Canada's 'Prince of Pot' Returns Home After 5 Year
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Canada's 'Prince of Pot' Returns Home After 5 Year
Posted by CN Staff on August 12, 2014 at 18:50:20 PT
By Reuters
Source: Reuters
Toronto/ Vancouver -- -A Canadian man jailed for five years in a U.S. federal prison for shipping marijuana seeds across the border returned to his homeland on Tuesday, as laws regulating the drug in both countries have slowly been relaxed.Marc Emery, Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot," crossed the border from Detroit, Michigan to Windsor, Ontario, and soon after addressed television cameras and supporters with his wife Jodie Emery by his side.
He said he expected to resume his activism for cannabis policy reform and would support Jodie's political campaign to run for the Liberals in Vancouver East as well as embark on a speaking tour that includes visits to Spain and Ireland."After five years of prison you can't scare me," he said.The leader of the federal opposition Liberals, Justin Trudeau, has promised to back legalization of marijuana if his party wins the 2015 federal election.Emery, who ran a successful mail-order marijuana seed business from Vancouver, was first arrested in Canada in 2005 and later extradited to the United States, where he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.A U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency statement in 2005 hailed Emery's arrest as a blow to the "marijuana legalization movement" and cited his financial support of pro-pot groups in Canada and the United States.But since the entrepreneur and activist was jailed in 2010, both Colorado and Washington State have legalized recreational marijuana and 23 states now allow medical marijuana.Marijuana use remains illegal in Canada, with the exception of medical marijuana.Reporting by Alastair Sharp and Julie Gordon; editing by G CrosseSource: Reuters (Wire)Published: August 12, 2014Copyright: 2014 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews   -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on August 15, 2014 at 10:02:10 PT
I wish we could have prevented agents of our
government from doing this to Marc Emery. He did no wrong. He sold seeds and pushed back against an extremely cruel, ignorant, and unjust law.I wish this had not happened. But it did. Marc survived. I was so afraid he might not. I thank my God that he is out of their clutches now. Why wasn't he in one of the country club prisons that they put the other suit types in? No. He wasn't put in a low security half civilized prison. He was put in the worst prisons in the country. Like a five year tour of the country's worst prisons.Prohibitionists suffer from a serious and obvious lack of wisdom and good judgment. To my very spiritual understanding, they seem afflicted with some type of judgemental, uncleanness of the very soul. It seems intractable. Their spirits (attitudes) and actions reveal the uncleanness that comes from the darkness in their souls.The supporters, instigators, and enforcers of cannabis prohibition were and are blind to the true immorality of what they've done and are still doing.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on August 13, 2014 at 17:37:14 PT
5 Years in Prison! 
I know we have many people that are in prison and it is wrong. It is so very wrong.
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Comment #6 posted by kaptinemo on August 13, 2014 at 16:58:08 PT:
What Observer said
I was going to write something similar, but he beat me to it. One more instance of the late and unlamented Bush Too (not a typo) years, as the Justice Department was recruiting from religious law schools and the head of the DoJ anointed himself with Crisco and hung sheets to cover bare statue's boobs. Emery's persecution and prosecution was as much a religious pogrom as it was a political one.But what's worse is that it could have been stopped cold immediately after the 2008 election. The case could have been dropped; by that time, with the Crash of 2007-08 in full swing, there were (and remains) much bigger fish to fry. One wonders at why the DoJ focused on such small fry when there was (and is) plenty of big bankster game for the taking.
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Comment #5 posted by observer on August 13, 2014 at 13:52:18 PT
Marc Emery: Political Prisoner
re: A U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency statement in 2005 hailed Emery's arrest as a blow to the "marijuana legalization movement" and cited his financial support of pro-pot groups in Canada and the United States.Making the arrest and imprisonment of Marc Emery a political act: Marc Emery was a political prisoner, pure and simple. Note that other Canadian seed-sellers were not singled out for punishment - just Marc Emery. He was a political prisoner. He was jailed to silence him - to suppress dissent. 
Drug War Propaganda theme number 8: "Anyone Questioning Any of the Above Assumptions is Bitterly Attacked and Characterized as Part of the Problem That Needs to be Eliminated" Note also that his imprisonment accomplished exactly the opposite of shutting up those evil pot-head Legalizers. It is my sincere prayer that Marc Emery accomplishes now his good pleasure upon the Canadian political scene - causing folks to get back their government-filched liberties, once again.
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Comment #4 posted by kaptinemo on August 13, 2014 at 13:24:52 PT:
You didn't need a crystal ball to see this coming
The taxes will go down, as will the prices. They'll have to, from simple demand pressure. Oh, sure, The State will still get it's revenues, but more places will have to open to acquire the same amount the taxman is rubbing his hands with glee at currently receiving; the idiotic restrictions on who may open a shop and how many may open that are currently in place will have to give way. Which may also lead to some prohibs suffering apoplexy and strokes out of sheer frustration at not being able to control their fellow citizens the way they used to. All in all, a very satisfying prospect...especially the latter.
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Comment #3 posted by gloovins on August 13, 2014 at 01:54:08 PT
No one wants to say it so I will:Your "recreational" cannabis is too expensive and you are greedy Wash and Colorado.Boom, said. It's about a 1/3 as dangerous as alcohol facts show, so tax it accordingly. Not the other way around. Cannabis users are intelligent, you realizing this maybe sorta kinda now???
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on August 12, 2014 at 20:31:57 PT
Lower the tax from too high to reasonable...
Amid disappointing sales, Colorado lawmaker seeks marijuana tax review
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on August 12, 2014 at 18:51:16 PT
Welcome Home Marc!
What a wonderful feeling to know you are home now!
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