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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Marc Emery wants Vancouverites to get serious about the economic downturn ahead, but voters just want their pet projects paid for and the media wants its circus

If you don’t pay close attention to Marc Emery, you might think his advocacy and activism is nothing more than playful public mischief, or even self-aggrandizement. But those who do pay attention know Emery to be serious, principled and uncompromising, not just in his efforts to legalize marijuana, but in his work to advance a wider agenda for liberty.

His generosity also knows no bounds – even when it should. He gives all his money away to campaigns across the globe to legalize marijuana or ploughs it back into his own many ventures from Cannabis Culture magazine to a non-profit drug treatment centre to his own self-financed campaigns for public office.

Emery’s brash style and bombastic rhetoric have been the secret to much of his media success – the self-styled “Prince of Pot” always makes for good copy, and he knows it. But his international standing as the spokesperson for marijuana legalization has come about for reasons other than style. Emery has a brilliant mind, a firm understanding of libertarian philosophy and economics, an insatiable appetite for public policy and organizational abilities unmatched in the Canadian freedom movement. All of this was properly acknowledged when Emery was invited to speak at Idea City alongside some of Canada’s most respected political, academic, business and culture leaders.

Knowing this, it is no surprise that Emery has grown frustrated with his own campaign for Mayor of Vancouver. The media wants its circus, and voters want their pet projects financed. Nobody wants to hear from Emery that Vancouver faces serious economic problems for which the bloated and ever-expanding public sector is at least partially responsible – and, at the very least, will never solve.

Will Emery get a hearing before the November 15th municipal vote? I doubt it, but the Western Standard has published an opinion piece by Emery to ensure that his warnings are not forgotten by history.

You can read "My manifesto for the city of Vancouver" here or simply enjoy the excerpts below the fold. (I would highly recommend reading the excerpt related to Emery's qualifications to be Mayor.)

Marc Emery on the Vancouver mayoral election:

Saturday night, I was due to give a five-minute performance at the Creative City Cabaret. In Vancouver, candidates are asked to do almost anything but discuss issues relevant to managing the city government. I committed to doing a rendition of the scene from Monty Python & The Holy Grail where Arthur meets up with the peasant; it’s a great scene, and perhaps my favourite scene ever. But I can’t do it. I’m not running to be Court Jester. The job I’m applying for is to be Mayor of Vancouver in a time of imminent and dire crisis. I’ll bomb, I’m sure, but the only thing I’ve ever really been good at before an audience is telling them uncomfortable truths.

...

I haven’t met a single voter who cares about my issues, my perspective or asks my questions, so I am truly a gadfly this election. In the next three years, Vancouver will face an economic contraction, collapse, recession, that is unprecedented in the last 50 years. Construction activity will dry up in 2009 and more so in 2010. Retail stores will be closing in large numbers after this Christmas, and many businesses here have begun substantial lay-offs that will worsen in the winter and spring ahead. Rising unemployment, homelessness, business closings, will see greater pressure on charities, Food Banks, the Salvation Army. In the next two years, the auto industry, forestry, construction, retail, restaurants will all be suffering terrible reductions in activity. This means dramatically less tax revenues to the federal government, the province and city, as great a reduction in tax revenues as we have ever seen perhaps.

The perfect storm of unfortunate circumstances will batter this Boomtown. The Olympics are here in 15 months, and it couldn’t be worse timing. That will be the trough of the recession, the worst part. Revenue to the Olympics will be much less than anticipated, while Olympic over-runs are legacies guaranteed by the taxpayers of Vancouver and British Columbia.

...

My only “radical” assertion as Mayor would be to unilaterally end drug prohibition. Prohibition is an extremely expensive and failed policy. It enriches crime gangs, taxes our police force, fuels property crimes against cars and homes, feeds the pawnshops with stolen goods, motivates addicted women to become prostitutes, lures young people into the drug trade, creates the conditions for gangland killings and violence, makes the situation of the mentally ill and homeless much worse, and damages our reputation with tourists because the drug problems look terrible.

...

Is Emery qualified to be mayor?

• I have been a businessman for 38 years. My first retail catalogue was issued January 1, 1971. I have been a downtown Vancouver businessman for 14 years, with up to 50 employees, supervising $3 - $5 million in sales each year. I currently employ 30 people.

• I have been a community activist for 29 years, since 1980. I have been instrumental in repealing two laws (The Sunday Shopping laws in 1988, the Banned literature laws in 1995) and financed the Canadian Supreme Court challenge to the Marijuana prohibition in 2003, which lost 6-3.

• I have been a publisher of community newspapers and magazines since 1981. I have been publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine since 1994 and publisher of POT.TV since 2000.

• I have been featured in a positive light in every major North American media, including a front-page portrait in The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 5, 1995), feature stories in Rolling Stone magazine, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Economist, 60 Minutes (CBS Television), and numerous others. The documentary film by CBC called “The Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery” has a resume of my activist career.

• As leading industry spokesperson for the cannabis culture I have been responsible for bringing hundreds of millions of dollars to British Columbia since 1994, providing more wealth to this province than possibly any other single individual. British Columbia’s marijuana industry is second largest in the province, and by 2010, will eclipse construction as the leading generator of income in the province.

• I have never declared bankruptcy or not paid a debt in 38 years of business. Despite being arrested 23 times, jailed 17 times and raided 6 times for my activism, I have been resilient enough to survive as a businessman and bounce back each time, learning important skills in survival and prudent money management. I know how to scale back spending to deal with emergency crises!

• I have raised 4 adopted children who lived with me from 1980 to 2001 (all on their own now) and know what it is like to raise children and provide for a family.

• I donated at least $3,500,000 to activist groups, individuals, organizations, symposiums, conferences, lobby groups, marches, rallies, in Vancouver and across the globe from 1994 to 2005, about $300,000 to $400,000 a year in that period.

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Emery is a drug dealer who is afraid to go to jail for his crimes, and he wants to take others with him. Avoid at all costs.

Boy, it'll be great when Alberta secedes, then we can execute drug dealers en masse, preferably by firing squad.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-13 9:47:17 AM


That is not the view held by any of the Alberta separtists I know, ZP.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-11-13 9:55:25 AM


Well some I know want to be free so they can deny the Holocaust. That's not a valid reason. But we'll figure that out once we're free from the vermin from Ontario.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-13 10:02:45 AM


Can Emery do anything that isn't illicit, immoral, or inane? His list shows him to be a loser through and though.

• I have been a businessman for 38 years. My first retail catalogue was issued January 1, 1971. I have been a downtown Vancouver businessman for 14 years, with up to 50 employees, supervising $3 - $5 million in sales each year. I currently employ 30 people.

According to Wikipedia, Emery was born in 1958, making him 50 years old. If he's been a "businessman" for 38 years that means he started at age 12. In other words, he's been a drug dealer since he was pre-teen. Wonderful. I can only imagine what kind of twisted upbringing he had. Moreover, a successful drug dealer is still a drug dealer.

• I have been a community activist for 29 years, since 1980. I have been instrumental in repealing two laws (The Sunday Shopping laws in 1988, the Banned literature laws in 1995) and financed the Canadian Supreme Court challenge to the Marijuana prohibition in 2003, which lost 6-3.

All attempts to keep his drug dealing going. We should attack the authorities for not doing more to stop him.

• I have been a publisher of community newspapers and magazines since 1981. I have been publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine since 1994 and publisher of POT.TV since 2000.

This would be okay if it wasn't about drugs. Since it is, he's a loser.

• I have been featured in a positive light in every major North American media, including a front-page portrait in The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 5, 1995), feature stories in Rolling Stone magazine, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Economist, 60 Minutes (CBS Television), and numerous others. The documentary film by CBC called “The Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery” has a resume of my activist career.

