Pubdate: Thu, 21 Nov 2013
Source: Belleville News EMC (CN ON)
Copyright: Metrolands2013
Author: Alan Coxwell


Libby Davies of the NDP, former Solicitor General Wayne Easter of the 
Liberals and Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, 
stood beside Jodie Emery during a press conference on Parliament Hill 
last week. All passionately addressed their remarks to Stephen 
Harper's new Minister of Public Safety, Mr. Steven Blaney. They were 
collectively pleading for Blaney's signature on documents, already 
signed by the Justice Department in the United States of America, 
which would allow Jodie's husband, Marc Emery, to be released from 
Mississippi's Yazoo Prison so he can serve the remainder of his 
5-year prison sentence closer to his wife and family here in Canada.

There is no question about the fact Marc Emery is a political 
prisoner. Former Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, now our Defence 
Minister, signed the extradition papers because Harper's government 
wanted Marc Emery to quit funding and speaking about the legalization 
of marijuana. Marc never sold any marijuana. He never trafficked 
drugs. He paid Revenue Canada over $580,000 in taxes on the cannabis 
seeds he sold which is a legal activity because there is no active 
drug in the seeds. He gave around $4 million in profits from his 
various businesses to the pro-legalization movement in the United 
States and around the world. This is why American and Canadian 
authorities wanted him silenced. Marc is a fearless, powerful voice 
exposing the stupidity and cruelty of Nixon's "War on Drugs" and so 
with Harper's help the Americans imprisoned him.

In the following statement the US Drug Enforcement Administration 
(DEA) admitted on the day of Marc Emery's arrest (July 29th, 2005) 
that his investigation and extradition were politically motivated, 
designed to target the Marijuana Legalization organization that Emery 
spearheaded and ran for over a decade in Canada.

Here is the original text of DEA Administrator Karen Tandy's 
statement released on July 29th, 2005: "Today's DEA arrest of Marc 
Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder 
of a marijuana legalization group - is a significant blow not only to 
the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to 
the marijuana legalization movement.

"His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have 
generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his 
trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today.

"Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are 
known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active 
in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have 
one less pot of money to rely on."

Any Canadian who takes a few minutes to understand the details of 
this case should be very ashamed by what our Canadian government has 
allowed this Canadian citizen to endure for the past four years. If 
our Prince Edward-Hastings MP Daryl Kramp had any sense of justice he 
would also have been standing beside Jodie Emery asking for Blaney's 
signature on her behalf. In the name of justice and compassion Mr. 
Kramp should be knocking on Mr. Blaney's office door, forcefully 
requesting his signature to allow this Canadian citizen to be 
returned to Canada.


Alan Coxwell

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