Canada's 'Ron Paul': Marc Emery. And why we need to 'legalize drugs'.Submitted by Anisha on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 00:29
Hey everybody I have to update this post today Feb 6th. I found out from Jody Emery that there was a change with his plea deal. She says:
"Where is this article from? It's great, but there is some old information I would like to correct (such as the plea deal mentioned, the five-year prison sentence, which got turned down by the Canadian Government even though Marc's lawyer and the USA had agreed...)"
So people, we must be vigilant about Marc. Please read on.
I feel it is time to bring Marc up here and talk a little bit about him.
I want to start by saying that I am not a drug user, recreationally, nor pharmaceutically. I tend towards herbs and homeopathics myself for remedies and an occasional glass of wine and a cigarette, socially.
Yet, do I support the cause to abolish these drug laws? You bet! Why? Because drug laws ARE the problem and people are the only ones responsible for their own choices and usage.
Drug laws make it possible for gangland drug wars to thrive in our neighborhoods, while trillions of illicit drug profits are laundered through wall street annually. See Michael Rupperts’ report on this:
I can publicly support Marc because I knew him personally, and we shared a social circle of friends for 19 years until I left London, Canada, in 1998 to come to Minnesota.
Marc had a tremendous philosophic influence on me when we were in our early 20's.
Young, idealistic, very intelligent, and unconventionally original, Marc got us all reading Ayn Rand's books and her ‘objectivism’ back in the 80's. This influence is still with me today.
Though Marc and I differ in our lifestyles, I respect him for his tenacious persistence in the cause for liberty in Canada, in particular, to abolish the prohibition of drugs.
Marc has changed very little in all these years. Not only has he ‘not seemed to have aged’, (I am jealous), but, his philosophy is still the same! His apparent youthfulness may be the combination of being so engrossed as an activist, all that dope he smokes, and a great relationship with his wife, Jody!
I do not ever remember a time Marc was not ‘working for liberty’, whether writing, suing local government, or a very dynamic activist for liberty in all aspects of our lives, making a public concern out of it as things came up in our country, or local community.
He became a force to be reckoned with on his own as a great mentor and philosophic educator of the grass roots in Canada.
Liberty loving people here in the States should keep Marc on their radar. He is our friend and we ought to give back by supporting him for his, ‘over 30 year service and sacrifice’ for the cause of Liberty.
Marc left the Libertarian Party and spearheaded the quasi-libertarian, 'Unparty', to distinguish it from all the other 'collectivist' parties. (I, along with other friends in London, were involved intensely with Marc at this time to get this party off the ground).
Later, the name would be changed to 'The Freedom Party of Canada' whose platform is libertarian/right wing, being, socially liberal, fiscally conservative. It is still going strong to this day.
Today, he is noted for spearheading the legalization of cannabis in Canada through the 'BC Marijuana Party' where his wife, Jody, is a candidate.
You may wish to read the details of his arrest in 2005 below. He was charged with drug trafficking and a skewed charge of ‘money laundering’. As a result of all this, he will be extradited to the U.S. by the Canadian government, made to serve prison in the U.S. by the very covert forces who profit profusely from drugs being ‘illegal’.
Marc sold millions of dollars of hemp and marijuana seed via his website, Cannabis Culture. He owns no property, no cars etc. He is a great example of an individual who became a true philanthropist by giving the profits away to organizations who promote ‘freedom of choice’.
He was a BIG supporter of the Republican presidential candidate, congressman, Dr. Ron Paul. In fact it was Marc who plugged Dr. Paul in Canada on the air waves, on TV, in newspapers, and on his website, Cannabis Culture. He gave a lot of money to RP's campaign!
It is curious that while the public is so distracted with the war on recreational drugs in the media, and the very ‘un-Constitutional’ legislation, ‘War on Drugs’, over 830,000 people are terribly injured and a quarter of this number will die annually in the united States by side effects of pharmaceutical drugs made ‘legitimate’ by the centralization drug monster, the FDA!
Over half a million children are given the highly controversial psychotropic commercial drug, Ritalin, that in many cases leads to depression and very addicting drugs when older. This is an outrage! The effects of this 'legal' Ritalin, are the same as cocaine, and they give this drug like pablum to the children!
Here is a CBC video regarding Marc this past fall 08:
Here is an extremely important video of Marc interviewing Cellerino Castillo, ex-DEA tells it all as an insider. This is quite an indictment of the ‘War On Drugs’. Also Cellerino mentions bringing these drug issues up with Dr. Ron Paul.
I would ask my friends here on Daily Paul to support Marc in every way you can once you understand who Marc is and all he has done over these years.