Well of course the CBC would do that. They also produced The Valor and the Horror which denied the Holocaust and slandered veterans, AND praised the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Nice friends.

• As leading industry spokesperson for the cannabis culture I have been responsible for bringing hundreds of millions of dollars to British Columbia since 1994, providing more wealth to this province than possibly any other single individual. British Columbia’s marijuana industry is second largest in the province, and by 2010, will eclipse construction as the leading generator of income in the province.

BC must really be hard up.

• I have never declared bankruptcy or not paid a debt in 38 years of business. Despite being arrested 23 times, jailed 17 times and raided 6 times for my activism, I have been resilient enough to survive as a businessman and bounce back each time, learning important skills in survival and prudent money management. I know how to scale back spending to deal with emergency crises!

Emery never declared bankruptcy or paid a debt because you couldn't afford to do either. His criminal record made him a credit risk. I wonder if he ever had to lay off staff or pay them below minimum wage as a result.

• I have raised 4 adopted children who lived with me from 1980 to 2001 (all on their own now) and know what it is like to raise children and provide for a family.

Sounds like child abuse and neglect to me. How many of them have criminal records and drug problems as a result?

• I donated at least $3,500,000 to activist groups, individuals, organizations, symposiums, conferences, lobby groups, marches, rallies, in Vancouver and across the globe from 1994 to 2005, about $300,000 to $400,000 a year in that period.

I guess he does have money. However, as was said above: a successful drug dealer is still a drug dealer.

I wish the REAL conservatives in this blog would stop supporting this criminal and get back to more sincere law and order values.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-13 10:40:47 AM


No thanks, Matthew. The last thing Vancouver needs is another activist mayor. Remember what happened when the "Crusading Coroner" had the top spot? City council almost ceased to function.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-13 10:57:09 AM


Putting aside his views on drug prohibition, Shane, which I know you disagree with, he really is the only economically conservative candidate in the race, and he does have an amazing ability to make difficult ventures like media, political advocacy, book stores, etc work profitably. He would not be an "activist" mayor the way we're used to. He would sell assets, cut spending and reduce taxes -- that a prescription for success in these difficult times.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-11-13 11:05:27 AM


Zebulon, your ignorance is incredible. You have such a strong hate for Marc Emery, yet you don't even know his history!

Marc started his first business when he was 12, that's correct. He ran a comic book business, buying and selling comics. It was called "Marc's Comic Room", and he still has the old catalogues and ledger books.

He was even younger when he first asked his father for an increase in his (pennies of an) allowance, and his dad said you can't ask for more money, you have to earn it by working. Marc went to the neighbours and asked for work, to earn money. They had him shovel driveways and do chores, and he worked hard and earned his pay.

Later, Marc organized a neighbourhood 'carnival' in his backyard, setting up games and renting out his toys for other kids to play with while their mothers spent time with Marc's mom Eileen. They thought it was brilliant. It was. Marc is a brilliant businessman.

Marc went on to open bookstores in London Ontario when he was 18 years old, stores which still operate today. He bought and opened them himself, without any help from his parents (contrary to what Wikipedia says; but Wikipedia is the lamest source for info, Zebulon, as it has errors in facts everywhere).

Marc never had any interest in marijuana until he was in his 20s, after reading "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" by Jack Herer. He didn't use, grow or sell marijuana until a girlfriend offered it late one night.

Marc has never been a drug dealer. Marc has been known as a book seller for most of his life. Zebulon is full of bullshit, and won't even read Marc's history before spouting off about Marc being a 12-year-old drug dealer.... Insane. Zebulon is totally insane.

Posted by: Jodie Emery | 2008-11-13 11:13:06 AM


He's involved in the drug trade, pure and simple. I may have been incorrect about his earlier years, but his later years have been a consistent participation in dealing drugs. He should be arrested, jailed for life, and have his assets seized. I believe his property should be liquidated and used to fund drug treatment programs.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-13 11:18:41 AM


No, he has NOT been a drug dealer. He has not sold drugs, ever. Not marijuana, not even alcohol.

