The Shotgun Blog
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tommy Chong sports Free Marc Emery t-shirt everywhere
Marc Emery, dubbed the "Prince of Pot" by the Seattle Times and popularized by CNN, is out on bail, awaiting his penultimate extradition to the United States to face a five-year prison term for selling marijuana seeds over the internet.
Many Canadians and Americans are outraged by the efforts of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to extradite Emery. Similarly, many are surprised and dismayed at the failure of the Canadian political establishment to speak out in defense of a fellow Canadian.
Here's Chong on Bill O'Reilly:
And here he is on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:
Duh all these appearances were recorded the same day.
Posted by: Bob | 2009-11-24 12:39:23 PM
Tommy Chong never grew up. The 60s are over, nearly 40 years now. What a loser. No wonder Emery and the other druggies worship him.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-11-24 12:52:28 PM
Tommy Chong and Emery are cut from the same socialist cloth. claiming to be a libertarian doesn't make you one.
you will know one by his actions.
Posted by: shel | 2009-11-24 6:30:54 PM
I've been waiting to see American's get active on this case. Great to see Chong take a stand. (I know he's Canadian, but he lives in the US.)
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-11-24 6:43:09 PM
A new generation is coming that will not tolerate the lies about marijuana. Fact: Alcohol causes more psychotic episodes per percent usage than does marijuana. Fact: Alcohol has been linked to household abuse cases while marijuana has not. Fact: Zebulon Pike has never substantiated any of his claims that I have seen with viable research, or sensible reason. It's just a plant... get over it.
Posted by: Douglas | 2009-11-25 12:35:24 AM
Marc Emery has done more for Canadian liberty than any other Canadian that I know about. Tommy is right to stand up for him.
Zeb Pike is a fascist in his thinking - all he does is bad mouth any civil libertarian, but to paraphrase something Abraham Lincoln once said, "Saying something is so doesn't make it so".
Boo to Zeb Pike. Bravo Tommy Chong! Bravo Marc Emery!
Posted by: Rev. Chris Lawson | 2009-11-25 9:20:55 AM
Thank god for these great men.
Today our brave and patriotic troops are protecting and guarding the worlds largest opium and hashish producers so they can fight us back on an even play field. And spending millions with this cat and mouse game of smuggling it into our country's Look at all the paychecks that would get cut: The cops make their dollars. The bail bondsmen get their rake off. The prosecutors make their cases. The social workers write up their interviews. The clerks push their papers. The lawyers collect their fees. The judges render their verdicts. The prison guards make their rounds. The vendors sell their baloney sandwiches. The construction firms build their additions. And the shrinks nod their heads.
If the constitution was printed on cannabis paper and signers such George Washington Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin were large grower of cannabis I find it hard to believe that our personal and medical, use is not protected by the Bill of Right and our Constitution.
I am 59years old and been laid off for 18 month now and just scrape by on my wife's $8 hour job. I have been smoking off and on for over 40 year only when I can afford or offered. I now have several medical issues that I feel cannabis helps me. I have no medical insurance and they finally open up a clinic in my area with a sliding scale. How ever if the Doctor writes me a prescription or refers me to specialists that I cant afford to fill or see, what good is it. This past summer I ordered five female cannabis seeds from http://www.ministryofcannabis.com/shop.html?aff_id=50 for about $35. In a little over 60 days I had enough personal medical cannabis to last several month depending whether I smoked which uses the least or vaporize or made butter. As an adult with two speeding ticket and ticket for a rolling stop since 1967and I have always filed a tax return. Why should I be a criminal for a god given plant the helps me and makes me feel better. If you change the category of cannabis prisoners to political prisoner China would pale in comparison. How ever what would China invest in we did not have the very profitable prison Bonds to sell them.
Posted by: knowa | 2009-11-25 9:44:26 AM
I don't recall bashing any civil libertarian, aside from pointing out logical flaws. Emery doesn't count. He's a weasel, a drug dealer trying to evade responsibility for his actions. He taunted the authorities for years. Now he's off to real prison for a long time. He's a whiny little bitch. But shame on you people for believing his lies. He used you to try to get off. If he succeeded, he would have abandoned you.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-11-25 9:59:23 AM
That is one of your stupidest claims ever Pike, and that is saying a lot. Why would Emery abandon us? He has always stood up for us and defended our rights, long before any of these ridiculous American charges were filed.
Posted by: DrGreenthumb | 2009-11-25 12:29:00 PM
Marc Emery fought for and won our freedom:
- to shop on Sunday if we choose to do so
- to have free choice in the music lyrics we write or listen to
- to have unrestricted choices in the literature (magazines and books) that we choose to read.
Emery has counted very much already and truly is a civil libertarian of the first order! These are just a few of the battles that he has fought by breaking UNJUST laws and eventually getting them changed. He has tried to use the same approach with marijuana law reform.
It will take more than a rude BIG MOUTH like Pike to make me change my opinion that Marc Emery is a genuine hero in a country that would be much better off with more people like him. Pike calls Emery "a weasel", "a whiny little bitch". Wrong Pike. If Pike wants to know how to identify such a person he just has to look in the mirror. Note the name calling just as I said in my previous post. That is all Pike knows how to do because he apparently has developed a severe allergy to the truth.
Anyone who knows the truth about Emery has respect for him. Anyone who knows the truth about Pike's long and disgusting record of unsubstantiated slander could have no respect for him.
Slander is a crime Pike, and in my opinion that makes you a far more serious criminal than Marc ever could be.
I for one believe that TRUTH should be our highest value. I have heard Marc Emery speak at many locations across our country and have never heard him misrepresent either people or the evidence relevant to the issues discussed.
Stick to the truth. Stick to facts and leave the childish taunts and personal attacks for the elementary school playground where the bullies haven't yet grown up.
Even if one views Marc as a criminal, he is a Canadian and should be subject to Canadian standards of justice. He has never been to the USA and should not have to go there now. If he must be punished, do it in Canada or don't do it at all!
Posted by: Rev. Chris Lawson | 2009-11-25 10:56:26 PM
Agreed Marc Emery is a Canadian hero of the highest order.
heheh "highest" order, I never even meant to do that.
Posted by: DrGreenthumb | 2009-11-26 10:16:06 AM
Emery is as much a hero as Charles Manson or Mumia Abu Jamal.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-11-26 10:21:44 AM
Thank You to Mr. Tommy Chong who wears a Free Marc Emery T Shirt.
Instead of wearing a Marlboro T or a Budweiser T Shirt(and acknowledge the associated harms that accompany their uses), Mr. Chong has chosen instead to recognize a Man and his product that result in No Harm to the imbiber other than the Prohibition that keeps Cannabis illegal.
Is it any wonder that more and more people are choosing to use Cannabis as a much safer alternative than Alcohol and or Tobacco??
Bravo Mr. Chong and Mr. Emery.
Posted by: jeff franklin | 2009-11-26 12:05:51 PM
One guy - a known drug user and failed actor - wears your dealers' shirt and you fall all over him. Is that a choice or a lack of options?
Only a maniac thinks marijuana would actually be safer than alcohol or tobacco. This is why it should be banned forever.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-11-26 12:56:37 PM
Here's a secret Canadians keep from Americans.
We hate you.
We think you're boorish bullies.
Undereducated, misinformed cruel global tyrants.
You're used to throwing you're weight around but if you try to mess with Canadians, then don't expect us to be there when you need backup.
Imprison Marc Emery and I guarantee you payback.
Right now, here's how we're feeling: you're screwing with our sovereignty. Let us deal with Emery, imagine how you'd feel if any nation on earth wanted to mess with one of your citizens.
America was very disturbed when some young man was sentenced to a flogging and yet you feel it's your right to snatch away one of our political activists?
You Yanks are due for a rude awakening!
