The White House: Release and pardon Marc Emery
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The White House: Release and pardon Marc Emery

    1. Christopher Seekins
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      Christopher Seekins

      Granby, United States

Some stand for freedom, others oppose it.  Each brings us in a different direction.  For those of us who enjoy our freedom we thank people like Marc who has a global vision of standards.  The United states constitution was founded on common law jurisdiction.  This is essentially a contract of protection for the people.  The states of America have adapted the Uniform Commercial Code which governs international contracts of protection.  The Uniform Commercial Code or UCC particular to 1-103.6 indicates statitory jurisdiction in Admiralty Courts such as the US courts must have standards in accordense with common law jurisdication reserving rights and remedy there of.  The ability to extort a person into a plea bargin is not merit to cause injury to Marcs life or take away the freedom from others lives that he generates living freely.  Marcs actions have not hurt any one and there is no justification to injure many lives in this case.   Marc amongst other things is to thank for bringing freedom of the press to Canada with the opening of his book store and petitioning of the public as true democracy makes possible.  Marc  is a patriot of every country and should be treated as such.  To do anything else is of a criminal nature.

 

Release and pardon Marc Emery

Marc Emery is a Canadian businessman and political activist who owned and operated Cannabis Culture Magazine, Pot-TV, the BC Marijuana Party, and Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture Headquarters (previously the BCMP Bookstore, and HEMP BC before that.)
He was also the world's most famous marijuana seed retailer and the biggest financial supporter of the marijuana movement world-wide until the US Drug Enforcement Administration and Canadian law enforcement arrested him in Canada and shut down Marc Emery Direct Seeds in July 2005.
Marc is currently imprisoned in Yazoo City medium-security prison in Yazoo City, Mississippi after being extradited on May 20th, 2010 by the Canadian government. He was sentenced on September 10th in Seattle federal court to 5 years in prison for "distribution of marijuana" seeds, though the US Drug Enforcement Administration admitted it was actually for his political activism and financing the marijuana movement (see below for that DEA document).

FACTS ABOUT MARC EMERY:

• Marc Emery is a Canadian citizen who never went to the USA as a seed seller.

• Marc Emery operated his seed business in Canada at all times, with no American branches or employees.

• Marc Emery declared his income from marijuana seed sales on his income tax, and paid over $580,000 to the Federal and Provincial governments from 1999 to 2005.

• Marc Emery is the leader of the British Columbia Marijuana Party, a registered political party that has regularly participated in elections.

• Marc Emery has never been arrested or convicted of manufacturing or distributing marijuana in Canada, as he only sold seeds.

• Marc Emery gave away all of the profits from his seed business to drug law reform lobbyists, political parties, global protests and rallies, court litigation, medical marijuana initiatives, drug rehabilitation clinics, and other legitimate legal activities and organizations.

• Marc Emery helped found the United States Marijuana Party, state-level political parties, and international political parties in countries such as Israel and New Zealand.

• Marc Emery has been known as a book seller and activist in Canada for 30 years, fighting against censorship laws and other social issues long before he became a drug law reform activist.

• Marc Emery has been a media figure for 20 years with regards to marijuana and drug law reform. He is very well-known to Canadian, American and international news media organizations.

• Marc Emery operated his business in full transparency and honesty since its inception in 1994, even sending his marijuana seed catalogue inside his magazine "Cannabis Culture" to each Member of Parliament in Canada every two months for years.



Marc openly ran "Marc Emery Direct Marijuana Seeds" from a store in downtown Vancouver and through mail-order from 1994 to 2005, with the goal to fund anti-prohibition and pro-marijuana activists and organizations across North America and the world.

Marc always paid all provincial and federal taxes on his income and made no secret to anyone of his seed-selling business. Marc was raided by police for selling seeds and bongs in 1996 and again in 1997 and 1998, but despite the seizure of his stock by police, the Canadian courts sentenced Emery only to fines and no jail time.

Canadian police then pressured the American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to launch a cross-border attack against Marc. They arranged to have him charged under America's much more severe laws against seeds.


Marc was arrested in Canada by American agents in 2005, and originally faced a minimum 30-year sentence in the US, with the possibility of life behind bars. After years of legal efforts, and ensuring his two co-accused received no prison time, Marc made a plea-bargain for a five-year sentence in the US. Marc had originally secured a deal with US officials to serve his five-year sentence in Canada, but the Conservative Government of Canada refused to allow this, and forced him to be extradited to the US.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration admitted on the day of Marc Emery's arrest that his investigation and extradition were politically motivated, designed to target the marijuana legalization efforts and organizations that Emery spearheaded and financed for over a decade.

Here is the original text of DEA Administrator Karen Tandy's statement released on July 29th, 2005 (also available in its original letterhead form by clicking here):

"Today's DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group -- is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement.

His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today.

Emery and his organization had been designated as one of the Attorney General's most wanted international drug trafficking organizational targets -- one of only 46 in the world and the only one from Canada.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on."

On May 10th, 2010, Marc was ordered extradited by Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. He was taken to the USA on May 20th. Marc was forced to endure three weeks of complete solitary confinement for recording a "prison podcast" over the phone for release on the internet. You can listen to his 2009 "Prison Pot-casts" by clicking here.
Release and pardon Marc Emery

Kindest of regards
Christopher Seekins
www.gorillagrow.org
CEO Harmony World Wide

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    • Matthew Brown RICHMOND, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      If this can happen to him, it can happen to all of us.

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    • DIXIE AGUILAR MACON, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I feel the "war on drugs" has done more harm to our people than good

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    • Ronald Miller FORKS, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      It cost too much to keep people in prisons.

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    • Daniel vela WESLACO, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      This country's longest war is over when we want it, free Marc and let the plants grow,

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    • Wayne Street KAMLOOPS, UNITED STATES
      • over 1 year ago

      Barry, (President Obama) As a Canadian, I fought a hard won campaign on your behalf so that fascists such as the ones behind America's wars including the war on drugs would prevent travesties of justice such as Marc Emery's and Omar Khadr's. They are canadians who are victims of unjust American fascism and the Bush/republican military industrial complex. I helped you get elected to end the type of polices and national behaviour that are a disgrace to America, and also a disgrace to the Canadian government of the time for allowing the U>S> to violate Canadian law with impunity. With an eye to a New Canadian Government, we wish to normalize relations with the USA, and that will necessitate a reversal in several American foreign polies including Canadian policy. Continuing to unjustly incarcerate any Canadian citizen in paritcular Marc Emery will precipitate baclash against the government of both countries. In this enlightened age of information sharing and tolerence, antiquated political ideolologies are harmful to human society worldwide.and serve as justification for escalating partisan violence.. So in an effort to avoid future conflict, My advice, Barry, as one Advocate to another, is to gain popular support by releasing Marc Emery. Ending all violent conflict America is involved in, including the war on drugs, and other wars, and turning your trillion dollar/year military industrial budget to food production and providing clean water to the billion people who do not currentlu have access to it. This will engender enough good will for you to implement the rest of the social agenda.

      Thank you for taking the time to read this. I miss our campaigning together for the betterment of the peole of Earth. Quite frankly, barry, since the one on one meeting with Bush, it hasn't been clear if you are still on the side of right, of good and justice still, or if you had been on the side of evil all along and had merely deceived us along with millions of your fellow Americans. As a gesture of good faith, it seems it would behoove you best to adhere to the wishes of the petitioners and release Marc Emery forthwith. Thanks Again for your consideration.

      Since I haven't written you since your re-election victory, congratulations on your second term. please don't let the opportunity to leave the world better off than you found it. Cheers, Mr. President!

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