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Plant the Seeds of Freedom March 21, 2006

Marc EmeryMarc Emery is the fucking man.  Not because he smokes pot, but because he is willing to put his entire life on the line for a cause he believes is important.  That cause is 2 parts marijuana law reform and one part free speech.  The later is what we are most interested in addressing — but so we’re all on the same page, here’s our gonzo-style back story on the guy.  (Which you get in a more proper form here.)

For years, Marc has been living in Vancouver, advancing the cause of marijuana law reform.  He’s spent millions of dollars of his own money sponsoring marijuana reform candidates, funding pro-marijuana lobbies, and generally speaking out against the fascist and dogmatic war on drugs.  He earned these millions operating a bookstore and selling marijuana seeds on the Internet, but has turned most of what he earned back into combating the drug war — he lives in a small apartment with his fiance, and doesn’t own expensive cars, have sweet investments or roll with lots of bling. 

Basically, this guy is the Johnny Appleseed of Pot with kind of a Mahatma Gandhi twist — he’s in it because he selflessly loves Joe Potsmoker and is tired of seeing him persecuted and jailed for wanting to gain a deeper appreciation of the latest Radiohead album.   

Emery has hardly been running a shady illicit operation.  His tax return specifies his occupation as “Marijuana Seed Vendor.”  He calls his method “revolutionary retail” or “capitalist activism” and half the point of his operation is to make a public issue out of marijuana laws.  The thing is the Canadian government is OK with it.  They know his deal, and haven’t really prosecuted him much except for a few fines here and there.  Unfortunately, our friends to the north are kind of like a wiser, more rational, and less athletic sibling who is forced to share a household with an aggro, sexually repressed, moronic and sometimes psychotic brother. 

Psychotic like the Evil Fucking Fascist Bastards at the DEA, who have managed to stretch their long and slithery arms out of their short-sleeve white collared shirts all the way from DC into Canada.  Emery is now facing extradition to the US and 30 years or more in a federal pen, in a country where he isn’t even a citizen and hasn’t visited of years.  How the DEA managed to arrest this guy is beyond us, but our best guess is since we have the bigger guns, sometimes Canadians have to acquiesce to our infantile demands.

MarcEmery-suit.jpgAlright, enough back story.  What we really want to talk about is a really interesting point that Marc made recently in a chat online at washingtonpost.com.  He believes that one of the biggest obstacles to the pro-marijuana agenda is that a police state in the US has prevented proper dissent and free speech on the subject. 

Sound like a ludicrous point?  When the DEA arrested him and raided his apartment and business, they claimed in a press release that his arrest was “a significant blow to the marijuana legalization movement.”  In the past, the DEA has used the RAVE act to force the cancellation of NORML rallies, and the feds even shut down pro-marjiuana advertising on the DC metro by threatening to deny metro federal funding. 

Doctors, lawyers, teachers, civil servants and countless other professionals face all kinds of legal repercussions if they are caught speaking out against the drug war.  Shit, even we are a bit nervous to write about it.

That’s bullshit, no matter how you feel about the drug war.  Just imagine for a second how scary the US would be if it started arresting people for speaking out against the Iraq war or social security reform.  But that’s exactly what we are doing with the drug war.

And that’s why Marc Emery will spend the next 30 years in jail.


1. TGIMcPete - March 27, 2006

The DEA and their supporters are fascist scumbags supporting a misguided, irrational (at least if measured by their overt goals), *violent* war, directed at a significant portion American Citizens and residents who are productive and otherwise law-abiding.