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Marc Emery’s press conference at BC Supreme Court pre-extradition to USA

Marc Emery hugs his "drug war widow" Jodie EmeryI attended Marc Emery’s press conference this morning before he had to surrender to the courts and while i am not a huge enthusiast of his personal style and tactics, this is a massive injustice and needs to be discussed sensibly.

Very poignant and sad to see him have to say goodbye to his wife Jodie for several years while serving time far from home in a US prison for “aliens.” Sad day for Canada and freedom advocates everywhere.

After from the remarks and questions, Marc Scott Emery was formally taken into custody and taken to a holding facility to await extradition transfer and sentencing in a US court based on a plea arrangement giving him 5 years in an “alien” jail.

He implored the assembled advocates and media to seek his transfer back to Canada to serve his sentence rather than submit to the USA punishment for the charge of selling cannabis seeds to “overgrow the government.”

Here are a few snapshots from the Marc Emery’s press conference at BC Supreme Court pre-extradition to USA on Sept. 28 2009

There were many grassroots and mainstream media assembled so i expect more audio, video and photos to come. I recorded some audio and will release on a future Choogle on podcast.

Marc Emery awaits extradition to the USA

Party at the Vancouver Seed Bank – Choogle on #59

While prepping for an oil painting, Uncle Weed sparks a joint and talks about travel plans (Austin, Texas for SxSW and Mexico for chillaxin’), catches up with the Vancouver 3 extradition situation (and the grandstanding DEA and DoJ despots), then revisits a party at Vancouver Seed Bank (and Toker’s Lounge) with proprietor (and former editor of Cannabis Culture) Dana Larsen who tells about his political work (NDP Candidate for Sunshine Coast), and his new Hairy Pothead graphic novel.

Also, Uncle Weed pitches a speaking gig at Vancouver’s personal expression conference (and good time) Northern Voice, plus other podcasts series and upcoming shows, and finally an update on the Clayoquot art contest, and oh yeah, rumours about another Herby show.

Grab a sack and Party at the Vancouver Seed Bank – Choogle on #59 (.mp3, 28:08, 22MB)

Party at the Vancouver Seed Club

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Hairy Pothead by Dana Larsen

Travel advice to Olympia:
As for Olympia … 4th Ave is laden with interesting shops and establishments i used to frequent. Some faves are Last Word Books (ask to see the Uncle Weed collection with my old collection of weedy books – not too shabby unless the guy doesn’t know where it is in the back), the Eastside Club Tavern – a divey bar where i met my sweetie, first hooked up wi-fi and made their website also took High Times there when they visited (look for the Matt Groening original sketch on the wall) – if you love microbews and don’t mind a bunch of goofballs and dirtbags, this is the place. Like the Mos Eisley cantina of Oly.

Next door is the Clubside Cafe where i got my podcasting start on Clubsidebreakfasttime.com, had the pre-Vancouver going away party and many a tasty meal. They are omnivoires and can make most of their specialties a veggie way. Tell Kenny and Kathryn i sent ya and you may see my buddy Cosmo there or at Olympia Coffee Roasting’s Cherry street cafe (try the Big Truck).

Next to that is Le Voyeur – more of a scenesters eatery/drinkery/music venue, farther along is the 4th ave tav and even further the Brotherhood tavern – both decent. Also New Moon Cafe, Santosh Indian food and Quality Burrito serve decent grub (IIRC).

If you are feeling fancy, then Water St. Cafe or Gardner’s are the choices for the rich hippies. Geez, i just about forgot Billy and Lisa’s incredible new restaurant Cicada. Go there or any meal and be pleased – really.

Oh yeah, if you have a car, drive out to Evergreen (a bit of a roll), follow the signs to “F Lot”, follow the edge of the lot to the back until you see a sign to the beach (there will prob be a few cars parked there), hike down, enjoy the stroll, soak in the legends and toke a doob on the beach. Many other noteworthy folks have.

Cannabis Seeds for Sale at Courthouse as Vancouver 3 Agree to Plea

DEA Go Away - Pot Seeds for SaleMarc Emery and his now-former co-defendants held a press conference this morning (Tuesday January 22nd) to discuss the plea bargain which results in no extradition to the USA. Emery, Greg Williams and Michelle Rainey made their remarks outside the BC Supreme Court house Downtown Vancouver to an assembled mass of journalists, supporters, activist and surprised passing barristers.

Vancouver Seed Bank Manager (and former editor of Cannabis Culture) Dana Larsen and colleagues were on hand to sell hi-grade marijuana seeds in $20 vials as a sign that selling seeds is a legally tolerated activity in Canada, unlike the USA.

They Gave him 5 Years for $Billions(?) of Economic Growth

Marc Emery plead to a bargain of 5 years served in a Canadian prison instead of extradition to the USA to face a long, (likely fruitless) trial in Seattle and a sentence of up to life.

While the real dream is total victory and reprieve for all cannabis users, for Marc, this could’ve been worse.

The really remarkable thing is how the extradition issue really crystallized conservative Canadians who didn’t care about marijuana legalization grabbed a hold of the flagrant breach of sovereignty which occurred when the DEA-led campaign arrested Marc, followed by the extradition attempts – trying to take a Canadian to be tried in the US on US charges!?!?! Asinine indeed and most of Canada agreed.

From NO Extradition

If Canadians have broken the law in Canada, they should be given a fair jury trial in Canada. If they wouldn’t face any imprisonment in Canada for the charges laid, they should not be extradited to another country to face life imprisonment.

