are the results?! I mean, where are the positive results that justify this colossal waste and failure? No explanations are offered and none, seemingly, are required.

Occasionally they arrest a rogue cop or two planting drugs or smuggling guns, but this is done only to preserve the public credibility of the institution that, at its heart, is anti-American, anti-democratic, and anti-human. No politician does anything substantive in any way to end prohibition, militarism, deficit financing, or any other freedom-withering disease affecting us all that comes from corrupted governments and their institutions and agencies.

Some politicians speak out before an election as to these ills, and some speak out after they are out of office, but while actually in office (I hesitate to say, in power, because if they don’t use it, do they really have it?), they rubber stamp and shill for every excess of the modern police state.

Why is that?

In Canada, The Conservative Government under the banal and smug Justice Minister Rob Nicholson have introduced Bill C-10, making jail sentences of at least six months (and in numerous circumstance, far greater jail time) for a person growing as few as six marijuana plants – and many worse mandatory minimum prison sentences for cannabis related offenses. Rob Nicholson says six months for six plants is “just the beginning”. Two questions come immediately to mind. What exactly is “just the beginning”? And what exactly will be the end?

The answer to both is gangster government, specifically “legislated death” and the “intellectual authorship of perpetual mass murder.” That’s what any politician in Canada, the USA or Mexico, or anywhere in the world is endorsing and shilling for when they prop up any aspect of prohibition. Such is the art of politics these days.

The proof comes from a very special, very undeniable book that is now available. You think you’ve read it all, think again.

To Die In Mexico, by John GiblerTo Die In Mexico, by John GiblerTo Die In Mexico… The United States… Canada… Anywhere

In the past two decades we’ve all read a lot of stuff about the “drug war”, but you’ve never read anything quite like “To Die In Mexico: Dispatches from Inside The Drug War” by John Gibler.

This book Jodie sent me gives a revealing look into the type of mentality that would put someone – like me, for example – in prison for offenses involving legalization and seeds. To understand the type of inhuman actions catalogued in this book is to understand the mentality of the prohibitionists/gangsters and the governments they now totally control (and, conversely, that control them). As you read about the butchery and savagery, remember that all this is facilitated and promoted by governments and their agencies in the new World of Prohibition. In this book the full scope of this fatal disease finally comes in to view. (As an aside, still the greatest book every written on the depraved evil nature of our enemies, the prohibitionists, is found in a book called “Drug Warriors & Their Prey” by Richard Miller Lawrence.)

While other countries are in different stages of prohibition self-destruction (Canada is “just beginning”), Mexico has arrived at the end. After reading this book it becomes a documented fact that wherever you have prohibition you have gangster government. One cannot exist without the other. Thugs need prohibition laws, and prohibition laws need thugs. They are as the sun is to the moon, the desert to sand – they cannot exist without each other; that is their nature.

To see Mexico is to see the final future of prohibition everywhere. Mexico just got there first. If there is still any doubt that prohibition has given total power to the absolute worst that humanity has to offer, both inside and outside governments around the world, then this book decimates that doubt.

The corrupting power of the unimaginable profits from prohibition have simply taken over society’s institutions. After all, we’re dealing with political authority, whether it is in Mexico, Canada, the USA or anywhere else. And since history shows us that political authority is inherently corrupt (and I would add, inherently immoral), it just can’t resist this unprecedented level of corrupt money, corrupt power, and corrupt social control that prohibition offers.

From the book:

“In 2009, the United Nations reported that some $350 billion in drug money had been successfully laundered into the global banking system in the prior year [2008], saving it from collapse.”

Translation: Global economic stability (such as it is) and government now depend on the type of people who, according to this book, murder and stitch the faces of their victims to soccer balls in Mexico. These are the same people the Justice Department themselves delivered thousands of weapons to in Operation Fast & Furious and numerous other drug war charades.

If you want to understand the type of demented mentality that has put me and hundreds of thousands of others in the cruel conditions we are in, if you want to understand the warped minds that dream up “six months for six plants” or five years for seeds (or legalization advocacy) or 10 to 20 years for running a California dispensary, if you want to understand the sick personality behind what’s described in “To Die in Mexico” as so horrific that “the bare facts are so terrifying they pass beyond the edge of anything credible” – it’s all in this book.

