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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 http://www.cannabisculture.com/blogs/2013/02/05/Marc-Emerys-Application-Help-Grow-Washingtons-Legal-Pot

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1baYGNf-YAo and visit http://www.MichelleRainey.com 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 http://fightthemmpr.ca and http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2013/01/18/Nationwide-Protests-Health-Canadas-New-Medical-Marijuana-Regulations – 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 http://www.CannabisCulture.com and http://www.Pot.tv

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 jodie@cannabisculture.com. 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 http://www.CannabisCulture.com/store to get all your cannabis and hemp needs. "We've got everything you need except the weed!"

Stay informed, stay involved at:
http://www.CannabisCulture.com
http://www.Facebook.com/PrinceOfPot
http://www.Facebook.com/JodieEmery
http://www.Facebook.com/MarcEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/JodieEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/MarcScottEmery

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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 cannabisculture.com/backissues 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

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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

 

 

 

The Jodie Emery Show – January 31, 2013

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Just back from a visit with Marc, Jodie tells us that he is getting a little anxious to be out and working towards legalization. You can read Marc's blogs at http://www.CannabisCulture.com and http://www.FreeMarc.ca. He has passed the two-thirds mark in his prison sentence with 523 days left to go.

Tomorrow the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in the Matt Mernagh case comes down — it it may strike down the cannabis laws! Stay tuned to http://www.pot.tv and http://www.CannabisCulture.com for all that news.

Medical Marijuana grower Chris Williams is to be sentenced tomorrow in Missoula, Montana and could be facing a very long prison sentence. We wish him and his family all the best and hope that reason and justice will prevail. Go to http://www.CannabisCulture.com for all the details about the story.

Some justice has prevailed in Texas where a State trooper who sexually violated two females on the side of the highway under suspicion of possessing marijuana has been fired. No marijuana was found, showing proof that prohibition can abuse everyone at any time.

Another winner is drawn from the BubbleBag and wins a FreeMarc t-shirts, stickers and a pin. To have your chance send an email to jodie@cannabisculture.com. Good luck!

Shopping online is easy. Go to http://www.CannabisCulture.com/store where you'll find a full selection of all your Cannabis and hemp needs. Hemp Hoodlamb coats are currently on sale 20% off! Heady glass can be shipped in the mail in Canada now too! There are a lot of deals online and even more in store at 307 West Hastings St in Vancouver. We're open 7 days a week. "We've got everything you need except the weed!"

Stay informed, stay involved at:http://www.CannabisCulture.com
http://www.Facebook.com/PrinceOfPot
http://www.Facebook.com/JodieEmery
http://www.Facebook.com/MarcEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/JodieEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/MarcScottEmery

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The Jodie Emery Show – January 24, 2013

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With 530 days left on his U.S. prison sentence, Marc begins his campaign to be transferred back to Canada. You can read his blogs and stay up to date by going to http://www.CannabisCulture.com and http://www.FreeMarc.ca – read Marc's prison transfer blog here: http://www.cannabisculture.com/blogs/2013/01/21/Marc-Emery-Begins-His-Campaig…

Jodie shares the long awaited Christmas photos she and Marc had taken on the pre-Christmas visit to the prison in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Join Marc and Jodie's social network to see photos and more updates at http://www.Facebook.com/PrinceOfPot and http://www.Facebook.com/JodieEmery

The Liberal Party of Canada has officially adopted a "legalize marijuana" position and held a town meeting here in Vancouver to answer questions and present their policy paper. Find out more about the presentation and policy paper here: http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2013/01/24/Liberal-Party-Explores-Lega…

Jodie prepares to run for the BC Green Party in Vancouver West-End for our upcoming May 14th BC provincial election campaign. She ran in 2009 too – see media, photos, blogs, videos and more from that campaign at http://www.JodieForMLA.ca and stay tuned for the new campaign website.

Shopping online and supporting Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture Headquarters store is easy. See all of our goodies at: http://www.CannabisCulture.com/store – we now have heady glass available for Canadian customers! Or visit our store at 307 West Hastings St in Vancouver. We're open 7 days a week. "We've got everything you need except the weed!"

Stay informed, stay involved at:
http://www.CannabisCulture.com
http://www.Facebook.com/MarcEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/JodieEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/MarcScottEmery

Watch thousands of hours of Pot TV at: http://www.pot.tv.

Marc Emery Begins His Campaign to Come Home

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Marc and Jodie Emery, December 1, 2012Last week I filled out my paperwork for the Canadian government regarding my desire to be transferred to the Canadian prison system. In March I will fill in the US paperwork to have it in Washington, DC by approximately April 6th, two years to the day after the US Department of Justice rejected my first application.

If I don't get accepted for a transfer by either the US or Canadian governments, I will be released on July 9th, 2014 here in the United States, spending 15-20 days at a US Immigration & Customs Enforcement facility (likely in Oakdale, Louisiana), and then flown to either Vancouver or Toronto. I'd like to think that, at the latest, I'd be home with Jodie for our 8th wedding anniversary on July 23rd, 2014.

However, if I get approved for transfer under the Canada-US treaty (International Transfer of Offenders Act), I could be en route to a Canadian federal prison in the summer of this year. If I arrive at a Canadian prison on September 1st this year, under new rules enacted by the Conservative government, I’ll be held for a while before being released on December 10th, 2013 – just in time for Christmas.

If I were originally sentenced in Canada, I would have been automatically released July 4th, 2013, at 2/3 of my sentence; that was the statutory release date for any federal prisoner. But under punitive new rules by the Harper government, I will, upon arrival at a Canadian federal prison, have to spend 1/3 of my remaining US sentence in a Canadian prison, even though it goes beyond the statutory release date for any other prisoner.

So whereas I should be released in Canada on July 10th this year (having served 40 months of a 60 month sentence that day, the Canadian release time for any other Canadian federal prisoner) if I am brought back and arrive on September 1st (an estimate, as it takes up to three months after the Canadian government approval to wend my way back through the US system into a Canadian prison), instead of being automatically released, I have to serve an additional 1/3 (of the sentence up to the July 9th, 2014 US release date). That's 1/3 of 317 days, or 106 extra days past September 1st, which would be December 11th, 2013.

Marc and Jodie Emery, December 2, 2012

But at least I would out before Christmas this year, and home almost 7 months earlier than my US release, so it's still a benefit.

Here's how the treaty application system works, and how I very much need the help of everyone who thinks I deserve their help – hopefully, that's you and any other members of the cannabis culture you can talk to in person, on Facebook, in other social media, at school, at work, at your local medical pot club, vapor lounge, and your friends and your family.

Since I'm a Canadian citizen who lived in Canada before my incarceration, and I'm not affiliated with organized crime, or a threat to the safety of any Canadian, I qualify to be repatriated into the Canadian system. Once I file my Canadian paperwork, they process it and send someone from Corrections Canada to see Jodie, check out our apartment where I'm going to live, and ask a lot of personal questions.

The decision by the Canadian government to accept or reject my application will be made after the US Department of Justice (DOJ) makes their decision, which will be 6-8 weeks after my US application is received in Washington, DC.

My application will go to the DOJ in Washington by the second week of April, and I should have an answer back by the end of May. If approved, this information is sent to the Canadian embassy in Washington, and then is forwarded to the Canadian Minister of Public Safety – currently the Honorable Vic Toews – and he can accept, reject, or stall.

I fully qualify by the criteria set out by both the US and Canadian federal governments regarding treaty transfer approval. But that does not mean approval is automatic; governments often do ignore their own criteria, so as much political pressure as can be applied needs to be leveraged.

 

 

THE CAMPAIGN, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO

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For My American Supporters:

I need you to contact your Congressmen (your US Rep in the House and US Senator – click here to find yours) or other sympathetic elected officials urging them to write a letter (or add their name to an existing letter that Jodie will soon provide on www.FreeMarc.ca) endorsing my transfer back to the Canadian penal system. You are asking them to write to the International Transfer of Offenders program director:

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

You should point out that I am a non-violent cannabis offender who was convicted in Washington state of selling seeds from my desk in Vancouver, Canada. (You can also cite any of the other important details about what I did and why, which are listed under the "Who is Marc Emery" page at www.FreeMarc.ca) You can say I have had an exemplary career despite this one federal conviction. You can say I have served over 3 years of a 5 year sentence already, and am due for release in July 2014 even without a transfer. I have had no incidents of any kind in over three years of prison, so I am considered a model prisoner. I am not asking for a commutation or pardon, merely a transfer back to Canada under the current US-Canada prisoner exchange treaty.

Copies of any letters by elected officials should be forwarded to Jodie (her email address is JodieEmery[at]gmail.com), who will then forward these to my transfer lawyer in Washington, DC, who makes a pitch to the DOJ on my behalf sometime in April or May. I am hopeful the original prosecutor in my case, former Western Washington US District Attorney John McKay will write a letter endorsing my transfer, particularly in light of his sponsorship and advocacy in the campaign to legalize marijuana with the I-502 initiative that was successful in November, and which Jodie and I were official endorsers of.

In mid-February, Jodie and CannabisCulture.com (and FreeMarc.ca) will begin a campaign to make my supporters aware of an impending petition drive to be put on the US government website "WE THE PEOPLE", similar to the one in 2011 asking for me to be pardoned, which the White House was forced to respond to (but weaseled out of with a “no comment” answer).

On March 15th the "We the People" website will have a petition titled "TRANSFER US FEDERAL PRISONER MARC EMERY BACK HOME TO CANADA". The petition will ask the President to direct his Attorney-General Eric Holder to direct the administrator of the International Transfer of Offenders division of the DOJ to approve my transfer application. We have 30 days (March 15th – April 14th) to gather 25,000 signatures/names so that it meets the threshold for President Obama's office to acknowledge it.

 

Canadian flagFor My Canadian Supporters:

The Canadian campaign to repatriate me to the Canadian system kicks into high gear once the US Department of Justice approves my transfer application at their end, in Washington, DC. That is expected to be by the end of May, early June.

By April, I need all my Canadian supporters to write their Member of Parliament (find yours by clicking here) and any other elected local or provincial representatives, seeking them to write a letter to urge the Public Safety Minister to accept my transfer application immediately upon acceptance by the US Department of Justice. The Minister of Public Safety Canada can be contacted via email or by regular post.

(Postage not required)
Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, Canada
K1A 0A6

We should be able to secure the support of 30-40 Members of Parliament, and 20-25 other elected officials from across Canada. This is much greater than any previous transfer applicant, by far. MP's from the New Democratic Party, Liberal Party, and of course Elizabeth May of the Green Party should be approached especially, as they are most likely to be supportive. If you live in a riding represented by the government (i.e. a Conservative), you are very much encouraged to urge them to approach the Minister of Public Safety in support of my transfer application. You can indicate to any MP that their participation (or not) will very much influence your vote in the 2015 election.

Once the Canadian Ministry of Public Safety has been informed of the US DOJ approval, we will urge you to again contact the Minister and your elected representatives – politely, of course, as rude or threatening calls won’t help – to get them to tell the Minister to approve the transfer.

If, after 28 days, there is no answer, a nationwide phone blitz for one specific day will be announced (well in advance), where hopefully thousands of Canadians will spend as much of that day as possible calling every phone number at the Minister of Public Safety, and every office on Parliament Hill of every Conservative MP, and every Conservative MP constituency office across Canada. This will be done every 14 days until the minister approves the transfer. If he rejects the transfer, the phone barrage will continue every 14 days, urging him to reverse this decision. For that campaign to be effective, we need the support of thousands of Canadians, who can keep the phone lines busy for nine hours straight on those targeted dates.

Ideally the phone jam campaign won’t be necessary, as we hope to have my transfer application quickly approved by both the US and Canadian federal governments. It depends on you to help make that happen! Thank you in advance for your support.

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This blog in mid-January is to inform anyone reading this how the transfers work and how the campaign to repatriate me to Canada will be done. To make it happen I will need you and as many people as you can round-up to help out in the ways indicated. Please stay tuned for updates on The Jodie Emery Show at www.Pot.tv and www.YouTube.com/PotTVNetwork and at www.CannabisCulture.com and www.FreeMarc.ca

 

The Jodie Emery Show – January 17, 2013

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Now with 537 days left on Marc's prison U.S. sentence, he has received and filled out the papers to have him transfered to Canadian prison. Read Marc's new blog about his campaign to come home: http://www.cannabisculture.com/blogs/2013/01/21/Marc-Emery-Begins-His-Campaig…

Jodie fills us in on a change in Marc's cell situation, reminding people how the US prison system violates the rights of countless inmates every day. We cannot forget the prisoners when we talk about peace and justice!

Today Jodie and the Cannabis Culture crew attended the "City Conversation: Legalizing BC Bud" put on with the involvement of Simon Fraser University. Member of the Legislature Kash Heed, a former police chief and current legalization advocate with Stop The Violence BC (http://www.StopTheViolenceBC.org) spoke at the event and thanked Jodie publicly for pushing him to support legalization after she ran against him in the 20009 BC general election on an anti-prohibition platform. See video of the event here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6M2TaDzKP4

Jodie will begin her new election campaign soon as she running for the BC Green Party in the upcoming provincial election, and hopes to keep the issue of cannabis law reform high on the agenda. See Jodie's previous election website here: http://www.JodieForMLA.ca – and stay tuned for the new website to be launched in the coming weeks!

Get your name in the Bubble Bag for the weekly draw to win a Free Marc T-shirt, stickers and a pin. To enter the draw, send an email to jodie@cannabisculture.com.

Shopping online is easy and Canadian customers can now order high-end Heady Glass form Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture Headquarters store! See all of our goodies at http://www.CannabisCulture.com/store … or visit our world-famous store at 307 West Hastings St in Vancouver. We're open 7 days a week. "We've got everything you need except the weed!"

