[Ibogaine] Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery

Luke Christoffersen luke.christoffersen at gmail.com
Sat Feb 2 16:03:58 EST 2008


What did he do with the profits? Money laundering? Why bother if he's
operating out in the open in street stores, just sounds weird to me.

Is there a difference in the product that's sold in these stores to street
stuff?
Luke


On Feb 2, 2008 7:15 PM, Warren L. Theriot <wleetheriot at ca.rr.com> wrote:

> The way the stores operated seemed just like the other dispensaries in
> this city, but what he did with the profits was wrong in my opinion
> especially since it got him busted and his chain of dispensaries went away.
> They had the best varities of any store I've seen since. But I think medical
> cannabis is too high priced.  He abused his privilege to sell medical
> marijuana.Peace,
> Warren
>
> On Feb 2, 2008, at 7:45 AM, Luke Christoffersen wrote:
>
> Sounds odd, I thought money laundering was a separate business used to
> hide criminal operations but this guy was selling the medicine openly in
> stores?
>
>
> On Feb 2, 2008 12:45 AM, Warren L. Theriot <wleetheriot at ca.rr.com> wrote:
>
> > Here is an article about what happens when MM dealers  launder the money
> > from the sales  of MM.
> > http://www.dailynews.com/breakingnews/ci_8140220
> > The real problem is that illegality is the cause of the profitability.
> > If Marijuana were completely legal like parsley there would be no  reason to
> > extract large profits from the public. End prohibition so people who need
> > medical marijuana can bet their medicine without being ripped off and
> > subject to the draconian drug war laws.
> > Peace,
> > Warren
> >
> > On Jan 31, 2008, at 8:33 PM, Not You wrote:
> >
> > It isn't even about an agenda anymore it is purely about money. The
> > people with the money influence the policy (or out right dictate it) and the
> > policy is entirely about making more money for those who already have the
> > most or helping them keep it. If other countries try and follow different
> > policies, that might demonstrate the weaknesses of the current policies that
> > prevail within the US, and the current policies are profitable so all other
> > policies are potentially dangerous to those with money and should be
> > opposed.
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >  *From :*   Vivienne Elanta <vivienneelanta at yahoo.com.au>
> > *Date :*   Fri, 1 Feb 2008 09:19:25 +1100 (EST)
> > *To :*   The Ibogaine List <ibogaine at mindvox.com>
> > *Subject :*   Re: [Ibogaine] Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery
> >
> >
> >
> > The American government is determined to stamp out more then a harmless
> > medicinal plant called marijuana, from its actions since 2001 it looks to be
> > more interested in stamping out everything in the world that doesn't conform
> > to whatever it deems to be correct. It truly has become big brother and this
> > is a great loss for all humanity.
> >
> > Blessed be
> > Vivienne Elanta
> >
> >
> > *Luke Christoffersen <luke.christoffersen at gmail.com>* wrote:
> >
> > Why is the American Government so determined to try to stamp out
> > marijuana? I saw a program saying the initial demonizing of it was due to
> > some new patent brought in for making paper out of wood.
> >
> > On Jan 29, 2008 4:33 AM, Krista Vaughan <krista.vaughan at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > So what's happened with Marc, did he take the deal or is he still
> > > going to trial?
> > >
> > > KV
> > >
> > > On Jan 21, 2008 7:50 AM, Vector Vector <vector620022002 at yahoo.com>
> > > wrote:
> > > > http://www.cbc.ca/thelens/program_231007.html
> > > >
> > > > THE PRINCE OF POT
> > > >
> > > > Tuesday October 23, 2007 at 10pm ET/PT & Saturday October 27, 2007
> > > at
> > > > 11pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld
> > > >
> > > > repeating Tuesday January 22, 2008 at 10pm ET/PT & Saturday January
> > > > 26,2008 at 11pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld
> > > >
> > > > Canadian Marc Emery, Canada's most prominent marijuana legalization
> > > > activist, is at the top of the U.S, Drug Enforcement Agency's 'Most
> > > > Wanted List' and now faces extradition to the U.S. and possible life
> > > > imprisonment.  His crime - selling marijuana seeds over the
> > > Internet.
> > > > An occupation he has never denied.  In fact for more than a decade
> > > he
> > > > has dutifully filed his income tax returns in Canada stating his
> > > > occupation as "marijuana seed seller".  He paid his taxes and was
> > > left
> > > > alone by the Canadian authorities.  However Canada's RCMP suddenly
> > > and
> > > > willingly co-operated when the DEA got him in their sights.
> > > >
> > > > Widely known as "The Prince of Pot," Emery is the joint smoking
> > > > publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, founder of the BC Marijuana
> > > > Party and a lifelong rabble-rouser.  And now, according to the DEA,
> > > one
> > > > of the most wanted men in the drug world, up there with the heads of
> > > > Columbian cocaine cartels, and the top drug trafficker in North
> > > > America.
> > > >
> > > > His story is the prism through which director, Nick Wilson, examines
> > > > the touchy issue of sovereignty, the long reach of U.S. drug laws,
> > > and
> > > > Canadian pot culture, while spending the summer embedded at the
> > > Emery
> > > > defense headquarters.
> > > >
> > > > Emery believes marijuana is a wonderful, healing drug and that
> > > current
> > > > laws are unconstitutional, inhumane, and detrimental to society, far
> > > > outweighing the damage done to people by the drug itself.  No
> > > Canadian
> > > > has ever gone to jail for selling seeds, and in 35 years only two
> > > > people have been charged - the last got a $200 fine.  Yet Emery
> > > faces
> > > > 30 years to life in prison under U.S. drug laws if he is extradited
> > > to
> > > > face trail there. His extradition hearing is expected to start
> > > during
> > > > the week of January 21, 2008.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > THE PRINCE OF POT follows Emery through the summer and fall as he
> > > plots
> > > > his defense, attends court hearings and tries to clear the names of
> > > his
> > > > two friends who now face the same fate as him.
> > > >
> > > > The Prince of Pot: The U.S. vs. Marc Emery is directed by Nick
> > > Wilson
> > > > and produced by Anne Pick, Real to Reel Productions (Toronto).
> > > >
> > > > Prince of Pot
> > > > Comments (374)
> > > > Vancouver's Marc Emery is the self-proclaimed worldwide leader of
> > > > marijuana culture. Will Canada hand him over to the U.S. on drug
> > > > trafficking charges, even though Canadian authorities practically
> > > > ignored his activities and taxed his profits from selling marijuana
> > > > seeds?
> > > >
> > > > Comments
> > > >
> > > > I think that Canadians should stand apart from the US and protect
> > > our
> > > > own citizens. Our country has different laws as do most other
> > > > countries. If this wasn't the case then there would be no sepation
> > > of
> > > > cultures.Are we Canadians or Americans?
> > > > Laura Mclean
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: laura mclean | Jan 19, 08 10:41 PM
> > > > I hope I am wrong, but I have no doubt that Emery will go to jail in
> > > > the US and disappear.
> > > > The moment he steps over the border, he is gone.
> > > >
> > > > The US cannot be trusted.
> > > > If we jail him here, we HAVE no sovereignty, and that is that.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Russell Barth | Jan 20, 08 07:24 AM
> > > > The Canadian government should DEFINITELY NOT hand Emery over to the
> > > > US.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Gina Bisaillon | Jan 20, 08 09:23 AM
> > > > Canada should absolutely not hand Mr. Emory over to the USA. Given
> > > the
> > > > antipathy they seem to have toward him, might they not just send him
> > > to
> > > > Syria or some such place to prevent the deal they are planning to
> > > let
> > > > him serve time in Canada?
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Jim Fehr | Jan 20, 08 09:24 AM
> > > > I feel that Marc Emery is visionary. Your news piece showed he
> > > opened
> > > > on Sundays and now all stores can open on Sundays. He showed banned
> > > > music videos that would likely now be shown publicly and he is
> > > creating
> > > > a safe space for people who chose to smoke pot. Thank you for
> > > showing
> > > > this story. I support Marc Emory and his visionary social
> > > leadership.
> > > >
> > > > Canada should accept his case that he is being persecuted for his
> > > > political views and not extradite him to the US.
> > > >
> > > > David Phipps
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: David Phipps | Jan 20, 08 09:26 AM
> > > > Marc Emery, in his own way has brought this upon himself in the way
> > > > that he knows pot is illegal. But, as for expecting the government
> > > to
> > > > help him out, we know we can't rely on them. The government took his
> > > > tax money so they should be doing a lot more to prevent him from
> > > being
> > > > sent to the U.S. And all the pot heads should be doing more to
> > > protest
> > > > his treatment by both the American gov't and Canadian gov't. But, of
> > > > course, what can you expect from pot heads. Pot helps with a lot of
> > > > ailments, but lack of ambition and energy giving, it ain't!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: susan holmes | Jan 20, 08 09:27 AM
> > > > Hi,
> > > >
> > > > What a complete waste of time, resourses, and people who are really
> > > > supposed to be stopping crime. I have yet to see violent behaviour
> > > from
> > > > people who smoke pot, in my 52 years. I do not smoke dope, but I
> > > > certainly condone it, as it is not nearly as dangerous as Alchohol
> > > or
> > > > other drugs.
> > > >
> > > > The Conservative Governmemnt perhaps should have a toke or two, and
> > > see
> > > > what Canadians really want instaed of "forcing" their will and
> > > wasting
> > > > police time and jail/prison time on prosecuting such minor behaviour
> > > > issues.
> > > >
> > > > Mike Moeller
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Mike Moeller | Jan 20, 08 09:30 AM
> > > > The Justice Minister should intervene and not hand Mr. Emery over to
> > > > the USA. He committed no crime, he sold seeds to consenting adults.
> > > > Marijuana should be legalized. The war on pot hasn't worked since
> > > the
> > > > 40's and it NEVER will.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Pierre | Jan 20, 08 09:30 AM
> > > > While I do not agree with some of Marc's comments on your show, I do
> > > > think that
> > > > the Canadian government should do its part to keep Marc in Canada to
> > > > face charges here if he has broken Canadian law. Why is he being
> > > turned
> > > > over to the U.S. authorities so easily? What does this say to the
> > > > average Canadian citizen about our government? and U.S government
> > > > involvment here?
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Cristina Green | Jan 20, 08 09:32 AM
> > > > As an American, I'd like to say I'm sorry! Sorry for our actions
> > > > against an innocent canadian! I also feel that American liberties
> > > and
> > > > freedoms are being trampled on by our current government. I'd also
> > > like
> > > > to thank the "prince of pot" for being an outstanding example of an
> > > > accountable human. Thank you also to CBC for your due diligence.
> > > > Ray Stelmaszak
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Ray Stelmaszak | Jan 20, 08 09:33 AM
> > > > If marijuana is illegal, then alcohol should be too; banning the one
> > > is
> > > > as pointless and unnecessary as banning the other (again) would be.
> > > > Marc Emery is courageously fighting this test case, and we should be
> > > > helping and encouraging him, rather than going along with the
> > > > ill-informed proponents of the ridiculous war on drugs.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Lesley Weston | Jan 20, 08 09:34 AM
> > > > Marc Emery is a true Canadian Hero. If more people would stand up
> > > for
> > > > what they believe in then Marc would be Primeminister.Unfortunately,
> > > > this is not the case and people who smoke pot have to do so behind
> > > > closed doors.Governments have long since exceeded the intent for
> > > which
> > > > they were created and they think that this is their mission. Well it
> > > is
> > > > not, and it is about time that people stood up to the
> > > > mass murderers of the world i.e. george bush [does not deserve
> > > capital
> > > > letters].
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Bob Kaine | Jan 20, 08 09:35 AM
> > > > Mr. Emery has it correct and I am NOT a pot smoker. The Canadian
> > > Gov.
> > > > needs to step up and protect our own. It would seem that he been
> > > > correct on other issues, ie. All stores ARE open Now on Sunday. Pot
> > > > will be legal one day and it is less harmful than Alcohol, Just ask
> > > any
> > > > Addictions Foundation who practice harm reduction. We already allow
> > > > it's use for Mededical use. The USA War on Drugs is a Failure,so as
> > > > Canadians, lets accept that and free ourselves from their negative
> > > > influence.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Melville | Jan 20, 08 09:36 AM
> > > > I just watched this Sunday morning show and I hope the Canadian
> > > > government doesn't hand any crusader over to any other country. I am
> > > > dreadfully cool to use or misuse of any sustenance and although I
> > > > disagree with advocating the use of pot, especially for the young
> > > > folks, I do embrace Free Choice as long as that free choice doesn't
> > > > negatively impact or influence others. I see the topic of pot as a
> > > > similar item as booze, tobacco or prostitution. The more these
> > > > non-typical (un-popular?) topics, issues and products become
> > > acceptable
> > > > or somewhat acceptable within our legal limitations, including taxes
> > > > and/or monitoring, then the grass roots end result is predictable as
> > > > that of booze is, there will always be some messes to deal with, but
> > > > better to have it out in the open (transparency) then suppressed
> > > into
> > > > the criminal domains. Crusaders push our Canadian cultural limits
> > > and
> > > > traditions and although any one crusader or topic may not fit my
> > > world
> > > > directly, I am dearly concerned and worried when our Canadian
> > > > government hands over our citizens to other countries.
> > > >
> > > > Dave B.
> > > > Posted by: David Barclay | Jan 20, 08 09:38 AM
> > > > I'm not sure Canadians realize that what they have in Marc Emery is
> > > a
> > > > homegrown version of the 19th century abolitionist William Lloyd
> > > > Garrison. Like Garrison, Emery is defying a patently unjust system
> > > that
> > > > mocks the idea of personal freedom and deforms the lives of
> > > essentially
> > > > innocent men and women. Like Garrison, he is opposed by powerful,
> > > > ruthless, and very deeply entrenched political forces, on both sides
> > > of
> > > > the border. Like Garrison, he can sometimes appear single-minded and
> > > > tooeager for personal martyrdom.
> > > > But the DEA shouldn't be too quick to gloat over any prison sentence
> > > > Emery may receive. Garrison went to prison, too. But he survived to
> > > see
> > > > the abolition of slavery in his lifetime. With any luck, Marc
> > > Emery's
> > > > life and work will follow a similar trajectory.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Robert Charles Wilson | Jan 20, 08 09:40 AM
> > > > My name is Dnaielle. I am 18 years old and I live in Moncton with my
> > > > parents and two sisters. My parents and I saw the news about Marc
> > > Emery
> > > > and we are really hoping that our government will step up and take
> > > him
> > > > into their own hands. I don't believe that Emery is a criminal in
> > > any
> > > > sense and I would really like to offer my support. He should not be
> > > > tried in the United States, and when tried in Canada, I don't think
> > > he
> > > > should serve jail time. He is the only person that I know of that is
> > > > standing up for my rights and rights of Canadians. It would be an
> > > > absolute shame to see an honest fighting man go to jail. When it
> > > comes
> > > > to government, I should feel like I have a choice. As a Canadian, I
> > > > feel like I have no choices and I can't bear to let this happen.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Danielle | Jan 20, 08 09:40 AM
> > > > Sadly, yes. The people of Canada appear indifferent on marijuana -
> > > they
> > > > don't love or hate it. Of the people who support Marc, they will not
> > > > speak up because they're afraid they might be added to some "list",
> > > > which may or may not exist - probably not. The greater concern (that
> > > > Canadians don't appear to see) is how the US is policing Canada.
> > > > Doesn't that bother anyone? The Canadian Govt has observed Marc's
> > > > activism on this subject for years and now that Big Brother US comes
> > > > knocking we don't recognize Marc as a political activist anymore?
> > > This
> > > > is very concerning.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Fidus Achates | Jan 20, 08 09:44 AM
> > > > the canadian government should not be handing marc emery over to the
> > > > USA. By taking his taxes every year the have legitamized his
> > > business,
> > > > now they are saying he is a criminal! I am tired of our Canadian
> > > > government letting the USA dictate our laws too us.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: margaret frayn | Jan 20, 08 09:44 AM
> > > > I do not believe that Marc Emery should be "given" to the US. His
> > > fight
> > > > is most definitely a political one and our government should treat
> > > it
> > > > as such. Without people such as Marc, I would still not have the
> > > right
> > > > to vote and minorities would not be equal under the law. I always
> > > > profess Canada to be more tolerant and compassionate than the US and
> > > > hopefully we will prove it to be so.
> > > >
> > > > Sincerely,
> > > >
> > > > Gail Hutchin
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Gail Hutchin | Jan 20, 08 09:44 AM
> > > > Marc may be articulate but it doesn't change the fact that he is
> > > > breaking the law. The criminal charges are for his illegal business
> > > > activities not his activism. There are ways to lobby for change and
> > > > earn a living without breaking the law and it looks like Marc will
> > > have
> > > > plenty of time to learn that difference. I think he is very good at
> > > > rationalizing his behaviour.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: mary beth parsons | Jan 20, 08 09:46 AM
> > > > I support Marc Emery 100%!We need more intellecutal,intelligent
> > > common
> > > > sense people fighting for our rights and freedoms,i hope the
> > > goverment
> > > > does the right thing!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: l.d | Jan 20, 08 09:46 AM
> > > > Marc may be articulate but it doesn't change the fact that he is
> > > > breaking the law. The criminal charges are for his illegal business
> > > > activities not his activism. There are ways to lobby for change and
> > > > earn a living without breaking the law and it looks like Marc will
> > > have
> > > > plenty of time to learn that difference. I think he is very good at
> > > > rationalizing his behaviour.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: mary beth parsons | Jan 20, 08 09:46 AM
> > > > I just watched your segment on Mark Emery. I would like to know how
> > > the
> > > > Canadian Tax Revenue Department, and therefore the present
> > > Government
> > > > of Canada, will keep their nose clean in this one. If Mr. Emery is
> > > > found guilty and sentenced for drug trafficking then why wouldn't
> > > > Revenue Canada be guilty of profitting from the proceeds of crime, a
> > > > Criminal Code offence, and therefore be subject to the penalties
> > > > associated with this crime. Mr Emery stated he admitted on his
> > > income
> > > > tax his source of taxable income came from the proceeds of
> > > marijuana- I
> > > > assume Revenue Canada cashed his cheque.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Lorelei Langille | Jan 20, 08 09:52 AM
> > > > Who does this guy think he is fooling?
> > > > He is in this type of illegal business like the many others that are
> > > > illegal. Strictly for easy money! Just because Revenue Canada has
> > > been
> > > > asleep at the switch, and allowed him to pay taxes on what he is
> > > doing,
> > > > does not make it legal or right.
> > > > He should be extradited to the US for his trial.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: M. White | Jan 20, 08 09:53 AM
> > > > I am 200% on Marc Emery's side. I am 60 years young - a health
> > > > professional. Why the constant witch hunt regarding Marijuana? KEEP
> > > OUR
> > > > CITIZENS OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM!
> > > > Yes, there should be controls & education, but no more than on
> > > alcohol
> > > > from which we suffer more.
> > > > Trying to ban Marijuana runs the same gamut of issues as in the days
> > > of
> > > > prohibition.
> > > > Does anyone remember when the Liberals were going to decriminalize
> > > > marijuana?
> > > > Go to: http://www.wednesday-night.com/MarijuanaArchive.asp
> > > > Canadians are different than the Americans and we aim to stay that
> > > way.
> > > > WHY aren't the authorities in BOTH countries nailing the purveyors
> > > of
> > > > "old" hard drugs and the "new" drugs created in private labs?? Why
> > > for
> > > > years do we see the common street vendors of drugs prosecuted while
> > > the
> > > > REAL traffickers are rarely caught. WHO are the persons higher up
> > > the
> > > > food chain who are being paid off?
> > > > Do we really believe that hard drugs could remain as they are today
> > > if
> > > > people "hidden" inside our legal/political system were not on the
> > > take?
> > > > Why waste precious human and financial resources to chase down
> > > private
> > > > citizens such as Marc Emery who has operated in a way sanctioned by
> > > our
> > > > own government? People of Canada have been expecting legalization
> > > for
> > > > years. Does anyone remember Jean Chretien saying when he was about
> > > to
> > > > retire that he would have a"joint in one hand and a fifty in the
> > > other"
> > > > ??Trudeau was know to inhale.
> > > > We should stop being such hypocrites and bring the law in line with
> > > the
> > > > majority of Canadians.
> > > > Presently, I don't use, but would like to think the option will be
> > > open
> > > > when I retire. If not, does our government plan to open an elder
> > > care
> > > > wing in our prisons for retired marijuana aficionados??
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Marty Fisher | Jan 20, 08 09:53 AM
> > > > just another example of the americans getting their way with us.
> > > good
> > > > luck Marc. I have voiced my displeasure with my mla. get a backbone!
> > > > deal with this at home, if there is anything to even to deal with.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: steve waddell. | Jan 20, 08 09:54 AM
> > > > Were you people smoking something when you did this story? The man
> > > is a
> > > > drug dealer and breaking a myriad of laws, both federally and
> > > > internationally.Is he exempt from prosecution for breaking those
> > > laws
> > > > because he's doing it under the guise of being a political
> > > activist?How
> > > > did he raise the money to fund such a political movement? There are
> > > > many hard working ,law abiding citizens in this country that really
> > > > dedicate their lives to helping and empowering people,and they do it
> > > > legally!This man is a parasite,profiting from the misery of others,
> > > > and, he got off lightly!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Suzanne | Jan 20, 08 09:56 AM
> > > > Hi, I don't think Marc should be handed over to the U.S. I would
> > > like
> > > > to see the Canadian Government take Marc's "BCMP" issue seriously
> > > and
> > > > rethink marijuana's illegal status in our own country, do innocent
> > > > people deserve to be jailed for a lifestyle choice, not a criminal
> > > > choice?
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Mark | Jan 20, 08 10:04 AM
> > > > Carole,
> > > >
> > > > Why hasn't the US DEA charged the Canadian Government with money
> > > > laundering from the taxes collected from Marc Emery?
> > > > And, why hasn't the US Post Office and/or Canada Post or couriers
> > > been
> > > > charged as a co-conspirator in trafficking marijuana seeds?
> > > >
> > > > These questions may not help Marc Emery with his defense but you
> > > gotta
> > > > wonder why.
> > > > Posted by: Nick | Jan 20, 08 10:05 AM
> > > > How can our government take taxes from Mr.Emerys'business and then
> > > let
> > > > the U.S. charge him for it.If he's not doing anything wrong here
> > > then
> > > > the government should protect him and don't give him up to the U.S.I
> > > > wish our government had the backbone to stand up for it's
> > > > citizens,rather than let another country run it's affairs.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Randy | Jan 20, 08 10:08 AM
> > > > Vancouver's Marc Emery
> > > >
> > > > Marc Emery
> > > >
> > > > What a shame on our government, and our country, for not standing up
> > > > for our fellow Canadian citizen.
> > > >
> > > > Our solders are dying for the freedom of other county men on foreign
> > > > soil, but we will not stand up for the freedom of our own country
> > > men.
> > > >
> > > > Afghanistan is the main world supplier of opium and heroin. The US
> > > > government even pays tribal leaders to help in the fight in
> > > > Afghanistan, the same tribal leader condoning the sale and trade of
> > > > opium and heroin.
> > > >
> > > > Yet do not stand up for our own citizen's, over the US governments
> > > > attitudes to marijuana.
> > > >
> > > > Marc Emery, of all people should not be turned over to the US
> > > > government.
> > > > It is a far stretch, to say his seeds, are the cause of grow
> > > operations
> > > > in the US.
> > > >
> > > > Seeds are not illegal in Canada and what they do with them in the US
> > > is
> > > > not our business. I have heard of more than one person saying,
> > > making
> > > > tea out of pot seeds helps them with there digestive system.
> > > >
> > > > I do not smoke pot, but I do vote, when I see the injustice, done to
> > > > Canadian citizens, to please the American government, that is one
> > > > Canadian government I will not VOTE FOR.
> > > >
> > > > Ian McNary
> > > >
> > > > Card Carrying Conservative from Alberta.
> > > > Posted by: I McNary | Jan 20, 08 10:12 AM
> > > > It's an outrage that we as a country are thinking about handing over
> > > > one of our citizens to satisfy a US political whim.
> > > >
> > > > This is a persecution equal to the Arar case. The US in the past has
> > > > been known to deal with drug lords, as long as it meets their own
> > > > agenda's.
> > > >
> > > > I don't use drugs and never will, even Arnold Swartzenager, Governor
> > > of
> > > > California, called it "just a weed"
> > > >
> > > > R.Crawford
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Robin Crawford | Jan 20, 08 10:22 AM
> > > > I have just seen your show on the prince of pot. I am not a pot
> > > user,
> > > > but my feelings are that I cannot dictate what other people do.
> > > >
> > > > The part that I am furious at is that our Government has no problem
> > > > taking money (tax) from this man knowing that is is derived from
> > > pot.
> > > > If they will not attempt to help him then at least give the money
> > > back
> > > > to him or to a charity. They cannot keep it if they know where it
> > > came
> > > > from. Do we need the $$$$$ that badly.
> > > > Posted by: Susan | Jan 20, 08 10:23 AM
> > > > Mark emery should be released. The Canadian Government is complicit
> > > as
> > > > they collected and profited from the proceeds in the way of taxes.
> > > >
> > > > Nelson Tilbury
> > > >
> > > > S V Stormcat
> > > > Presently in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
> > > > registered in Vancouver BC.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Nelson Tilburyy | Jan 20, 08 10:25 AM
> > > > For the love of God Canada, DO NOT hand this man over to the
> > > Americans,
> > > > who the hell is smoking the bad shit here?????? Our Gov't should
> > > give
> > > > the guy a medal and then let him show all these anal retentive
> > > lawyers
> > > > running our country how it should be done. I would chip in to allow
> > > our
> > > > gov'ts the right to sit and smoke a fatty.......Canada would chill
> > > the
> > > > $##@ out then!!!!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: wanda | Jan 20, 08 10:27 AM
> > > > i think it is shameful to allow this man go through the US justice
> > > > system with such a bias agenda.Let us remember that they do not
> > > control
> > > > the world [although they wish to.]i m not a pot smoker and think
> > > that
> > > > alcohol does far grater damage to society.Agian Steven Harper shows
> > > his
> > > > true colors in letting this happen.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: robert y. | Jan 20, 08 10:28 AM
> > > > I am so pleased that you aired this. NO Marc EMERY SHOULD NOT GO TO
> > > > JAIL. An outrage that our government won't even comment on this, BUT
> > > > took his money. This is a great cause, and people should have the
> > > right
> > > > to choose. I support the BC3 anad wear my t-shirt proud. I am one of
> > > > the millions of Canadians that feel cannabis should be legal. Take
> > > the
> > > > power out of the hands of the criminal. We are peace full people
> > > that
> > > > just want to be able to work, pay our taxes, which most of us do.
> > > And
> > > > not have the government sitting in our living rooms watching our
> > > every
> > > > move..isn't that why we have soldiers fighting in Afghanistan for?
> > > > FREEDOM?
> > > > thank you again for airing this.. you did a wonderful job!
> > > >
> > > > Tamara Cartwright
> > > > Southern Alberta Cannabis club
> > > > Proud member of the Cannabis Community
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Tamara Cartwright | Jan 20, 08 10:28 AM
> > > > I believe that Mr Emery is a hero . He stands for the rights of all.
> > > > I understand that to be charged with a marijuana , it;s tested for
> > > it's
> > > > THC content. Seeds do not contain THC. The Canadian Government
> > > accepted
> > > > his tax money, they should stand behind him. Why should people who
> > > > choose marijuana be forced to buy from the REAL criminals . Marc
> > > only
> > > > speaks the truth. In the U.S the truth really hurts eh?
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Steven Gerow | Jan 20, 08 10:30 AM
> > > > Drugs and alcohol alter your state of reality and i don't think that
> > > > Ayn Rand would be an advocate of this. I support your fight on the
> > > > grounds of freedom to choose but, as someone who has done all three
> > > -
> > > > alcohol, drugs and Ayn Rand i feel the best choice is to stay
> > > focused
> > > > on reality with a clear mind. All my best to you as you take on the
> > > > government, As Ayn Rand says - the government is here to protect our
> > > > rights not issue them!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Heather Pople | Jan 20, 08 10:33 AM
> > > > Doubtful this man has ever been to a withdrawal management center or
> > > > seen first hand the horrible effects this drug can wrought on
> > > peoples
> > > > lives, their souls and their families. People in law enforcement see
> > > > the reverse end of this "philosophy" , destroyed lives, compromised
> > > > existences and grossly delusional and neurotic perceptions among a
> > > > substantial number of users. For the mass of people who are
> > > negatively
> > > > affected by its use, it is not simply an easily remedied harm or
> > > injury
> > > > that goes away by stopping, they are completely decimated in soul,
> > > body
> > > > and mind, often irretrievably so. This kind of risk is not something
> > > > worth the philosophical or democratic benefit. Not in any way can be
> > > > considered a safe drug across an entire population and should not be
> > > > advocated as such by a select few who have managed to integrate it
> > > > functionally into their lives. In a large majority of cases, it's
> > > use
> > > > leads to addictive or withdrawn behaviour, responsibilities are
> > > > ignored, families dissolve and to allow it's availability to be
> > > > unlimited or uncontrolled would be the act of an irresponsible
> > > society.
> > > >
> > > > To point to the example of alcohol as doing more damage, a favourite
> > > of
> > > > marijuana proponents, does in no way make this position right in a
> > > > grounded ethical sense.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Rob Weafer | Jan 20, 08 10:33 AM
> > > > If this guy does not get put behind bars for life, this world is
> > > alot
> > > > worse than I had even begun to imagine.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Julie Carberry | Jan 20, 08 10:33 AM
> > > > There's no way Emery or anyone else should be imprisoned. The real
> > > > crime being oommitted is the contiuance of the US 'War On Drugs'
> > > based
> > > > on American prejudice and bigotry especially in light of all the
> > > > medical and scientific evidence that clearly shows the healing
> > > benfits
> > > > of cannabis. It would be appalling for the Canadian government to
> > > allow
> > > > extradition considering that they were complicit in receiving over
> > > half
> > > > a million dollars in taxes and were directing medical marijuana
> > > licence
> > > > holders to Emery's site to obtain seeds.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: M. Fisher | Jan 20, 08 10:33 AM
> > > > I think this generally law abiding citizen of Canada, Marc Emery,
> > > > should have his life back!
> > > > What the people who buy these seeds do with them is thier own
> > > business!
> > > > I myself have been legally licensed to posess and grow, by the
> > > canadian
> > > > government for 8 years when thier Medical Marihuana program came
> > > into
> > > > affect. Due the infearier low quality of the Canadian Prarie Plant
> > > > system's marihuana, Its good to have people like Marc around and in
> > > > business.I can't believe this government!
> > > > They will allow people like Charles Ing, and recently Karla Homoka
> > > to
> > > > serve light sentence's and in Ing's case, not get extridicated to
> > > the
> > > > USA, but to allow this hypocrocy to take place on someone who hasn't
> > > > hurt anyone is absurd!!
> > > > The Canadian Government is willing to take taxes from him for
> > > selling
> > > > and charging for these seeds, but won't stand behind him when the
> > > DEA
> > > > comes knocking at our door.
> > > > WE are a seperate country from the States. Our government shouldn't
> > > > cow-tow to the states when the USA has thier nose out of joint. Look
> > > > what they're doing in Iraq!!!
> > > > If we don't stop the states now from budding into countries that
> > > they
> > > > have NO business being in, the states will declare War on all the
> > > > countries of the world just so they can change what they dont like!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Steven P | Jan 20, 08 10:33 AM
> > > > This is once again proof of the U.S gouverments quest of proving to
> > > the
> > > > worl that they and they alone hold the key to what is right. It is
> > > also
> > > > proof that who ever has different views or opinions than the all
> > > > mighthy U.S should be simply removed. The U.S should leave the guy
> > > > alone and concentrate on fixing real issues in there own country and
> > > > getting out of Irak. No wonder the rest of the world hates them!
> > > >
> > > > Dan Daoust
> > > > Montreal, Quebec
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Dan Daoust | Jan 20, 08 10:33 AM
> > > > name one american that the canadian government want to extradite to
> > > > canada.Where is the justise?
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: dan wojcik | Jan 20, 08 10:33 AM
> > > > Just wondering if the Canadian Govt. will also be charged for
> > > willing
> > > > accepting the monies from an "illegal" business?
> > > >
> > > > I think that the Canadian Govt. should deal with their own problems
> > > > before some other authorities have to step in.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Bruce | Jan 20, 08 10:34 AM
> > > > Very Interesting segment.....I adore this man for his courage....The
> > > > U.S government won't even allow life saving precription drugs which
> > > HIV
> > > > people need to cross the border, without "VERY SPECIAL"
> > > > /permission...let alone let the HIV people into their
> > > country....which
> > > > by the way is illegal....
> > > > So, fighting the US government on something like POT.....you are one
> > > > hell of a crusader MISTER............
> > > > I myself use POT occasionally for medical reasons/ pain
> > > relief.....but
> > > > at the same time I know people who become so addicted to it that
> > > they
> > > > smoke one off the other and I see disrepect and irresponsibilty
> > > > when this happens...
> > > > Your willingness to spend time in a U.S prison for your
> > > crusade.......i
> > > > only hope you have a strong belief in GOD......
> > > > Comparing this to gay rights movements is good, because the USA has
> > > a
> > > > long LONG way to go with that issue too........
> > > > Thank you CBC for airing this........
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: U.S.A/politicallynegative | Jan 20, 08 10:35 AM
> > > > How typical of the Canadian government to bow down to the wishes of
> > > the
> > > > U.S. Marc Emery is not a criminal, he didn't hurt anyone, and he
> > > hasn't
> > > > even left Canada. Our government should be thanking him, not sending
> > > > him to rot in an American prison. I for one am completely disgusted
> > > > that Parliament is doing absolutely nothing to protect our
> > > sovereignty.
> > > > So here's to the Prince of Pot, you may be able to quite him for a
> > > > while, but he's going to come back louder then ever.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Dan | Jan 20, 08 10:35 AM
> > > > I think the trial of Mark Emry is setting an uncomfortable
> > > precedent.
> > > > Next they'll be going after the shop that sold the gun and/or ammo
> > > that
> > > > was used in a triple homicide. Or Ford because one of their cars was
> > > > used in a hit and run.
> > > >
> > > > If the Canadian government knew what Emry was doing and selling, and
> > > > was happy to take their cut of the profits from that, how can they
> > > just
> > > > leave him to hang? They should get up and defend their citizens.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Katie | Jan 20, 08 10:35 AM
> > > > Marc Emery is one of those guys who wants to thumb their nose at the
> > > > law and act as though they alone are the arbitrator of what is right
> > > > and wrong. He has made conscious decisions that he does not have to
> > > > abide by several laws and now that he has been asked to face the
> > > > consequences of those decisions,whine that we aren't helping him. He
> > > > admits that he has purposely flouted numerous laws just because he
> > > has
> > > > decided that he doesn't have to follow them and now he wants to
> > > present
> > > > himself as the great hope of "the Canadian people". Who does he
> > > think
> > > > he is? He's not my prophet, and I seriously think that perhaps he
> > > needs
> > > > some time behind bars to cure his arrogance. He should wear a shirt
> > > > that just has the letter "I" on the front because he is so full of
> > > > himself - that interview was just me, me, me.
> > > > These guys are all the same - they're above the law while all the
> > > rest
> > > > of us peons are supposed to follow them like good little soldiers so
> > > > that we're not all living like animals. I say he should take his
> > > lumps
> > > > - he's been asking for it for years and now he's got it.
> > > > Posted by: Trish Dehmel | Jan 20, 08 10:36 AM
> > > > Marc Emery is canadian heroe. You will see as time progresses the
> > > youth
> > > > will embrace him more. As all older generations pass on, pot will be
> > > > looked at by newer generations as a safe alternative to alcohol. I
> > > have
> > > > met many canadian parents that would rather they're son or daughter
> > > > smoke pot then drink alcohol. Look at the amount of death related to
> > > > alcohol a very serious legal substance vs. marijuana a suttle buzz
> > > of
> > > > laughter and relaxation. Now think of all the women, children and
> > > > familys ruined from alcohol. Alcohol creates many wrong and abusive
> > > > quality's in human beings and will only ruin us more. I have seen
> > > some
> > > > very dangerous situations created from alcohol, never have i seen
> > > > someone smoke a joint and lose their mind.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Never Matters 19 years old | Jan 20, 08 10:36 AM
> > > > this man is not committing a crime in canada.he should not be
> > > exradited
> > > > forpolitical reasons
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: ernie moulton | Jan 20, 08 10:36 AM
> > > > I think this generally law abiding citizen of Canada, Marc Emery,
> > > > should have his life back!
> > > > What the people who buy these seeds do with them is their own
> > > business!
> > > > I myself have been legally licensed to possess and grow, by the
> > > > Canadian government for 8 years when their Medical Marihuana program
> > > > came into affect. Due the inferior low quality of the Canadian
> > > Prairie
> > > > Plant system's marihuana, Its good to have people like Marc around
> > > and
> > > > in business.I can't believe this government!
> > > > They will allow people like Charles Ing, and recently Karla Homoka
> > > to
> > > > serve light sentence's and in Ing's case, not get extradited to the
> > > > USA, but to allow this hypocrisy to take place on someone who hasn't
> > > > hurt anyone is absurd!!
> > > > The Canadian Government is willing to take taxes from him for
> > > selling
> > > > and charging for these seeds, but won't stand behind him when the
> > > DEA
> > > > comes knocking at our door.
> > > > WE are a separate country from the States. Our government shouldn't
> > > > cow-tow to the states when the USA has their nose out of joint. Look
> > > > what they're doing in Iraq!!!
> > > > If we don't stop the states now from budding into countries that
> > > they
> > > > have NO business being in, the states will declare War on all the
> > > > countries of the world just so they can change what they don't like!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Steven P | Jan 20, 08 10:36 AM
> > > > it's time for the U.S. to EVOLVE . Give up the guns , clean up their
> > > > own Police agencies & Politicians . And stop trying to divert the
> > > > publics attention away from the serious problems of the Racism ,
> > > > Poverty and Education ( or lack of ) that exists in their own
> > > borders
> > > > .Marijuana use is as much a moral issue as Alcohol use is . Our
> > > > Government should fight for it's citizens , especially a good " tax
> > > > payer " ... good luck Mr.Emery.
> > > > Posted by: james sellers | Jan 20, 08 10:36 AM
> > > > I don't think we should hand Marc Emery over to the states. Canada
> > > > could make a lot of taxes if it were to legalize marijuana. I would
> > > > rather got to a party where most of the people smoke pot, than a
> > > party
> > > > where their is only alcohol. In fact I will not go to a party if it
> > > is
> > > > drinking only.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Cindy Simmons | Jan 20, 08 10:37 AM
> > > > Are you really listening, he is being extorted into taking a deal.
> > > > Seriously the Mexican standoff, I think our government is so afraid
> > > of
> > > > the bush admin., they have finally proved to the citizens of Canada
> > > > that our current government has NO sovereignty on our soil. If in
> > > fact
> > > > he is committing an international offense, it is Interpol who must
> > > have
> > > > the juristriction.
> > > > This is an insult to us, we in my household honestly believe the US
> > > > must stop invading us. No weapons other than treaties, pacts,
> > > policies
> > > > and financial blackmail. They're trying to steal our North West
> > > Passage
> > > > with their submarine "patrols". Now they are carrying out draconian
> > > law
> > > > enforcement tatics. Please, help the Canadian people mr. harper our
> > > > dishonourable P.M.. Marc, NO DEALS!!! You are only being used
> > > political
> > > > reasons which with the right exposure will blow up in their own
> > > faces.
> > > > They are in the wrong.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Tommy | Jan 20, 08 10:37 AM
> > > > I think the trial of Mark Emry is setting an uncomfortable
> > > precedent.
> > > > Next they'll be going after the shop that sold the gun and/or ammo
> > > that
> > > > was used in a triple homicide. Or Ford because one of their cars was
> > > > used in a hit and run.
> > > >
> > > > If the Canadian government knew what Emry was doing and selling, and
> > > > was happy to take their cut of the profits from that, how can they
> > > just
> > > > leave him to hang? They should get up and defend their citizens.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Katie | Jan 20, 08 10:37 AM
> > > > If canada hands Mark over to the United States government, what`s
> > > the
> > > > political agenda? whats the trade off going to be? Oh, I guess
> > > they`ll
> > > > owe us another one... maybe after the election!!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: George | Jan 20, 08 10:38 AM
> > > > As a Federal Medical Marijuana License Holder, I am deeply offended
> > > by
> > > > Marc Emery's case. He should be free – just like the dozens of
> > > > Canadians who are STILL SELLING SEEDS all across the country.
> > > >
> > > > Years ago, I was even told by the Health Canada office to try Emery
> > > for
> > > > seeds. That isn't a rumor about "some medical users", it actually
> > > > happened to me.
> > > >
> > > > If we let him go to the US, or jail him here, we have no
> > > sovereignty,
> > > > period. It is gone. We are effectively a subsidiary of US Inc.
> > > >
> > > > In regards to "Like discovering God", I know exactly what he means.
> > > I
> > > > consider myself a skeptic, non-religious, but fairly spiritual. I am
> > > > not a member of any church. I find that when I use marijuana, it
> > > makes
> > > > me very introspective, and I feel myself moving spiritually closer
> > > to
> > > > "The Source" - or what many people regard as God. This was not
> > > > intended, but came about gradually over years of daily dosing.
> > > >
> > > > So, quite despite myself and without seeking this path, I find I am
> > > > also a "spiritual" or "sacramental" user of marijuana, not just a
> > > > medical user. Smoking or vaporizing my marijuana is not only me
> > > > medicating, it is also kind of like me "praying". And I am much
> > > better
> > > > for it.
> > > >
> > > > How is that any more or less sensible than a burning bush, a virgin
> > > > birth, or a story told to man by an angel?
> > > >
> > > > My wife also uses marijuana for her epilepsy. She reduced her
> > > seizures
> > > > from 3 per week to three per year.
> > > >
> > > > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV40H_g-NJo
> > > >
> > > > Finally, if we accept that the government has ANY say in what we can
> > > do
> > > > with our own bodies, then we must accept their ownership of us. We
> > > must
> > > > accept that we are owned, like livestock, and that we are okay with
> > > > this.
> > > >
> > > > If we are okay with marijuana prohibition, then by extension, we
> > > should
> > > > be okay with totally relinquishing all of our personal freedoms and
> > > > waiving all of our rights.
> > > >
> > > > Russell Barth
> > > > Federal Medical
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Russell Barth | Jan 20, 08 10:38 AM
> > > > How do you view your thoughts, I 100% support Marc. The government
> > > will
> > > > charge a person, give them a criminal record for using marijuana. So
> > > > much for traveling, thats one way of keeping our taxes in Canada.
> > > For
> > > > seeds male or female WHAT'S NEXT? Both governments Canada & USA have
> > > no
> > > > problem selling tabacco laced with chemicals. So much for my adult
> > > > decisions using a weed not full of chemicals. I am almost in fear
> > > for
> > > > Marc. Shame on you Mr. Harper. You have lost my next vote. Goodluck
> > > > Marc I am routing for you.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Kevin Deacon | Jan 20, 08 10:38 AM
> > > > Please don't use my letter for any other reason other than to
> > > calculate
> > > > what percentage of viewers agree or disagree with Mr. Emery's stand.
> > > > I believe Mr. Emery to be an upstanding citizen and completely
> > > concur
> > > > with his comments.
> > > > The war on soft drugs has served to create numerous problems in our
> > > > society.
> > > > Carole, would you have asked Maude Barlow or Farley Mowat, if they
> > > > "just want to fight"?
> > > > >From a middle-aged teacher
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Glenda Stoller | Jan 20, 08 10:40 AM
> > > > where are all of the politicians on this? Jack Layton has been to
> > > Marc
> > > > Emerys' house as a guest-so Marc Emery says.How could he stay silent
> > > > while Mr. Emery goes to jail for 5 years-this is so unbelievable!
> > > > Meanwhile,the web is filled with tons of ads for pot seeds from
> > > people
> > > > of less integrity than Marc Emery.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: p.p. | Jan 20, 08 10:40 AM
> > > > Living in a Liberal Society that treats perpetraitors of crime
> > > better
> > > > than the victims. Iam not suprised at the reaction or lack of by our
> > > > government in defending a Canadian Citizen against an overzealous
> > > > American D.E.A. This man should not be sent to the U.S.A.!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: lance mcintosh | Jan 20, 08 10:40 AM
> > > > This gentleman obviously, (as Carole tried to get him to admit),
> > > loves
> > > > a fight. I am of a mind with him where it comes to arbitrary
> > > > application of "rules", especially those imposed by foreign
> > > countries.
> > > >
> > > > This man has committed no crime in Canada. He is a Canadian citizen.
> > > He
> > > > remains in Canada with apparently no intention to enter the U.S. He
> > > > even paid his Canadian taxes on his allegedly illegal business
> > > profits.
> > > >
> > > > At root this is a matter of national sovereignity. Is a Canadian a
> > > > criminal because the U.S. decides to name him/her so? If Canada
> > > decides
> > > > that Mr Emery has broken our laws, let our judiciary deal with it.
> > > The
> > > > U.S. should try to deal with their own vast criminal problem.
> > > >
> > > > What is the next step, american bounty hunters performing illegal
> > > > arrests in our country? Frankly, I think that our current
> > > conservative
> > > > government would raise no objections.
> > > >
> > > > Paul McElcheran
> > > >
> > > > Toronto
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Paul McElcheran | Jan 20, 08 10:41 AM
> > > > If revenue Canada can accept his tax declaration and money for all
> > > of
> > > > his business activities, without them being obliged to report him to
> > > > the RCMP... Further if he can carry out his business openly &
> > > honestly,
> > > > here in Canada without violating our laws... The marijuana party of
> > > > Canada exists and we have all seen this option on the ballet for
> > > years
> > > > now... this guy seems to me to be a legitimate Canadian citizen &
> > > > patriot!
> > > >
> > > > If the US want to stop his seed shipments at the border... this is
> > > > their option... maybe we'll see a flood of migration north... the
> > > > parallel being the blacks in the time of slavery... we accepted them
> > > > into our socialist open society... to allow them to be extradited
> > > back
> > > > to the US where the were obviously considered criminals... would not
> > > > have been acceptable...
> > > >
> > > > Similarly this really does not seem right... & I postulate would not
> > > be
> > > > considered acceptable to our society ...
> > > >
> > > > my 2 cents,
> > > > Allan D.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Allan D Dufour | Jan 20, 08 10:41 AM
> > > > I have never smoked pot. With saying that its a joke for the
> > > Canadian
> > > > Government to turn over a Canadian Citizen to a power hungry
> > > prosecutor
> > > > in the United States. Let them go after their citizens who broke the
> > > > law.Obviously Mark was not breaking any Canadian laws. Our
> > > government
> > > > was happy to collect his taxes.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Bob | Jan 20, 08 10:43 AM
> > > > I believe that Mr Emery has NOT had enough support from our
> > > government,
> > > > who I might add made alot of money from Mr. Emery's business. How
> > > can
> > > > the government let this happen-they more than GLADLY took the honest
> > > > tax dollars he paid-at least he did everything by the book, which is
> > > > more than I can say for most of the politicians in this
> > > country...you
> > > > can't deny that now can you?
> > > > It is ridiculous in my mind how the politians and government
> > > officials
> > > > judge the use of marijuana. I believe alcohol is a much worse drug
> > > than
> > > > marijuana. I could get drunk and kill someone tomorrow and Mr. Emery
> > > > would be in jail longer than I would be.
> > > > HOW PATHETIC IS THAT????
> > > > I do believe that many people have been fighting against alcochol
> > > use
> > > > for decades, which by the way kills more people on a yearly basis
> > > than
> > > > a "POT" smoker.
> > > > We are talking about something we can plant in the ground and grow
> > > for
> > > > god's sake!!
> > > > This is not something manufactured and processed!!!
> > > > I bet alot of people who are fighting to put this man in jail, drink
> > > on
> > > > occasion.
> > > > How hypocritical this that??
> > > > Maybe some of these politicians should try it---maybe it would
> > > mellow
> > > > them out a little and they wouldn't be wasting the taxpayers money
> > > > trying to put an honest man in jail.
> > > > Try catching some of the liquor stores who are selling to minors
> > > EVERY
> > > > DAY!!!!
> > > > I was in the beer store the other day and I knew the underaged kid
> > > in
> > > > front of me. He got his beer and some for his YOUNGER buddies as
> > > well.
> > > > I wish this government would fight for HONEST people, like Marc
> > > Emery.
> > > > Not all people like alcohol either!!!
> > > > It ruined most of my childhood....but that is okay right??? Because
> > > > alcohol is legal??
> > > > THINK PEOPLE!!!!!!
> > > > Posted by: Cheryl Girardin | Jan 20, 08 10:46 AM
> > > > 1. If the Canadian Government accepted income tax payments for the
> > > sale
> > > > of seeds then they are condoning the sale of Pot seeds, and
> > > therefore
> > > > should not extradite Marc emery to the US for prosecution.
> > > > 2. There are many other sites that sell pot seeds over the Internet,
> > > > are they also being prosecuted, and if not why?
> > > > 3. The prosecution of Marc Emery must be political, if no one else
> > > is
> > > > being charged for the sale of pot seeds over the internet.
> > > > Posted by: Doug Weir | Jan 20, 08 10:49 AM
> > > > STUPIDS AMERICANS STRIKES AGAIN!
> > > > Why just go back to prohibition! Why whiskey isnt band? As a french
> > > > canadian I never was realy keen on Jean Chrétien but I have to admit
> > > he
> > > > was the only PM to put on his pants when it came to say no to the
> > > > Yanks. Marc Emery can not wait for help from our "Texan goverment"
> > > to
> > > > support him. To send money for the best lawyers on both side of the
> > > > border to assure is defense is a better way to help him out of this
> > > > manner. Come on wake up! I smoke pot for 30 years now and always
> > > paid
> > > > my taxs and had a regular life.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Marc Lavoie from Montréal | Jan 20, 08 10:51 AM
> > > > There is no way Marc Emery should be extradited to the U.S.. In fact
> > > > given the comparison of the issues of his case to the Prohibition of
> > > > alcolhol he should not have been prosecuted at all. Canada had the
> > > > right idea when they basically left him alone and taxed his profits.
> > > > That he was blackmailed into a plea bargain to protect his employees
> > > is
> > > > disgusting. The fact that he made the deal is an example of the
> > > > excellent character and moral grounding of this man.
> > > > I think it is ridiculous that in this day and age we expend any
> > > money
> > > > on the prosection and imprisonment of people surrounding soft drug
> > > > issues. Alcohol and tobacco are the two most harmful drugs in
> > > society
> > > > today resulting in reduced productivity in the workplace, addiction
> > > and
> > > > death.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Randal Clark | Jan 20, 08 10:53 AM
> > > > As a longtime user[38 yrs.] and retired seller of cannabis products,
> > > I
> > > > am appalled at our government's continued persecution/prosecution of
> > > > it's citizens for what is essentially a benign and relatively safe
> > > > activity. The Torys,in their fervor to curry favor with the odious
> > > > religious fundamentalists in power in the U.S.,propose to jail tens
> > > of
> > > > thousands of otherwise law-abiding Canadians,assuming that the
> > > threat
> > > > of jail will curb all illegal activity.SURPRISE! It just does not
> > > > work.Instead of finding new ways to waste our tax dollars,let us be
> > > our
> > > > own country,our own people,and legalize and legitimize the use of
> > > > cannabis in all of its forms and as Marc Emery has done, declare his
> > > > use and profitting from pot/hash products.By the way, two years ago,
> > > > the Liberals made abig noise about decriminalization while in power.
> > > > They seem to be awfully quiet on the subject since. Could it be they
> > > > are more interested in holding off an election than in standing up
> > > for
> > > > what they say they believe in? Canada, protect your citizens from
> > > > attack by any country's attempts to enforce their misguided and
> > > > self-serving laws on our soil. We are a sovereign nation,not the
> > > > EXCITED STATES lapdog. FREE MARC EMERY!!!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Yanoh | Jan 20, 08 10:59 AM
> > > > I am deeply and profoundly disturbed that the Canadian government is
> > > > allowing a Canadian citizen to be extradited and charged for crimes
> > > we
> > > > clearly condoned when we collected taxes for the activities in
> > > > question.
> > > > I am a 51 yr old single working mother and am not part of the drug
> > > > culture in Canada.
> > > > I do not agree with all of Mr Emery's politics and philosophies but
> > > > based on your report this morning I cannot help but be appalled by
> > > our
> > > > governments behaviour in this matter.
> > > > WE should NOT be handing him over to the Americans!
> > > > I do agree that legalising pot just like alcohol and then taxing it
> > > up
> > > > the wazoo would be beneficial to our economy and make room in our
> > > > courts and prisons for truly dangerous people.
> > > > I am not optimistic the current administration will listen to
> > > anything
> > > > any citizen has to say on this matter. They don't seem to care what
> > > > Canadians think about anything.
> > > > Thanks
> > > > Kelley in Sudbury
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: kelley | Jan 20, 08 11:00 AM
> > > > I really think this charges he is going up for are ridiculous.Sinceall
> > > > he is doing is fighting for our peoples rights as Canadian
> > > citizen.And
> > > > he is helping those who are ill and people actually no the side
> > > effects
> > > > of marijuana compared to the pills doctors prescribe and get us hook
> > > on
> > > > and killing people for.For example oxycotin and that is just one of
> > > > them.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Antoine Robichaud | Jan 20, 08 11:01 AM
> > > > I think it is very hipocritical of the canadian government to hand
> > > this
> > > > man over to the american authorities,regarding his selling marijuana
> > > > seeds.He paid taxes on his buisness,the gov't was aware of what he
> > > was
> > > > selling,still taking his money,now that it the states are involved
> > > the
> > > > canadian gov't takes the easy way out like they usually do(don't
> > > stand
> > > > up for their taxpayers when it means standing up to the
> > > > states.)Canadians are a passive lot but sometimes we don't fight
> > > hard
> > > > enough for the things that really matter.I believe 5 yrs in jail for
> > > > selling plant seeds in an absolute outrage.There is less time served
> > > > for more severe crimes.When are we going to wake up and realize
> > > > marijuana is used for medicinal purposes including a stress reliever
> > > in
> > > > todays society with corruption,over taxing,not to mention the
> > > violence
> > > > world wide,wake up and smell the coffee,which also comes from a
> > > > plant.As it says it the bible "smoke the herbs".Which i am sure
> > > someone
> > > > will be sure to start another debate over.All i'm saying is let the
> > > > punishment fit the crime which we all know is not always done.Whyare
> > > > we making such a big deal out of this?
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: chris holland | Jan 20, 08 11:03 AM
> > > > Is he really a criminal. It is obvious that our provincial and
> > > federal
> > > > governments don't think so or they would have closed his store on
> > > > sovereign soil and also not accepted his tax declarations. There are
> > > > many things that are illegal in foreign countries but are allowed
> > > here
> > > > in Canada. I don't understand our governments judicial decision with
> > > > this situation.
> > > > Watched this on the Sunday broadcast this morning. Hope you keep
> > > > following this and find out what is really happening. I do not
> > > advocate
> > > > the breaking of the law or Pot usage but what is the law here.
> > > > Thank you.....
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Chris Chisholm | Jan 20, 08 11:04 AM
> > > > I'm in the UK and this story is outrageous.That the USA can force
> > > > another sovereign Country to extradite one of its own citizens to
> > > face
> > > > jail when that same crime would get nothing more than a $200 fine in
> > > > its own Country is shocking. Its time other Countries stood up to
> > > the
> > > > Bullying tactics of the USA but it doesn't look like Canada has the
> > > > strength to do it. Mr Emery will get more jail time than many
> > > violent
> > > > criminals and rapists...the world has gone mad.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: John Leeson | Jan 20, 08 11:05 AM
> > > > People like Marc Emery, with convictions and a belief in personal
> > > > freedom and intellectual self-discovery who defies the establishment
> > > of
> > > > their times in a peaceful manner are in fact national treasures and
> > > > visionaries with historical foresight who soon could be extinct if
> > > we
> > > > continue in our commercial self-serving manipulating distracting
> > > > consumer society.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Hubert Schmidtke | Jan 20, 08 11:09 AM
> > > > In my opinion Marc Emery should be handed over to the American
> > > > Authorities. It appears as though his activities might have affected
> > > > his thoughts over the years! The Justice system in Canada is far too
> > > > lenient. The sentences are not consistent with the crimes. Why has
> > > > Emery's business not been shut down in Vancouver?
> > > > Thanks for the enlightening program. Keep up the good work.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Margaret | Jan 20, 08 11:09 AM
> > > > I simply can't believe that he does not think he is doing anything
> > > > wrong. It is a well documented fact that marijuana use can and does
> > > > lead to the use of harder drugs. He believes an adult person smoking
> > > > marijuana may do so in the privacy of their own home, however is he
> > > so
> > > > "high" on himself and his own product that he doesn't get the fact
> > > that
> > > > this is obviously being used by kids? He needs to stop smoking for a
> > > > day or so, look at the real world and realize the damage he is
> > > doing.
> > > > He belongs behind bars the same as any other criminal. Does he know
> > > how
> > > > many lives he may have ruined rather than enhanced? There are drug
> > > laws
> > > > for a reason, why should he be treated any differently just because
> > > > "he" thinks he knows what is right? I wish some of my high school
> > > > friends were still alive....they thought marijuana was just for fun
> > > > too.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Debby Wood | Jan 20, 08 11:09 AM
> > > > To have a business he would have undergone the appropiate permits
> > > and
> > > > met with the community and government requlators.
> > > > So then all the people who have authorized these transactions are
> > > > involved with this activity by consenting.
> > > > If our canadian government has recieved funds in the form of income
> > > > taxes by his selling the seeds and other goods.
> > > > So technically should not the Canadian government and the Vancouver
> > > > city council be brought forth on conspiracy charges to committ the
> > > > crimes that he is being charged with? Or at least be mentioned as an
> > > > accomplice to knowledge of a crime. Plus knowingly recieving
> > > proceeds
> > > > from a crime.
> > > >
> > > > So should we give him up? No
> > > >
> > > > Our Government needs to step up and decide what is the true issue
> > > they
> > > > are dealing with.
> > > >
> > > > Our government has to recognize that they have permitted and
> > > recieved
> > > > income from these transactions and need to stand up for him.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Tom Fenn | Jan 20, 08 11:10 AM
> > > > We are all for Mr Emery !We belive he did nothing wrong.He payed his
> > > > taxes ,has not hurt any one. People have been prosicuted for years
> > > for
> > > > there belifes,as he said. I thought this country was founded on the
> > > > rights as all people are equal under the law . KEEP UP YOUR CAUSE
> > > > MARC!!!! we are behind you ! Your supporters in Ontario
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: susan betts | Jan 20, 08 11:10 AM
> > > > The actions of the American and Canadian Government unfortunately do
> > > > not surprise me. Although they would like us to believe that we live
> > > in
> > > > a free and democratic society, the truth is that we live in a
> > > society
> > > > of lies and oppression. The truth and the individuals who believe in
> > > > true freedom, always seem to somehow be silenced. But, the harder
> > > the
> > > > Governments work to silence individuals, the louder their message
> > > > becomes.
> > > > As the 'powers that be' try to put and end to Mark Emery and the
> > > work
> > > > that he has been doing, they are feeding the fire, and creating a
> > > > martyr.
> > > > Mark Emery has done nothing wrong, and I commend him for his fight.
> > > He
> > > > is fighting for a cause that he believes in. He is fighting for a
> > > cause
> > > > that should not even be an issue in the first place. Unfortunately
> > > this
> > > > is another case that is ruled by the all- mighty dollar, and it
> > > shows
> > > > the true arrogance, ignorance and hypocrisy of not only the American
> > > > government, but of the Canadian Government as well.
> > > > As usual, I am disgusted at the actions of both Governments, but I
> > > > never expect much from them in the first place!
> > > > We, as a society, cannot let ourselves be silenced for much longer!
> > > > Please visit www.jackherer.com for very crucial information on
> > > Cannabis
> > > > Sativa.
> > > >
> > > > Two of my favorite quotes, which I found to be fitting for this
> > > > issue…..
> > > > "Be the change you want to see in the world"- Muhatma Ghandi
> > > > "The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people"-
> > > > Woodrow Wilson
> > > > Posted by: Stefania G | Jan 20, 08 11:12 AM
> > > > In west Virginia a gunman killed 31 people with a weapon he
> > > purchased
> > > > in the U.S. But America would rather send Mr. Emery to jail for life
> > > > for selling marijuana seeds, but not the gun mfr.whose primary
> > > purpose
> > > > is to maim or kill. When will citizens tell the U.S. to kiss their
> > > > collective asses, and mind their own business? A Shamed U.S. citizen
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: george | Jan 20, 08 11:12 AM
> > > > He is right about marijuana, i don't smoke it nor do i do drugs but
> > > is
> > > > is time to legalize and control it for those who use it and
> > > especially
> > > > for medicinal use. These users should feel safe and not threaten
> > > > because it helps them cope with there maladies. There is no way
> > > Canada
> > > > should extradite him to the US for prosecution, he is not a criminal
> > > in
> > > > my opinion. Maybe it time to end marijuana prohibition and take the
> > > > orginized crime out of the equation.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Ken | Jan 20, 08 11:14 AM
> > > > As a survivor of the Flower Power generation whose famous mantra,
> > > 'Sex,
> > > > Drugs, and Rock & Roll,' ruled from the late 60's to the early 70's,
> > > I
> > > > witnessed much of social consequences and utter human tragedy that
> > > this
> > > > lifestyle choice produced. I found that the vast majority of my
> > > peers
> > > > who smoked 'grass' on a regular basis, were narrow minded, brain
> > > dead
> > > > dopes, who couldn't hold down a steady job without a great deal of
> > > > difficulty. And I still hold that opinion regardless of Canadian
> > > Marc
> > > > Emery's assertion that smoking pot is just a harmless pastime. Some
> > > > people just can't deal with reality. Some things just never change.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: William Eady | Jan 20, 08 11:16 AM
> > > > It's little wonder Mark Emery endorses the philosophy of Ayn Rand,
> > > who
> > > > believed that respect for the supremacy of individual rights
> > > eventually
> > > > confers the greatest benefit to society. From sunday shopping to
> > > > providing accommodation for smoking pot, my greater impression was
> > > that
> > > > his espousing social justice causes (in itself somewhat contrary to
> > > ms.
> > > > Rand) was more an opportunity to generate personal, rather than
> > > social,
> > > > gain. His claim of addressing injustice pales significantly by the
> > > lack
> > > > of acknowledgment of both established and potential social
> > > detriments
> > > > inherent to the marketing and sale of mind-altering substances. It's
> > > > easier to uphold a sincerity of intent when working within narrowly
> > > > defined and constrained frameworks of social ethics.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Peter Ledwon | Jan 20, 08 11:19 AM
> > > > Thank heavens for people like Marc Emery! A man that stands for his
> > > > beliefs. As an American I have always beleived that Canada was wrong
> > > > for taking in our draft dodgers, but to turn Marc over to the
> > > American
> > > > authorities well that is reprehensible. Take in people who refuse to
> > > > perform their duty as a citizen, and send back the ones that do? The
> > > > government has had no problem collecting the tax dollars made from
> > > his
> > > > activities, I would consider their hands to be as dirty, am I right
> > > or
> > > > am I right? Our government was formed for the people by the people
> > > and
> > > > from my vantage point as a middle aged woman, God fearing, tax
> > > paying I
> > > > think if a person wants to smoke pot it is a personel right after
> > > all
> > > > God gave us all things for our use (POT included). By the way whats
> > > the
> > > > worst thing pot smokers do, eat all your goodies and fall asleep on
> > > > your couch. Talk about a national threat!! To the American
> > > authorities,
> > > > stop wasting my hard earned tax dollars!! Please for goodness sake
> > > go
> > > > after the real criminals if it isn't to difficult for you. And
> > > Canada
> > > > just pretend Marc is a draft dodger then you will know what to do. I
> > > > have to go the goodies call.
> > > >
> > > > Shelley
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Shelley Wittbrodt | Jan 20, 08 11:19 AM
> > > > Nothing but support for Marc Emery...hes doing a service
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Eric | Jan 20, 08 11:20 AM
> > > > I don't think the canadian goverment should extradite him they
> > > > obviously didn't think he was doing any wrong when they accepted
> > > taxes
> > > > from him
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: ken traynor | Jan 20, 08 11:22 AM
> > > > Absolutely not. What happened to freedom of speech? Freedom to
> > > operate
> > > > a Canadian business? Paid up taxes I bet too for BCMP accounts. Why
> > > did
> > > > our government collect the taxes this man paid? Will they have to
> > > hand
> > > > back the money. I doubt it. Our country should be protecting him for
> > > > the Americans. In fact I believe this country we live in must
> > > protect
> > > > every citizen from foreign control. This is very a political issue
> > > in
> > > > controlling people. Governments of any country have no rights in how
> > > > humans take care of themselves in the privacy of their own homes. Of
> > > > course if there is danger of someone hurting anybody or causing
> > > alarms
> > > > to cause real danger so be it. What others do with pot as far as the
> > > > element of illegal activity is the responsibility of that
> > > organization
> > > > or individual. Not Marc Emery. Congrats to Mr and Mrs. Marc Emery to
> > > > continue this issue for so many years. There could be more people
> > > > voicing this but maybe are afraid to admit their own thoughts. It
> > > would
> > > > be criminal to speak out on this...Not We have allowed our
> > > governments
> > > > to govern our own feelings or beliefs far too much and far too long.
> > > To
> > > > think those using pot for mental or physical health is their own
> > > > business. They are not participating is something illegal. How does
> > > > anybody really know. On another subject this has some similar
> > > control
> > > > issues to how our governments destroyed the Native Indians lifestyle
> > > on
> > > > both sides of our border. There is worse chemicals or products that
> > > > destroy human health. Like hard liquor, profitable prescription
> > > drugs
> > > > that are used far to easily. Not too mention greed and money where
> > > the
> > > > real root of the problem is.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: cheryl ann crompton | Jan 20, 08 11:22 AM
> > > > What ticks me off about this story is the fact that the united
> > > states
> > > > wants him for drug trafficing..... who the #%$& is letting them
> > > police
> > > > the world? they have bigger problems in their God forsaken country
> > > to
> > > > deal with. This situation is none of their business as other events
> > > > around the world.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: John Martin | Jan 20, 08 11:26 AM
> > > > The fact that the Canadian government has ignored Marc over the
> > > years
> > > > and then had him arrested at the request of the DEA is an insult to
> > > our
> > > > sovereignty and all Canadians should be outraged that the Harper
> > > > government is allowing this to go on. It would be cruel punishment
> > > for
> > > > Marc to spend even a day in jail for a 'crime' that has no victims.
> > > I
> > > > think it would be fitting for the DEA to at least show us the
> > > bodies, a
> > > > solitary victim of his crimes. They can't do that because there are
> > > no
> > > > victims, no bodies, this was a political move to silence an
> > > activist,
> > > > not an arrest of a drug kingpin.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: J Saindon | Jan 20, 08 11:29 AM
> > > > If marc emery was not charged by the cdn gov't, and did not break
> > > any
> > > > canadian laws,he should be left alone, he's not a violent
> > > criminal,he
> > > > has helped alot of people in the world ,especially canadian citizens
> > > > who neede mariguana for medicinal purposes like myself. it's time
> > > our
> > > > government stood up to those lame americans, there just looking for
> > > a
> > > > fall guy to point thier finger at for their own drug problems. If
> > > the
> > > > cdn gov't surrender him ,it will be a sad day for me and miilions in
> > > > canada, knowing that we have a government that will not stand up for
> > > > its citizens.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Trent | Jan 20, 08 11:30 AM
> > > > Marc Emery is being made an example of by the U.S. and our
> > > Government
> > > > needs to stand up to that. His sentence is comparable to those of
> > > > serious violent crimes, and I don't see any common sense in the law
> > > and
> > > > the morals of government policies. The Canadian Government happily
> > > > collected his tax dollars and in their unquenchable thirst for our
> > > > dollars they run the gambling operations, where so many people are
> > > > addicted, gambling away their family's futures and even in some
> > > cases
> > > > committing suicide. How many lives has Marc Emery affected in such a
> > > > negative way in comparison to that. Once again it looks like our
> > > > officials are ready to fall in line behind U.S. policy. In a free
> > > > country we are supposed to have the right to question laws and
> > > policies
> > > > without fear of persecution. That's how we became a free country and
> > > > that's how we will remain that way. If we don't wake up we may loose
> > > > that.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Rob Kremble | Jan 20, 08 11:31 AM
> > > > It seems to me the Canadian Government is allowing the US to do
> > > "their
> > > > dirty work" for them. After all the Canadian Government allowed him
> > > to,
> > > > and in fact enabled him to, run his business in Canada while
> > > > collecting, what probably amounted to millions in taxes. If he went
> > > to
> > > > Court in Canada he would probably win his case just based on this
> > > fact
> > > > alone and the Government knows it.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Renee McDonald | Jan 20, 08 11:41 AM
> > > > Mr. Marc Emery should not be handed over to the US Government. Since
> > > > when do US laws govern Canadian citizens for acts committed in
> > > Canada?
> > > >
> > > > A women raped in some Muslim countries would be punished by stoning
> > > for
> > > > "her" actions. Would the American Government hand one of their
> > > citizens
> > > > over for that?
> > > >
> > > > Are we not a sovereign nation as well?
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: David | Jan 20, 08 11:42 AM
> > > > I think the injustices that have fallen upon Mr. Emery and his
> > > friends
> > > > are disgusting. I found it very hard to sit back and accept the
> > > things
> > > > that I was hearing. In fact I didn't want to believe it, that our
> > > very
> > > > own country would give up one of its fellow country men simply based
> > > > upon the fact that Mr. Emery and his friends were selling seeds to
> > > > America and other countries!?! I wish to help Mr. Emery whether by
> > > > rallying people to his cause or by making a political stand much
> > > like
> > > > himself. Mr. Emery and his friends have all given up very much to
> > > help
> > > > legalize things and get the ball rolling. But every time we start
> > > > getting somewhere or foreign neighbors start badgering us and put an
> > > > unfair almost to much pressure on our government so they fold and
> > > > please the beast by feeding it its meal, a.k.a. Mr. Emery, or anyone
> > > > else who breaks an American law in their OWN country. What Mr. Emery
> > > > has done is not a bad thing America is just doing what it has and
> > > will
> > > > always do, they truly are the world police.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: John, Kennedy | Jan 20, 08 11:42 AM
> > > > Marc Emery may be guilty of breaking Canadian drug laws, but he is
> > > yet
> > > > to be convicted of even thaton this couont. This issue goes far
> > > beyond
> > > > Marijuana. It becomes an issue of Canadian sovreignty. Let me be
> > > clear
> > > > that I oppose the general usage and distribution of Marijuana but a
> > > am
> > > > appalled that a Canadian citizen that broke a US law while on
> > > Canadian
> > > > soil can be extradited to that country for prosecution.
> > > >
> > > > The American government rules their country by keeping their
> > > population
> > > > afraid, afraid of higher taxes, afraid of losing their jobs, afraid
> > > of
> > > > the police, afraid of water shortages,..... Now they want to help
> > > our
> > > > government do the same.
> > > >
> > > > Freedom and liberty to live within the laws of the land are ours to
> > > > treasure and protect and no amount of dislike or discomfort relating
> > > to
> > > > an individual should change this. We do not want to be Americans or
> > > be
> > > > a part of theit lemming society.
> > > >
> > > > If our own authorities cannot deal with Mr. Emery within the
> > > Canadian
> > > > legal system they certainly have no right to hand him over to the
> > > > Americans and thereby raise the spectre of people going missing from
> > > > their homes in the night remeniscent of events in history that we
> > > would
> > > > all rather forget.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Brian Collier | Jan 20, 08 11:48 AM
> > > > Isn't it ironic that you aired the segment on Mark Emery on the same
> > > > show where we see the US approving 'frankenfood'.
> > > > The US should spend their resources on something which is truly
> > > harmful
> > > > to their citizens and leave Mark alone.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Trish | Jan 20, 08 11:48 AM
> > > > Marc Emery is a true Canadian. The Goverment has an obligation to
> > > stand
> > > > behind him instead of supporting the American agendas.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: philip chabot | Jan 20, 08 11:49 AM
> > > > i met mr emery back in 1992 and wish him the best ..i think we as
> > > > canadians should take a look around when it comes to our US
> > > > counterpart..ie(war,hatred,slavery,guns,etc).this is canada and
> > > people
> > > > come to our beautiful country for the people and cultural
> > > diversity.why
> > > > should we let another country dictate their morals and beliefs on
> > > > CANADA,.let us live not exist!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: jerry b | Jan 20, 08 11:56 AM
> > > > If Mr. Emery is extradited for his crimes to America, I feel as
> > > fellow
> > > > citizens of this great nation that we should petition and see that
> > > he
> > > > be brought back to his homeland to serve his foolish sentence. I
> > > feel
> > > > that the Canadian government has proven (by backstabbing Emery
> > > through
> > > > the heart) that they can not be trusted. They took all the money
> > > they
> > > > were making off of Emerys' dealings, so should our government not
> > > have
> > > > to give back this illegal money? Or what do you they do in this
> > > > situation give it back the poor ( BIG LAUGH) yeah that's what I
> > > > thought! It's quite clear our government will do nothing to help
> > > this
> > > > poor man, so I feel that some actions may need to be taken here. Or
> > > > will I be the next one being extradited for my beliefs?!?
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: John, Kennedy | Jan 20, 08 11:58 AM
> > > > I think the injustices that have fallen upon Mr. Emery and his
> > > friends
> > > > are disgusting. I found it very hard to sit back and accept the
> > > things
> > > > that I was hearing. In fact I didn't want to believe it, that our
> > > very
> > > > own country would give up one of its fellow country men simply based
> > > > upon the fact that Mr. Emery and his friends were selling seeds to
> > > > America and other countries ? I wish to help Mr. Emery whether by
> > > > rallying people to his cause or by making a political stand much
> > > like
> > > > himself. Mr. Emery and his friends have all given up very much to
> > > help
> > > > legalize things and get the ball rolling. But every time we start
> > > > getting somewhere or foreign neighbors start badgering us and put an
> > > > unfair almost to much pressure on our government so they fold and
> > > > please the beast by feeding it its meal, a.k.a. Mr. Emery, or anyone
> > > > else who breaks an American law in their OWN country. What Mr. Emery
> > > > has done is not a bad thing America is just doing what it has and
> > > will
> > > > always do they truly are the world police.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: John, Kennedy | Jan 20, 08 11:59 AM
> > > > Marc Emery, a Proud Canadian Political activist, thank you for the
> > > > personal sacrifices you and your family have made in your life for
> > > our
> > > > Rights as humans,"without borders."
> > > > As for sending Marc Emery to the USA to be prosecuted for defending
> > > all
> > > > citizens rights, "Why not just send our Canadian Charter of Rights
> > > and
> > > > Freedoms, for the United States government to edit or to re-write
> > > > meeting the American government's political adjenda?"
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Trudie Attlesey
> > > > Tangier Canada
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: T Attlesey | Jan 20, 08 12:02 PM
> > > > It is truly disgusting when US political agendas, and personal
> > > > political careers over-ride "human rights
> > > >
> > > > The "current" Rule of Law does not necessarily mean that the law is
> > > > correct. Especially given that this is prone to manipulation by
> > > > individuals for personal political agendas, career advancement and
> > > > personal greed.
> > > >
> > > > What is illegal yesterday, due to "personal agendas", can become
> > > legal
> > > > without any rationale for the change ....... the term legal or
> > > illegal
> > > > does NOT factor ethics, morality, fairness.....legality is
> > > > subjective.....examples of change: liquor; gambling; credit card use
> > > to
> > > > buy groceries ........ These were changes from illegal to legal by
> > > > governments solely to line their pockets, and NOT for the benefit of
> > > > the masses.
> > > >
> > > > Mr. Marc Emery is operating a legal business in Canada (a business
> > > that
> > > > does no harm to anyone) and paying his fair taxes. By this virtue,
> > > the
> > > > US Government has no rights to interfere with Canadian Citizens and
> > > > Residents on their "flavour of the day" agendas.
> > > >
> > > > Why is Marijuana considered dangerous? ..... If that were the case,
> > > US
> > > > corporations making weaponry are much more dangerous, and killing
> > > > millions of innocent individuals in name of "corporate greed".
> > > >
> > > > It is a "disgrace" the Government of Canada is not protecting and
> > > > fighting for our Citizens against the US Governments.
> > > >
> > > > If Canada does not take a stand against injustice by the US
> > > Government,
> > > > what will happen to Canada, when the US decides they want our water?
> > > I
> > > > guess our government will just cave-in and say to the US "help
> > > > yourself".
> > > >
> > > > ================
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Herika | Jan 20, 08 12:06 PM
> > > > To think that Rob Ramage receives 4 years in jail, out in less than
> > > 2,
> > > > for KILLING a person while drunk driving. Seed selling is allowed in
> > > > Canada due to the many people who use marijuana as medicine for
> > > > debilitating illnesses, cancer treatment side effects, etc. Mr.
> > > Emery's
> > > > case is purely political, as he is the largest entity in a pro-pot
> > > > movement. The US War On Drugs is a failure. Billions spent,
> > > thousands
> > > > in jail. When alcohol prohibition was repealed, the violence
> > > associated
> > > > with it, stopped.
> > > > Legalize and regulate to keep out of the hands of people under the
> > > age
> > > > of 19. Canada has it's own laws. Obey them and don't be pushed
> > > around
> > > > by the USA.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: TerryP | Jan 20, 08 12:07 PM
> > > > The U.S. government hates pot, fine. They hate Marc for spreading
> > > the
> > > > word, fine again. If they believe that putting him in jail will stop
> > > > his movement or message then they should take a history lesson. What
> > > > happened to apartheide in South Africa after Nelson Mandella went to
> > > > jail? This will eventually make a hero out of Marc Emery, and as he
> > > > stated on your show, "his place in history will be secure".
> > > > The U.S. is making a strategic error in their fight against
> > > marijuana
> > > > use.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Doug Markewich | Jan 20, 08 12:09 PM
> > > > It is time that Emery's tax dollars do something for him! The
> > > Canadian
> > > > Gov't needs to stand up for Marc Emery instead of being pushed
> > > around
> > > > by an American agenda!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Anon | Jan 20, 08 12:21 PM
> > > > No matter the results of what the US wants, we should not hand over
> > > a
> > > > Canadian citizen to the US justice system. We should take care of
> > > our
> > > > own citizens.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: James Thexton | Jan 20, 08 12:25 PM
> > > > No!
> > > > Marc Emery should not be sent to Prison, nor should the Canadian
> > > > government send him to the states. We have legal drugs in this
> > > country
> > > > that are far worst than pot. I.E. alcohol. Alcohol is a drug that
> > > has
> > > > caused far more damage to our society than pot. I would rather deal
> > > > with a person high on pot than someone drunk on alcohol.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: David Mac Bain | Jan 20, 08 12:27 PM
> > > > If everyone smoked marijuanna, the world would be a BETTER place.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Andrew love | Jan 20, 08 12:27 PM
> > > > The Canadian Government should not turn Marc Emery over to the
> > > > Americans - If the Canadian Government can justify protecting
> > > AMERICAN
> > > > Charles Ng a convicted serial killer for as long as they did - Then
> > > the
> > > > Canadian Government had better protect their own Citizens - Marc
> > > Emery
> > > > is no Charles Ng - I can't believe the government has even let this
> > > go
> > > > this far. Shame on them!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Jayne Grootjen | Jan 20, 08 12:28 PM
> > > > This whole anti-pot movement is downright ridiculous. Let's spend
> > > that
> > > > money on things that matter like violent offenders, poverty, health
> > > > care, infrastructure and people.
> > > >
> > > > Nevermind the medical advantages regarding this plant. What about
> > > the
> > > > provincial & federal income we could all benefit from if it was
> > > > regulated.
> > > >
> > > > The best thing to do in regards to this plant is eliminate the
> > > criminal
> > > > aspect.
> > > >
> > > > The prohibition against marijuana is a waste of tax dollars.
> > > Resources
> > > > better spent fighting things that truly do harm today's society.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Jacques L. | Jan 20, 08 12:30 PM
> > > > HELL NO! i do not believe Mr Emery has done any thing wrong. why not
> > > > just legalize pot and i think the world could be a better place.
> > > Lets
> > > > remember he has not killed anyone, and as adults i would think one
> > > > should be responsable for there self. I think as a country we should
> > > be
> > > > telling the US take a walk and back off. Hell the mayor of Vancouver
> > > > told the polics service to LET HIM BE, so what does this tell you.
> > > Iam
> > > > not an advocate but i did sereve my country over seas and i think it
> > > is
> > > > time for Canada to maybe go in the same direction as Amsterbam.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: jeff goodwin | Jan 20, 08 12:30 PM
> > > > the canadian government should stand behind one of there taxe paying
> > > > canadin business men.he is harming anyone by offering them wares for
> > > > there lifestyle.free the prince..thank you darry
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: darryl eus | Jan 20, 08 12:32 PM
> > > > When I was 16, this guy would have been my hero. However, I think
> > > that
> > > > his arguements are naive and selfserving. He truly has no way of
> > > > knowing that the seeds he sold to others have in no way been
> > > involved
> > > > in the creation of violent and/or criminal activity. He also can not
> > > > know/say that his seed selling has never negatively impacted
> > > > individuals, families, or communities as a whole.
> > > >
> > > > That being said, I do not believe that the government ought to be in
> > > > partnership to incarcerate a man from whom they have knowingly
> > > > collected taxed over a period of years for this specific enterprise.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Cindy Adekat | Jan 20, 08 12:32 PM
> > > > I agree with Marc Emery... There is nothing wrong with marijuana.
> > > I'am
> > > > a 17 year old girl and 've been smoking for seven years. It's not an
> > > > important part of my life but it is part of my life. People are
> > > > prosecuted for smoking something that comes form the ground and is
> > > > natural..and yet there are people walking around smoking their
> > > > chemically produced cigarrettes. AND drinking! it KILLS more brain
> > > > cells than marijuana.
> > > > Also a friend and myself have decided that celebrating 420 is wrong
> > > all
> > > > because its HILTERS birthday. We find that it makes us ''pot''
> > > smokers
> > > > look evil. We are not evil or scary, we're more like Individuals. My
> > > > friend and I believe people need to be celebrating Gandhi's birthday
> > > > which is October 2nd... so ...10:02 everyone!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Sarah Gorman | Jan 20, 08 12:32 PM
> > > > there is no bloody way that the states should have any way of even
> > > > thinking of getting marc there privately owned jails are full of
> > > poor
> > > > people that have only been arrested for small amounts of pot and
> > > these
> > > > jails are making money off these poor bastards.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: chris | Jan 20, 08 12:32 PM
> > > > Under no cirumstances should Marc Emery be sent to the U.S. as their
> > > > whole, so called, justice system , is run for political gain not
> > > > actual, honest or even a factual outcome. Canada is unwise in
> > > dealing
> > > > with the U.S. to such a great extent and would be much better off
> > > > morally if we dealt with europe and asia more to decrease our little
> > > > tag along position.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Rodney Schritt | Jan 20, 08 12:34 PM
> > > > I completely agree with Marc Emery's comments that he is being
> > > > politically persecuted by the United States and I feel ashamed for
> > > > Canadians that he has not received the support from his Government
> > > and
> > > > the public that he feels he should have.
> > > >
> > > > Alcohol is a much more damaging drug to society that marijuana.
> > > >
> > > > I say these words as a person who has not used marijuana in many
> > > years
> > > > as a personal choice. I believe people should have the freedom to
> > > > choose. Many a Canadian Federal Government has come close to
> > > > decriminalizing pot, but likely has not because of the United States
> > > > Government.
> > > >
> > > > I wish you the best of luck Marc. Your a true fighter for freedom
> > > and
> > > > personal choice.
> > > >
> > > > Todd
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Todd | Jan 20, 08 12:36 PM
> > > > the canadian gov. had no ploblem taking his money fr. pot sales and
> > > i
> > > > believe they should help him with his fight with the US gov.. the
> > > > people should have the choose to do what they wont as long as it
> > > does
> > > > not harm others.leave the man along, he is helping bring personnel
> > > > chooses back to the people. he should stay in canada.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: leslie | Jan 20, 08 12:39 PM
> > > > I don't have any clue about illegal drugs I don't even smoke
> > > tobacco.
> > > > However I don't think Marc Emery has done anything illegal in Canada
> > > > since he paid his taxes and I am opposed to the USA mendling in our
> > > > business and the Canadian government should tell this the USA. If Mr
> > > > Emery goes to the USA then it is another issue.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Edward Sarafian | Jan 20, 08 12:39 PM
> > > > Canada should be standing up for Mr. Emery. The US is persecuting
> > > Marc
> > > > for his political activities which is clearly evident a statement
> > > made
> > > > by the DEA. How typically Canadian that they will not stand up for
> > > the
> > > > right thing. They have ignored Marc's activities like you say and
> > > taken
> > > > his tax dollars. He has not killed anyone but in fact helped lots of
> > > > people. He has not trafficked drugs in the pure sense but in a
> > > > political sense. He has given people a choice - buy seeds and do
> > > with
> > > > them what you wish. He has not sold people marijuanna. This is
> > > > ludicrus. He is a Canadian citizen who has earned the right to be
> > > > defended by his own country.
> > > >
> > > > Serving his sentence in Canada is a start but this should never
> > > > happened at all. He is absolutely right in his words that until pot
> > > is
> > > > legalized in the US, it never will be in the rest of the world.
> > > > Unfortunately for the rest of the world, the US government has
> > > bought
> > > > in to their own propaganda. Luckily for the rest of the world, they
> > > > haven't.
> > > >
> > > > Marijuanna is not a gate-way drug. It does not kill. It is a proven
> > > > healer/reliever when smoked in a joint. The pills that drug
> > > company's
> > > > have come out with just don't work. It is recognized as a medication
> > > > for certain diseases.
> > > >
> > > > I just don't understand. Cigarettes and alcohol kill. Marijuanna
> > > does
> > > > not. When are governments going to realize that, expecially with
> > > > cigarettes, if you make cigs illegal and marijuanna legal, you can
> > > > still tax the pot.
> > > >
> > > > When are governments going to realize that if you decriminalize or
> > > > legalize marijuanna, then police forces can concentrate on the
> > > killers
> > > > like crack, crystal meth, PCP and others. The majority of pot users
> > > in
> > > > Canada are recereational users.
> > > >
> > > > As a country of pot-users, we need to stand behind Marc Emery. We
> > > need
> > > > to vocalize when things go wrong. He did that for us. We need to let
> > > > our government know that Marc should not be charged in Canada nor
> > > > should he do his time in the US.
> > > >
> > > > WAKE UP CANADA!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Wendy | Jan 20, 08 12:40 PM
> > > > I hope that the US arrests Emery, charges him and jails him - hard
> > > > labour would be good!
> > > > It's about time that Canada stopped protecting someone who is an
> > > > embarrassment to Canadians but more than that who harms untold
> > > > thousands by the sale of marijuana here and in the US. It would be
> > > > great if he never gets another chance to spout in front of the
> > > cameras,
> > > > on air or on paper - not ever! Yes, he is articulate - ARTICULATELY
> > > > WRONG!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Grace | Jan 20, 08 12:41 PM
> > > > I hope that the US arrests Emery, charges him and jails him - hard
> > > > labour would be good!
> > > > It's about time that Canada stopped protecting someone who is an
> > > > embarrassment to Canadians but more than that who harms untold
> > > > thousands by the sale of marijuana here and in the US. It would be
> > > > great if he never gets another chance to spout in front of the
> > > cameras,
> > > > on air or on paper - not ever! Yes, he is articulate - ARTICULATELY
> > > > WRONG!
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Grace | Jan 20, 08 12:42 PM
> > > > Canadian authorities practically ignored his activities and taxed
> > > his
> > > > profits from selling marijuana seeds.
> > > >
> > > > I am surprised to learn the 'NEW' Conservative Governments war on
> > > drugs
> > > > includes taxing the proceeds of crime.
> > > >
> > > > They won't waste anytime with the extradiction.
> > > >
> > > > The 'NEW' Conservative Government is predictable when is comes to
> > > the
> > > > USA., they always do what they are told. Right or Wrong.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Don Legere | Jan 20, 08 12:45 PM
> > > > Why should any man have to suffer so severley for something that
> > > most
> > > > of the world has already accepted. Marijuana is a non leathel
> > > natural
> > > > substance. Clearley, the only ones that do not want to legalize
> > > > marijuana are those that are affraid they won't be able to monitor
> > > the
> > > > taxation of such an easily produced popular substance. I think it is
> > > > discusting,that any Nation or People could allow men and woman to
> > > > actually be put in prison for the use of a God given natural and
> > > > enlightened substance that has only proved to help people. I wish
> > > the
> > > > best for Mark Emery. And I a non-pot smoking citizen hopes that the
> > > > Government of our Nations US and CA will reconsider this immoral act
> > > of
> > > > persecuting an activist for freedom. After all, didn't America win
> > > her
> > > > independence with these same type of Activist for freedom.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Correy Gordon | Jan 20, 08 12:46 PM
> > > > I completely agree with Marc Emery's comments that he is being
> > > > politically persecuted by the United States and I feel ashamed for
> > > > Canadians that he has not received the support from his Government
> > > and
> > > > the public that he feels he should have.
> > > >
> > > > Alcohol is a much more damaging drug to society that marijuana.
> > > >
> > > > I say these words as a person who has not used marijuana in many
> > > years
> > > > as a personal choice. I believe people should have the freedom to
> > > > choose. Many a Canadian Federal Government has come close to
> > > > decriminalizing pot, but likely has not because of the United States
> > > > Government.
> > > >
> > > > I wish you the best of luck Marc. Your a true fighter for freedom
> > > and
> > > > personal choice.
> > > >
> > > > Todd
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: Todd | Jan 20, 08 12:46 PM
> > > > Want drugs ,just go to your local 7/11 its full of drugs, Cola
> > > > ,slurpee,smokes,nitrates,chemicals galore.If you add up all the
> > > drugs
> > > > and chemicals in the available products I am sure you will lose
> > > count.
> > > >
> > > > Posted by: EDWIN | Jan 20, 08 12:51 PM
> > > > If our Canadian goverment can feel obliged to take tax dollars from
> > > > this mans business then they should have the balls to support the
> > > > person they are taking the money from. If they cannot help in this
> > > > wrongful doing then give back all the tax dollars
> > > > so he can properly defend himself against a country that likes to
> > > > declare war on anything and everything they possibley can. Who is it
> > > > our goverment is looking out for themselves and the U.S or the real
> > > > Canadain people?
> > > > >From a very concerned and confused CANADIAN!
> > > > Posted by: chris | Jan 20, 08 12:53 PM
> > > > Marc has focused on trying to draw attention to and resolving the
> > > > hypocracy of drug and alcohol laws that condem marijuana will
> > > condoning
> > > > alcohol. Marc has recognised that the hysteria around marijuana has
> > > > less to do with facts or actual harm to society and more to do with
> > > > prejudical moral beliefs.
> > > > North American's have forgotten the lessons of prohibition. Imagine
> > > how
> > > > Canadian's would respond today if alcohol was prohibited again and
> > > > people were told they would no longer be able to drink beer, wine or
> > > > spirits. By making marijuana illegal the government is creating the
> > > > conditions in which criminal gangs and organised crime can control
> > > the
> > > > market and flurish. Legalising marijuana would make the trade safer
> > > for
> > > > producers and consumers. Also imagine the tax revenue that could be
> > > > generated and the incomes that could be made if farmers could could
> > > > grow marijuana in a legal and regulated manner.
> > >
> > ...
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