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Friday, August 13, 2010

Marc Emery's U.S. federal prison blog #10

We're going to start posting Marc Emery's prison blog on a regular basis. All of these originally appear on the Cannabis Culture website. If you don't know about Marc Emery and his situation, you can check out Paul McKeever's exceptional documentary about Emery entitled "The Principle of Pot" here and here.

Here is Emery's tenth prison blog, unedited:

Today I was told I would get less time on the computer to send and read emails because there was griping by some of the inmates about my use. Admittedly, it is about 3 hours a day, but I line up like everyone else and there are others that use it even more frequently and for longer times than I. It seems I have aroused some to complain. So my use will be in the early morning, in the afternoon around 4:30 pm, and at night, for less time in total.

I will have a hard time finding the time to type & email out the chapters of the proposed book I'm writing, so I may have to just send you my notes in long hand, which is how I do my first draft anyway. I'll just edit it and rewrite the second draft more neatly and forward it along to you by mail rather than using up valuable computer time. The chapters are much longer than my editor specified, but there's so much to tell that I thought I'd put it down and leave it for you and him to edit. It's better to have too much information as opposed to too little.

The first chapter deals with my first album purchase when I was 14 (up to then I bought 45 rpm single songs), which was Cheech & Chong's BIG BAMBU album. I memorized that album, finding their voices mocking, exaggerated and subversive. I really thought marijuana smoking was a comedic form of social rebellion. I was a teenager who found my obsession with Marvel Comic books as gratifying a mind changer as I could imagine, along with my comic book business called "Marc's Comic Room" (named so because I sold the comics originally from my bedroom in my parents house from 1971 to 1975, when I was aged 12 to 16) and my budding love of science-fiction, I had no concept of the need for "drugs" or marijuana.

Then I jump to 1979 whereupon I discover Ayn Rand and the tremendous life-changing effect on my life, and how that happened. Then to December 21, 1980 when I meet Sandra, and I discover the joy of a cannabis high while falling in love with her that night. Then we jump to 1991 when I sponsor a spoken word performer (and former front man for the punk band Dead Kennedys) to perform his new CD "I Blow Minds For A living" at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario.

I had found out about Jello Biafra while doing my radio show on CHRW called "Radio Free Speech: Revolution Through Rock & Rap", and got together $5,000 to pay him his fee (of $3,000) and to rent the Hall for a night ($2,000 with sound equipment). We sold 420 tickets at $10 each, so I only lost about $1,000. In that performance of his then-current CD, there was a 15-minute segment called "Grow More Pot" about this book, by a guy named Jack Herer, called the Emperor Wears No Clothes. Biafra spoke about this conspiracy to suppress the history of the hemp plant and its incredible history in the world, and particularly Canada and the USA; that George Washington was America's biggest cannabis farmer ever; that the Declaration of Independence was written on cannabis hemp paper, and it was mandatory to be grown in the early colonies, and in World War 2, the US Department of Agriculture urged farmers to GROW HEMP FOR VICTORY.

After his performance, I found out the book was banned in Canada, and all magazines and books about marijuana and drugs were, in fact, banned and had been banned for 4 years, since 1987. So I vowed to break the ban by selling these books and magazines over the next 10 months. I don't get charged (unlike when I opened my store illegally on Sundays), even though I took out ads announcing my plans and sold copies in front of the police station, but I do end up bringing Jack Herer, Steve Hager, Ed Rosenthal & Paul Mavrides to London to autograph and speak about their work.

I got frustrated with everything after so many campaigns and so little change, so in July 1992 I moved to Asia with my partner Deb, and her two kids Jordon & Jeremy. While in Asia I saw in a government-banned newspaper an article about the Conservative leadership convention between Jean Charest & Kim Campbell. It came up that they both had smoked pot. This is the only article about Canada I saw in Asia in two years, and it’s all about how pot is very common in this place called the "lower mainland of British Columbia". Piquing my interest, I joked, "If we ever go broke here, we'll have to go to BC and set up some kind of hemp revolution business." I laughed at the thought of going broke, as if it would never happen, but the idea keeps evolving in my head anyway.