"I believe his property should be liquidated and used to fund drug treatment programs."

Well, Marc has no property to be liquidated -- he kept nothing so the state (Government) could take nothing. You've no doubt heard of the civil asset forfeiture cases. Marc didn't want to keep anything that could be seized and turned into profit for police/government.

But he did use $250,000 of his own money to fund a drug treatment program for years, Iboga House. It's still operating today (though they now charge addicts; Marc treated them for free).

You know SO little, Zebulon. You just hate "drugs" so much -- illegal drugs, as I haven't yet seen you rant about the pharmaceuticals that kill 300% more people than illegal drugs. Your bigotry is showing.

Again, I ask: should we execute poppy seed sellers? Those seeds are "drug" opium in the "same difference" way you equated marijuana seeds to marijuana.

Posted by: Jodie Emery | 2008-11-13 11:40:10 AM


ZP wrote: "I wonder if he ever had to lay off staff or pay them below minimum wage as a result."

I'm sure he has, ZP. Respectfully, what's your point? Business people have to lay off staff from time to time, especially when their businesses are disrupted by raids and prison sentences.

The fact that Emery continues to run his businesses successfully in an often hostile environment does, in fact, speak to his ability to manage crisis. You disagree?

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-11-13 11:53:14 AM


Are you his campaign manager, Matthew? How do YOU know what he intends to do? All you know is what he SAYS he will do, and politicians--even idealistic rookies--are notorious for changing their tune once they've been elected, either because things aren't quite so simple to remedy as they expected or else because they were lying in the first place.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-13 12:49:31 PM


Jodie wrote: “1. Zebulon, your ignorance is incredible. You have such a strong hate for Marc Emery, yet you don't even know his history!”

1. Why are we still talking about feelings, Jodie?

2. Well, that’s one of the few endearing attributes of the human species, Jodie; they are crime-free in utero. They don’t become criminals until later (and most don’t become criminals at all). Perhaps he was a sweet, smart boy. Twelve-year-olds are usually very keen and eager. It’s when they hit puberty that things get dicey. Fortunately, most people outgrow it, but a few, like Marc and like baby boomers in general, do not.

3. Kids doing odd jobs for money is nothing unusual. And it certainly doesn’t excuse his adult conduct.

4. Brilliant businessmen do not flout the law on camera and then send the evidence to the police in the hope of being prosecuted. But he hoped to be prosecuted in Canada, where sentencing is a joke. He never bargained on facing an American court, did he?

5. Wiki is still a more accurate and impartial source of information than activists, or for that matter, the wife of an activist facing deportation and a lengthy prison term.

6. When he acquired his interest in marijuana is irrelevant. And this isn’t the same girlfriend who whacked her second-trimester unborn baby, is it?

7. The insane Zebulon is not the one facing a life sentence, Jodie.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-13 12:57:35 PM


Matthew Johnston wrote: "The fact that Emery continues to run his businesses successfully in an often hostile environment does, in fact, speak to his ability to manage crisis. You disagree?"

The same could be said for any gangsta boss. Talk about being damned by faint praise.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-13 12:59:35 PM


Jodie wrote: “1. No, he has NOT been a drug dealer. He has not sold drugs, ever. Not marijuana, not even alcohol.”

1. He sold drug paraphernalia, specifically the raw materials necessary to produce drugs, namely seeds. That we know of. Saying that he sold seeds instead of plants when one derives directly from the other is like an arms dealer saying that he is not selling machine guns, but machine parts, because he ships them in disassembled condition. Any twit can put it together. Jodie, do you know the word “sophistry”? Because you’re guilty of it.

2. If he didn’t want the government to benefit from his enterprise, why did he pay his taxes? How is that not a profit for the government who, incidentally, pay the police?

3. One wonders if he didn’t substitute pot for methadone, weaning junkies off smack and crack only to turn them onto pot, the “harmless” drug.

4. He knows enough to stay out of jail, unlike your sainted husband. Also enough not to hitch his wagon to a horse careening on a one-way trip to self-immolation. By the way, if illegal drugs were used to the same extent as regular pharmaceuticals, do you still think that meant-to-terrify 300% figure would hold? We both know that it would not. You just couldn’t resist taking a potshot at Big Pharma. So you’re the last one to talk about bigotry.

5. Your husband is not facing execution. Although he would be in an Islamic country.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-13 1:07:01 PM


Setting aside the arguments about his alleged past, and assuming all the opinions expressed in his Manifesto for Vancouver are sincere, he's still precisely the kind of mayoral candidate that frustrates me greatly, because he neglects the simple truth that mayors in Canada have little to no actual power to enact change. That power resides with the city council. When voters judge an 'activist' mayoral candidate, they have to ask themselves a few questions. 1) If elected, can this guy build a big enough coalition on council to follow through with his promises? 2) If yes, what compromises will he have to make regarding his own principles in order to secure council's cooperation? 3) If no, will he at least be effective by blocking an adversarial council from running rough-shod over the budget process? I would have more faith in his qualifications as a candidate if his "manifesto" addressed precisely how he proposes to "herd the cats" of Vancouver's city council, not to mention the multitude of community groups and other "stakeholders" who have much more experience working the media than he does.

Posted by: Anonymous | 2008-11-13 2:47:49 PM


I'm getting more than a little bored over all the hype about this Emery person. Last I heard he was a fugitive from US law enforcement authorities and now he wants to be mayor of Vancouver??? This guy's had his fifeteen meinutes of fame thanks to this blog.
For the love of God, please no more of him!

Posted by: Atric | 2008-11-13 4:36:33 PM


The love of God?

He'd much rather be a slave to the Ganja god.

Posted by: set you free | 2008-11-13 6:30:50 PM


I'll admit this: Even stoned, Emery would be a better mayor than David Miller.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-13 6:35:53 PM


Zeb, that's like saying Jimmy Carter would make a better leader than Josef Stalin.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-13 6:48:08 PM


It'll all be over soon, Atric. Soon he's be mouldering away in some American prison, and while he'll doubtless continue to publish from behind bars, few will espouse the cause of a man gone and buried. As near as this life allows, anyway.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-13 6:49:19 PM


Ottawa prof arrested, suspect in 1980 Paris bombing

Emery's goose is cooked! Now the precedent has been set - warrants for crimes committed in other countries will be honored by the Canadian government. Hope you like prison coveralls! I suggest Emery watch lots of prison documentaries so he'll be ready for what awaits him. Serves him right for spreading poison to kids. He deserved worse.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-13 6:51:31 PM


Boy, it'll be great when Alberta secedes, then we can execute drug dealers en masse, preferably by firing squad.
Posted by: Zebulon Punk | 13-Nov-08 9:47:17 AM

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2008/10/28/7232331-cp.html

There seems to be enough in Alberta to keep you busy for awhile. Are you offering to be the executioner?

And why is federal money being given to Alberta to hire more police officers. Doesn't Alberta refuse federal money? Or is it that Alberta expects the rest of the country to pay to clean up Calgary and Edmonton's crime problems?

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-11-13 7:07:59 PM


Why not, Stig? Toronto expects the rest of the country's handgun owners to give up their property to help stop gangsta shootings in the Jane & Finch 'hood.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-13 7:11:48 PM