APPARENTLY, 9-11 WASN'T ENOUGH OF MESSAGE FOR YOU YANKS.
THE WHOLE PLANET HATES YOUR GUTS EVEN YOUR APPARENTLY FRIENDLY NEIGHBOUR TO THE NORTH.
Posted by: john david bourgeois | 2009-11-26 11:13:53 PM
And what will you do about it?
God Bless America! The beacon of freedom around the world.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-11-27 7:04:08 AM
No need to do anything about it.
Just being an American, an international target of hatred,is payback enough. That's why you have to pretend to be Canadian when you travel abroad.
If America is such a beacon of freedom, then why are alcohol and tobacco legal, and cannabis not?
The answer is there is no just reason to criminalize plant smokers while letting alcohol users enjoy the protection of the law.
These laws, like a lot of other laws you've had, are just plain evil. It's immoral to criminalize someone for smoking cannabis.
You are not the "beacon of freedom" you may have once been, now you're the country with the highest incarceration rate on earth.
God, I'd love it if a truly free America arose but , unfortunately, your right-wing fundamentalist Christians have used their political power to restrict the freedom of others.
Why can't you just be cool, legalize the gentle plant and let our gentle politician off the hook?
Your last few Presidents have all been drug users,
isn't it time for your bullshit to stop?
Alcohol prohibition was doomed to failure and so is cannabis prohibition.
Drug prohibition is your religious right-wing fundamentalists, the flat-earth people, throwing their political weight around. Keep those idiots on your side of the border.
So, if you're implying that there's nothing I can do about it, you're missing the point.
I don't have to do anything but stand by and watch you shoot yourself in the foot.
Your neighbourhoods have turned into armed camps.
That's my payback.
Your people live with guns and gangs and constant fear, that's my payback.
That's what I'm going to do about it. Nothing. I'm just going to shake my head in sorrow as I watch your nation turn to shit. You think you're so tough, that you can push everyone around, even your friends and neighbours? You are in for a rude awakening.
Your once-friendly neighbour to the North ,
Posted by: john david bourgeois | 2009-11-27 4:08:01 PM
You complain about being oppressed (laughingly) and yet you are enslaved to a plant? No wonder you people are so lame.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-11-27 6:24:01 PM
Who claims to be enslaved to a plant ? I am in love by choice. MMMMmarijuana way more enjoyable than Zebulon anything
Posted by: Autonomous | 2009-11-27 7:02:43 PM
Why are so many hating on Cheech & Chong. They are not spearheading anything in this movement. They are taking advantage of it and good for them. And the Trailer Park Boys and Weeds and all that other fun trash culture! I guess Shakespeare is in that boat too then since he was a HEAD.
Posted by: TokyoJ | 2009-12-14 10:29:57 PM
U.S keep hands of indepenant nations, want help to fight drugs? stop being the main users, want a shoulder to cry on us your medical establishment.
Posted by: OzVet | 2010-04-13 3:43:33 AM
Typo error " us" see use.
Posted by: OzVet | 2010-04-13 3:44:17 AM
If USA is so worried, why aren't you members of the world court? I'm an ex vet from Australia and I don't want any yank influence in this land (before a wanker brings up WW2, remember Vietnam, we saved your ass.
Posted by: OzVet | 2010-04-13 3:47:18 AM
Too bad you didn't also save the three million Vietnamese the VC slaughtered after the Americans left, Ozzie. Don't get me started on Vietnam; it was one of the most maliciously mis-reported and misunderstood conflicts in recent history. I know baby boomers consider it a watershed in their histories, but like most of their "accomplishments," they don't withstand close scrutiny and they're terrified that people will realize the truth before they die.
P.S. Why are you posting on a thread that's been inactive for five months?
