"I sold millions of seeds," Marc Emery told Seattle Weekly in 2007, "and sometimes made $2 million a year." U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan essentially repeated those words last month as justification for pressing charges against the Canadian marijuana seed mogul, who sits in the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac (apparently in solitary for a telephone podcast), awaiting sentencing Sept. 10 to a plea-bargained 5-year term. Now there is a move afoot to free the Prince of Pot before he is sent off to prison.
1) Contact your Member of Parliament in Canada or your Representative in the US Congress. Let them know about Marc Emery's situation, and why you and thousands of other voters want Marc to be free in his home country Canada.
2) Contact the Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews (pronounced "Taves"), and tell him that if Marc Emery applies for a prison transfer from the USA to Canada, the Minister should approve it right away.
3) Contact President Barack Obama and tell him that he should pardon Canadian citizen Marc Emery and let him return home to Canada.
As Emery told SW three years ago, he was backing Ron Paul for the White House, in part because he thought he'd have a better chance in federal court if Paul, who opposes the war on drugs, ran the U.S.
It's my belief that if Ron were elected, he'd rescind the indictment against me immediately. Or at least he'd appoint an attorney general who would pardon any nonviolent drug offender, clear out the jails, and end the drug war.
Could Obama come through for him? Unlikely. Reflecting presidential policy, drug czar and former Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske has stopped using the reference "war on drugs" but has not necessarily stopped the war.
And though Emery ran his seed seed business entirely in Canada where he was never charged with a crime, American prosecutors don't like being out-gamed.
"Mr. Emery made millions of dollars promoting and facilitating marijuana grows in the U.S. with no regard for the age or criminal activities of his customers," said Durkan. "The rule of law requires accountability. A five-year prison term will hold Emery accountable for his choice to ignore the law."
To some, that was another way of saying what the DEA blurted out a few years earlier in a press release about why it was pursing Emery, who gave away his millions to groups pushing for legalization:
"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."
And the DEA has one less political opponent pushing to cut its funding.