Emery is just like any other egotistical individual that would do anything for a moment in the cameras' lights.
If the law is ever changed here in our country it will have nothing to do with Emery or his supposed efforts.It will be the collective efforts of many versus the effort of one man.
Emery has hijacked the entire anti-prohibition movement and has turned it into a "save marc from the americans movement". People are blind to this.
Let him get shipped off so the rest of us can make a serious contribution to this issue instead of one guy that violated the law between Canada and the USA dominating the Canadian scene to the detriment of the entire scene.
Legalizing pot might be good in some ways but the real issue is; will the government ever legitimize another form of smoking when governments worldwide are trying to rid us of smokers due to health concerns?
I know the marijuana advocates will say that there is no evidence to support the idea that pot smoke is unhealthy for you, but fact is, anything that is combusted before entering your body in the form of smoke will cause some type of cancer due to the repeat abuse of your throat, lungs and mouth.
Pot smokers tend to develope lip cancers, mouth cancers and other cancers that are directly resultant from repeat injury.(smokers tend to carry their favourite brand in one area of the mouth...pot smokers light pipes usually in one area of the mouth, utilize deep inhalation practices and inhale large amounts of secondary fumes that result from overuse of cigarette lighters that usually are manufactured using dirty butane.
Nope, it will take more than a Marc Emery to make any changes, and I pity the poor buggers in Vancouver that would vote for this guy. His head's so big they'd have to modify the entrance to city hall for him.

Posted by: Smart activist | 2008-11-14 3:37:46 AM


Emery is a drug dealer who is afraid to go to jail for his crimes, and he wants to take others with him. Avoid at all costs.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 13-Nov-08 9:47:17 AM

Even if you didn't follow this with as disgusting a comment as you did, you'd be dead wrong. Marc has said and demonstrated that he's willing to go to jail solo if he can keep Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams out of US prisons - helping them was a key point on the deal he negotiated with the US prosecutors this past year.

Look, you can agree or disagree with Marc's quest to end drug prohibition. That's fine - we live in a free country in which we can disagree, and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. (Though I, for one, would be happier if we didn't jail those whose choices we disagree with.)

And you can dislike Marc's often larger-than-life presentation of himself and his movement. There are a lot of things about Marc that have turned out to be two-sided swords. But if you've ever met or talked with him you'll be hard pressed to not realize that you're are unlikely to meet another man more principled and willing to sacrifice for what he thinks is right, and what he thinks is right is more economic and social freedom for the people of Vancouver, Canada and the world - including all the messy bits that go with it that most politicians and many advocates for smaller government avoid.

Obviously some would like for him to be a burnt-out addict with no record of accomplishments so that he could be written off without a second thought, but no number of snarky, and unfortunately often ill-informed blog comments can make it true.

Posted by: Janet | 2008-11-14 6:44:13 AM


Janet, no one here seriously thinks Marc Emery is a burned-out addict without a lick of smarts. What he is is a shameless media whore and a malignant narcissist without a lick of sense, and certainly no imperative to self-preservation. He's spent the better part of his life rushing from place to place, smacking his foot into people's crotches in the hopes of finding someone who would finally fight him. Only when the Americans granted him his wish did he realize the serious trouble he had landed himself in, but by then it was too late.

As for his two partners in crime, well, they were just that. They served him willingly, fully cognizant of the risks involved. I fail to see why he should have to answer for the misdeeds of all three. As the leader, he owns the largest share of guilt, but that does not absolve his underlings.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-14 7:40:31 AM


"Putting aside his views on drug prohibition, Shane, which I know you disagree with, he really is the only economically conservative candidate in the race, and he does have an amazing ability to make difficult ventures like media, political advocacy, book stores, etc work profitably. He would not be an "activist" mayor the way we're used to. He would sell assets, cut spending and reduce taxes -- that a prescription for success in these difficult times.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 13-Nov-08 11:05:27 AM"

I am, and you know this. I am balanced and follow a policy of trepidation because I know there are trip wires so if knock this down, you can collapse it all.
Oh Emery did state he wanted to make City Hall his drug store in the 1996 race.
To be fair, total prohibition end is more honest (maybe a bit overly ambitious) than harm reduction acts of enabling during illegality,
But he didn't count on myself and Yee that talk these issues at times as I have over heard him say to Yee.
I am all over this DEA thing. Yee is talking , well in Toronto was a Federal Marijuanna Party Candidate.
There is more to this.

None the less, I a small l and a big L federally or even cl, some say classic liberal (USA usually, were I am more with the Boston Tea Party movement) in general averaging of view points. I am in the race and you knew this long ago Matthew.

