Emery said he holds a “moral objection” against individuals who once helped imprison people for petty drug offences now profiting off the sale of marijuana.

Posted on June 17, 2014. Filed under: Cannabis Culture, LATEST NEWS | Tags: , , , , , |


Marc Emery’s top picks for Canadian politicians go to the Greens and NDP. But he doesn’t want you to vote for either of those parties in next year’s federal election.

 

“Elizabeth May and Libby Davies are two of my favourite MPs,” Emery told the Straight. “But there is a time when you have to make decisions about what’s really important, and stopping Stephen Harper and replacing his government is the ultimate priority.”

Emery was speaking from Yazoo City Prison in Mississippi, where he’s serving the final month of a five-year sentence for selling cannabis seeds. In a wide-ranging telephone interview, the so-called Prince of Pot said a voter drive will be at the centre of a cross-country tour he’s planned for the fall of 2015.

“We’ll be trying to get young people out,” Emery continued. “It’s really important to motivate them to go out and vote for the Liberal party, because they could also split the vote between the Greens and the NDP, and I really don’t want to see that happen.”

Emery’s relatively-newfound support for the Liberals is firmly rooted in his life’s work aimed at ending the prohibition of marijuana. In November 2012, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau revealed that he was a “huge supporter of decriminalization”, and that he wanted Canada to take a serious look at legalizing and regulating the drug.

Emery described Trudeau’s position as “courageous and unprecedented”.

“Normally, they all wait until they’ve retired out of politics before they advocate the legalization route,” he explained. “Justin Trudeau is the only leader of a Canadian political party with any chance of forming the government who’s ever done this. I thought it was pretty brave of him.”

Criticizing a system of prohibition

Emery didn’t have such kind words for every politician who’s made an about-face on marijuana.

In May 2014, two former high-profile B.C. politicians announced they were going to work in Canada’s booming medicinal marijuana industry. First, the province’s former top cop, Kash Heed, signed on as a security consultant for medical growers. A couple of weeks later, ex-premier Mike Harcourt took a position as chairperson of True Leaf Medicine Inc.

Emery said he holds a “moral objection” against individuals who once helped imprison people for petty drug offences now profiting off the sale of marijuana.

“While they were in charge of administrations, they busted hundreds, if not thousands of people,” he said. “They’ve never apologized for what they did….And now here our oppressors are actually taking financial advantage.”

According to Emery, the larger issue is the legitimization of the Conservative government’s Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR), and how those rules are being used to maintain a system of prohibition.

As of April 1, 2014, medicinal marijuana licence holders previously allowed to grow their own medicine were only permitted to purchase dried cannabis via mail order from large-scale producers. (The implementation of certain MMAR provisions has since been delayed by a court challenge and interim injunction.)

Emery argued this new system extends “extraordinary privilege” to a small group of corporations while “disenfranchising and marginalizing” people who grow small amounts of marijuana for private consumption.

“This whole medicinal marijuana business just reeks of hypocrisy,” Emery concluded. “Either we’re free and autonomous individuals who can put in our bodies what we want, or we’re not. This idea that there are somehow citizens with superior rights to others is ridiculous and unacceptable.”

Emery also described the MMAR as a form of cooptation. He predicted that companies with licences to grow medicinal marijuana could soon act as a “bulwark against legalization”.

“They’re not going to want to give up their special privilege,” Emery explained. “I fear that’s what the Conservatives have deliberately created.”

A cross-country tour in 2015

Emery is scheduled for release on July 10.

On that day, prison officials will turn him over to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ahead of his pending return to Canada. It’s unknown how long he’ll be in the custody of ICE. Emery said it could take days, weeks, or more than a month, depending on the pace at which a bureaucracy processes his case.

His return to Canada will therefore likely happen in the late summer, at the border crossing at Windsor, Ontario. From there, he’ll travel to London for a few days with family. Next up are public parties planned for Toronto and then Vancouver. Emery said he’ll then be leaving Canada for an international speaking tour and vacation with his wife, Jodie.

The couple’s itinerary includes Spain, France, Ireland, and Austria, after which they will return to Vancouver. A second trip abroad planned for 2015 is expected to take them to Jamaica, Uruguay, Argentina, and South Africa.

By that time, Canada will be preparing for the 2015 federal election, which Emery said will see him and Jodie make a 30-stop cross-country tour beginning in early September.

Asked if he was at all concerned the marijuana issue could backfire and become a liability for the federal Liberals, Emery argued that Trudeau has taken a position that has growing support from the public.

“For the first time in 40 years, the majority of Canadians are highly sympathetic to my point of view,” he said.

Emery claimed he has no plans to run for office, but stated he expects politics to still consume the majority of his time once he’s free.

“Getting rid of Stephen Harper and making sure Justin Trudeau is elected along with the Liberal party is a pretty major job,” Emery said. "Really, the only job that I’m going to have in the next year.”

Follow Travis Lupick on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

CONTINUE READING…

Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • MARK CHANDLER, ATTY AT LAW

    MARK CHANDLER, ATTORNEY AT LAW markchandlerlaw.com/ call now: 502-589-6190 mark-chandler-profile LOUISVILLE AREA SERVICES
  • CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY

    CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY ALL AREAS OF KENTUCKY William. M Butler Jr. Attorney at Law 200 South 7th Street, Suite 504 Louisville, KY 40202 Telephone: 502-582-2020 FAX: 502-583-8007
  • My Profile!

    ShereeKrider

    ShereeKrider

    U.S. Marijuana Party - Organizer U.S. Marijuana Party Kentucky Sheree Krider, LLC I have worked with the USMjParty since 2005.

    Verified Services

    View Full Profile →

  • Interviews at Happiness Hills Farm



  • KCADP

    The Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty needs your contact information: Select this link to sign up

    http://kcadp.org/

    Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Why abolish the death penalty in Kentucky?

    It's costly.
    It's out of step with modern thinking.
    It's risky.
    It's unfair, broken, and arbitrary.
    It's unnecessary.
    Victims' families deserve better.

  • Kentucky Hemp Coalition

    QUOTE “That's my goal as AG Commissioner to continue to build new markets for new agricultural crops and that industrial hemp is a viable option for Kentucky. We know it will grow well in this climate. Used to be the leading crop in Kentucky,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer kentuckyhempcoalition. blogspot.com/
  • A Democracy

    "A Democracy is when two wolves

    and a sheep take a vote on what's

    for dinner. A Republic is when the

    sheep is well armed and can beg to

    differ with the vote.

    " Benjamin Franklin"

    22 years ago...
    Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.
    ...
    The judge recommends that the Administrator transfer marijuana from Schedule I to
    Schedule II.

    Francis L. Young
    Administrative Law Judge
    September 6, 1988
    Docket No. 86-22
    UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    Drug Enforcement Administration
    33 years ago...
    "Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use."

    President Jimmy Carter
    Message to Congress
    August 2, 1977

  • Kentucky, “Dark and Dangerous Ground”

    The Dark and Bloody Ground

    The popular belief that the name Kentucky means "Dark and Bloody Ground" is apparently without foundation. Yet through the years, the image has persisted in literary and oral tradition as a description of the Kentucky country.

    One traditional explanation sites Delaware legend in which the ancient tribe of the Lenni-Lanape allied with the Iroquois to fight the Allegewi, the original inhabitants of Kentucky. In a single bloody battle the Allegewi were virtually exterminated. The land where an entire nation had been eradicated became known as the "dark and bloody ground". The violent clashes between the Iroquois and the southern Indians only helped reinforce the image.

    In his book, "Historical Sketches of Kentucky" (1874), Richard H. Collins says that a northern Indian once asked Indian fighter Joseph H. Daveiss how white men could live in land that had seen so much bloodshed. The Indian said that the ghosts of those killed in the Indian wars haunted the land making it dangerous.

    At the execution of the Treaty of Sycamore Shoals the Cherokee Cheif Dragging Canoe is said to have told Col. Richard Henderson that the lands south of the Kentucky river were "bloody ground"and would be "dark and difficult to settle". However Ruben T. Durrett said in his book, "The Centenary of Kentucky"(1892) that the phrase was used to discourage Henderson from purchasing the land.

