Dec 272012
 

Free Marc EmeryBy Marc Emery, Cannabis Culture

I had some additional thoughts about Michael Coren’s Sun TV interview with my wife Jodie and his subsequent Toronto Sun newspaper rant (both are attached to the beginning of my last blog) about me and the cannabis culture.

One of the favoured media propaganda techniques is the long ranting monologue preceding the interview of the guest (Jodie in this case) with opposing ideas. This rant (perfected by Bill O’Reilly at Fox News and emulated in this case by Sun TV host Michael Coren) is always full of idiotic lies. What do you say to someone who is arguing the world is flat? Well, you don’t get to say anything because the guest isn’t present during the taping of the rant, and doesn’t know it will show up in the broadcast. And even if Jodie were aware of the rant, how can you rebut a dozen lies in nine seconds?

As for the tacked on interview with Jodie, it’s a matter of the host skipping from subject to subject whenever one subject gets too hot. When Jodie brought up prohibition’s role in starting wars, justifying invasions and directing foreign policy, Coren tosses in a quick lie and zips off to another subject.

Coren says he can’t see why marijuana prohibition is a big cause (despite it being big enough for two states to vote in the majority to repeal marijuana prohibition). Again, Jodie starts to tell him how prohibition affects nearly every aspect of society and zip… lie… zip… he’s off to another subject.

What has Coren ever read about prohibition? There are dozens of books cogently explaining the hundreds of thousands of prohibition murders and deaths, the narco-states, the corruption of whole militaries and police, cartel slaughters, massive incarcerations; is it possible a modern day man with access to so much information could be so blithely unaware?

No issue is bigger than prohibition: wars, invasions, drug cartels, repressive narco-states, civil wars, gangster governments, corrupt law enforcement, over 60,000 dead in Mexico in six years, loss of privacy in a police state, seizures of homes and kids, denial of miracle medicine to those in pain and misery, orphaned children, millions of destroyed lives, demagoguing politicians, drug cartel money propping up the world from total economic collapse in 2009, and 75 years and counting and prison, prison, prison.

Could it be Coren and people like him are just propaganda robots who automatically reject anything coming from the reality-based community? Whenever the ‘reality-based community’ brings up a point, the reaction is to dismiss it with some moronic lie, and then …zip… to move on.

The camera, when left alone to do its work, doesn’t lie. Jodie came across as a classy, intelligent person who dealt in facts. Coren comes across as a brainwashed ideologue grinning at his own stupidity, which he mistakes for intelligence. Coren, knowing full well how full of it he is, even predicts he will get loads of emails and twitter responses from the reality-based community calling him “evil”. Coren doesn’t see the relevance of his own remark. He laughs at it.

It is this disconnect between the evil done by prohibition and the inability of people like Coren to accept responsibility for what they are endorsing. This is sociopathic behaviour. Coren simply can’t empathize with the suffering he is promoting. Prohibition is no more serious a concern than “the right to masturbate”, he writes!  It is indeed true with prohibition, that if you aren’t against prohibition, you are indeed for it – and therefore must accept the evil done by prohibitionist policy as your own. Prohibitionists are incapable of logical thought in this matter because logic would show they are supporting evil acts. Therefore, Coren avoids logic, and avoids any responsibility for who he is, and what he is.

Coren’s mistaken assertion that police ignore possession busts is limited and incorrect. Incorrect because, as Jodie points out, possession busts continue to rise, over 10,000 in Canada last year. But limited, too, because the big prohibition money for police is in seizures. That’s the main interest of police when it comes to prohibition. The police don’t get homes and cars and yachts and motorcycles and computers and furniture and anything else they want by making possession busts. Would-be-uniformed thugs don’t join police SWAT teams to make possession busts. They join to fuck shit up. To blast through front doors, to toss in stun grenades, carry heavy assault weaponry, wear intimidating black assault outfits, have slavering German Shepherds ready to attack anyone inside feigning resistance. Helicopters, tanks, all the SWAT team paraphernalia so beloved by adrenalized cops everywhere in North America – you don’t get that making possession busts.

Seizures and the new asset forfeiture laws that allow them are the biggest part of the corruption. As in the United States, Canadian police are now addicted to marijuana prohibition because of forfeiture and seizure laws. Like the US, seizure laws have created a profitable industry for police in Canada. Some US police departments exist only because of seizures.

When drug-related asset forfeiture laws were first introduced in Canada, it was made clear none of the proceeds would go to police. This was done to avoid corruption. That quickly changed, and so did Canadian policing. Asset forfeitures are used to finance police asset forfeiture infrastructure. Busts are now equated with personal and institutional benefits that can be obtained no other way. Corruption is guaranteed. Police become armed robbers with a badge.

Coren asked Jodie if she was a ‘pothead’, a juvenile tactic that says a lot about Coren and his audience. Coren seemed to be in a constant state of self-absorbed glee through the entire interview. He was so charged up while saying the dumbest things and was just bursting to say the next dumb thing, and the next.

A classic remark by Coren had a certain historical resonance, his final last-stand defense for prohibition and all it represents. When the lies don’t hold up (and they didn’t), when the facts are starting to get in the way (and they did), it’s time for the ultimate rationalization, the one that is history’s most popular justification for evil: “Well, it’s the law.”

Then at the end, Coren wishes me the best for the holiday season. See, that’s a disconnect. He can’t see legalization as a worthy cause, he thinks I doth protest my five-year sentence for selling seeds from my desk in Vancouver too much (there are more worthy prisoners and causes, he says), he issues me a robotic Christmas greeting to show his humanity while expressly supporting the propaganda from a prohibitionist system that put me in a US federal prison in the first place! That’s chutzpah for you!

The prohibition system has left over a million children without fathers in the US, and millions more in some level of despair over loved ones in prisons worldwide for prohibition. Coren and drug war apologists will nonetheless enjoy the holidays with their families. He does not see the evil, the contradiction. It does not enter Coren’s mind. Simply by wishing me a Merry Christmas, Coren is able to reassure himself he is an okay guy. After all, prohibition can’t be so bad as to ruin a Merry Christmas, can it, Mr. and Mrs. Emery? What’s 2,600 kilometers separation, really, for five years, because of some seeds?! Merry Christmas, Marc and Jodie – come on, lighten up, says Mr. Coren; It’s Christmas, for goodness sakes!

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But I’ll be out soon, maybe 12 months if I get transferred back to Canada, 18 months if I don’t. The Prohibitionists, however, are forever locked inside a delusion they can never escape. Abandoning that delusion, they’ll have to see themselves as they really are. And that’s something they can’t handle. Therefore, their lives will continue to be an exercise in worthlessness. But enough of Michael Coren at Christmastime.

Christmas brings a feeling love and hope for humanity. People warm up at Christmas. They are nicer to each other for a brief period of time. I know from letters and cards that I am thought of at Christmas by many, and it’s a comforting feeling. All my work of over 30 years is coming to a big pay-off. Two US states have legalized, with many more (and hopefully British Columbia) on the horizon to legalize. Uruguay will legalize next year. The juggernaut is loose and cannot be turned back, though the prohibitionists will certainly try.

Let us hope for Happy Holidays, and in the New Year, begin the hard work anew on Legalization with Peace on Earth, and No More Drug War.

Merry Christmas,
From Marc Emery
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Republished with special permission from Jodie Emery. This article originally appeared on Cannabis Culture’s website.

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  • Matthew Cunningham

    Today the most Patriotic thing we can do for our country is continue the fight to end these Ungodly Laws. And the world Cannabis Culture and those who believe in rights owe Marc and Jodie a collective Than You.

  • piepaw

    I, for one, am looking forward with an optimistic mind to the day it’s known that this untenable prohibition against Cannabis is done away with. The prohibitionists rue that day, but the majority looks forward to it. We can all thank the determination and fortitude of warriors such as Mr. Emory and the countless behind-the-scenes troopers fighting this prohibition with a clear mind and clearer intention. We’ll never be able to thank them all enough.
    Happy New Year To All….may it bring a real and total end to the prohibition and start a new age of reason, freedom, and justice to us all.

  • Choom Gang

    Just following the law, just following orders? Has anyone out there ever read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich? A short 1280 pages.

    Hitler’s National Socialist party (NAZI) actually came to power under the rule of democracy (third party 37%of the vote), and to full dictatorial power by a coerced law called the enabling act.

    Just following the law was not the right thing to do when Germany killed millions of people, just like following our unconstitutional drug laws is not the right thing to do now, while our government kills and ruins millions of lives.

    When a law is unjust, you have a duty to stand against it.

    One thing you can do, is learn about jury nullification, and learn how you can use it, and then teach it to others.