I was even press screwed by a so-called libertarian news service? I have attacked forced psychiatry like SZasz (Word To The Wise) and Laing and the hypocrisy of it. This went far as well.

I always liked PJ O'Rourkes use of his label Reptile Republican, and speaking of which it does not hurt to jest, a sense of humor separates the megalomania from our instinct.

PJ O'Rourke said he often feared the legalization of more would lead to more government because then you'd have to care and pay for the rehab, he said this in the 90s on Politically Incorrect, not sure of the full quote just the context.
It's something worth worrying about.
It's a matter of priorities and Marc Emery sold himself down a bad road joining with Svend Robinson and against his own Heathcliff Campbell and even Libertarian Party's John Clarke who I admit to oppose the nomination of on the basis of method of nomination. When did he boost a Libertarian nominee's profile?
The BC Conservative, Ron Paul supporter, Ian McCleod beat him, Wilf Hanni also beat his co-candidate in the byelections. Also someone who has shown support for my campaign.

This may be a thing of concern as well, maybe a bit upset by it. Must have come to a shock to him, he had more money and press then McLeod and Hanni and he was in a good mood that day, which was a rare site.
Trying to chill a little, but this is why it never hurts to be a Jester now and then. Or enjoy one.

My priority is Government restraint and controlling police methodology. Making sure we can speak without presumptions of our criminal intentions. No honest debate can exist if people might be arrested or hospitalized for the wrong opinion.

Because I have no record and never commit a crime they can prove they have sent me to a PAU. I have not been thrown in jail. I don't surrender a right to be silent a flaunt what is considered crime either.

I am also trying to open ballot access and never supported a pinko like Robinson in place of a libertarian.

Best,

Gölök Zoltán Buday
"The mental patient's (realistic) fear of the "wild-beast" psychiatrist, bent on "treating" him against his will." -- M.Dr. Tamas I. SZasz/Thomas S. SZasz; "Words To The Wise: A Medical-Philosophical Dictionary;" "Zoophobia Psychiatrica." Pg. 240.

Posted by: Gölök | 2008-11-14 10:35:41 AM


Zebulon,

First, when Alberta secedes, cops like you will be on trial for the war on drugs.

Second, why is it that you support property rights and individual freedom only when their consequences don't threaten your bizarre aversion to drug use and your lust for fascist justice?

Third, you oppose the Holocaust and support Alberta secession on the one hand, yet oppose drug legalization on the other. You can't hold these positions consistently. The principle that commands you to oppose the Holocaust and support Alberta secession is the same principle that commands you to support drug legalization -- the principle of liberty.

There's no rational defence for your position except superstition. That makes you a bigot. Why not just leave the Shotgun? Why not start a new blog called "not-racist-but-otherwise-totally-fascist-conservatives.ca." Why keep spewing vitriol at libertarian that don't much like you?

PS Please don't walk into a mall and shoot people. We like gun freedom here and that comes with responsibility. But we will be your friend if tone down on the hate and act normally. We are reasonable.

Posted by: Robert Seymour | 2008-11-14 12:40:33 PM


Robert S. wrote: “1. First, when Alberta secedes, cops like you will be on trial for the war on drugs.”

1. Robert, you are unfamiliar with the way the system works. Since the police only enforce policy decided at the legislative and executive level, they cannot be held culpable for the effects of bad policy.

2. Yeah, junkies sprawled in their own filth in doorways and alleys with needles sticking out of their arms and their eyes rolled back into their heads are the picture of normalcy.

3. Yes, he can. A premise isn’t true just because you say it is. We oppose the Holocaust because we oppose murder; the sanctity of life. That is a separate concept from liberty, especially as defined by you, which would be a form of anarchy.

4. No rational defence EXCEPT the opium wars, AND Civil War drug addicts, AND the Downtown Eastside, AND the fact that eighty percent of our crime rate is drug-related and would be so even if all drugs were legal because they would still cost money and junkies don’t have any. And who are you to question his presence on this blog? Your sole contribution so far is a drive-by smear.