8 months later, I really was nearly broke after foolishly spending $30,000 building a dream chalet on the side of this magnificent lake, Lake Maninjau, in West Sumatra, Indonesia. I got completely defrauded of my money, the house was built – a spectacular place, but I never spent a day inside it after completion, as the property owners rented it out to wealthy tourists and I was bollocksed. Crying in despair one day when my money situation got critical, I announced, pulling my head up out of my tear-strewn hands, that we are going to Vancouver to begin this hemp revolution business.

Once I arrived, I quickly got to work in this unfamiliar new city of Vancouver that I did not know. I sold “High Times” magazines and the book “Grow yer own Stone” door-to-door on the street to raise money, beginning April 11, 1994, and by July 7, 1994, I opened "HEMP BC: the Marijuana & Hemp Center for Greater Vancouver", as my first storefront sign read.

That’s the summary of the first chapter. So I'll finish the first draft tonight, and then try to re-write it as neatly as possible by hand and mail it to you. Hopefully these issues of time use on the computer can be dealt with. If I do need more time, there are very few people wanting to use it at 8 am in the morning, when most inmates (including me) are still sleeping, but I may have to rearrange my schedule and perhaps type up my chapters in that period when there is little pressure to use the email.

I am in good health, my sweetheart, and I am working on my letters, books, and currently reading God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens, back to back with Robert Crumb's illustrated Book of Genesis, from the Bible. The Bible is total fairy tale nonsense, albeit nicely illustrated by Crumb, but that any sentient human can find value in such a story is beyond belief – or rather it IS belief. Religion is strange stuff indeed.

I am gratified by all your great work on my behalf, and thank you for all the time you spend on my FREE MARC campaign. Without you, I would surely be so demoralized, as this is a hard place to be. I look forward to calling you tonight and especially your visit this Saturday, the highlight of my difficult existence here.

I love you immensely and long for the time when I am back at your side, as I ought to be and deserve to be. Hopefully people are writing the Minister of Public Safety and urging friends and relatives of theirs to do so also. I need thousands of letters on my behalf to flood the Minister: “Please repatriate Marc Emery at your earliest opportunity.”

I am very gratified that the opinion writers and editorialists of every stripe are condemning the escalating Conservative attempts to fill the prisons and expand the prisons. We need an election immediately and I hope you are doing your best to urge one in your writings and comments. It is essential we change governments. The country is being dragged, by the Tories, into a dark place of punishment and intolerance and irrationality because theocratic fundamentalist Christians have the government in its grip. People should read The Armageddon Factor, Harper’s Team and Sheeple to find out how bad it’s gotten.

I Love You so much, and goodbye for now,

Your devoted and grateful husband,

Marc

Note: As always, anonymous, annoying, and abusive comments may be deleted.

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on August 13, 2010 in Marc Emery | Permalink

Comments

So Marc Emery is making enemies in jail. Well, that certainly comes as a surprise. If I recall correctly, he hasn't even been sentenced yet--this is just a holding facility. This is not a promising start.

Let's not gild the lily--the Tories are merely obeying a treaty to which their country is a signatory. No government would have broken the treaty on Marc's account. The Tories weren't even in power when the case against him began; the Grits were. Yet he singles out the Conservatives as being solely responsible for his plight. All Conservatives. Forever. Living, dead, or yet to be born. Jackals and vermin, to be driven from the land at all and any cost. Because of what has happened to him.

This is not a man with a history of getting along with those with whom he disagrees. He may not consider himself cut from the same cloth as his fellow inmates, but like it or not, they're his bunkmates for the next five years. Here's hoping he learns some basic social skills before their griping turns into something worse.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-13 6:33:45 AM


Marc Emery is a true hero , we need him and Conrad Black to run this country, we desperately need some sanity in Ottawa

Posted by: don b | 2010-08-13 8:51:43 AM


So when are the

" I Freed Marc Emery
& all I got was this lousy T Shirt "

all American cotton garments going on sale ?