There has never been such a powerful, damning and frightening work on prohibition. That’s because the other journalists who tried to write this specific story have been murdered. According to author Gibler, 68 reporters have been killed in Mexico’s all-out “war on drugs” that the Harper government now wants to emulate, and that the US Justice Department has been orchestrating from Washington, DC for decades. Forty-seven of those were murdered between 2008 and 2010, and an additional 15 have “disappeared”.

The aim of this book, says the author, is to tell the story other journalists died trying to tell.


Governments have simply become another organized crime group fighting to control the prohibition trade. Police are used by a coalition of government and gangsters to remove the threats from competing gangster groups. Essentially, governments have become the enforcement arm of the gangster cartels as they battle for control of an evil that now holds the financial fate of the globe in its bloodied hands.

I can’t do justice to the book with a brief summary. The facts are unrelentingly damning; it must be read, but here are a few excerpts. These are the universal tactics and results of prohibition. Today it’s Mexico; tomorrow it’s Canada. (See if point #8 from the book rings a bell.)

1) According to the Mexican government’s own estimate, people working for the various illegal narcotics businesses have directly infiltrated more than half of the municipal police forces.

2) The federal police forces are the main recruiting centers for mid-level drug trafficking operators.

3) The army and the state police are the main recruitment centers for the enforcers, the paramilitary units in charge of assassinations.

4) In the United States, both George W. Bush and Barack Obama have sent billions in money, arms, and military aid to Mexico’s army and state police to ‘help them’ ‘combat drug trafficking’ (see points #1 – #3). US media is cowed and docile; they rarely report the Mexican army and federal and state police are very often the actual drug traffickers. Thus, US citizens finance the murder and corruption pervasive in Mexico.

5) Death is good business. The Brookings Institution estimates that on average two thousand guns (ranging from cop-killer pistols to AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles) are legally purchased in the United States and then smuggled across the border into Mexico every day!

6) “PROHIBITED: LITTERING AND DUMPING CORPSES”: This was a sign a Mexican citizen put outside his house after repeated incidences of dead bodies being dumped in front of his suburban home. Thugs then shot him and his daughter and dumped them under the sign.

7) The use of prohibition for racial social control is the genesis of the modern drug prohibition era. This we are all very familiar with, but never as well explained and proven as it is in “To Die in Mexico”.

8) With full support from the US Congress, successive presidential administrations have used drug war tactics such as extradition as tools to bend less powerful nations into compliance with prohibition and US intervention into their affairs.


When we petition the politicians on the prohibition issue we should try to remember we are petitioning members of a global criminal enterprise. To overlook or ignore this would be akin to petitioning the Boston Strangler for better treatment for women and pretending he’s not the Boston Strangler.

This book comes out at an interesting time for Canada. A few days ago two members of the “drug trade” were shot dead in an execution hit at a tanning salon in a cozy Ottawa, Canada shopping center, just a few miles from Parliament Hill where the federal Omnibus Crime Bill C-10 (aka “The Organized Crime Employment Act”) will be passed shortly.

Of course, this is “just the beginning” as Rob Nicholson has promised us. By the end, we’ll have blood and terror on a regular basis, just like Mexico. So far, says author Gibler, in five years – from 2006 to May 2011 – 38,000 people have died from Mexico’s prohibition war.

Here’s how he describes the policy:

“All discourse about prohibition as a public safety policy is self-serving, fundamentalist lies tantamount to complicity in the intellectual authorship of perpetual mass murder… Let us be clear, prohibition is legislated death.”

“The drug war is a horrid success of state violence and capitalist accumulation, a cash-intoxicated marketplace that simply budgets for murder and political graft to keep things running smoothly.”

Therefore, as long as we continue to have comments by advocates of legalization describing prohibitionists as “well-intentioned”, even while saying prohibition creates organized crime, these political gangsters will thrive. As long as opposition politicians and mainstream media continue to treat prohibitionists as civilized people who are simply misguided in their altruistic efforts to save us from ourselves, things will only get worse.

Gangsters, perpetual mass murder, legislated death, packed and cruel prisons, bankrupted treasuries, abolished civil liberties, preening politicians celebrating the glory of this gruesome situation with calls for yet more of the prohibition poison that created this ceaseless cycle of violence and despair – this is how opponents of prohibition must present their case. It’s certainly why I am in jail; no one yelled louder and longer that this was all coming to pass than I. The truth does get out. It’s why my wife Jodie is the most frequently quoted Canadian activist, and Cannabis Culture is still the #1 website for the truth about prohibition.

But when Members of the Canadian Parliament like Libby Davies say the Conservative government is “blind” to the evils of prohibition, it’s like her saying Charles Manson was blind to what the family was doing with those knives. I mention Libby because she is a good person who works hard against prohibition. She’s sincere. She’s the best of the lot. And that’s my point. Even she can’t speak the truth of the political organized crime that is prohibition.

The media never, ever says this, even the best of them, like Dan Gardner of the Ottawa Citizen and cross-Canada newspapers. As a result the public is always left with this profound mystery of why these pristine politicians who get streets named after them would be so blind and misled as to support something so evil as prohibition. Surely all we have to do is put the facts in front of them and they will see the light, right?


So in light of all this ‘inevitability’ of the scourges of prohibition, can anything be done? What needs to be done is what we’ve been doing, just more of it.

We need to get referendums and ballot initiatives before the voters, we need to give campaign contributions to those few candidates (like Ron Paul, Gary Johnson) explicit about ending prohibition, we need to label the prohibitionists and their acolytes for the murderous sympathizers that they are. After all, if all drugs were legal in Mexico, Canada, and the United States, would 38,000 dead victims of prohibition be alive today? Yes, they would.

The cannabis culture has been at this for a while, at least 16 years. And we’ve nailed the truth of it. So what does the truth tell us? If we stick at it, facts do win over the people. Those public opinion legalization majorities in Canada and the US were 40 years in the making, starting out at 12% support in 1970. So what has happened? We might just be witnessing the tipping point of the collapse of the greatest and most evil propaganda power in history. Prohibition is having its biggest test, and the downfall of prohibition will break the back of the propaganda system that has ruled our modern age.

Bear in mind we are living in the world’s most technologically advanced civilization. Push a computer button and you can eventually find the truth about anything. Finding the truth is not the problem. The problem is accepting it. For even with the truth staring the public in the face, we still have society’s movers and shakers lying and saying that prohibitionists are “well intentioned” and believe they are working for the public good.

Even alcohol prohibition, when it was finally abolished, was still sold as a “noble experiment.”

In the past 40 years of modern marijuana prohibition, the dupes among the people were willing to believe people should die of cancer, AIDS, and suffer through Multiple Sclerosis, crippling spasticity diseases, epilepsy, pain, and other ailments simply to preserve the barbarous prohibitionist status quo. Many of the people among us chose these torturous political policies over the medical and scientific truth that is now everywhere to be found. These “well-meaning” citizens would see your children (or parents) thrown in jail and threatened with rape, allow police to smash into the homes of citizens and terrorize them, have that property seized, the family dispossessed, lose their jobs, and be shot as collateral damage in the gangster wars. These “good (prohibitionist) neighbors” believed in a nation of rats squealing on their neighbors, a violent narco-economy replacing the traditional but now bankrupted economy, a global gangster government that now holds the world’s finances in its bloody jaws.

They would faithfully believe all this is being done with “good intentions” because anything is better than facing the truth that they are ruled by thugs.

However, the hold that propaganda has given these evil prohibitionists over the public has crumbled. Once again, we give thinks to Mr. Wozniak for inventing the personal computer. It is this technology that has given us the power to defeat this propaganda system. The recent NY Times poll showed 90% of Americans don’t trust politicians or government. The public doesn’t believe most or all of what comes out of politicians’ mouths, especially about prohibition. In British Columbia, 66% want to legalize marijuana and only 12% support jailing cannabis offenders, yet our Premier, Christy Clark, can’t sell out to the police fast enough in their request for more prohibition, more jails, more punishments. In opposition provincially, Adrian Dix of the BC NDP stays mute, as the provincial NDP always has, and condones the thuggeries of prohibition. Sad times indeed, in my home province. Medical dispensaries are being raided frequently and operators charged. The prohibition seems to be being ramped up all over Canada.

Yet hope comes from strange, unexpected places. The provincial governments of Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland said they won’t pay for the new Conservative massive increase in prison costs and consequences. Quebec has even said the politically unthinkable: not only do they reject the financial costs, they also reject the human costs of ratcheting up the prohibition!

I have to believe this is the home stretch of our fight. We must make it so the evil acts of these prohibitionists nauseate any civilized person. We are at the tipping point. Yes, it has taken an awfully long time.