In Canada, a $200 fine — not jail time — is the BC Supreme Court appeals precedent for selling cannabis seeds (R. v. Hunter, 2000), and 58% of Canadians oppose extradition in this case (Strategic Counsel/Angus Reid polls).

It’s clear Marc’s 2 colleagues (Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams) were arrested as ransom to force a plea at minimum but fortunately their struggle will alleviate and charges will be dropped as part of the plea. The plea seems to come at a time when the personal vendettas have slowed due to political and economic shifts.

The Seattle-based former US district Attorney John McKay was fired in the recent Alberto Gonzalez roundup and he was the one waving the banner for Marc’s demise. McKay was also the one famously grandstanding over the discovery of a tunnel from Langley to Lynden (as though that’s the first one – heh).

Also, the DEA’s Karen Tandy, who had a personal issues with Marc after his crew heckled Drug “Czar” Walters’ nonsensical claims at a conference not too long ago, has moved on for a bigpaycheque at Motorola.

… and finally, the latest news from the No Extradition

LATEST NEWS: A press conference will take place at the BC Supreme Court at 800 Smithe Street, downtown Vancouver, at 10:00am on Tuesday, January 22nd. The hearing has been adjourned in order to continue negotiations for a possible plea deal agreement between the United States, Canada, and Marc Emery. Please call Marc or Jodie Emery for more information if you’re with the media: (604) 689-0590.

Opposition to extradition is still needed! Please phone (613) 957-4222 to tell the Canadian Minister of Justice it would be “cruel and unjust”, and an insult to Canada’s sovereignty, to extradite Canadians Marc Emery, Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams to the United States to face life in US prison.

In case you missed it, Marc’s speech before Joey Shithead’s Band of Rebels of gig on Tokes on the Porch Returns to Herby’s Garden – Choogle on #56

Tokes on the Porch Returns to Herby’s Garden – Choogle on #56

Part two (see Dopefiend.co.uk for Tokes on the Dopecast: Field Trip to Herby’s Secret Garden) features another visit to Herby’s secret garden of Purple Kush, Magik and OG. Along with Dopefiend, Uncle Weed enjoys stories of roaches in Mexico, tips for cooking cannabis, tales from Wreck beach, and comedienne Watermelon’s bust plus lots of growing details, tips and ganja strain comparison from this hobby garden. Uncle Weed’s al fresco supper at Vancouver’s secret-treat Art Gallery cafe before Marc Emery’s speech at Joey Shithead’s Band of Rebels gig.

Tokes on the Porch Returns to Herby’s Garden – Choogle on #56 (64MB, 1:18, .mp3)

Return to Herby's Garden

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On stage at the Plaza, Dec 6, 2008

Randy Rampage joins Joe Shithead and his Band of Rebels on stage Dec 6 at the Plaza

Tokes on the Dopecast: Field Trip to Herby’s Secret Garden

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Music:

New Riders of the Purple Sage – Henry (live)
The Ferry Changes Tack – lyrics DT Olson, music B. Rees, performed by Bread
People Power – Joe Shithead Keithley’s Band of Rebels (recorded live at Plaza Club)
Don’t Keep it a Secret – Phat Sidy Smokehouse
Lighthouses – Burner Boys
Stalk of Sensimellia

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Oh Canada at Vancouver City Hall, 2006

Michelle Rainey, Marc Emery, and Greg Williams No Extradition for the BC3! NEW! “No Extradition” folded pamphlet PDF files — download page one and page two, then print and distribute copies everywhere! Phone (613) 957-4222, the Canadian Justice Department, and tell the Minister of Justice it would “shock your conscience” if Canadians Marc Emery, Greg Williams and Michelle Rainey were extradited to the United States, especially when a monetary fine of $200 for selling seeds, not jail time, was determined to be adequate punishment by the BC Supreme Court (R. vs. Hunter, 2000). If Canadians have broken the law in Canada, they should be given justice in Canada — and if they cannot be found guilty in Canada, they should not be extradited to any other country for those same charges.

Joey Shithead’s Band of Rebels play for Pot

band of rebels benefit for marc emery

Punk and Pot – two of my fave “things” come together as Vancouver legend Joe Shithead brings his eclectic and musically diverse rock circus out for a once-only rock show in solidarity with Marc Emery the (somewhat self-aggrandizing) seed seller who is hassled by the now-fired, former pit-bull US district attorney John Mackay and other DEA narco-terrorists seeking his extradition to the USA to face re-donk-u-lous charges of conspiricy and mass volume drug peddling.

I’ll be there enjoy the rock and the pot. And you?

Free the BC three Here’s from Sudden Death records announcement:

The long awaited live performance with Joe Shithead Keithley’s Band of Rebels will take place in Vancouver on Thursday December 6th at the Plaza Club. Band of Rebels is Keithley’s solo album, released this past summer that features many of Vancouver’s best musicians. Many of them will be performing at the CD release party, which is also Sudden Death Record’s Christmas party, DVD live recording event and a benefit for Cannabis Canada. The event will also include guest speaker Marc Emery and band Aging Youth Gang.

Joe also did a book – I, Shithead: A Life In Punk – and there is a the full DOA backcatalog available by mail order online too (though i’ve got my $15 aimed at a Bloodied by Unbowed vinyl picture disk at Noize on Seymour).