5. “We”? For whom else do you speak?

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-14 2:23:27 PM


speaking of lost pot heros- smokehole spiesout west say that BudOracle - the one man drug uprising got busted in downtown Vancouver the other day charged with trafficking..

oops so much for the bovine revolution and cannabis liberation-
and he is already facing other drug charges, this is not gonna be exactly wonderful for the weed legalization community

Its too bad when anybody gets jailed, its even more too bad when they walk around with a chip on their shoulder begging for a fight,, Well maybe the pot heros on your Christmas list will benifit from a court ordered detox and a bit of time out .

So lets all his mockersand those he insulted pitch in and pay his bail it's only gonna cost a few thousand dollars.. come on somebody sign over their family home for the same of 420 freedom! His Karma godz have abandoned him, its up to us-


.. heck, as we have seen Dud " the Bud " Oracle will merrily break any agreement he makes with the bovine courts so consider your donation-- a marijuana tax in advance of liberation,


Posted by: 419 | 2008-11-14 3:39:17 PM


"Bud" has been openly advertising not only pot, but LSD and ecstacy on this site. I'm surprised he lasted this long. He struck me as a phony, but I guess I misjudged his level of stupidity.

Posted by: dp | 2008-11-14 3:48:28 PM


Now we know why DUD THE BUD was arrested on a Friday,-so he could cool off all weekend somewhere secure, where he can dry out before having to explain himself to a judge.

heres hoping he went quietly with the creeping jackboots assassin squad and that he still has a home to go to when he gets out. This was a so very not necessary way to make a point on a discussion forum..

WE hope he finds a nice councillor who will listen to him crefully and direct him towards a suitable crafts programme..Otherwise he wilkl pull that martyre dir=et in jail- you know ,that Jenny Craig pot activist special - no solid food for 13 days- or your money back. but maybe not your hat back/
maybe he can make a new HAT in crafts class.. anything to divert an old poop from dope..

WE HOPE SANTA FORGIVES HIM FOR THIS ONE

Posted by: 419 | 2008-11-14 7:43:06 PM


Aw! And the civic election he is tomorrow. Budo must be awfully disappointed--he probably thinks it was timed to prevent him from getting voted in.

I wonder if they've let him keep his magic hat?

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-14 8:32:14 PM


KACZOR, Klaus-akd BUD ORACLE
Adult Court Vancouver Nov 14- 2008 / 2 pm
three charges:
-one charge for possession of a Controlled Substance ,
- two charges or trafficking a Controlled Substance
- he is representing himself before Hon. Judge C.L. Bagnall...

no further information available about his magic hat,
his magic white dog or his karma gods.

flags across the wipehead world are requested to fly at half mast
untill prohibition is repealed- Anarchy graphitti may remain provided it is spellet korrectlee and is kopyright free

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also.. in West Coast Justice News, Whatever and Sports

** two City of VANCOUVER MAYORAL CANDIDATES ARE IN JAIL
for drug trafficking - and one is getting ready for prison:

candidate BUD ORACLE in a Vancouver jail- ( missing in Action )
candidate MARK BOYER is somewhere in an US jail ( MIA )
candidate MARC EMERY is out on bail and headed to prison
( under supervison of a 23 yr old sub genius female activist )

the election is tomorrow- whew! and may the best Wipehead win

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the Prince of Pots extradition hearings sceduled for
Dec. 2008 & Feb. 2009 - have been rescheduled by request of the Extradition Court Judge to allow more time for the DEA/ USA/Satania International to review evidence, of which we can only assume is a rather massive pile of incriminating stuff

** Dec 2008 part I-- extradition treaty review
** June 2008 part II- extradition trial

Marc your calendars because prohibition will fall this time folks,
-- 81st time is the lucky one.


Posted by: 419 | 2008-11-14 10:10:58 PM



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