With their propaganda dominance now corroding, all the prohibitionists have left is the same thing the Nazis had left at the end, and that is Gestapo terror. Desperate prohibition police forces in both Canada and the United States ignore the democratic will, and raid, threaten, rob, jail and physically brutalize taxpaying citizens. The Nazis obsessed in their final days with the executing and murdering as many of their enemies until the moment the allies arrived to liberate that soil. That was their only imperative. The war was lost, so instead of facing the truth, they would destroy those who had always spoken the truth and represented it.

I suggest you read this book, “To Die in Mexico”, by John Gibler. And continue to push for freedom and truth – it’s the only way we can possibly win.

MARC EMERY #40252-086
P.O. BOX 5888

Marc Emery
Marc Emery

Marc Emery is a Canadian cannabis activist, entrepreneur, and politician. Known to his fans as the Prince of Pot, Emery has been a notable advocate of international cannabis policy reform for decades. Marc is the founding publisher of Cannabis Culture and Pot TV.



  1. BCer on

    “In opposition provincially, Adrian Dix of the BC NDP stays mute, as the provincial NDP always has, and condones the thuggeries of prohibition.”
    Not entirely true – the NDP let your friend Dana Larsen run for the the leadership of the party and much of his platform was for legalizing marijuana:

    You and Jodie are mentioned in the article which said, ‘Jodie Emery, wife of jailed “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery, has said while the couple are not members of the provincial NDP, she and her husband support him as a friend.’

    I might have voted for him myself if he had had any chance of winning the next election but he didn’t; and the Liberal party now in power must be defeated before they give the rest of the province away. You know that – you were here in the days of the ‘Campbell Crime Family’.

    Reading the article one can see that he (Dana Larsen) had plenty of good ideas to further the first baby steps toward direct democracy in what is now a province run by the completely corrupt Liberal party which trades political favours with the predatory corporations which are destroying the social and fiscal foundations where we live. (like everywhere else in the world with a few small exceptions) In exchange they get political contributions and golden parachutes/jobs when they leave politics.

    Other than that, this is one of the best articles you have written and I’m agreeing with you.

  2. Bud Grinder on

    Goddamn right! Prosecute the prosecutors.

    If we, the decent, right-thinking patriotic citizens of this, the best country in the world, ever manage to take our country back from Pastor Harper and his deluded gang of ignorant, mercenary rapturista thugs, that’s when the prosecutors and the police thugs and the judicial thugs will be getting what’s coming to them and what they so richly and justly deserve.

  3. Eve Lentz on

    I think, as Marc was saying, that “we are on the homestretch!” The closer we get to freedom, for the Cannabis/Hemp plant and for freedom for ourselves, to use this healing plant, the harder “THEY” push! “THEY” have been pushing hard, lately, and we are still loving, peaceful people! My heart aches for all of the people that are raided and incarcerated! We just have to keep on going! FREE MARC EMERY!! FREE THE CANNABIS/HEMP PLANT! KEEP ON KEEPING ON! Love you, Marc! Love you, Jodie! I love that you, both, can communicate with us, this way!

  4. Dave on

    You know Folks Marc is right, call them out for the cockroaches they are; sounds like an interesting book. I’ll support Gibler like Emery because they both have more damn guts than most of us can ever hope for!

    And you anonymous-cockroach keep in mind, we will prosecute the prosecutors; you might want to find a deeper
    shit-hole to hide in!

  5. Myles on

    yes i did mean 1 in 4 deaths are due to cancer, i had to cut out some text to make it fit in youtube, and i forgot to add that back in when i put it on here. its a lot of work typing, it saves time to cut and paste.

  6. Bud Grinder on

    “The only way prohibition will be abolished is if you help to abolish it by speaking out against it.”

    Speaking out against it? Get real. The only way prohibition will be abolished is by rising up against it.

    Speaking out is what the prohibitionists WANT you to do. As long as you’re only “speaking out” you’re not RISING UP.

  7. Anonymous on

    Brad Pitt is a life long stoner and we note he doesn`t confuse the meaning of the tree of life with marijuana.. Brad Pitt produced a movie called ` THE TREE OF LIFE ` and it wasn`t about a pot plant..but it did have cosmic insight to the nature of deeper thought and transcendental experience. Brad Pitt could have done a movie about marijuana as the tree of life had he wanted to, nobody would have stopped him, but we note Brad Pit didn`t see things that way. Nor did his other worldly co workers, ambitious far reaching creative partners or in tune with the vast dance of the universe world audience. Have you seen this Brad Pitt movie yet Rev Chris and compared mythologies ? We are sure you can it on Netflix or at your local video rental store. its not exactly a new release.

