Free Marc Emery Money Bomb: Saturday October 16th!

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director October 15, 2010

    Dear NORML members and supporters,

    Canadian businessman and law reform activist Marc Emery is a political prisoner of America’s federal government.  Arrested in 2005 for selling high quality cannabis seeds to willing American cannabis consumers and medical patients, he now sits in a federal prison in Washington state costing taxpayer’s thousands of dollars per month, while at the same depriving Canada of an otherwise lawful and tax-generating businessman, and Marc’s family and friends of his presence in their lives.

    Below is a request from Marc’s lawyer and cannabis law reformer Kirk Tousaw to help raise $8,500 to retain an expert in treaty transfers between Canada and the United States so that Marc can serve the reminder of the time he must be in the criminal justice system back in Canada.

    Please join NORML in supporting this effort to help expedite the day Marc can return to Canada, his wife, businesses, (primarily Cannabis Culture Magazine) and to his full-throated advocacy for cannabis legalization in Canada.

    An American prison is no place for Marc.

    I think most every cannabis law reform activist in the US feels guilty that our government decided—if only for pathetically symbolic reasons, like the persecution by the feds of Tommy Chong for selling bongs a few years earlier—to arrest, persecute, extradite and incarcerate Marc for what is effectively legal these days in medical cannabis states like California, New Mexico, Colorado, Rhode Island, Montana and Maine.

    Please read the info below from Kirk on how we can all help Marc out.

    Thanks in advance and kind regards!

    I write on behalf of Marc Emery, recently sentenced to five years in prison for selling cannabis seeds as part of his effort to “overgrow the government” and provide funding to the marijuana legalization movement.  Marc made millions in this highly successful campaign and gave every dime away to activist causes and groups.  When arrested in 2005, he had only $11.00 in his bank account.  And now he needs our help more than ever.

    As part of our effort to have Marc repatriated to Canada, he hopes to hire US lawyer Sylvia Royce, an expert in treaty transfers between the United States and Canada.  Ms. Royce will handle the US side of the process while I will continue to assist Marc with the Canadian undertaking.

    In order to retain Ms. Royce, Marc needs to raise $8,500.00, and he needs to do it by the end of October. We are hoping to do it in one day with a Free Marc Emery Money Bomb on October 16, 2010.  A money bomb is a one-day fundraising effort designed to achieve a specific goal.  In this case, it is raising enough money to hire Ms. Royce.  Any extra funds will go toward future legal fees.

    I know that you value Marc’s activism, dedication to our shared cause and sacrifice.  Five years is a long time to be a political prisoner.  Our profound hope is that he can at least serve that time in Canada, near his family, friends and loving wife, Jodie Emery.

    I’m asking you to be a part of this Money Bomb in the following ways.  First, consider making a donation from your organization.  Second, publicize the Money Bomb to your membership through posting on your website and distribution through your email network

    With your help, I know that we can achieve our goal of raising $8,500.00 on October 16, 2010.  If you are willing to donate, your commitment to do so will be recorded and announced on the day of the Money Bomb.  Additional details can be found below my signature.

    Thank you.

    Kirk Tousaw
    Executive Director
    Beyond Prohibition Foundation
    142-757 West Hastings, Suite 211
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6C1A1
    (c) 604.836.1420
    (f) 1.866.310.3342
    (e) kirktousaw@gmail.com

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    What: Free Marc Emery Money Bomb

    When: October 16, 2010

    Goal: Raise $8500.00 to retain a US expert on prisoner treaty transfers

    Why: Marc Emery raised and donated millions of dollars to help legalize marijuana and is now going to spend five years in prison for his efforts.  Whenever he was asked to help a good cause, he did.  Now he needs your help in his effort to be repatriated to Canada to serve his sentence in his home country.

    How: Donate funds on October 18 (or before) by check, credit card, email money transfer or cash donations.  Donation details can be found at www.freemarc.ca and below:

    1) Make donations with your credit card through the Cannabis Culture Online Store in the “Free Marc” section at www.CannabisCulture.com/store

    2) Send a PayPal donation to Marc’s wife, Jodie, at Jodie_Giesz@hotmail.com and it will be transferred to the US account for the lawyer’s fees

    3) Call 604-669-9069 on Saturday with your credit card information, or email it to: Accounts@cannabisculture.com

    4) Mail a check or money order made out to “0883467 BC Ltd.” to The Free Marc Campaign, 307 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 1H6, Canada

    5) Drop off in-person donations at “Marc Emery’s Cannabis Culture Headquarters” at 307 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver

    16 responses to “Free Marc Emery Money Bomb: Saturday October 16th!”

    1. myhappynow says:

      Happy to support! Here’s to a successful outcome all ’round, here’s to full legalization and the bountiful joy it will produce!

    2. Big D says:

      I am a resident, MMJ patient, and help support activism for marijuana in WA state, and I for one am ashamed now to be able to say I even live here. I realize it’s a fedeal Gov;t thing, and not state, but I’m just a little shocked that WA would even want him here.
      I JUST was speaking to a law-enforcment officer in my Local county about Marc and what his view was on him imprisonment here, and he seemed just as upest about it as I was. Here, Mr. Emery is a good-hearted, kind, upstanding citizen of Canada, but just because the business has any relation to Marijuana, he gets prosecuted for something that’s an otherwise legal thing dfor him, in a completely different country! The officer had no prior knowledge of him incarceration here, but he himself was really bothered by it, as are all of us. What they really need to do is charge the people that ordered the seeds and release Marc. The one’s who made the order knew that the aquisition of live cannabis seeds in ISA are illegal, regardless to whatr authorizations or Medical Caards you have… I know it sounds bad to say anybody should be prosecuted for marijuana use, but if anyone should go down for this “crime” it should be them…

    3. Gweedo says:

      Of course he shouldn’t be in jail, but there are so many more important things for people to be donating their money to right now… Like, um, keeping thousands of innocent people out of prison in California for having a single joint. Or keeping suffering patients out of jail for using their medicine in other states.

    4. Just An Observer says:

      The Emery case as well as the prosecution of Tommy Chong shows our American government has too much time and money on it’s hands. Time for some serious defunding so those who are taking our tax dollars and wasting them get the message that they had better reorder their priorities. Vote in 2010. Vote in 2012. Vote in EVERY election.

    5. Mr Mav says:

      I am curious, how much has the incarceration of Mr. Emery cost tax payers and how much more can they expect to pay?

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    7. LindaSpeaks says:

      I am appalled that our DEA hunted Marc and persecuted him at every opportunity. Also disappointed those who procured seeds from Marc have not stepped up to help fund his ordeal. He is a drug war POW who deserves our support. The fact that the DEA extradited hhim from his homeland, where his activities were not illegal, makes us look like self righteous bullies to the rest of the planet

    8. Igor says:

      The dimwits in politics cut education, but increase spending on a pointless war against American (and in at least one case, Canadian) citizens. No wonder the economy is in the mess it is in. Politicians have a big ego-trip. All they care about is having power over others. They could care less about the well-being of the country.

    9. William says:

      Maybe a Prop 19 money bomb would be more appropriate right now. How about a November 16th money bomb for Emery?

    10. James says:

      This money bomb has been more than successful! I am so glad! Yay! They only need $8,500.00, but ended up raising around $21,000.00 the last time I checked!