Friday, October 2, 2009

Sovereignty is Dead - How The Canadian Government Cashed In & Sold Out Marc Emery

From the Kamloops Daily News (KTW - Wed Sept 30,2009 - Vol 22 No. 102)

A friend on Facebook was kind enough to clip the above cartoon out of the newspaper and post in online for everyone. It is of the utmost importance that the Canadian people are aware that our Government collected over half a MILLION dollars from businessman and political activist Marc Emery's Cannabis Seed sales before serving him up to the American DEA. Mr. Emery operated his business totally transparent, he never hid his activities, and honestly wrote "Marijuana Seed Vendor" on his Tax Forms submitted and accepted by Revenue Canada.

Another very important truth to point out is that Health Canada received much help and guidance from Mr. Emery for the Medical Marijuana Program. Health Canada sent medical marijuana patients to Mr. Emery to purchase their seeds and for education on growing their medicine. Emery provided a crucial service to Health Canada, and that division of the government should be standing up on his behalf.

Below is a video of the press conference held outside the British Columbia courtroom where Marc Emery turned himself in to face American charges. Mr. Emery and his wife Jodie are being torn apart over a plant that has never killed anyone. It's inhumane and a great injustice unfolds before our very eyes.




"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals,
one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."

- Ayn Rand

The tragic, negative wide reaching consequences the War on Drugs (People) has not just inflicted pain and suffering in our country and the U.S., but all over the world. Prohibition is an immoral, destructive killer of freedom and removes our rights of personal autonomy. We all have the opportunity to become involved in the movement to change our drug laws. Until the day that prohibition is repealed (again!) our streets will continue to become more dangerous from increased gang violence, and the monetary cost to Canadian tax payers will keep climbing higher than the already ludicrous amounts that are continually being flushed down the Drug War toilet.

According to recent crime statistics, it is estimated that the federal and provincial governments spend between $300 million and $500 million a year enforcing the law against simple possession of cannabis. Now maybe Canadians have become used to hearing about such amounts of money, but I know that a lot of communities, particularly those where our Aboriginal peoples reside, could make much better use of such funds. ~Senator Larry Campbell, "Pot Users Do Not Fit the Criminal Profile" July 16th. 2007

Even if you don't use the plant or disagree with people using what are deemed "illegal" substances, please realize it is in your best interest and for the betterment of our society to become a vocal proponent of ending prohibition and the crime that comes from the draconian policy.

You can help. Call and write e-mails and snail mail letters to Members of Parliament and American Congress, contact as many politicians as you can and let them know that you want Marc Emery to remain a free man. Also inform the members of your local, provincial and federal government that if they will not publicly support the decriminalization and regulation of cannabis, they will not earn your vote in the next election. Send Letters to the Editors of print and online publications and media outlets. Every little bit helps.

Presently it is most important to let Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson know that you request he not sign the Extradition order. Remind Mr. Nicholson that he himself stated "As you know, we cannot under the Extradition Act, we do not extradite somebody to another country unless there are similar types of laws or offenses...." (as seen and heard on CPAC September 17th. 2009)

Another sickening twist to this saga is that at one point the United States had agreed to let Marc serve his sentence in Canada, but the Canadian government turned this deal down. Why would our government turn their back on one of our citizens when we had the opportunity to keep Mr. Emery out of an American Federal prison?

There has been much written about Marc Emery, so much that I can't post it all here. Please visit his magazine and YouTube Channel to learn more about how Mr. Emery became a political prisoner and how you can help him regain his freedom. Share the story of "The Prince of Pot" with everyone you know so they too can become aware of this terrible injustice being perpetrated upon a Canadian citizen by both the Canadian and American governments.

Like one of Mr. Emery's seeds, we have the capability to grow - millions of separate voices can join together to become one giant chorus for change. Marc Emery fights for our freedom, now it's time for us to fight for his.


"Plant the seeds of freedom,
overgrow the government!"

~Marc Emery, September 28th. 2009


UPDATE: May 11, 2010 - The Canadian Government has failed to protect Marc Emery, a Political target of the United States, as word has just been reported by Marc's wife Jodie that "Justice" Minister Rob Nicholson has signed the extradition order to send Mr. Emery to the US - for "crimes" that didn't even garner prosecution here in Canada. Again I remind that Mr. Nicholson himself has stated "As you know, we cannot under the Extradition Act, we do not extradite somebody to another country unless there are similar types of laws or offenses...." ( September 17th. 2009) To catch up on Marc's case, read Harper Government Faces Sovereignty Test Monday , Conservatives’ Emery Extradition Shocks the Conscience of the Nation both by Paul McKeever, Marc Emery: Political Prisoner and Help Save Canadian Activist and Hero, Marc Emery!

Addendum:

It's worth reposting the original press release statement from the DEA:

"Today's DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and founder of a marijuana legalization group - is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the US and Canada but also to the marijuana legalization movement. Hundreds of thousands of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the US and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on."

Meanwhile...

Treaty on extradition between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America:


Article 4

(1) Extradition shall not be granted in any of the following circumstances:


(iii) When the offense in respect of which extradition is requested is of a political character, or the person whose extradition is requested proves that the extradition request has been made for the purpose of trying or punishing him for an offense of the above-mentioned character. If any question arises as to whether a case comes within the provisions of this subparagraph, the authorities of the Government on which the requisition is made shall decide.



Jodie Emery CBC interview after Marc Emery's extradition verdict.

UPDATE - May 20th 2010: There will be a Worldwide Rally this Saturday, May 22nd. to show support for the release of Marc Emery, who has been extradited to the US today. Please read here for the details and if you do not live close to a rally please feel confident to hold one in your corner of the world. As of Monday, May 17th there are already 50 cities on the list! Add yours!

2 comments:

  1. Marc Emery's unjust arrest is inhumane and a waste of American and Canadian resources. Free Marc Emery! Free the rest of us so that hemp and cannabis may be properly cultivated, farmed, and used for the healing of both body and soul. James for Jimboland Jots @ http://www.jimboland.com

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  2. Well, everyone KNOWS how I feel. :)
    Great entry!

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