  8. Bud Grinder on

    1 in 4 Americans die of cancer every year? That’s would be an epidemic worse than the Black Plague.

    You probably meant to write something like ” 1 in 4 Americans who die each year die of cancer.”

    Makes a BIG difference.

  9. Anonymous on

    Wow so you read all 24,500 entries and can draw this profound conclusion and still squeeze in a load of laundry. You are an amazing human being Rev . However none of of your research shows that cannabis is, was or could be the Tree of Life except in your own mind and that of the other logic compromised bong jockeys
    Until then, have a potato.These sacred tubers come to us as gifts directly from the Inca royalty. Potatoes are the holy shrub of life.

  10. Brendan Hollands on

    Your mention to his $15 million accurately describes your ignorance, dealers make more money selling weed because it is illegal, he is advocating for the legalization of weed, which in effect would destroy his business by allowing for competition and for taxation, if he was really greedy he would be fighting to keep it illegal

  11. Chris Bennett on

    and not one of them is about the potato being the tree of life, you rube.

  12. Anonymous on

    LMAO We got 24,500 results when we googled ” Potato & Tree of Life ”

  13. Chris Bennett on

    oh, and PS – I am far beyond caring what a stooge like you thinks. Its over for me.

  14. Chris Bennett on

    It is the Tree of Life, now watch it grow… google ‘cannabis tree of life’ How are you going to stop that with internet trolery? And like early christianity, the more you step on it, the wider it spreads. As the Tree of Life appears at the begining and end of the bible, it is the alhpa and omega of it. What I am saying is, that the biblical references to keneh bosem, and what they reveal, are as much a threat to the fundamental religions of Judaism and Christianity, as Darwin’s theory of evolution was to the myths of Genesis, as what they reveal is the shamanic origins of the Biblical traiditon, something the biblical beleivers have been trying to squash around the world in other cultures for thouands of years. When you put keneh bosem into the pillar of smoke in the Tent of the Meeting with Moses, the Sky God Yahweh becomes a tribal pipe dream. I can smell that sweet incense right now…. the scent of Lebanon to the wise.

  15. Anonymous on

    and anybody who grows a weed as a mutant prisoner in a basement, where it never sees the sun or experiences the cycle of the seasons and perverts its natural physiology to -not make seeds but accumulate metabolic toxins is not exactly complying with divine instruction. Pot is ” no herb bearing seed” when it is so perverted for profit and surrounded by denial and secrecy and certainly not used for food when grown, prepared and consumed that way.
    A tree that produces edible fruits people can eat is a tree of life. Pot is not a tree – these are are simple clear descriptive words in the Bible. How do you keep missing the drift ? believe what you want but take note non stoner people don’t accept your doctrine, especially when you use references that you don’t seem to understand.
    BTW : We are not Romans

  16. Anonymous on

    Please don’t even respond to that Harper troll, we can all seem him for what he is.

  17. Chris Bennett on

    You are all about Shadow joy, truly and completely, and in almost exaclty the same way Catholic Inquisitors enjoyed the fruits of their own labor. I say, almost exactly, as those medieval persecutirs did not attack from the point of anonymity, as you do, attacking the persecuted who have come out to face their opressors instead of hiding. How pathetic is that?
    Any Jew, Christian or Moslem that would forbid another to partake of the fruits of the Earth, is in direct violation of God’s covenant with Man of the gift of “every herb bearing seed” (Genesis 1) So we know on which side in the great battle between good and evil you sit on.
    It was hands like yours that nailed Jesus to the cross.

  18. Anonymous on

    Time and a half is what we have done Rev Chris, and as you can see, all these efforts seem to be working so we will leave the clearcutting for the tree of life to you divinely coughing stoners. Surely one of your animal headed dope deities will deliver your cause to world dominance by next week, but you will be the last one to find out how the chips land
    There is no joy in anyone’s misfortune: there will be no joy in your misfortune when the courts deny your petition for 7 gram per diem dope dues. We question your choice of terminology though : Misfortune? don’t you mean…misadventure or misguided?

  19. Chris Bennett on

    Judge not lest ye be judged, Narco troll. Marc used that money to fight for the liberation of all who use the Tree of Life, I know I witnessed it. What have you done? besides take joy in the misfortune of others from a cowardly and anonymous stand?

  20. Robert Rockhold on

    We are at the tipping point. Over 50% of Americans suppoprt legalization. Two Presidential candidates support the end of Prohibition. People are sick of the waste of money and human potential in continuing Nixon’s draconian War on [People] Drugs. Thomas Jefferson said every so often some blood must be shed to feed the Tree of Liberty. Marc Emery has sacrificed more than that in speaking the truth. The evil narc/troll who says otherwise is a liar. Citizens must keep up the pressure in spreading the truth to end the lies and corruption connected to Prohibition. Vote out the Prohibition dinosaurs; in California that includes Antonovich, Baca, Feinstein and McKeon, among others. In eleven months, Calif voters will have a chance to de-criminalize cannabis by supporting the initiative Download it, sign it, support it. Tell your friends via Facebook where you stand. Write letters to the editor–I’ve become a regular on Don’t whine, complain or give up! Get involved and become as active as you can. Call your Reps and Congressman/woman to take Cannabis off of Schedule 1. Tell them you’re sick of the hypocrisy! If you call the Reps Fri-Sun you just have to leave a message. Better yet, call during business hours-you’ll just get a college intern. Educate them! And have the guts to not be anonymous

  21. Anonymous on

    Everytime i try and share this on my FB, it doesn’t show the newest posting but instead one of Marc’s post from months ago. I want to share this specific posting with the heading “Gangster Governments and the Drug War”. If i share it from the comments page (this page) the heading reads something about my e-mail security. C’mon Cannaibis Culture, I want to get the knowledge out there. I want it to be presentable. I want people to READ THE TRUTH!!! With faulty social media sharing, my credibility is lost, and so is the truth!!!

  22. Anonymous on

    Google “man or other animals” to see why the drug war is an act of genocide. Cases are getting dropped with this defense.

  23. Guitarod on

    Persecuting and prosecuting pot users, both medicinal & recreational is very big business for many. The law establishment has to have a perceived enemy to justify their own cause. There are many jobs at stake. Job creator? 100% overhead to taxpayers, many the same prosecuted from all walks of life, the educated too.
    Is N.A. safer as a result? No.
    Pot advocates have had to deal with a bunch of cement heads for a very long time.
    This is how they control the public, by introducing hysteria among those open to propaganda with laws created from ridiculous lies.

  24. Anonymous on

    “These monsters can not be beaten at the ballot box because the OWN and CONTROL the ballot boxes. No, they will have to eventually be beaten in the streets buy the public rising up with pitchforks and torches.

    Marc, don`t make the mistake of playing their game by their rules. That`s for losers. Ask the Hon. Dr. Keith Martin”

    Hey bud you sound a tad over the top.

    Mark is busy in the Occupy Mississippi protest. He has a long commitment to that cause. What are you, yourself doing, eh?

  25. Bud Grinder on

    “They would faithfully believe all this is being done with “good intentions” because anything is better than facing the truth that they are ruled by thugs.”

    Not merely thugs, but ignorant, mercenary, Bible-thumping thugs.

    They all, including all the cops, have evil in their hearts and minds.

    These monsters can not be beaten at the ballot box because the OWN and CONTROL the ballot boxes. No, they will have to eventually be beaten in the streets buy the public rising up with pitchforks and torches.

    Marc, don`t make the mistake of playing their game by their rules. That`s for losers. Ask the Hon. Dr. Keith Martin

  26. Andy on

    Why is it the young that protest are around the same age every generation? They protest until they have kids or get wore out and recieve a scrap from the table and are forced to get vested in the system/TOW THE LINE-leveraged,ignorant,love>fear,greed,too afraid of the avoidable chaos that can come with the great change in the social structure that needs to happen especially now that communications/technology have evolved to give the common man transparency to the thousand year old generational pyramid scheme, how governments are the “moats” around the castle on the plantation separating the haves and have nots. Government should be the the equalizer for the people but it’s been bought simply, the people are distracted and full of fear, happy with begging and the scraps, don’t question anything and they’re right because their are reprocussions that are unprovable but sting, the penalties that knock you right out of flight- slow or quick but death. The Drug War lie simply, you are of course right on, Sir Marc Emery, a nobleman. The figure they can repair what Marc has done to the empire in 5yrs, that’s why Marc received 5yrs! Glad I haven’t given them another body to build the pyramid. The prohibitionists are the murderers, plainly, clearly.

  27. Andy on

    Marc you once again are right on mark, wonderful reading-music to my ears, the societies are like concrete no movement so the money keeps dumping into the same generational hands etc…. Well sir you are just wonderful, really, I think highly of you and hope to meet you and the rest of the real human beings, please hang tough Marc, you are excellent.

  28. Lora Bruncke on

    Thank you Marc for reminding us prohibition is an issue at the local level!! I am excited to say I just purchased a Free Marc T and that I wore it proudly to an event last night for our mayor hopefuls. Julius Bloomfield, former provincial Green Party Candidate, is running for mayor here in Penticton. I will make sure I bring up our cause!! Love you Marc and Jodie!!

  29. David on

    First of all, I am glad to see Marc’s fire and brainpower so evident even though he is in a cage in the US police state. That Marc can survive the hell of prison and have the courage and erudition to write such powerful, truth-telling essays.
    Now on to this anonymous troll nark who always comes on here and slags Marc. Listen, twit…Marc helped overgrow the government by spreading diverse cannabis genetics across the planet. Growing marijuana for fun and profit is just as righteous as any other agricultural job, you fool. I hope that Jodie bans your IP address because real pot people are really tired of your snarky, stupid, narky comments.

  30. Dan Peterson on

    I expected someone to say something like that. From what I understand Marc has givin most of his money away to fight the fight. The rightious stand in the light. Use your real name if your so rightious. Gosh, talk about kicking a man when he’s down. God Bless Marc Emery! Marc, I pray that I can pass a big fat joint with you and your wife some day. Thank you for all you do Marc and Jodi!

  31. Anonymous on

    a millions pot seeds later= a million pot plants later. The so called cannabis culture jumped right in with the bad guys to grow and sell God’s Tree of Life for obscene profits= profits that generated envy amongst the criminal underclass and high stakes nice people criminals who keep this drug war going who kill and cheat and lie to make a buck.

    So maybe reflect on your part in this carnage oh mighty Prince of Pot as you linger in a foreign prison. oh ye who made $15 million dollars from weed seeds..Ye who enticed so many others to risk jail and death to make easy money from growing the Tree of Life for profit, not for healing of the nations. Ye who never grew the plants yourself from the very seeds you vended.

  32. Dan Peterson on

    Sorry didn’t hit spell check…. at work multi tasking

  33. Dan Peterson on

    Thank you Marc for all you do!
    1-Irony indeed.
    2-GUTS! From a small thing like using your real name in news posts to going to prison for what you believe. The comment on democracy makes me think of what I read in Chris Bennett’s book Cannabis And The Soma Solution page 392 about how the Greeks (the cradle of modern “Democracy”) incorrectly (?) translated kaneh bosm to calamus. “which is variously traceable to prejudice, insight or ignorance” -(Alexander 1902\1980). I sure do see the genius of the Founding Fathers ideal of a free Republic in this- The American Form of Government
    3-Just like when Obama said “I inhaled, that was the point”. Sure he had the Marley family to the White House…. But those of us that studied him and the set up of how Obama was just another puppet for the banksters. We knew, we tried to educate people about folks like Ron Paul but few listened and now we get what we deserve-more wars of every kind. Even worse than Bush!?
    4-Ventura has always spoke for ending cannabis prohibition -they went after his son here in Minnesota, and I’m sure there was other threats? Bush, Obama, Prince Harry? Golly are they really Satanic “Order out of Chaos” type folks? It seems they enjoy imprisoning and murdering? More blacks in prison in the name of the drug war in the USA and more blacks being killed in Africa in the name of the Terror war? El CIA Da’s flag flying over Libya?
    5- They are crooks and liars. They need a taste of their own med’s! Kick down their doors, shoot their dogs, point guns at their families, CPS their children, trash their homes, steal their property and either put them in prison or just kill them? Sad. Violence isn’t the answer. Order out of chaos is just what “They” want….
    6-All those people in those “agencies” right on down to the old lady at the front desk-see #5.
    7-see #5
    8-see #5
    9-Divide and conquer. The cops and troops are as Kissenger said “useful idiots”. The elite satanic freaks love to see people die. No matter if it’s a compartmentaized Army General or an ignorant gang member. To the .001% we are all scum.
    10&11- most people can be bought.
    12-“The End Game” is DEATH! In Oklahome they passed a law, death penalty for making hash because it’s a “manufactured drug”! Ever seen Alex Jones film End Game? Grat Film –
    13-Makes me think of how Hitler was an embarresment. The art is death and killing us softly. Big Pharm- fluoride in the water-GMO foods-Agenda21-Codex Alimentarius, ect…
    14-15-16- 2 new books to read! Thank you.
    17-That is the nature of the NEW WORLD ORDER. Prohibition is one of if not the main tool to reach that goal.
    18- Mexico is in big trouble!see#5
    19-see 10&11
    20-the UN see #5
    21-Fractional Reserve, fiat banking. Printing money (Federal Reserve/Treasury) is the economic expression of our faces stitched to a soccer ball.
    22-23-24- very brave! Cannot wait to read the book.
    25-“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of Patriots and tyrants”-Thomas Jefferson The tree of life is the plant of peace. It’s hard for us to imagine, killing a person, carving off their face and stitching it to a soccer ball and playing a game? YUK! But some can and enjoy that kind of thing and the puppet masters love watching anyone die. Crazy huh?
    26-points 1 thru 8 golly? Never trust a cop?
    27-well said. I believe people like Ron Paul and Garl Johnson are 2 exceptions to this. However, if they got into office would they be threatned or sell out? We may never know. I know Ron Paul is very aware of the danger he is in. Wildly brave! Like you Marc.
    28 to the end of blog- THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE! Come out of the grow room closet! We need all in the fight! We can do this in a peaceful way. We have to. But cultivate GUTS, GOLD and GUNS just so “they” know we are no longer playing their game. PEACE!GET UP STAND UP!

