Marijuana Seed Seller Attacked by Conservative Politicians

In America, some men who rape underage girls are sentenced to a few days in jail, or no jail at all. Soldiers who commit war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t sentenced to jail or even put on trial. Bankers who steal billions still work on Wall Street. But marijuana seed seller and activist Marc Emery languishes in Mississippi’s Yazoo federal prison, serving a five-year sentence for selling cannabis seeds.

Emery was stolen away from his activist wife Jodie Emery and his Vancouver, Canada marijuana political empire many years ago, and has been suffering in U.S. prisons ever since. He’s one of few people to ever do prison time for selling marijuana seeds.

One main reason he’s still in prison is that the conservative Canadian government—the same government that’s ending the individual marijuana growing licenses that benefit thousands of Canadians—refuses to accept a U.S.-approved transfer application that would see Emery serve the rest of his sentence closer to his wife, in Canada.

Despite the setbacks and separation, Marc and Jodie Emery have shown amazing, inspiring courage in their fight against Marc’s incarceration.

In fact, just a few days ago Jodie Emery held a nationwide press conference in the halls of Parliament in Ottawa.

Joined by politicians such as NDP Deputy Leader Libby Davies, Former Liberal Public Safety Minister Wayne Easter, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May, Jodie Emery utterly condemned Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party’s handling of her husband’s application to serve the remainder of his sentence in Canada.

She also condemned the Conservative Party’s ongoing attack on marijuana patients and marijuana growers.

In response, Conservative politicians slagged Jodie Emery, Marc Emery, and “opposition” politicians who support the Emerys.

Here are a few of the anti-marijuana comments made against Marc Emery and his political allies by Conservative politicians:

Ms. Wai Young (Vancouver South, Conservative Party of Canada): “Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Liberal member for Malpeque and the NDP member for Vancouver East met to support convicted drug dealer Marc Emery. This individual is serving a serious sentence in the United States for selling drugs online where anyone can access them. Criminal acts like these put our children at risk, yet the opposition members cannot stop their support for the drug trade.”

Tim Uppal (Minister of State (Multiculturalism), CPC): “Our Conservative government has increased sentences for serious drug crimes, such as selling drugs near schools. We have been clear that drug dealers will face the full force of the law. We are unlike the leader of the Liberal Party, whose only policy is supporting the drug trade. We will focus our efforts on standing up for victims and keeping our streets and communities safe.”

Mr. Wladyslaw Lizon (Mississauga East—Cooksville, CPC): “Mr. Speaker, last week the Liberal soft on crime spokesman from Malpeque and the NDP member for Vancouver East met to support convicted drug dealer Marc Emery. This individual is serving a serious sentence in the United States for selling drugs online, where anyone can access them. Criminal acts like these put our children at risk.”

Public Safety Minister Blaney’s spokesperson Jean-Christophe de le Rue: “Individuals who have been convicted of serious crimes should face the full force of the law. And unlike the opposition parties whose primary focus is the drug trade, our government will continue putting the rights of victims first.”

In a blog written from prison, Marc Emery points out he’s not a “convicted drug dealer.” He sold marijuana seeds, not whole marijuana.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) stepped in to kidnap Emery from Canada because the Canadian government refused to prosecute him for selling seeds.

In fact, the DEA director admitted at the time of the Emery arrest that the Vancouver activist and cannabusinessman was targeted because he used his cannabis seed-selling profits to fund worldwide marijuana legalization efforts.

Now, because the Harper government refuses to cooperate with the U.S. transfer request, marijuana seed seller Marc Emery will serve out the rest of his sentence in Mississippi. He’s scheduled to return to Canada at the end of his sentence, in July 2014. Stay strong, Marc and Jodie!

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