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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

(Video) Part II of Marc Emery documentary, "The Principle of Pot," released today

Paul McKeever, lawyer and leader of the Freedom Party of Ontario, released the second part of his two-part documentary about libertarian publisher and marijuana activist Marc Emery today. The documentary, entitled "The Principle of Pot," argues that Marc Emery, who is facing extradition to face a five-year prison term for selling marijuana seeds over the internet, should not be extradited. McKeever argues that extraditing Emery would violate Canadian law.

The first part of the documentary was released in January of this year. We covered that release here. The documentary is outstanding (all parts are embedded below the fold).

Here is the press release announcing the documentary:

Ontario lawyer Paul McKeever today released the second part of his two-part documentary about the Canadian "Prince of Pot", Marc Emery. Titled "The Principle of Pot", the release of Part 2 is timed to precede and to inform a decision by Canada's federal Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson, about whether or not to approve the extradition of Emery to the United States. If extradited, Emery faces five years of imprisonment in the USA for having sold cannabis seeds. Emery mailed seeds to Americans from Vancouver, Canada, via Canada Post. The Minister's decision is expected by May 10, 2010.

McKeever opposes Emery's extradition, and says extraditing Emery would be a violation of Canada's Extradition Act. "Anyone who watches Part 2 of The Principle of Pot will clearly understand that the USA is seeking Emery's extradition because of the political nature of his cannabis seed campaign", says McKeever. "In my view, even if someone were somehow to doubt that the USA seeks to imprison Emery because of his political influence, Emery's political beliefs and conduct would at the very least result in him being prejudiced in any American court. In either case, the Extradition Act prohibits the Justice Minister from extraditing Emery, and I explain that more fully in The Principle of Pot (Part 2)."

Emery's opponents, and the U.S. authorities who demanded his arrest in Halifax, have attempted to portray Emery as a profit-motivated drug dealer. "The Principle of Pot" demonstrates that Marc Emery was at all times carrying out political campaigns. Part 1 of McKeever's documentary demonstrated that Emery was an individual freedom activist long before getting involved in the marijuana legalization issue. Part 2 goes deep into Emery's marijuana-related activism, explains the surprising origins of his involvement in the marijuana legalization issue, uncovers Emery's widely misunderstood goal, and a gives a rare and revealing look at his behind-the-scenes master strategy and tactics.

Here is the first segment of the second part of the documentary (the remaining parts are below the fold):

NOTE: Anonymous and overly abusive comments may be deleted at the discretion of the author of this post.

Segment 2:

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Posted by P.M. Jaworski on April 21, 2010 in Marc Emery, Marijuana reform | Permalink


P.M. and Paul,

Keep up the good work. This is a really important issue that too many people want to ignore or sweep under the rug.

Just thought I'd get that in before this thread gets out of control (this is a post about drugs and Emery after all).

Posted by: Charles | 2010-04-21 2:10:49 PM

So decision day is May 10, 2010. That's only three weeks away. For Emery, those days will fly by, while his five years in the clink will seem like decades. See ya, loser. This is what happens when your people bring guns to rallies.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-04-21 3:08:09 PM

Very nicely done Paul.

Posted by: Publius | 2010-04-21 6:57:49 PM

Latest poll by AP-CNBC shows that American public opposes marijuana legalization by 55%-33%. There is strong support for allowing small amounts for medicinal use. However, public support is significantly against general legalization. General legalization will only come about when a strong majority of Americans favor it. Gun control in America largely collapsed when a strong majority in most states turned against gun control. The death penalty is still used in the United States because about 70% of Americans support it(an Angus Reid poll even put support at 84%-14%). Abortion is legal because most people want it that way in at least some cases. Yet, abortion is being increasingly restricted in the United States(at the state level) because polls show that people want abortion legal but strictly limited. The American people are pretty conservative on the social issues(a 2009 Battleground poll showed self-described social conservatives outnumbering social liberals by 54%-39%) and any successful advocacy group must recognize this.

