Emery Prosecutor: Legalize Marijuana Now

Special to The Seattle Times

By John McKay

I don’t smoke pot. And I pretty much think people who do are idiots.

This certainly includes Marc Emery, the self-styled “Prince of Pot” from Canada whom I indicted in 2005 for peddling marijuana seeds to every man, woman and child with an envelope and a stamp. Emery recently pleaded guilty and will be sentenced this month in Seattle, where he faces five years in federal prison. If changing U.S. marijuana policy was ever Emery’s goal, the best that can be said is that he took the wrong path.

As Emery’s prosecutor and a former federal law-enforcement official, however, I’m not afraid to say out loud what most of my former colleagues know is true: Our marijuana policy is dangerous and wrong and should be changed through the legislative process to better protect the public safety.

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  1. 94 Nic

    Yes! Proposition 19 is the voices of the people – people of every faith – and – even those who have no faith. But – we have learned from experience that the voices of the people makes absolutely no difference to those who make the dfferences we live by – or more specifically – live under. So! – now the voices must take a back seat to the rest of the body, and the body must move to act – and not just speak. We give our consent – to make laws that govern us. If these lawmakers don’t do right by us – the governed – we will simply have to retract our consent and reject their presence as our leaders. In other words – “You’re fired! Clean out your desk, and see security on your way out! You’re no longer welcomed in my house. You bear a self inflicted wound.”

  2. Re; Drug free America

    These people who mention bad things about marijuana surely are the Devil themselves . Please read ; Romans 14;17 – Ephesians 5;18 and Galatians 5;19 – 21 . Mentioned are many many times against drunks and drunkeness in the Bible . Surely the author(s)of these articles have drank alcoholic beverages or taken prescription medications that can cause addiction , death , spousal abuse , divorce , aggression , violence and murder and irreversible health problems . Yet ,marijuana , a gift from God does none of these things .

    God has made a gift & has given it to mankind . Man refuses God’s gift and sides with the Devil so he makes man made drugs ( alcohol ) that kill and cause destruction . Surely , I know the Bible better than those who only pretend to be Christians who hide behind a white shirt & tie . In those days , Jesus will say “ depart from me for I knew you not “.

  3. Re; # 98

    This was a letter originally sent to ; The Church of God who send me bi – weekly publications of their magazine . It had published articles which said ( by lying ) and without having any knowledge of marijuana…how evil cannabis was & it was the Devil’s drug .
    Therefore i have addressed it to ” Drug Free
    America ” which undoubtably is sponsored by Corporations such as BIG pharma to trick , lie and deceieve you .

    ” Satan the Devil is the master of deception & has decieved the Whole world “

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  5. Even the vicious pit bull on a short leash mind-set recognizes that the drug war against us all is a monumental waste.

    That’s progress.

  6. I just read they actually sentenced Marc Emery to 5 years in the Fed. Which means no good time. I am pissed and the hatred building in my heart is building.

  7. @97

    “What kind of mind would make such a sweeping generalization?”

    It is The Lost Kind, who Hopelessly cling to yesterday.

    Tomorrow belongs to U

    YES PROP 19

  8. This reporter is very ignorant and I think we ALL should write him and flood his email address with what we think about him. We don’t go around saying “I smoke pot and think anyone who does NOT are idiots”
    People need to understand that this is a PLANT MADE BY GOD for the GOOD of man! ALCOHOL (which I’m SURE he has drank) is processed and processed and processed by man and causes MUCH MORE HARM THAN this PLANT. These guys argument is that the herb these days is so much more potent, and this will lead to harm….all that really means is you need to smoke much less of it, resulting in it being BETTER for you than not so potent herb. So the argument does NOT STAND AT ALL.
    They need to get over making bias choices for other people and let people make decisions for themselves. And if this means ingesting a NATURAL HERB in privacy then so be it! AND If the majority voted YES then THATS ALL SHE WROTE! No more question about it!
    Write your law makers and politely educate them on this natural plant that god put on this earth for the healing of ALL NATIONS and that you want EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW!!!!!!!

  9. Calvina Fey and her ” DRUG FREE AMERICA ” is sponsored by Pharmaceuticals!!!!!

    http://www.timetotalk.org/CorporateSponsors/

    ” Drug free America ” is sponsored by a drug
    corporation who pushes drugs such as opiates and amphetamines at our families and children. We are a Pharmaceutical culture and OVER medicated.

    PLEASE WRITE ANDREW PHILLIPS andrew_phillips@drugfree.org and ASK WHY A Pharmaceutical company who pushes harmful drugs is funding this “Drug free program”

    It’s because they will take money from ANYONE!!!!!except NORML of course. 🙂

  10. Wyeth is another pharmaceutical Company that was bought out by Pfisner whom sponsored ” Drug free America “. King pharmaceutical is another .

    Imagine ; Drug Companies sponsoring ” Drug free America ” in an attempt to snuff out Marijuana , which really isn’t even a ” drug ” . It’s a leaf .

    Obviously , because Marijuana is medicine & with people using Marijuana as medicine it cuts into their profit .

    Walmart’s policy of firing their employees who test positive for cannabis is not doing so because as they claim ” for safety reasons ” ( What ?!!!) it’s because Walmart sells prescription drugs & likewise Marijuana will cut into their profit on ” legal drugs ” sales .

  11. “I DON’T smoke pot. And I pretty much think people who do are idiots.”

    Good for you, no one cares. Prosecute a real criminal doing real criminal acts that actually affect the freedom of others.

  12. Now, here is an opportunity, a Grand Opportunity
    for the Prohibitionists to prove their claims that marijuana is an addictive drug – with the Prince,
    nay, strike that/- the KING of Pot now in Prison
    for a Five Year Stretch.

    Could it be argued that if ANY pot smoker is addicted to marijuana, it would be Marc Emery?… uhh, that is, IF cannabis sativa/indica is in fact addictive.

    I mean, every time you ever saw the dude on PotTV,
    he was taking a long hit from his bong and looking forward to the next one…

    And how many YEARS has Marc Emery been injesting marijuana in all its forms and strains and potent levels and systems of delivery? This guy is pure Saturated with Cannabinoids. He is fairly oozing trichomes right out of his skin. Shake his hand and transdermal absorption would probably get you high.

    Can anyone argue that Marc Emery IS addicted to marijuana if anyone ever-ever-ever was addicted to marijuana … again, the big if – IF IT IS POSSIBLE –
    to get addicted to cannabis?

    So, all of a sudden : : p o o f ! : : his supply of herb is gone. Disappears. Why? He is thrown in the slammer by the “good guys”.

    He is cut off from his drug – ABRUPTLY!

    He should be climbing the prison walls in an addict’s agony of horrific withdrawal.

    He should be screaming in pain, jonesing for a fix
    of marijuana.

    He should be ripping apart his bedsheets readying a noose in order to hang himself to end the nightmarish hell of addiction to this deadly drug – marijuana…
    that is, if his attempt to Make A Deal With The Devil fails to get him just one little itty bitty toke
    from a toothpick joint of The Stuff!!!

    Right?

    So, how is Mr. Emery presently doing?

    Last anyone heard, he was seen in his cell,
    sitting up on his bunk quietly reading a book about
    the biography of Harry Angslinger and giggling to himself at the pictures inside of Harry and his buddy, the late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover dressed up in
    a posh little tutu and commenting on how very adorable they both looked…

    But,
    truth be told, Marc was in fact getting a bit antsy because it had been three days without his being able to score a decent cup of coffee.

  13. @ HeirloomerBoomer: You make real good points about Marc Emery not having any addiction withdrawal symptoms. But unfortunately, the prohibitionists don’t seem to care about the facts! If they did, I’m sure pot would have been legalized long ago…

  14. This is such an amazing entry and I love to read more of it so that I will be able to look over and have it as an inspiration for further articles to write about when it comes to legalizing marijuana and it’s pros and cons too. I do hope you will get to visit our official website and let us know what you think about it. Here is the link http://bit.ly/dburLQ
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  15. This is such an amazing entry and I love to read more of it so that I will be able to look over and have it as an inspiration for further articles to write about when it comes to updates on legalizing marijuana and it’s pros and cons too. I do hope you will get to visit our official website and let us know what you think about it. Here is the link
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    and thanks ahead. 🙂

  16. I’m in Houston, Texas 77090. My E-ddress is as follows,
    browsin1_1965@sbcglobal.net, will we the PEOPLE of these UNITED STATES. Ever unite, and DEMAND that the federal government makes marijuana legal.
    They’re using it, as treatment for cancer patients, so
    WHY isn’t it legal to use RECREATIONALLY?
    It’s ALOT safer than alcohol, it DOESN’T dramatiically
    impair 1’s fine motor reflexes, like alcohol does! So, let’s UNIFY, and DEMAND it’s DE-criminalization, NOT it’s legalization. Legalization makes it TAXABLE!

  17. This is such an amazing entry and I love to read more of it

    so that I will be able to look over and have it as an

    inspiration for further articles to write about when it

    comes to updates on legalizing marijuana and it’s pros and

    cons too. I do hope you will get to visit our official

    website and let us know what you think about it. Here is

    the link

    http://www.nvnewswire.com/

    Thanks ahead 🙂

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