Aug 072014
 August 7, 2014

marc emery

Marc Emery has been a marijuana activist for a long, long time. In 1995 Marc Emery created Cannabis Culture Magazine, which is how I originally learned about him. I was a huge, huge fan of Cannabis Culture growing up in the Pacific Northwest, and still have quite a few editions in my possession. One of my favorite things to do other than look at the pictures of nugs was to look at all the seeds you could buy via the magazine. It’s those seed sales that contributed to legal issues for Mr. Emery.

But it wasn’t the seed sales alone. It was the fact that Marc Emery sold seeds, and also used the funds from seed sales to fund marijuana reform efforts in the United States and Canada that caught the attention of the United States government. In documents that are shared on social media often, the United States government made it clear that they went after Marc Emery in a hope to stop his activist efforts, which were gaining quite a bit of momentum in North America. After charges were filed in the United States, and extradition was pursued, Marc Emery was sent to serve a long prison sentence in the United States in mid-2010.

The fact that Marc Emery was prosecuted for marijuana seeds sales is wrong. The fact that the Canadian government handed him over to the United States is also wrong. The fact that he sat in prison for so many years away from his loving wife Jodie is horrible. Even after Marc Emery served his prison sentence, which was complete four weeks ago, he is still sitting in jail waiting to be sent back to Canada. His wife Jodie has no idea how long he will be held. She just knows she will get 24 hours notice that he will finally be heading home and that she gets to wait without answers until then.

Marc Emery deserves to be home. He has served his time and then some. Jodie Emery deserves to have her husband back. I cannot wait to see what he does once he is free and back in Canada. The landscape of the marijuana world will no doubt change once he is back. I also cannot wait to see how he feels about the current state of the marijuana world. So much has changed since 2010 when he got locked up. There are now legal states in America. The industry is growing exponentially. It’s truly an exciting time to be involved with marijuana, and I can’t wait to hear what Marc has to say once he’s out and about taking it all in. Free Marc Emery!

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  • Anthony

    Mark Emery is a Harper operative.

    • Uncle Arthur

      How so? Do tell.

  • mike1188

    Yes FREE MARK EMERY! Wow everyone should be ashamed of our Government. Our Country our government should apologies to Mr. Emery and to his family. Why? Because he sold marijuana seeds, just seeds from Canada. Ok look at it another way. How many South American drug lords and Mexican drug lords are in a U.S prison? People who will who have killed supplied our country with cocane, heroin, marijuana, illegal guns, human trafficking. The lists go on and on with Drug lords. Now think of the political pressure that the united states had to apply to the Canadian Goverment. Just for one guy one seed salesman and most importantly an activist. He was not about violence. He was about marijuana reform. It is our constitutional right to be a activist. American or not. He is not the first and only non American activist. If being an activist is illegal than there should be a whole lot of people locked up. No back to the cartels how is it one guy selling seeds was more important to the DEA than south American drug smugglers. I am sure we could put the same political pressure on let’s say Columbia just as we did to Canada. Let Mark Emery go America.

    • knowa1

      Here is the original text of DEA Administrator Karen Tandy’s statement released on July 29th, 2005:
      Today’s DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group — is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement.
      His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today.
      Emery and his organization had been designated as one of the Attorney General’s most wanted international drug trafficking organizational targets — one of only 46 in the world and the only one from Canada.
      Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery’s illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.

      • Trichometrist

        Wasted tax dollars . Five years worth of meth labs ,crack , heroin
        Dealers all unfettered .because the dangerous marijuana ring in canada had been dismantled
        Maybe the US should go after real criminals instead

  • Yana

    Jodie will be glad to see Marc, I have kept her in good spirits and from being at night lonely, Our special girl time will come to end soon. So special to me she is, This she know I hope. Please forgive as my english still get better.

    • Jennifer

      Video?

      • Ganja Girl

        Grow Up! Wait did you say Video!

  • Cyndysub

    I think that putting him in jail has backfired on them. I think the net effect was people hearing about this and doubling down on promoting legalization. Dumb ass politicians seldom get anything right.

  • freemarcemery

    i have sent this to the new post and hopeful they will play it and he will be free tio go home you are in are pray man hang in there

  • freemarcemery

    push the canadians got some friends in the government so i see what i get him free