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The Jodie Emery Show – March 21, 2013

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Jodie and Marc continue to be excited by the approaching possibility of a transfer back to Canada for Marc. Read his blogs and find out how you can write to Marc. He loves to hear from fellow supporters and activists. All the info is at:

Jodie shares more photos she Marc had taken as well as another beautiful work of art sent from the prison by Marc. He's proud of Jodie's election campaign with the BC Green Party, for the May 14th British Columbia provincial election! Find out more about it at – and remember, anyone can donate from anywhere in the world!

Mason Tvert, leading U.S. cannabis activist who made marijuana legal in Colorado, was in town to take part in Sensible BC's public forums. Jodie was on the Sensible BC panel when the forums went to Langley, BC. Read about Jodie's presentation in the Langley Times news here:…

For all the info about Sensible BC, please go to

Dana Larsen, organizer of the Sensible BC campaign to decriminalize cannabis in the province, was featured with an article in the Vancouver Sun newspaper, pointing out that cannabis use is much safer than alcohol. You can see that article at:…

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The Jodie Emery Show – March 14, 2013

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With 481 days left on his prison sentence, Marc is excited that his prison transfer application to come home to Canada is going to the US government next month. Marc meets all of the criteria for transfer, and should serve the remainder of his sentence closer to home. Please send a letter politely explaining why you think Marc should be transfered home to Canada:

Paula A. Wolff, Chief
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division
OEO, International Prisoner Transfer Program
JCK Building, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20530

Read Marc's blog about his transfer campaign here:…

Read Marc's latest blog here:…

Jodie shares pics of Marc and his buddy Terry, both with their instruments as they prepare to play another concert for the prison with their band "Yazoo". We look for full band performance pictures to arrive in the weeks ahead!

Our good friend Mason Tvert, who is responsible for legalized cannabis first in Denver and then the entire state of Colorado, is in Vancouver to be part of the Sensible BC Publiuc Forums being held to inform the public about the forthcoming Sensible BC referendum to make marijuana the lowest police priority in British Columbia. Mason will be part of the panel speaking on March 15, 2013 in Coquitlam at the Poirier Community Centre, Centennial Room. It runs from 7-9pm.

Jodie will also join the Sensible BC panel on March 20, 2013 to be held in Langley at the Fraser Presentation Theatre. Future public forums will be held in the following locations: Richmond, Delta, Surrey, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Dawson Creek. For all the info go to

Another weekly winner is pulled from the BubbleBag and will receive a signed FreeMarc poster, Free Marc t-shirt, stickers and a pin. To be in the bag to win, just send an email to

Shop online at or visit the world-famous Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture Headquarters store at 307 West Hastings Street in Vancouver. We're open 7 days a week.

"We've got everything you need except the weed!"

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Watch thousands of hours of Pot TV at:

Marc, prison music, MRSA infections, and more.

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Marc and Jodie, Yazoo prisonToday is Sunday, March 10. I've 486 days to go, 1,104 days done, now over 3 years done on this sentence. My Canadian transfer paperwork has arrived in Ottawa and my US transfer paperwork goes to Washington, Dc on April 8, the required two years after I was rejected for transfer to Canada by the US Department of Justice on April 6, 2011.

I'm hoping that if my transfer application is accepted (say, by June 10 in Washington, July 20 in Ottawa), I'll be back in the Canadian prison system in September and free at home by next January. Otherwise I'm in the US prison system until July of next year.

The 'We The People' website at now requires 100,000 signatures in 30 days for any petition to get an official response from the White House. Their responses thus far to any petitions have been very superficial and inadequate. Last year, when a petition urging a pardon for me exceeded the then-threshold of 5,000 signatures, the White House response was worse than negligible – it was insulting, a “No Comment” statement.

Then the level was raised to 25,000, and many petitions urging the federal government to legalize marijuana, or reschedule it from schedule 1 to 2, etc. met the threshold – and as a cynic would expect, all received canned propaganda repudiations from drug czar Gil Kerlikowski. If only US citizens would have rallied around Ron Paul as a presidential choice, how different the official White House response for legal marijuana would be!

