Marc Emery’s In the System

Whenever I hear that phrase, often during police procedurals on TV, it means something particularly nasty for the person/s concerned. In the case of Marc Emery, the situation’s especially ridiculous and unnecessary. Rather than link you at this point to any of the myriad news pieces about him, I thought I’d simply show you the Wikipedia entry about him and the link to Cannabis Culture’s online magazine, for those of you who might be interested. Emery’s in the process of being brought to the US on charges of….well, you can read it for yourself and I hope you will, because this case is a perversion of justice. Selling seeds is still a minor offense in Canada, and the FBI/DEA simply bought seeds from the man’s store in Vancouver and smuggled them across the border. Here’s a question: once those seeds leave his store, how in hell is he responsible for what customers do with them?

There’s a word I’m looking for here: I believe it would be….entrapment.

Let’s remember that Emery’s case began under John Ashcroft’s “Justice” department—in other words, justice “just for us,” the moneyed, Republican elite; I cannot understand why Eric Holder doesn’t just drop the bloody case, release Emery and close the books on this sordid business. It’s costing US taxpayer money as well as for Canadians, and proves the imbecilic nature of anti-drug laws. They make citizens into criminals. Emery, for example, is a businessman; he used to run a bookstore that became the center of its own controversies, and if you’re a fan of civil liberties you owe it to yourself to read his backstory because it merits attention.

Here in Canada, Emery is considered “notorious”; that’s a TV-news description, not mine. I’ve met him a couple of times, and have always come away with the impression that he’s nothing like the way media stories portray him. He’s a man with a cause, and when you think about the advantages of legalization (lowering costs both in legal terms and in the prison system generally, which, when you think about it, is where a lot of filthy bastards make their money; reducing dependency on pharmaceutical drugs [see the pattern forming here?]; taxation, etc.), you don’t have to be a Mensa candidate to see the pragmatic good involved. His cause, in my view anyway, is righteous.

And that by itself should mean something, except it apparently doesn’t to people like Eric Holder.

If you’re interested, CC’s site also points out ways you can get involved, no matter which side of the border you’re on. Please do if you’re so inclined. This man does not belong in jail, but home with his wife and loved ones. Period.


About johnwylam1957

I'm a poet and teacher now living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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