  • Our Environment

    Toxic chemicals in our environment, such as mercury, lead, and certain manmade chemicals, have been linked to cancer, birth defects and brain impairments. Reducing or eliminating the load of these dangerous chemicals in the products we buy, the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink can help reduce the toll of human disease and suffering.

    http://www.nrdc.org/health/default.asp

  • PLEASE DO NOT USE!

    PLEASE DO NOT USE SO CALLED "SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA" OR "SPICE" SOLD UNDER AN EVER INCREASING VARIETY OF NAMES! IT IS NOT MARIJUANA AT ALL AND I AM INSULTED THAT THE WORDS SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA ARE USED TO DESCRIBE THESE SUBSTANCES! "FAKE DRUGS" WOULD SUFFICE! THEY KILL! PLEASE COPY AND OPEN THE LINK BELOW TO READ ONE STORY ABOUT THESE "FAKE DRUGS"! http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/60e0b41dcfeb4c8896f89c4a7409dc99/KY--Synthetic-Drugs/ PARENTS, WATCH YOUR CHILDREN! BETTER TO OFFER THEM THE REAL THING THAN TAKE A CHANCE ON THEM GETTING A HOLD OF SUCH GOD-AWFUL SUBSTANCES! "...Officials said the powdery substance sold as bath salts mimic the effects of cocaine, ecstasy and LSD. It can be snorted, injected or mixed with drinks for food. The chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates, violent behavior and suicidal thoughts. Synthetic marijuana contains organic leaves coated with chemicals that provide a marijuana-like high when smoked. The product is marketed under various brands include Spice and K2. The synthetic drugs can be purchased on the Internet and in some tobacco and smoke shops, drug paraphernalia shops, gas stations and convenience stores..." OF NOTE: THESE PRODUCTS ARE MOST OFTEN USED BY THOSE WHO ARE FORCED TO SUBMIT TO "DRUG TESTIING".... THAT IS WHY THAT THEY HAVE BECOME SO POPULAR ALONG WITH THE FACT THAT THEY ARE READILY AVAILABLE FOR SALE TO MINORS - OR SOMEONE WHO WOULD PURCHASE FOR A MINOR. THIS HAS TO STOP!
  • RSS Sen. Mitch McConnell News

    • Cool Mitch McConnell gets passionate and pays - Politico May 28, 2015
      PoliticoCool Mitch McConnell gets passionate and paysPoliticoMitch McConnell rarely goes out on a limb on issues that divide Senate Republicans. He's more prone to sit back and listen, let his conference work out their differences — and only then assert his own views. But the majority leader ditched that ...White House Expresses Frustration at 'Ken […]
    • Why Mitch McConnell Cannot Be Allowed to Decide the Fate of the Patriot Act - EFF May 22, 2015
      EFFWhy Mitch McConnell Cannot Be Allowed to Decide the Fate of the Patriot ActEFFSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear this week that, while the Senate is rapidly approaching recess, the Senate “will stay in [session] until a deal is struck to extend” the Patriot Act. McConnell has also introduced legislation for ...McConnell's floor […]
    • VIDEO: Mitch McConnell and Snuggly the Security Bear Beg to Spy - Truthdig May 28, 2015
      TruthdigVIDEO: Mitch McConnell and Snuggly the Security Bear Beg to SpyTruthdigAnimator Mark Fiore weighs in on the recent goings-on in Congress with regards to the National Security Agency's far-reaching surveillance. Watch "Mitch McConnell and Snuggly the Security Bear Beg to Spy" and read Fiore's comments, below.
    • New York Times: Mitch McConnell's Senate Leaves Washington in Chaos - Breitbart News May 24, 2015
      Breitbart NewsNew York Times: Mitch McConnell's Senate Leaves Washington in ChaosBreitbart NewsThe unexpected legislative collapse on the Senate floor, and Mr. McConnell's morose departure, pointed up the quandary that has emerged since Republicans took control. They have had successes, like passage of the hard-fought bill that could pave the ...Pa […]
    • Mitch McConnell Is Working On A Memoir - Huffington Post May 26, 2015
      Lexington Herald LeaderMitch McConnell Is Working On A MemoirHuffington PostNEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is working on a memoir. The Kentucky Republican told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he planned to tell both his personal story, including overcoming polio as a child in Alabama, ...Mitch McConnell says he's […]
  • RSS Ron Paul News

    • Friday A/V Club: A Younger Ron Paul and a Younger Reason - Reason (blog) May 29, 2015
      Reason (blog)Friday A/V Club: A Younger Ron Paul and a Younger ReasonReason (blog)In 1983, when Reason celebrated its 15th birthday, one of the speakers at the anniversary dinner was a Texas politician by the name of Ron Paul. (He was younger then than Rand Paul is now.) Lines from the speech include "some of my best friends are ...and more »
    • VIDEO: Ron Paul Says There Is New Evidence That The US Backed ISIS - Mintpress News (blog) May 27, 2015
      Mintpress News (blog)VIDEO: Ron Paul Says There Is New Evidence That The US Backed ISISMintpress News (blog)ISIS, Ron Paul, Syria, Recently a lawsuit forced the Defense Intelligence Agency to release a 2012 assessment which concluded that US support for Syrian rebels would lead to ISIS victory there and in Ramadi, Iraq. Yet that accurate assessment was ignor […]
    • The problems with pure democracy: Ron Paul on why we have a right to pump ... - NJ.com May 28, 2015
      NJ.comThe problems with pure democracy: Ron Paul on why we have a right to pump ...NJ.comI've often written about the problems with democracy. The main one is that the majority often votes to remove freedom from the individual. Below is a video of Ron Paul (I got the link from Lew Rockwell's blog) holding forth on New Jersey's laws ...
    • Bernie Sanders: The Ron Paul of the Left? - Antiwar.com May 29, 2015
      Antiwar.comBernie Sanders: The Ron Paul of the Left?Antiwar.comAs an opponent of Gulf War I and Bush's invasion of Iraq, many progressives – and his enemies on the right – assume Bernie's anti-interventionist credentials are in such impeccable order that it's fair to call him “the Ron Paul of the left.” Now that ...and more »
    • Ron Paul Petition Fights Mitch McConnell, Despite Rand's Alliance - Daily Caller May 27, 2015
      BloombergRon Paul Petition Fights Mitch McConnell, Despite Rand's AllianceDaily CallerRon Paul's libertarian activist organization Campaign for Liberty is running a petition to oppose Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's push to renew the Bush administration's USA Patriot Act surveillance programs. Though the group is ...Th […]
  • RSS Kentucky.Gov Press Releases

  • RSS Kentucky.Gov News

  • RSS Kentucky.gov/hemp

    • taylorcounty.pdf May 26, 2015
      05/22/2012 Properties Available For Claim By County TAYLOR Owner Name Street 1 Street 2 City ST ZIP PropID CENTRAL AVE CAMPBELLSVILLE KY 42718- 237652 A 1 COOLING PIONEER LIFE INS CO CK05 - DRAFTS 6524-B … http://www.kytreasury.com/nr/rdonlyres/8b67ee11-d753-4a68-817b-5a494dbeb7d7/0/taylorcounty.pdf - 455KB
    • Microsoft Word - 2. KSU Regional Grant Proposal.doc May 23, 2015
      Produce, hemp, tobacco, meat and other products from the area were shipped to http://cpe.ky.gov/nr/rdonlyres/19613de8-2f60-410a-9c24-599dd6863ba2/0/ksuregionalgrantproposalandstrategicplan.pdf - 1MB
    • AgendaItemD2legwrapup.PDF May 23, 2015
      Agenda Item D-2 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP May 22, 2000 In addition to the biennial budget (discussed in Agenda Item G-3), several important pieces of legislation were passed in the last few days of the session. … http://cpe.ky.gov/nr/rdonlyres/58e375da-9ead-420f-aa48-dfd58a523d21/0/agendad_2.pdf - 43KB
    • CHE ( ) PC ( ) May 23, 2015
      Hemp can be grown; research Agriculture http://cpe.ky.gov/nr/rdonlyres/0f27c10e-9610-4d83-8fb4-dff5fbeddf16/0/agenda_d1legup.pdf - 19KB
    • D-1 Legislative Update1.PDF May 23, 2015
      Creates industrial hemp research program http://cpe.ky.gov/nr/rdonlyres/6cfb50aa-f6f8-462f-8585-60ecb97137e8/0/20010319_agendaitem1.pdf - 32KB
  • RSS Law Enforcement, Narcotics, Anti-corruption