So I won't be encouraging a petition drive to 'We The People' regarding my transfer, though in January I thought that would be a good idea. What I really need my American friends to do is write their US representatives and Senators requesting a letter to the Department Of Justice endorsing my transfer back to the Canadian prison system. The person to contact is listed here; and my previous blog has more info, here.

My band Yazoo performed our 12th concert in freezing-cold 5 degrees Celsius temperatures outside on the evening of Saturday, February 16th (Presidents Day concert). Though it was cold (I was wearing a t-shirt, two thermal undershirts, a shirt, my winter coat, a wool hat, and wool gloves when I wasn't playing – I was nice n' toasty in all that) and our audience small, it was our best performance as a band, and my best performance individually. We had a great time. Our set list was:

1) Hey Joe (Hendrix)
2) Boys are Back in Town (Thin Lizzy)
3) Running Down a Dream (Tom Petty)
4) Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)
5) Black Magic Woman (Santana)
6) Plush (Stone Temple Pilots)
7) Pride & Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
8) Red House (Jimi Hendrix)
9) Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
10) Green River (Credence Clearwater Revival)
11) Kryptonite (3 Doors Down)
12) Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
13) Little Wing (Steve Ray Vaughan)
14) Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
15) Blue on Black (Kenny Wayne Shepherd)
16) White Room (Cream)
17) Voodoo Child (Hendrix)

I am pleased to say I made virtually no mistakes performing (which I can rarely boast) and the tone on the Carvin bass was perfect.

Marc Emery bass guitarAs you can see, I was able to get some photographs done here at Yazoo with me holding the Carvin bass I play in the band. There are a few photos with Terry my best buddy and bandmate on lead guitar. My 13th concert is next weekend (March 16), and we'll be adding songs Blues Deluxe (Joe Bonnamesa), The Last Resort (by Papa Roach) and bringing back Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stormy Monday, Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid (Led Zeppelin) and a few others from the vault. Ten photos of the band performing Red House and Green River in the rehearsal room are on their way to Jodie and will appear soon on Facebook. They will be made into a poster with a band photo and individual performance shots. "The greatest rock band the free world has Never heard… YAZOO" will be at the top of the poster.

Last Friday I wrote Jodie an email about my friend and previous cellie Daniel having a massive bacterial infection in his whole lower right leg. On Tuesday, a boil appeared on his leg, his third in two months since he had a surgery here for a hernia. He squeezed it, which is dangerous to do. I know, as I contracted a massive infection on my left butt cheek when I was at D Ray James for-profit private prison in Georgia (prior to being sent here) and had a quarter sized hole in my cheek leaking pus and blood for two weeks after a week of intense swelling and inflammation in the area. Fortunately, the infection was not near any vital organs, which is when a MRSA infection is particularly dangerous. MRSA is a kind of aggressive 'staph' infection that starts very innocuously and rapidly spreads. Most modern antibiotics are no longer effective in defeating the infection. MRSA (stands for 'Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus') infections require immediate and aggressive treatment of still-effective antibiotics, or a person can get gangrene and lose limbs, have vital organs shut down, and even die. The creator of The Muppets, Frank Oz, died from a massive infection that could not be treated in time, for example.

In prison here I read a very good novel about how antibiotics went from theory (pre-1929) to fact when Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered antibiotics in the late 1920s. He found that moulds cultivated on stale bread seemed to attack bacteria. But it was not possible for the next ten years to efficiently produce enough antibiotics to even save one person. Our generation has no experience with the kind of mortality that used to occur when people before 1943 got a bacterial infection, whether it was venereal disease, staph infections, and others. Healthy people could scrape their knee on Wednesday and be dead in hospital by Monday in the times before 1945, there was no effective cure for most infections. The book is called “A Brilliant Radiance” by the novelist Lauren Belfer (I also highly recommend her other novel about the first massive hydro-electric project, at Niagara Falls, providing power for the city of Buffalo, called “City of Light”). A Brilliant Radiance showed how a massive effort by the pharmaceutical industries and the US War Department made finding a way to mass produce antibiotics a priority of the war effort. It was so successful that in the five years from 1940 to 1945, antibiotics went from being the rarest of any medical resource to staggering abundance, such that antibiotics were sold for pennies a pill only five years later.

Antibiotics have cured the industrialized world of cholera, meningitis, tuberculosis, dysentery, E-coli, and dozens of other previously fatal bacterial infections. Antibiotics might be the greatest medical development in the history of mankind. But now, due to excessive and wasteful use, the bacteria are adapting, such that what are called methicillin-based antibiotics no longer work on a range of staphylococcus-type infections. And 'staph' bacteria is a plentiful presence on all skin surfaces and found everywhere in ordinary daily circumstances.

Last Tuesday night, Daniel had his third boil in two months on his right leg. Recurring boils on the body are a sign of MRSA, the boils come from festering infection in the body, but are not yet near major arteries or organs. He showed me his leg, and to me, this third boil was clearly indicative of MRSA, as the area around the boil was inflamed. His previous two boils, though open and weeping, had gone away with antibiotic ointment. He had hernia surgery two months ago, and it was obvious to me he picked up MRSA during the surgery. I told him to go see medical. They gave him Clindomycin, an antibiotic that may or may not be effective against MRSA. By Friday the whole leg was red with inflammation, the boil was weeping significant pus, and all the leg was swollen from the knee to the ankle.

I told Daniel the infection was spreading and getting more substantial and had to go to medical and insist they give him Bacterum, an effective antibiotic (used on me when I had my major MRSA infection in February 2011). I warned him that within days if the infection overwhelmed his leg, he could get gangrene and lose his leg to amputation, or worse. This made him feel very uneasy, of course. He went back to medical at 1:00pm. After looking at it, they said yes, it looks serious, but the earliest a doctor could see him was Monday. When he complained to his counselor, the counselor replied, "If you don't see a doctor by next Wednesday," (in five days!) "come back and tell me." I told Daniel if he had to wait until Monday, he'd likely lose his leg, the infection was so obviously serious.

Then I wrote Jodie my concerns regarding Daniels extremely perilous health situation and she posted about it on Facebook, reaching tens of thousands of people who were quite concerned too. At 3:30pm an unusual call came to our unit from medical, requesting Daniel come to medical immediately. There was a doctor, the chief medical administrator, and the head nurse to examine him. They prescribed him Bacterum, and said the surgeon who performed the surgery would be here to see him Monday. His leg continued to be inflamed and swollen over the weekend. On Monday he was hospitalized, and 48 hours later, he was still there. I was grateful the medical department took the infection seriously, but I don't know how Daniel is faring.

The worst fear any prisoner has in captivity is having a life-threatening medical emergency essentially around strangers (fellow inmates) and with largely ambivalent (and way overworked) medical staff. It’s at a time like that you want a loved one or someone who actually cares for you to be nearby. The thought of dying essentially alone among strangers who probably care not a wit for you is disconcerting. When an inmate gets hospitalized, they are shackled all the way to hospital, and to the bed at all times, which is humiliating, of course. Hopefully Daniel will return from the hospital fine.

[Update from the 28th: Daniel just got back, he looks glad to be alive and well, he very effusively thanked me. He was hospitalized for 72 hours and given antibiotics intravenously over that time, and was released back in to the custody of Yazoo here, on the mend and out of danger! I'm grateful for that. He was on two IV drips, one nutrition, the other antibiotic, the whole time. He leg is greatly recovered.]

The US federal government cuts in federal department budgets has me worried that life here will be worsened. All the C.O.'s (correctional officers) and staff here are going to be required to take a day off without pay (furloughed) every two weeks. I'm also concerned that the money spent on food will be cut back to make our meals even more dubious.

All the money spent on music equipment, pool tables, televisions, cable TV programming, arts and crafts, the leatherwork shop, sports and exercise equipment, all inmate activities of every kind (except education) are paid for by inmate trust funds. The taxpayer doesn't pay for anything to do with my band Yazoo, our equipment, or any of the recreation equipment like exercise bicycles, poll tables, basketballs, etc. So that is not affected by any federal government cutbacks. The 1,700 inmates here spend approximately $150,000 a month in the commissary (inmate store for hygiene items, extra food, etc.) so about $45,000 a month of those sales (items are all costs plus 30%, which then goes to the inmate trust funds) goes to pay for everything the inmates do on the rec yard, in the rec hall, all TVs and TV programming in the unit day rooms.

In addition to a reduction in staff starting Friday, the airports will have fewer people working from the Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) and air traffic controllers, meaning Jodie's flights to see me will likely go through delays. And there will be fewer staff here at the prison, so I'm concerned visitation processing will be slower. Yesterday and today all prisoners have been locked in our units, and not allowed outside. And it’s a gorgeous day outside today. There is no explanation why. [Note from Jodie: The US federal government announced that prison lockdowns may become more common simply to deal with the spending cuts, but this lockdown was likely the result of a prison employee being killed in another state, which results in lockdowns at all federal facilities.]

I slept terribly the other night because being cooped up, all I do is read and do crosswords, but that is not enough to make me tired enough to have a good sleep. I've always been a difficult sleeper, most of my life not getting tired until 4:00 or 5:00am, and often shaking my legs violently. But a month ago I started a personal program of not eating anything after 5:30pm – I mean nothing at all, drinking only water and absolutely no coffee or tea, and I never drink sodas. That's been working very well. I'm sleeping well if I go to bed on an emptier stomach feeling somewhat hungry (hard to resist the urge to eat something). That will be a hard discipline to maintain when I'm in the free world at home. Smoking pot always stimulates appetite and so I typically ate things in the evening and late at night. Plus it stimulates other desires and wants. What cannabis has never done is make me sleepy. So I didn't really ever get tired until 5:00 or 6:00am in the morning, I'd sleep till 10:30 or 11:00am and get up.

I've sent thank you cards to the three Americans who sent me the four issues of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. They are circulating widely in our 120-man unit. And thanks to Dana Larsen for putting a book wish list for me at where anyone can send me a book off that wish list. Already I've received ten books off the wish list, some graphic novels, Rex Stout mysteries, Ann Rule true crime stories, guitar tab music books. I'll send a note out to anyone who sends me any book via the amazon wish list, but receipts don't have the name or address of the payee, so feel free to tell Dana or mail me a note saying you sent me a book. In the last three weeks I've sent out 50 cards (with wee small lettering to get as much in there as possible), trying to catch up on my correspondence, on one side is a photo of me in prison, or a photo of Jodie and I in the visitation room here, and the other side is blank, and I found I can get four or five of those done every day in about two hours.

Jodie Emery for Vancouver-West EndMy wonderful wife Jodie is again running for a seat in the British Columbia Legislature. The provincial election is on Tuesday, May 14. Jodie needs money to run her campaign, and any individual or corporation in the world can donate any amount to her campaign. All British Columbia residents who donate between April 15 and May 14 get a tax-creditable receipt; a portion of your donation (if you are a BC resident) is good for a refund off your BC provincial income tax. All others can donate anytime from now to May 14, and in any amount, and you'll get an official receipt, but it’s not tax-creditable in your jurisdiction. Jodie needs to raise $5,000 to $15,000 to do phone electioneering, pay for signs, literature, and advertising. Make checks and money orders to "The Campaign to Elect Jodie Emery" (you must include your name and address along with donation) and send to: The Campaign to Elect Jodie Emery, 307 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 1H6. PayPal donations can be sent to and more information about donations can be found on her website

On that final note, be sure to support Dana Larsen's extraordinary Sensible BC campaign to put decriminalization to the voters of British Columbia with a ballot initiative signature drive. It’s at Jodie's BCMP vapor lounge is donating 50% of proceeds from Tuesday’s open mic jam nights to the Sensible BC campaign. Dana also has a patron (Bob Erb, the marijuana activist winner of a $25 million lottery and a former BC Marijuana Party candidate) who is matching all contributions dollar for dollar, so please contribute money to the Sensible BC decriminalization ballot initiative drive to keep the anti-prohibition conversation going strong.


The Jodie Emery Show – March 7, 2013

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It's less than one month until Marc's application for transfer back to Canada will go in to the U.S. Department of Justice. He currently has 488 days left on his sentence, but could be released much earlier if transferred home. You can help by writing letters; all the details and where to write can be found in this blog by Marc:

Jodie shares more pictures of her and Marc taken at the prison during one of her visits to Yazoo, Mississippi, and soon we'll be able to see photos of Marc and his band "Yazoo" playing on their instruments together!

With the move towards legalization the business world is gearing up to try to take advantage of the billions of dollars to be made in the new industry. Jodie shows us The Walrus and Canadian Business magazines covering the story and quoting Cannabis Culture.

Sensible BC, the campaign to decriminalize cannabis in British Columbia, has been holding discussion in their "PUBLIC FORUM AND PANEL SERIES". Hear from police officers, health professionals, local politicians, academic researchers and legal experts. Find out how BC can implement a sensible marijuana law at and you can also watch the forums live and in the archive at

Another signed Free Marc poster along with a Free Marc t-shirt, stickers and a pin are given away in Jodie's weekly draw. To have your chance to win next week send an email to

Shop online at or visit the world-famous Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture Headquarters store at 307 West Hastings Street in Vancouver. We're open 7 days a week.

"We've got everything you need except the weed!"

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Watch thousands of hours of Pot TV at:

The Jodie Emery Show – February 28, 2013

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On the last day of February, Jodie has new visit photos and two pictures of Marc with his prison bass guitar! He now has 495 days left on his US prison sentence, plus the possibility of coming home earlier if transferred to Canada. With the US facing budget cuts, we hope they'll approve his transfer to get him out of the American prison system!

There's plenty of protest over the GEO Group's attempt to advertise and sponsor a stadium at Florida Atlantic University. The GEO group operate private prisons in the US and are campaigning to expand into Canada. Marc was in one of their prisons in Georgia and it was corrupt and very poorly run. He blogged about it between November 2010 and May 2011. Read the story about GEO Group's stadium plans here:

The BC election campaign has begun. Jodie shares some photos from when she and Jeremiah went out to gather the signatures she needs to be able to run for office. The BC Green Party had Jodie run as a candidate in 2009, and officially supports ending prohibition, so we support them! If you like to help, donate or read Jodie's platform, go to

Sensible BC, a campaign to decriminalize Cannabis in British Columbia spearheaded by amazing long-time activist Dana Larsen, hit the newspapers with ads for their free public forums and dialogues on BC's marijuana policy. Public forums will be held in the following locations: UBC, SFU Harbour Ctr., West Van, North Van, SFU Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond, Delta, Surrey, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Dawson Creek. For the details go to

Jodie gives away another Free Marc t-shirt, stickers and a pin, plus some extra goodies. She also shows us a special prize for next week's draw – a poster autographed by Marc Emery back in 2009 right before he began his prison sentence. You have to be in the BubbleBag to win, so send an email to

Shop online at or visit the world-famous Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture Headquarters store at 307 West Hastings Street in Vancouver. We're open 7 days a week. "We've got everything you need except the weed!"

Stay informed, stay involved at:

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The Jodie Emery Show – February 21, 2013

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Jodie is just returning from another great visit with Marc, who now has 505 days left to serve on his U.S. prison sentence. He remains optimistic as the April date to be able to apply for transfer back to Canada draws near. He also stays busy playing bass guitar with his band "Yazoo" who are practicing for an up coming concert for the prison. If you would like to write to Marc or send books and magazines, all of the details and rules can be found at:

The BC Green Party is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and on February 22 they will be having aparty and the official launch of their 2013 Campaign. That's  H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver. For more info go to:

The GEO Group, operators of private prisons including the one in Georgia where Marc was sent,  have caused controversy by paying millions of dollars to a Florida University to have their name on the stadium. Read the story here:–ncaaf.html

Many States are following the lead of Washington and Colorado. The latest is in Pennsylvania where a Democrat Senator is working on a legalization bill to introduce to that State's legislature. Read about it here:

Jodie picks another winner in the weekly draw for a Free Marc t-shirt, stickers and a pin and shows some extra goodies for next week. To have your chance to win, send an email to


Keep warm this February with amazing sales on clothing and glass at CCHQ!


Sale ends February 28th.

Shop online at: or visit the world-famous Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture Headquarters  at 307 West Hastings St in Vancouver. We're open 7 days a week. "We've got everything you need except the weed!"

