MARC EMERY ‘PRETTY CHILL’ AFTER ACCEPTING FIVE YEAR PRISON TERM
May 27 2010
Seattle, WA - Arguably there is no drug in the history of humanity that grabs as much attention as marijuana. Weed, reefer, herb, green, ganja, chronic and all other sorts of names describe the drug, but few have ever articulated the related obsession
with that innocuous seeming plant. Advocates on both sides of the argument have, for decades now, been at each other’s throats over the legalization of marijuana with no one side ever winning a decisive victory. With varying degrees of tolerance throughout the world, the debate over weed has become more and more complicated in recent years and even become a potent political debate.
Perhaps part of the problem facing the debate is the people pushing for legalization who, almost to a person, advocate tolerance for personal gain rather than the good of society. Though the arguments about public good are often sound, the reason people make the arguments have little to do with those reasons which often allows the advocates to be painted with the same brush. One of the most vocal advocates in recent years has been Canadian Marc Emery who has positioned himself as the preeminent spokesperson for the movement. Dubbed the ‘Prince of Pot’, Emery has made himself into the most vocal critic of weed prohibition, a position that has lead him afoul of the law on more than one occasion. Now Emery has pleaded guilty to selling seeds to American clients, likely earning himself at least five years in prison, a possibility that has left him surprisingly unconcerned.
“Sometimes you reap what you sow. Today, Mark Emery acknowledged he broke the law. Seeds from Marc Emery's business were found at grow sites across the U.S. Mr. Emery made millions of dollars promoting and facilitating marijuana grows in the United States with no regard for the age or criminal activities of his customers. The rule of law requires accountability,” U.S. attorney Jenny A. Durkan told the National Post. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channelled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.”
Emery though, according to his lawyer, is very much nonplussed by the whole affair and though he is not excited about spending five years in prison, he is apparently very laid back about the whole affair.
“Marc would obviously like to remain free but he has no regrets. He feels, as do we, that his actions did not constitute a criminal offence worthy of this kind of jail time. Further, we do not believe that he should have been extradited from Canada for this offence,” said lawyers for Emery. “Marc is calm, even relaxed. We all believe that this is very much a miscarriage of justice and that ultimately what is right will win out, but for now we just need to take what the judge gives us and just go with the flow.”
Emery was first charged in 2005 but efforts to extradite him to the United States were hindered by debates over where he would serve a potential sentence. He was eventually deported last week.
“This is a very unusual case because the person in question has so many supporters. Had he been a gun smuggler people wouldn’t have been out supporting him but here we have a bunch of potheads getting really riled up over this. It really doesn’t speak well to their image and one has to wonder if this is kind of fuss that Emery really wants to stir up. I’m sure now that things have been settled everything will start to chill out again,” said Scrape TV Drug Policy analyst Jason Walker. “I mean these things have a really short half life and while I’m sure Emery will be raring to go when he gets out the majority of his supporters will have forgotten. I mean five years is long for regular people so who knows who will remember him by then.”
Emery is reportedly resting comfortably in a Seattle prison with a few of his favourite snacks. Unfortunately his favourite, BBQ Ringolos, are not available in the United States.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent