Protesting Harper and other recent news appearances

Here is a collection of the news coverage and quotes I got into the media from the recent protest we held against Prime Minister Harper and his backwards, costly Bill C-10, which will see the cannabis culture targeted and imprisoned under US-style drug laws.

“Protesters greet Stephen Harper during Science World visit in Vancouver”

November 25th, 2011
The Georgia Straight

When Harper emerged from Science World after the media event, people were waiting with signs that read “Stop Harper” and “Gang violence is caused by drug prohibition”.

Among the crowd was Vancouver marijuana activist Jodie Emery. Emery said she showed up to protest against the federal government’s tough-on-crime legislation, Bill C-10.

“We know that it’s expensive and it’s a policy that will not reduce the drug problems. The American example has proven it,” Emery said.

“Harper bringing in these tough new laws is only going to make the streets more dangerous and make gangsters more rich and more in control of these drugs when we should be controlling and taxing and regulating it ourselves,” she said.

“Harper hounded by protesters at Science World visit”

November 25th, 2011
News 1130

With a voice above everyone else, Jodie Emery shouted:

“Prime Minister Harper, keep Canada safe! End prohibition! Protect our children! The drug war does not work! America proves it does not work! Stop wasting our tax dollars!”

“Stephen Harper again says no to decriminalizing pot”

November 25th, 2011
CKNW news

Local activist Jodie Emery says it may be too late to change his mind, but she’s hoping other politicians are more open-minded…including BC’s premier.

“Harper, he’s not going to change his mind, but I’m hoping that people like Christy Clark –who’s a very smart woman and knows that prohibition’s a failure– can tell him that it’s a waste of tax dollars, it’s a waste of resources and there’s better ways to keep our children and community safe.”

CTV BC Evening News

November 25th, 2011

“Harper and Clark: Fiscal restraint, fancy new Science World”

November 25th, 2011
Vancouver Observer

Apart from the Occupy Vancouver crew, there were also protesters advocating for reform in marijuana law. Marijuana activist Jodie Emery was among the recognizable faces present, wielding the signature Canadian cannabis flag and shouting, “End prohibition!”

Questions asked during Harper’s presentations had addressed the recent announcement by former Vancouver mayors, voicing their support for the potential legalization and taxation of marijuana.

Harper responded, expressing his administration’s opposition to such an idea.

“It’s not happening under our government,” he said.

“Legalizing weed won’t happen under Harper’s watch”

November 26th, 2011
News 1130

Pot activist Jodie Emery says Harper’s stance is ignorant, but she’s not surprised.

“Harper bringing in all these tough new laws is only going to make the streets more dangerous and make gangsters even more rich and more in control of these drugs, when we should be controlling, taxing and regulating it ourselves. [We need to] keep our communities safe by ending prohibition, the same way they dealt with the problem during alcohol prohibition.”

“He’s against the opinion of the majority of Canadians who believe marijuana should be legalized. Public opinion and most people know that the drug war is a failure, Harper is going in the opposite direction,” she adds.

“PM gets bumpy ride at project opening”

November 27th, 2011
The Province

Pot activist Jodie Emery said Harper should pay heed to what citizens on the West Coast are saying, particularly about marijuana prohibition.

Emery referred to the call last week by former Vancouver mayors Mike Harcourt, Philip Owen, Larry Campbell and Sam Sullivan for the legalization and taxation of marijuana production, to which current mayor Gregor Robertson confirmed his own commitment on Thursday.

“With Gregor Robertson also joining, it makes four former mayors and one current one calling for change,” she said. “The only ones benefiting from [marijuana]prohibition are the police, politicians and gangsters.”

Here is a recent news story related to prohibition and reform activism:

“Stop the Violence calls for regulation of marijuana”

November 19th, 2011
McGill Daily

Jodie Emery – wife of BC marijuana policy reform advocate Marc Emery, who is currently serving a five-year sentence in an American prison for the sale of cannabis seeds – is director-at-large of the BC Green Party, and has been campaigning for the legalization of the drug for years.

“The message is very important,” Emery said. “We need to point out violence is caused by the policies surrounding the drug and not the drug itself. Keeping it illegal keeps it under the control of gangs.”

Emery explained that cracking down on marijuana trafficking will do the opposite of what it claims to, saying it could cost taxpayers billions of dollars through consequences like increased prison populations, and serve to make the drug market more violent than it already is.

“The only parties who benefit from this are the police, the politicians and the gangsters,” Emery said.

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.