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The Jodie Emery Show – February 14, 2013

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! It was also Marc's 55th birthday yesterday (February 13). Unfortunately he had to spend it in prison, as he has 510 days left in his US federal sentence. You can write to him or send books and magazines; all of the details and rules can be found at

Bob Erb, long time marijuana activist and recent winner of a $25 million lottery has pledged $120,000 to the Sensible BC campaign to decriminalize marijuana in British Columbia, and has also offered to match donations up to $500,000 – so if you can donate, your money will be doubled! Sensible BC will require a 90 day blitz between September and November to sign up 10% of registered voters in each riding. It's a massive task that will require a lot of help, but it is possible and will make a huge difference for Canada! Please go to to sign up, donate, and volunteer.

There's lots happening in the United States, carrying on the momentum of Washington and Colorado, with Rhode Island and Vermont intoducing legalization bills and North Carolina introducing a medicinal marijuana bill. Stay tuned with world-wide cannabis news at and

Here in Canada the fight continues against proposed changes to our Health Canada Medicinal Marijuana program. Demonstrations and actions are planned through two campaigns:

"Fight The MMPR" is spearheaded by Victoria, BC activist and "Hempology 101" instructor and author Ted Smith, who is co-ordinating protests, letter writing and a phone jam. Visit to join in!

"MMAR Coaltion Against Repeal", organized by medical activist Jason Wilcox, is helping coordinate another effort with the help of prominent BC lawyer (and friend to the Cannabis Culture) John Conroy – a class action lawsuit on behalf of patients with the MMAR Coaltion Against Repeal. For more details about that, go to

It's a great time to shop at Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture Headquarters. We've got Hemp Hoodlamb jackets on sale at 20% off!  All other clothing is 50%, and all of the Heady Glass is is marked down 30%. You can easily shop online at or visit the store at 307 West Hastings St in Vancouver. We're open 7 days a week. "We've got everything you need except the weed!"

HEMP HOODLAMB JACKETS 20% OFF! Enter Code: Hoodlamb
ALL OTHER CLOTHING 50% OFF! Enter Code: Clothing
GLASS ART 30% OFF! Enter Code: Glass

Jodie picks another winner of a FreeMarc t-shirts, stickers and a pin. To have your name in the BubbleBag send an email to

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The Jodie Emery Show – February 7, 2013

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Marc's birthday is coming up February 13th, and Jodie recieved a beautiful Valentine's Day card from him, made in the prison where he has 520 days left on his sentence. He was also featured in The Province newspaper nominating him for the job of consulting to the Washington State Liquor Control Board to help them produce and distribute legal marijuana. You can read Marc's (tongue-in-cheek) application blog at

Jodie shares her thoughts and a short video from the Michelle Rainey memorial bench warming ceremony we attended with a big group of others on Saturday, January 19. See that video at and visit to learn more about Michelle and what she did for medical marijuana activism.

Rallies across Canada are being organized by Ted Smith leading activist from Victoria, BC to fight the current changes to the Health Canada Medical Marijuana program. Find out where and when at and – and stay tuned for more stories and news (about the campaigns to stop the federal government from taking away patients' right to grow their own medicine) at and

Verdicts where reached in the Chris Williams' and Matt Mernagh's cases, and Jodie fills us in on the details of those results. Chris got a 5-year sentence, and Matt lost his appeal in the Ontario Court of Appeals. It was bad news for both cases, but the fight goes on!

A winner of a Free Marc t-shirts, stickers and a pin are drawn from the BubbleBag. To get your entry in for next week's draw send an email to Good luck!

Be sure to check our store at 307 West Hastings St in Vancouver. We're open 7 days a week. Shopping couldn't be easier online. Go to to get all your cannabis and hemp needs. "We've got everything you need except the weed!"

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Marc Emery’s Application to Help Grow Washington’s Legal Pot

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Marc Emery cannabis plantUpon learning that the Washington State Liquor Control Board is seeking consultant applications for a legal marijuana production and distribution system, Marc wrote this tongue-in-cheek submission. Marc was extradited to and sentenced in Seattle, Washington despite operating his seed business in Vancouver, BC, Canada at all times. 

Dear Sirs and Madams of the Washington State Liquor Control Board,

Please consider my bid, or rather, application for consideration, to be a consultant in one of the four fields of marijuana expertise required by the WSLCB:

1) Product and Industry Knowledge
2) Product Quality Standards & Testing
3) Product Usage and Consumption Validation
4) Product Regulation

I understand your need to meet the voter endorsed deadline of December 2013, whereby retail offering of cannabis products are expected to be found in the current WSLCB outlets. I offer strong skills in marketing, cultivation, genetics, breeding, retail, business, working with large groups of co-workers, but my only caveat is that I am currently a guest of the US federal prison system for my peaceful and successful involvement with servicing the needs of well over 3,000 citizens of Washington state in cultivating marijuana from 1995 to 2005 (as well as millions of others throughout the United States). I do expect to be released from this inconvenient situation and repatriated back to Canada in December of this year. Perhaps you can use my resume as back-up if one of the other applicants turns to be unsuitable when you can see their capabilities (or lack thereof) at close range.

My name is Marc Emery. I am one of the world's most recognized brand names in what I am proud to say is the worldwide cannabis culture. My name is a cachet of integrity and quality among the marijuana connoisseurs, enthusiasts, cognoscenti and consumers the world over – and certainly in Washington State, to which I supplied an extraordinary range of quality genetics to thousands of citizens, including medical, commercial, household gardens, from 1995 to 2005. The Washington state District Attorney's office in their prosecution contended I was responsible for the cultivation of three million cannabis plants across the United States, through my seed sales done via postal delivery from my home Vancouver, BC, Canada.

I have been given privileged and rare access to over 300 indoor marijuana gardening projects, and over 50 outdoor and greenhouse projects, in the years from 1990 to 2009, largely as publisher and editor of 75 issues of Cannabis Culture Magazine, which I was responsible for from 1994 to 2009. In that capacity I was given enough access to these horticultural enterprises to describe them in detail in my publication. I have an understanding of horticultural techniques of every kind, including esoteric methods like swamp growing, tree-top growing, underground growing, brewery conversions, off-shore barge growing, subterranean rail-car growing, bio-dynamic growing, among others, but certainly most of my experience is in commercial mass production operations using hydroponic, soil or soilless media. I am very familiar with large conventional grow theatres using 50 to 150 thousand-watt (HPS or Metal Halide) bulbs. In my experience, typical production is 1 to 1.2 pounds (dry weight) per 1,000-watt light bulb per 60 days.

Marc Emery cannabis plants

I have supervised the breeding of 20 individual genetic varieties of cannabis as part of the largest cannabis seed distribution project the modern world has ever seen, having as many as 380 varietals of cannabis in my seed distribution catalog at the peak of my efforts.

As editor of Cannabis Culture magazine from 2004 to 2009, I edited manuscripts by horticulturalists, medical experts, scientists, historians, for the digestion of our reading audience. All 74 issues of my highly regarded magazine are online at for your review.

I have been a successful retailer since 1971, and have always employed between 20-45 people from 1996 to 2009 (when my spouse took over the reins of the business), so I am used to working harmoniously with numerous co-workers. From 1995 to July 29, 2005, when the untimely interruption by the Drug Enforcement Administration occurred, I was likely the world's largest seed distribution business, and uniquely, the only such cannabis seed distributor identified by having the proprietor's name (mine) clearly identified at all times and known to use the seed revenue to finance political activism and drug policy reform. While this no doubt contributed some incentive for my adversaries to arrest me, it also made my name a valuable brand attached to an outstanding performance record amongst the very people you will be appealing to in the Washington state marketplace. I assure you having the Emery brand integrated into your production and marketing and product development will ensure a credibility few other applicants can provide.

As I look at your situation, I understand that about 300,000 Washington state residents will be regular consumers of about one ounce a month, with up to one million tourists annually who will take advantage of Washington state's new cultural zeitgeist. This requires a retail distribution paradigm that favors variety and price breaks at all levels. I foresee demand levels of about 500,000 to 600,000 ounces (dry weight) per month required. At 16 ounces per pound this is a requirement of 37,500 pounds per month, and since a grow-cycle is about 60 days, 75,000 pounds dry weight every 60 days would need to be produced to meet the expected requirements of the marketplace. Once economy of scale, start-up cost inputs are calculated, I expect the cost of producing the cannabis will be $10-$20 an ounce, or less, but not more, and this would include all production and distribution as well as capital inputs pro-rated over three years, ultimately reducing the costs after three years. Of course, taxation would need to be applied as per your regulations.

This would mean 75,000 1,000-watt bulbs of production operating in the state of Washington under the aegis of the WSLCB to meet this demand. With the retail price at $20-$40 an ounce plus taxation, this will wipe out all aspects of the black market in Washington state, certainly the voters had this in mind when they passed Initiative I-502. This will also make impractical any need to for medical users to grow their medicine, as long as taxation is not so onerous as to re-ignite black market production.

Marc Emery plant photo by Jeff V

An ideal production facility with 150 1,000-watt bulbs, with concrete foundations and all sophisticated equipment necessary for 165 pounds every 60 days, (functionally, it would be 35-40 pounds every 15 days), costs $1,000,000 to $1,200,000. To meet the 75,000 pounds every 2 months, you'll need 200-350 facilities to be built. You could make vast-sized facilities of 500 (or even 1,000) bulbs, but the cost savings are inversely proportional to increasing risks, as plant diseases, or pest infestations and other unforeseen disasters, in a closed environment, are difficult to extinguish once endemic in one facility. It is better to have 200-350 separate facilities than 10-20 staggeringly large facilities, so production problems in one unit do adversely affect the production volumes required. Sophisticated outdoor greenhouses are also a cost-efficient consideration but this would be something better suited to eastern Washington's more reliable sunny weather. There is also a market for sun-grown outdoor field marijuana that will have far smaller start-up input costs, but will require a modest level of security.

In all three of these kinds of horticultural endeavors, it is vitally important that all efforts be documented, and under regular review, and I am very familiar with this necessity.

I work well with government bureaucracy, scientists, medical researchers, legislators, policy makers, horticulturalists/farmers (and they can be an iconoclastic, dare I say, eccentric lot, believe you me), retailers, and marketing departments. I understand product promotion in this field very well, and I certainly know well the various client bases being served. I can provide endorsements and bona-fides for all these claims upon request should you be interested in considering me becoming a member of your team.

I do hope my Canadian citizenship and my current status as prohibited-from-entering-the-United States-for-life is not a too-extraordinary impediment to the successful execution of this job. I'd like to point out it wasn't particularly my involvement in cannabis cultivation that made me a US federal prisoner and felon, though the official conviction is one count of conspiracy to cultivate marijuana. It was in fact my political advocacy to legalize marijuana and the millions of dollars I contributed to US organizations and individuals to accomplish this objective via ballot initiatives and various court, legal and political actions that brought me to the attention of the DEA (see among my bona-fides, a press release from DEA chief Karen Tandy from July 29, 2005).

However, my grassroots reputation with the people who did, after all, vote in this now legal regime in Washington state, is at its all-time zenith. This can only be of considerable benefit to the WSLCB should I join your team and apply my skills and name to your efforts to supply the people of Washington with the finest cannabis possible. My original prosecutor, former Western Washington District attorney John McKay, had a considerable involvement with Initiative 502, and in view of his stark conversion-on-the-road-to-Damascus change of heart regarding marijuana prohibition, I do expect an excellent review from him should you consult him in this matter, and hope in this new enlightened post-502 era, my credentials will be weighed fairly viz. a viz. the other applicants.

Marc and Jodie Emery, December 2, 2012Regrettably, at this time, being a guest of the US Bureau of Prisons in Mississippi, I cannot appear for an interview in person in Washington, but I think it would still be very profitable for the WSLCB to come to Yazoo City medium security federal prison on any Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday to conduct an interview with me here. Considering the likely investment of approximately $200,000,000 in facilities to produce the marijuana, and the more than one billion dollars in sales annually that are to be expected, the costs of having your representatives interview me here at Yazoo would be an extremely wise and prudent investment.

In anticipation of a successful meeting for one of your consulting positions,
I remain (until July 9, 2014)
Marc Emery 40252-086,
Yazoo City Federal Corrections Complex
Yazoo City, Mississippi, 39194


On Friday, February 1st, 2013 the Province newspaper ran a column by Jon Ferry about Marc and the Washington state job opportunity. Click here to read it, or see the image file below.

Marc and Jodie, Province newspaper




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