  • RSS KENTUCKY SIERRA CLUB

    • Part-Time, Contracted Job Opening: Field Organizer, KY Sierra Club May 13, 2015
      Our Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club (aka the Kentucky Chapter), is looking for a part-time organizer to support our work on Mountaintop Removal in Eastern Kentucky. The position is available on a contract basis, and is grant-dependent. The contractor … Continue reading →
    • Job Opening: KY and IN – FT Sierra Club Beyond Coal Senior Campaign Rep May 12, 2015
      Sierra Club’s ground-breaking Beyond Coal Campaign is seeking a Senior Campaign Representative to work in southern Indiana and western Kentucky with a talented team to phase out aging coal plants and replace them with clean, renewable energy. The Beyond Coal Campaign … Continue reading →
    • 2015 KY General Assembly Wrap-Up March 23, 2015
      Weather and Short Session Challenge 2015 Kentucky General Assembly by Ruth Bamberger, Legislative Committee ChairCumberland Chapter, Sierra Club This year should go down as one of the most unproductive sessions of the KY General Assembly, and nature ironically had a … Continue reading →
    • ALERT HB229 Hearing Cancelled March 5, 2015
      ALERT: DUE TO WEATHER – THIS MARCH 5TH HEARING IS CANCELLED – POSTPONED The Clean Energy Opportunity Act, HB229 (see below for details on this bill), was scheduled to receive a hearing today (March 5, 2015), but due to inclement … Continue reading →
    • KY Clean Energy Opportunity Act – Help Us Get It Passed March 3, 2015
      ACTION ALERT: The Clean Energy Opportunity Act, HB229 (see below for details on this bill), is receiving a hearing this Thursday (March 5, 2015). We need your help to get this legislation passed.  Please: Call Your Representative Call the KY … Continue reading →
  • RSS Committee to Protect Journalists – Alerts

    • Two abducted Yemeni journalists found dead after air strike May 29, 2015
      New York, May 29, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the kidnapping and killing of two Yemeni TV journalists whose bodies were found this week, days after they had been abducted, in the rubble of a building hit by an air strike.
    • CPJ calls on Ukraine to not revoke Inter broadcasting license May 29, 2015
      New York, May 29, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ukrainian authorities to allow national television channel Inter to continue broadcasting freely and to investigate why its signal has been jammed. Parliamentary criticism of the station has led the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine to conduct a review of Inter […]
    • Colombian president tells CPJ he will prioritize combating impunity in anti-press attacks May 27, 2015
      Bogotá, Colombia, May 27, 2015--In a meeting on Tuesday with the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Colombian press freedom group Foundation for a Free Press, or FLIP, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos pledged to prioritize combating impunity in attacks against the press.
    • Second journalist killed in Brazil in less than a week May 26, 2015
      New York, May 26, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Brazilian radio journalist Djalma Santos da Conceição and calls on authorities to investigate and bring all those responsible to justice. Santos da Conceição's body was found with signs of torture on Saturday in the northeast state of Bahia, one day after the journalist […]
    • Brazilian blogger found decapitated in Minas Gerais state May 20, 2015
      New York, May 20, 2015--Brazilian authorities must fully investigate the murder of a Brazilian blogger, identify the motive, and bring the killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The decapitated body of Evany José Metzker was found on Monday in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, according to news reports.
  • RSS Voices of the Civil War, a Library of Congress blog

  • RSS Corporate Cannabis

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 15,018 other followers

%d bloggers like this: