Supporters of imprisoned pot advocate Marc Emery flooded the phone lines of federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney on Tuesday, demanding that Emery be returned to Canada to finish serving his prison term.
The U.S. agreed July 10 to return Emery to Canada, but Ottawa hasn’t indicated whether it will let Emery serve out his time on home soil.
“I plan to call their office every day, and at some point I’ll go to Parliament and find (Blaney’s) office,” said Jodie Emery, Marc Emery’s wife and a pot advocate in her own right.
“It could be a number of reasons — the new Public Safety Minister has a lot on his plate, and it can be a very difficult process to return prisoners to Canada. And don’t forget, this is the same Conservative government that extradited Marc to the U.S.”
Emery, an outspoken defender of marijuana rights, was sentenced to five years in prison for distributing marijuana seeds. He has continually lobbied to be returned to Canada.
Jodie Emery suspects her husband’s high-profile public persona could make him unwelcome — especially now with the ongoing Sensible B.C. push to let B.C. voters have their say on marijuana.
“That’s very possible, with the Sensible B.C. campaign going on,” said Emery. “Marc would be very effective campaigning.
“Marc is very positive about the marijuana campaign, and this government is very negative.”
Tuesday’s centralized call blitz was publicized as a one-day phone-in campaign to pressure Blaney to bring Emery home.
The Province tried out the recommended phone numbers, with little success. The first two calls, to the Public Safety Ministry offices, were unanswered and went to voice mail. The third call, to Blaney’s Parliament office, went to voice mail, but the machine was full.
A fourth call (described as ‘Constituency Office Number 2’) resulted in a brief encounter with a human.
“You want to leave a message for Public Safety?” came the response from a woman who’d clearly heard the prepared text repeatedly.
After the caller was identified as a reporter, the call was transferred to the public safety ministry offices.
After the caller was identified as a reporter a second time, a number was provided for Blaney’s press secretary. That call was not returned by press time Tuesday.
– Read the entire article at The Province.