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-04-13 6:52:49 AM
Why does every little country believe that the US (or any country bigger than they are) think that they owes them? There must be something psychological about it. Well, that and absolutely pathetic. At one time I thought only Canadians suffered from it - and they do! Now it looks like Australians do too. That's sad because, unlike Canada, they have a national identity. Canada only has a bunch of brand names - how's that for corporate rule.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-04-13 3:25:58 PM
Nobody listen to Zebulon Pike, he is one of those typical pig headed americans that we do so hate. He is just trying to get arise out of other people. We know everyone hates Americans, if they are foolish enough to think that everyone loves them, well they are going to get whatever is coming to them.
Posted by: GreenfortheWin | 2010-05-13 6:38:37 AM
Why should anyone back Emery? He broke nearly every single rule he claimed to support in his quest.
Gandhi proposed a series of rules for satyagrahis (love-force or truth force) to follow in a resistance campaign:
1. harbour no anger - Emery is a VERY angry person, mainly because he failed.
2. suffer the anger of the opponent - He did everything he could, which wasn't much, to evade responsibility for his actions. In fact, they barely took notice of him.
3. never retaliate to assaults or punishment; but do not submit, out of fear of punishment or assault, to an order given in anger - he's such a wimp he couldn't even if he had to.
4. voluntarily submit to arrest or confiscation of your own property - HA! Not a chance. Emery was consumed by his love of wealth and property.
5. if you are a trustee of property, defend that property (non-violently) from confiscation with your life - he couldn't even do this.
6. do not curse or swear - WAY too late.
7. do not insult the opponent - WAY WAY too late
8. neither salute nor insult the flag of your opponent or your opponent’s leaders - the best Emery could do was bash Harper and the US. He should have heeded this part, but who are we kidding?
9. if anyone attempts to insult or assault your opponent, defend your opponent (non-violently) with your life - never going to happen with Emery.
10. as a prisoner, behave courteously and obey prison regulations (except any that are contrary to self-respect) - I imagine that he will do this, because he'll be a broken weak little man in prison, without sycophants to pump up his low self-esteem. Sobering up will help too.
11. as a prisoner, do not ask for special favourable treatment - does that include solitary confinement, so that he doesn't have to share a cell?
12. as a prisoner, do not fast in an attempt to gain conveniences whose deprivation does not involve any injury to your self-respect - He won't. He can't.
13. joyfully obey the orders of the leaders of the civil disobedience action - if only he was as good as his followers.
14. do not pick and choose amongst the orders you obey; if you find the action as a whole improper or immoral, sever your connection with the action entirely - he won't do this. He's been very selective in his fights and lost every single time.
15. do not make your participation conditional on your comrades taking care of your dependents while you are engaging in the campaign or are in prison; do not expect them to provide such support
-Oh no worries here - he won't have many friends in prison. No one wants to put up with either his pathetic cause or his nightly crying.
16. do not become a cause of communal quarrels - too late.
17. do not take sides in such quarrels, but assist only that party which is demonstrably in the right; in the case of inter-religious conflict, give your life to protect (non-violently) those in danger on either side
-WAY too late.
18. avoid occasions that may give rise to communal quarrels - WAY WAY WAY too late.
19. do not take part in processions that would wound the religious sensibilities of any community
-Emery is his own religion. And its far too late to avoid this. He's a pariah, no one cares about him.
Emery also broke most of Gandhi's Seven Rules for the Satyagraha:
1. must have a living faith in God
2. must believe in truth and non-violence and have faith in the inherent goodness of human nature which he expects to evoke by suffering in the satyagraha effort
-Not likely. He's a petty little man.
3. must be leading a chaste life, and be willing to die or lose all his possessions
-Impossible, he's a very greedy man.
4. must be a habitual khadi wearer and spinner
-Not sure about this one.
5. must abstain from alcohol and other intoxicants
-nuff said. His whole existence depended on the use of drugs. In fact he refused to give it up. This alone renders his claims to back Gandhi's principles a sick lie.
6. must willingly carry out all the rules of discipline that are issued
-Not going to happen.
7. must obey the jail rules unless they are specially devised to hurt his self respect
-He's a disobedient little cur, not going to happen.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-05-13 9:12:59 AM
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