Stay informed, stay involved at:
http://www.CannabisCulture.com
http://www.Facebook.com/PrinceOfPot
http://www.Facebook.com/JodieEmery
http://www.Facebook.com/MarcEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/JodieEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/MarcScottEmery

Watch thousands of hours of Pot TV at: http://www.pot.tv.

The Jodie Emery Show – January 10, 2013

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Today is Marc's 1,045th day in prison and he's near finished two thirds of his sentence, with only 544 days left to the early release date of July 9th, 2014 (85% of the 5-year sentence for good behaviour). The paperwork for his transfer application to finish his sentence at home in Canada has arrived from his lawyer, and we hope to have him home by next Christmas. Stay tuned for more info about how you can help get him back to Canada!

Please go to http://www.SensibleBC.ca to support friend, former Cannabis Culture editor, and fellow marijuana activist Dana Larsen's campaign for a referendum to decriminalize cannabis in British Columbia. Register now as a volunteer or a supporter, so that we can collect your official signature for the referendum campaign. Together we can change the law in BC!

There will be a Bench Warming ceremony in honour of Cannabis Patient Advocate "Medicinal" Michelle Rainey to be held January 19 at 4:20 pm at 23282 River Rd. in Maple Ridge, BC. For more info go to: http://www.MichelleRainey.com or see the Facebook event page here: http://www.facebook.com/events/149246355227565/

Jodie is going to be running in Vancouver West-End for the BC Green Party in the May provincial election! More info will be shared in the coming weeks, but for now, take a look at the 2009 election website for Jodie's BC Green Party campaign three years ago: http://www.JodieForMLA.ca

Another winner of a FreeMarc T-shirt, stickers and a pin is chosen from the Bubble Bag. To enter the draw, send an email to: jodie@cannabisculture.com.

Shopping online is easy! See some of our goodies at http://www.CannabisCulture.com/store online but definitely plan a visit to our landmark "Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture Headquarters" store at 307 West Hastings St in Vancouver. Open 7 days a week! "We've got everything you need except the weed!"

Stay informed, stay involved at:
http://www.CannabisCulture.com
http://www.Facebook.com/PrinceOfPot
http://www.Facebook.com/JodieEmery
http://www.Facebook.com/MarcEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/JodieEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/MarcScottEmery

Watch thousands of hours of Pot TV at: http://www.pot.tv.

The Jodie Emery Show – January 3, 2013

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The first show of the new year! We look forward to all of the positive changes coming on the legalization front, but there's still much work to do. With now only 551 days left on Marc's prison sentence, Jodie will be seeking political support for his transfer to Canada – so he could be home even sooner! – and will be needing your help. Hopefully we can have him home by next Christmas! Check out his blogs at: http://www.FreeMarc.ca and http://www.CannabisCulture.com

There is a provincial election coming here in British Columbia and Jodie announces she will be running for the BC Green Party to keep the discussion about legalization on the table. To see the website documenting the media and more from Jodie's 2009 BC Green Party campaign, go to http://www.JodieForMLA.ca

Another winner is chosen to receive a FreeMarc T-shirt, stickers and a pin. To have your chance to win, send an email to: jodie@cannabisculture.com.

Shopping online is easy. See all of our goodies at http://www.CannabisCulture.com/store
Or visit our store at 307 West Hastings St in Vancouver. We're open 7 days a week. "We've got everything you need except the weed!"

Stay informed, stay involved at:
http://www.CannabisCulture.com
http://www.Facebook.com/PrinceOfPot
http://www.Facebook.com/JodieEmery
http://www.Facebook.com/MarcEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/JodieEmery
http://www.Twitter.com/MarcScottEmery

Watch thousands of hours of Pot TV at: http://www.pot.tv.

The Jodie Emery Show – December 27, 2012

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As 2012 comes to a close, Jodie and Marc note that new year's eve will leave just 555 days left in Marc's prison sentence. It also brings the possibility of him being with us next Christmas! Tune in for more details about Marc's possible early transfer home…

Jodie shares two beautiful cards she received from Marc and his Yazoo band mate Terry. Marc's Christmas blog is at http://www.FreeMarc.ca and http://www.CannabisCulture.com – or click here for the direct link: http://www.cannabisculture.com/blogs/2012/12/24/Marcs-Christmas-Prison-Blog

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Marc’s Christmas Prison Blog

submitted by on December 23, 2012

Marc and Jodie Emery in Yazoo City prisonI 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.

Jodie Emery and Michael Coren on Sun TV News MediaThe 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."

Marc Emery in Yazoo Prison for Christmas 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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