    • Johnny oneye

      check out “The Love Police” on youtube . Freedom of speech
      and Truthers of law.
      Quite a lot of videos -hilariuos with an objective

  • CJ

    hey, man. I have heard of you but I didn’t know about this blog or site until just now. The name I use alot in the online reform world is CJ, i’ve already decided that my next alias will be Junkei Moruhine – but I digress. Anyhow, I have to say man, what an outstanding entry – I’ve yet to read past entries however, anyways man I did check out the video’s featuring Coren and your wife and I have to be honest with you I couldn’t help it but I found myself getting feelings of anger and thoughts of violence each time that pug faced bastard opened his mouth. It’s okay, no worries, I am an opiate enthusiast and soon freedom from pain (nirvana) and aggression will sooth the frustrations Coren perhaps intentionally wrought upon me.

    Anyways man, you know, this is why I’m writing – I really was impressed with your work man. I have to be honest with you though it’s like, I got into reform thinking it was the movement for me (a god forsaken, homeless, possibly disease ridden, nomadic junkie of 10 + years) pretty much after my last arrest. It’s been fun but also kind of aggrivating man, I guess I should’ve known but I thought I’d find a sense of belonging but encountered something I’ve come to call the “pot populists” of reform. Long story short man, after some time, I found myself feeling that, at the inevitable moment of national (and surely international) marijuana legalization, people like myself would perhaps be in a park, in an alley, wherever, doing what we do, when, standing off to the side, dialing 911 while smoking a fatty is a former reform colleague turned prohibitionist thanks to weed legalization.

    It is a scary thought man. Because of it I’ve felt the need to identify with others who identify themselves as opiate/heroin reformists in specific. I feel bad for rational folks who feel as we do, but, say, perhaps about amphetamines or MDMA, and don’t seem to have any voice whatsoever. Nevertheless man, it’s because of this I like to avoid weed specific sites and organizations. I mean, the DPA, for example, seem to relish, perhaps even at sometimes fiend over weed and have nothing or little to say about “all that other hard stuff… if it hasn’t ruined your life.” It’s like, what the hell is that, man? Well I wanna let you know from what little I’ve seen on your site, you don’t come off like that at all. Not at all. Your wife, when asked by that jerk about overall drug classification, she said the truth. I was worried she was gonna give one of those “weed is good, everything else is bad” statements but she gave us one of those “prohibition is bad” statements. Perfect!

    So man I mean, I think maybe I would’ve found your site and have encouraged others to check it out if it was like, the prohibition blog. You know it’s like, you don’t come off narrow minded or ignorant at all about this. I really have to encourage you to promote your writing to the greater reform community man. It’s too important a message, too critical a point.

  • Johnny oneye

    Great read! I still feel disgust when I see people put in a cage . Yes some people act heinously and Isolation is best.

    Putting people in a cage for believing in something is only comparable to Hitler ,Russia,Castro and the rest of the sociopath regimes we allegedly fight wars over.

    We are fighting the war on personal freedom. Free from Tyranny.

    I find it “Tyrannical” that anyone is sitting in a cage for a crime-less act .!

    This is the civil war , a war on people !

    Anywhere you go in America you can buy drugs within 15 minutes of arrival !

    So explain this war on drugs? How is it easier now and in some cases cheaper/stronger to get drugs than it was pre Nixon 1970 ?

    As we speak another drug hits the streets!

    The Big Pharma in cohoots wIth the the FDA has figured out a way to profit from the people desire for stimulants/opiates!

    Opium smoking was quickly deemed addictive yet the same group of people today will give you legal narcotics and openly trade profits on the stock exchange

    How many OXYCONTINS ,VICODIN,MORPHINE pills have been manufactured?

    good luck trying to get those figures , but an easier number of prescription drug overdoses is backed up by M.LEONTARD DEA “prescription drug abuse #1 problem in america”

    When asked how much is spent on fighting this she could not say.

    She didnt have to say , we know they spend more money on persecuting cannabis suppliers

    luckily Jared Polis kept at her ,that was classic!

    Great article Mark !

    FREE MARK EMERY TEE SHIRT “actual-shirt not included”

    reminds me of a timesquare man wearing a advertising sign ,there was a protest by the UN in Ny After pushing through the crowd I finally read the sign
    FREE KODAK FILM
    I thought who the hell is that!
    happy holidays Mark and Jodie!

  • Jamie Guest

    Good job Marc eloquent as always. Love your take on things. I will not wish you and yours happy holidays as i believe it’s false sentiment invented by the marketing industry…I will only wish you Happiness… eventually. Keep fighting the long hard fight. Heroes like you and your wife are hard to come by…You both have my Greatest Respect