And BTW: when is that Western Standard bankrolled book about Marc Emery coming out ?
We all have Christmas shopping chores coming up, and most of us have friends and colleagues who have never heard of him

& to avoid being deleteted
I am adding ( under duress )

" The Prince of Pot : bring him home by 2020"

Posted by: 419 | 2010-08-13 9:21:35 AM


Let's not gild the lily--the Tories are merely obeying a treaty to which their country is a signatory. No government would have broken the treaty on Marc's account.

Perhaps not, but they should've. Upholding international treaties that grossly violate individual liberty is just as bad as upholding domestic laws that violate individual liberty. The only moral thing to do is throw them all out.

Yet he singles out the Conservatives as being solely responsible for his plight.

Extradition falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The Conservative party currently controls the federal government.

All Conservatives. Forever. Living, dead, or yet to be born. Jackals and vermin, to be driven from the land at all and any cost. Because of what has happened to him.

Emery is quite aware that what happened to him is symptomatic of a much larger and more serious issue, namely the entire war on drugs. It needs to be stopped, which means the federal Tories need to go. On this issue the other parties are not much better, but they are better nonetheless.

This is not a man with a history of getting along with those with whom he disagrees. He may not consider himself cut from the same cloth as his fellow inmates, but like it or not, they're his bunkmates for the next five years. Here's hoping he learns some basic social skills before their griping turns into something worse.

This is not an argument. It's just repulsive gloating and a lame attempt to justify the status quo because "it is what it is". Get the fuck out, Shane.

Posted by: Spazmo | 2010-08-13 10:42:54 AM


Spazmo, you is what you is and please notice that we don;t care

Posted by: 419 | 2010-08-13 11:21:02 AM


Marc Emery was just minding his own business, vending pot seeds around the world, washing the money and directing his group of law breaking confederates to develop new felony products and expand his market share- and started his own organization and then all of a sudden the International Conservative element jumped him for his political beliefs..and rushed him into jail.

Of course he plead Innocent to all charges. but somehow mispelled his plea as " Guilty".. None of his on going serious drug criminal activities was a factor in his incarceration, nor was the fact that he was a repeat offender. Nope it was the fact that he read Ayn Rand that landed him in Prison.

All these bad people must be very happy now for doing this to him.Thats why they are bad, because they called it "justice". The law Marc Emery , the Prince of Pot broke again and again and again was a bad law. It just is bad.And Marc Emery is correct and good. Various telephone polls show that to be true, and Pot cures cancer and improves the human mind by making said minds question authority'

Every thing you have ever heard about marijuana is a lie except for what i am telling you. There: you have now been officially liberated.

You're welcome

Posted by: 419 | 2010-08-13 1:22:13 PM


Interesting that no one seems to question why prisoners are allowed access to the internet, much less blog time. We have indeed come a long ways.....

Posted by: Alain | 2010-08-13 8:36:12 PM


    Perhaps not, but they should've. Upholding international treaties that grossly violate individual liberty is just as bad as upholding domestic laws that violate individual liberty. The only moral thing to do is throw them all out.

Smuggling any product, legal or not, across an international border is not an individual liberty. His smuggling operation directly challenged American sovereignty. Double irony points here, considering that Emeryites believe the Americans to be violating ours.

    Extradition falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The Conservative party currently controls the federal government.

But not the terms of the treaty. Emery is basically saying every Conservative MP should be hounded from office on the grounds that they would not break the laws of two countries and several international treaties just for him. Talk about narcissistic.

    Emery is quite aware that what happened to him is symptomatic of a much larger and more serious issue, namely the entire war on drugs. It needs to be stopped, which means the federal Tories need to go. On this issue the other parties are not much better, but they are better nonetheless.

Single-issue activist = moron. There is no “war on drugs.” And the other side has the power to end the struggle at any time, but they won’t, because they would rather bankroll violent criminals than grow up.

    This is not an argument. It's just repulsive gloating and a lame attempt to justify the status quo because "it is what it is".

No, it’s simply advice that Emery should heed if he wants finish his sentence with all his teeth intact. Of course, taking good advice is also something he needs to work on. As for being repulsive, it’s not my money jingling in the pockets of the criminals, boy, so mind your tongue while you still have it.

    Get the fuck out, Shane.