  34. Myles O'Howe on

    Excellent article Marc. 🙂

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    “?RICK SIMPSON?? is the leading patient scientist to have explored the use of Cannabis extracts to treat Cancers. It was because of his pioneering work and anecdotal reports from patient scientists from all over the world that Cannabis Science has been working with and educating patients.”
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    If anything comes out of the petition or not is irrelevant. What IS relevant is getting MASSIVE amounts of signatures so we can document how badly people are getting screwed over. AT LEAST you can say you made an effort.

    Alex Jones 15 Million Viewers a Week Ignores Life Saving Information

    This information can change the world, and the truth would spread like wildfire if people like Alex Jones would report on it. He still can every day, why not? I believe it to be morally wrong to ignore life saving information during times like this, let alone censor that information, especially when you can reach 15 million viewers a week we need all the help we can get! When 1 person tells 2-3 friends some information, it reaches large amounts of people. What kind of world do you want to live in? Please help Spread truth and legalize cannabis (hemp/marijuana) Follow the Science not the Hypocrisy.

    It is one thing to not know about the information to explain why some media do not report this information, for the most part many activists including myself have spent considerable time and energy to share truth, and we have been met with censorship and resistance from people claiming to be for truth.

    In 2003, Rick Simpson discovered his Cancer Cure High THC Hemp Oil.
    In 2007, the World Health Organization reported worldwide Cancer caused 21,643 deaths per day (7.9 Million Deaths per year)

    Aparently Alex “Run From the Cure” Jones ego is too good to have to report to his large audience he reaches how to cure cancer. I wonder how many Alex Jones fans have cancer, know someone with cancer, or know someone who has died of cancer. Where is the Love? 1 in 4 americans die of cancer every year.

    U.S. National Library of Medicine — 812 Worldwide PubMed articles on Cannabinoids including THC curing Cancer

    That is a Government website with a growing database of science cannabis cures cancer.

  35. Anonymous on

    You missed the point – you can’t wait for the sock-puppets in Washington or Ottawa to change anything. The only way prohibition will be abolished is if you help to abolish it by speaking out against it. Occupy your mind with the inequities and never miss an opportunity to just say no to prohibition. Make it clear to your elected officials that you will not be voting for them unless they make public their opposition to prohibition.

    Critical mass is inevitable. Nobody thought the Berlin wall would fall.

  36. Anonymous on

    So it’s hopeless. All those government agencies are really running the show and they’re only priority is making next year’s budget higher than this one’s. To do that, they tell us that we’re in constant peril and that they are our only saviors. Once the DEA was formed, it became in their own best interest to tell us that Cannabis is dangerous and we need them to keep it away from us, when in fact we don’t. They simply ignore petitions to reschedule Cannabis, so how would it ever get rescheduled? That will simply never happen as long as the DEA exists. The day after they rescheduled Cannabis they would have to announce layoffs. I honestly don’t see how Cannabis could ever get legalized in the US. How would it happen? Could a President even single handedly do that?