The US Drug Enforcement Administration admitted on the day of Marc Emery's arrest (July 29th, 2005) that his investigation and extradition were politically motivated, designed to target the Marijuana Legalization organization that Emery spearheaded and ran for over a decade in Canada.
Here is the original text of DEA Administrator Karen Tandy's statement released on July 29th, 2005:
Today's DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group -- is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement. Read more »
Last week I filled out my paperwork for the Canadian government regarding my desire to be transferred to the Canadian prison system. In March I will fill in the US paperwork to have it in Washington, DC by approximately April 6th, two years to the day after the US Department of Justice rejected my first application.Read more »
It’s December 6 today, I've got 4 months until I get my transfer-back-to-Canada application to the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. It’s 580 days to go if I serve my entire sentence here in the US federal prison system (up to July 9, 2014) with 1,010 days now served – that’s 33 months done, 19 to go (on a 60-month sentence, I'll serve 52 months with my good time credit).Read more »
MARIJUANA HAS BEEN LEGALIZED! Jodie has just returned from Washington state where she joined in the celebration of the passing of marijuana legalization I-502 as they, along with Colorado's Amendment 64, voted to legalize recreational marijuana.
The media is buzzing with news and Jodie has been non-stop busy with interviews, and shows all the press clippings since Sunday! Check out links to news stories and more at http://www.Facebook.com/JodieEmery and http://www.Twitter.com/JodieEmery
All of the organizers and volunteers in both states did a fabulous job of helping these initiatives to pass - they have shown the way for others to follow and have made our dreams come true! And there was even more good news with medical marijuana passing in Massachusetts, and more positive law reform in other states and cities. CONGRATULATIONS! You did it!!! Read more »
It took 75 years. Seventy-five years to win the majority support for legalizing marijuana at the ballot box.
Colorado and Washington voters passed, by substantial pluralities, legalization bills that guarantee universal access to any one, resident or visitor, 21 years or older, of up to one ounce of marijuana. In Colorado, anyone can grow up to six plants, and stores will sell marijuana to adults. In Washington, the state is obliged to distribute marijuana in retail locations. Read more »
Today is Wednesday, October 3rd. In less than five weeks Americans will be voting candidates for President, Senate, the House of Representatives, their local statehouse representatives and senators, state attorney-generals, and their Mayor, City Council, sheriff, county commissioners, and possibly dozens of other elected offices at the state, county and local level. And then there are ballot initiatives that seek majority support for state laws legalizing possession of marijuana (Washington, Oregon, Colorado), medical marijuana (Arkansas, Massachusetts), and other proposed legislation.Read more »
By Bronwen Jervis, Toronto Life
Last weekend, Adrian Grenier was in town for his now annual documentary premiere, this time as a producer of How to Make Money Selling Drugs. The film is full of outlandish and sardonic characters (the exception is a surprisingly sombre and touching 50 Cent), from a curly-haired clown of a man who, in describing the surge of gun violence in 1980s L.A., explains that “New York had always been more of a stabbing society” to Susan Sarandon, whose words of wisdom include “Anyone who tells you drugs aren’t fun is lying.” The doc explores the so-called war on drugs in America, judging it to be (spoiler alert) a complete failure. We talked to Grenier and director Matthew Cooke (who produced the Grenier-directed Teenage Paparazzo) about drugs, health care and playing Pablo Escobar.
How did this film come about?
Adrian Grenier: About 10 years ago, I was at Matthew’s house and I saw a little note on his idea board that said “How to make money selling drugs.” It’s really all Matthew’s wisdom and research.
Matthew Cooke: Sixteen years ago, I took a summer course in economics, and the professor was explaining failed markets and pointed to the drug market. The pursuit of money in the war-on-drugs cause was changing public policy away from approaching drug abuse from a health-care perspective instead of treating it with a SWAT team. Read more »
By: Bilbo Poynter, The Guardian
US private prison firms are targeting Canada for fresh opportunities as pressure builds at home on the troubled multi-billion dollar industry from human rights groups and legal actions, and as more states look to scale back their reliance on them.
Two of the biggest operators in an industry once regarded as recession-proof, Geo Group and Management and Training Corporation (MTC), have been lobbying various government departments in the Canadian capital, Ottawa. Read more »
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