You going to make me, tough guy? >:-D

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-13 10:49:45 PM


I don’t mind prisoners using computers or any other tool to better themselves, Alain. There’s also something to be said for the idea that putting frustrations into words will make it less likely that one will put them into violent acts. Prison is a giant pressure cooker, and it is prudent to let off some of the steam once in awhile.

That said, such privileges should also be earned, preferably through good behaviour and hard work. It’s very important to reinforce that point. Because most inmates are in there to begin with because they believed in something for nothing.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-13 10:54:29 PM


Single issue website = moronic.

Posted by: set you free | 2010-08-14 9:09:06 AM


Marc Scott Emery may have used computers to advertise and market his contraband marijuana seeds, communicate with his criminal science confederates, secure advertising revenues from manufacturers of drug paraphernalia, drug growing systems as well as using computers to spread his message of Overgrowing the Governments of several nations-- but that does not mean he will commit new felonies with computers in prison.

I'm with Shane..if the disgraced Prince of Pot behaves nicely in custody and works hard at rehabilitation, he deserves to have access to the Information Highway.

His majesty the Prince of Pot will be in secure custody for several years: he deserves to have access to a heavily controlled prison internet that is a secure US federal government monitored electronic surveillance system that tracks his every thought and records and analyzes every word he reads or writes.

Posted by: 419 | 2010-08-14 9:21:44 AM


Actually, Shavluk, the greatest political harm to the cause of legal marijuana comes from marijuana smokers. Any normal person who read a collection of their writings would think they were the scribblings of mental patients.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-08-14 11:29:54 AM


"...any that say that crap about a plea bargain to save the other BC 2 will be sent the letter I have from one of them telling emery to not say that as it is a lie !!..."

We know that the 420 angels ministered to St Marc just before he agreed to plead guilty, but if you have a letter from one of Emery's seed desk homies as you say you do, please post it here.
We love to see factual stuff from the stoner world, we are getting pretty tired of their hip hop versions of last nights stone

The BC 2 would be Marc's business partners- Michelle and Greg who drove down to the DEA headquarters in the US to spill their guts about every aspect of their criminal involvement with the Prince of Pot, selling him out in return for a reduced sentence..So its ripe to share anything that pertains to the credibility of the Emery version of Events,, especially since he is busy writing his autobiography behind bars..

We fear a chapter in the Marc Emery Story tentatively entitled
" I Made Shavluk & He Owes Me For Everything "


So was WS Matthew in fact the 2001 Campaign Manager for the Marijuana Party?
Is this true? 
It's pretty funny if it is true

.............Wipeheads, gotta love 'em

Posted by: 419 | 2010-08-14 11:38:29 AM


The ever sharp don b hath written''

" Marc Emery is a true hero , we need him and Conrad Black to run this country, we desperately need some sanity in Ottawa ..."

1) " Marc Emery is a true hero"
- if you are a drug addled anarchist loser.
2) Marc Emery recently wrote that spiritually he is an American, he has often written how disappointed he is in Canada, and cites his disgust for Canada & Canadians as his main reason for leaving Canada and living in Asia in the 90s. Marc Emery loathes Canada and says so.
3) Conrad Black gave up his Canadian citizenship years ago to become a UK citizen where he was promptly made a Lord..Lord Black has no leadership ambitions, he's a newspaper man.

The only thing these two patriotic turncoat millionaire frauds have in common is they are both serving serious time in the US prison system.
And you want them desperately to lead you? they would be desperate all right, but not as desperate as yourself and the Wipehead underclass

Nice work don b.. ( light applause )
Try again after 420 when your Starbucks kicks in

the Marijuana legalization movement
is where it is today
because of people like you

Posted by: 419 | 2010-08-15 9:42:44 AM


I love the DEA agents writing comments on Marc's blog... GET THE F&^(#) OUT OF HERE. 50 MILLION AMERICANS use pot DAILY. a tax of $1.00 per cigarette will eliminate President Chaney deficit in 3 years. Americans LUve money, make the money decision and Re-Legalize pot and hemp. Your prohibition IS NOT WORKING, u whiskey sipping, cuban cigar toking 'patriot'. American global policies today are pathetic.

Posted by: 3rd from the right | 2010-08-31 10:49:41 PM


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