Posted by: Boch | 2010-04-21 7:41:39 PM

"Legalization" will never occur regardless what the polls say. It takes political action. Right now, Emery and his victims lack organization, discipline, public relations and, most of all, a compelling cause. His opponents on the other hand have all of the above. At the least, they will not lose. The other side needs to win big or they will fail. So, stalemate. Moreover, it sucks to be Emery: he's facing 5 years hard time by his own choice.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-04-21 8:33:09 PM

Too bad you deleted my comments
and I was especially supportive
of this important project..
So it seems you can't take a compliment either
- talk about touchy

Posted by: 419 | 2010-04-21 8:42:46 PM

Even if the extradition is politically motivated, that is not grounds for its refusal. McKeever's statements are themselves politically motivated, no? They're also not very solidly based in law. Otherwise Emery would have retained him as his lawyer and continued to fight, rather than agreeing to plead guilty. Emery's own lawyer apparently does not share McKeever's vision and, like Captain Sternn's lawyer Cholly, urged him to plead guilty, so it really doesn't matter what Hanover Fiste says.

Furthermore, any attempt to derail the extradition at this point would be greatly complicated by the fact that he has plead guilty and is already technically a convict, his sentence currently held in abeyance at the Justice Minister's pleasure. This is not a sovereignty issue, nor is it a political issue, nor an issue of individual liberty. It is the sordid story of a common drug smuggler who from the first has sought the most public and spectacular sort of martyrdom. But it was all a bluff, and now that the authorities have called him on it, he's terrified. Unlike King and Gandhi, who were perfectly prepared to do time for their beliefs. It is the old, old story--if you play chicken enough times, eventually you'll lose.

And 419, since most of the scribblers on this board are personal friends of Marc Emery, and since they know what will most likely happen on May 10 in spite of all the hoopla, you should have known they'd be touchy. I'm amazed it's been dragged out this long, but perhaps the prorogation of Parliament had something to do with it. So, ironically, Emery may owe his last few months of liberty to a rather illiberal piece of gubernatorial manoeuvring.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-04-21 11:10:20 PM

He won't serve five years. We'll be lucky if the drug dealer serves more than one year.

Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2010-04-22 12:07:37 AM

He'll be serving it in the States, Agha. While parole is always a possibility, they don't have all the roadblocks to a full term we have in Canada--two-for-one credit for time served, eligibility for day parole after, what, one-sixth the sentence? and statutory release after two-thirds has been served.

Also, it'll be a federal prison for a federal crime, and we're talking about a high-profile prisoner the DEA has been yearning for for years. Early release is therefore unlikely.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-04-22 6:23:16 AM

Emery may have had political views, who doesn't?

that is not why the Americans want his ass- they want him for his criminal activity
thats pot seeds..
which when grown out becomes tens of thousands of pot plants that entered the drug market of the United States of America-
a nation at war on several fronts
a nation trying to plug up economic leaks'
a nation riddled with zombie wipeheads

this activity is illegal in the US and Canada ' and every other nation of earth- and Emery had been caught tried and punished fined & jailed in Canada- many times- but had not learned his lesson, became a repeat offender and encouraged others to do the same- including underage persons

When his actions affected other nations- and he admits he shipped pot seeds all over the world- it was the USA- his greatest market that was most upset, him shipping dope ammunition into their land durinng the heat of their serious domestic drug war and sucking laundered US cash out so he could do more damage to them -- thats hardly a political action. that;s organized criminal activity with a politics hobby-

So hes off to martyre land in a few weeks.,.
let's see the Wipeheads and their supporters visit him in jail
sustain his weeping wife
carry on with his "Overgrow the Government"

ha you won't= because you are kleenex men
with variable degrees of keyboard rage
and absolutely no follow through

200,000,000 worldwide stoners
and none of you could do anything
for their big mouth cannabinoid prophet?
Paul McKeever the producer paints him as Christ- and the DEA as the cruel Romans
Marc painted himself like Ghandi-and the DEA as the cruel Colonial masters
I paint Emery as the Will E Coyote and the DEA as the Roadrunner--

BEEP BEEP asshole !

well OK- enjoy this movie
weep at the parts where
Marc Emery gets crapped on
and blame Babylon
for yet another conspiracy
and then fuck off

you heard me--BEEP BEEP

Posted by: 419 | 2010-04-22 7:41:37 AM

He won't serve five years. We'll be lucky if the drug dealer serves more than one year.

Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan

Well how about a little $100 bet....?
payout one calendar year after Emery has his sentence handed down from a US Judge?

you say he will serve _one year in happy jail
I say substantially more than that behind bars

Money/ mouth
you know the drill
chime in' or chump out

Posted by: 419 | 2010-04-22 8:28:51 AM

Excellent! Very well done. Took me a few days to get through it all, but well worth it. I hope you can get this out where a lot of Canadians can see it.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-04-22 4:22:24 PM

Hey Charles, I found That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen online, so I have started reading it. Its at bastiat.org/twisatwins.html. That is it I hope. Once I'm done digesting that one, I will start looking for the others. Thanks again.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-04-22 4:29:19 PM

Actually, I found Economics In One Lesson online as well, the only one I need to buy it appears is Rothbards. So, that one will be last. The 2 I can get should keep me busy for a month or 2. I have so much to read :) I have 3 books on the nightstand I have to read as well. So much to learn, so little time :)

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-04-22 4:43:55 PM

419: How would you get the money to me?

Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2010-04-22 7:28:58 PM

Agha- is that a yes to accepting the bet or is this a ha ha I expect to win line?
if its real, gentlemen await the date, its easy to determine if Emery is walking free or still in lockup

contact and exchange emails with postal addie- loser drops cash in mail. yes or no ?

I will have plenty extra cash the day Emery crosses the border when 26 wipehead supporters lose their $100 each bets to me.. but stoner wipeheads are notorious non payers when they poop out in such matters but I am always good for my end of a bargain.
yes or no
your word is acceptable

Posted by: 419 | 2010-04-22 9:20:55 PM

Beware, Steve. The moment you have decided you have learned all there is to learn, you become obsolete—and expendable.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-04-22 9:27:58 PM

419: BS

Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2010-04-22 10:13:55 PM

Good one Shane. We are all expendable buddy. We are just some farmers cows. Mooooooo

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-04-23 1:41:18 AM


I don't think you'll find the Rothbard book for free. You can get it on amazon.com (not .ca) for $30 I think.

Posted by: Charles | 2010-04-23 5:19:22 AM

For Rothbard's books, try mises.org

Posted by: Paul McKeever | 2010-04-23 5:49:04 AM

Good one Shane. We are all expendable buddy. We are just some farmers cows. Mooooooo


Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-04-23 6:40:18 AM

your response sums up your self image
and outlook on life

& you are cheapskate Wipehead

Posted by: 419 | 2010-04-23 8:12:23 AM


Paul is right. http://mises.org/store/What-Has-Government-Done-to-Our-MoneyCase-for-a-100-Percent-Gold-Dollar-P224.aspx

It's cheaper there.

Posted by: Charles | 2010-04-23 11:13:04 AM

Yes, we. What makes you think you matter in the grand scheme of things?

Thanks guys, for the book info.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-04-23 12:06:19 PM

419: You need a better way to get your money to me before I agree to the deal. $100 is not the problem. I personally need to know how a financial swap like this can be guaranteed over the internet. I will admit I am not savvy with internet deals and would appreciate your counsel assuming you know. If you can describe a sure-fire way to make such a swap, I will be willing to deal. If you are unable to describe such a swap, then my "BS" reply will have to do. Sorry if I offended you.

Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2010-04-26 11:58:34 PM

Yes, we. What makes you think you matter in the grand scheme of things?

The fact that I'm not obsolete?

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-04-27 8:02:42 AM

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