Reporter: Ashley Anthony
“Marijuana prohibition has failed.”
Marc Emery is the proclaimed “Prince of Pot” that hails from British Columbia.
In 2005 Emery was extradited and charged for selling seeds over the border to the United States. Earlier this month Emery’s prosecutor John McKay stated in a Seattle Times op/ed that the States “marijuana policy is dangerous and wrong and should be changed through the legislative process to better protect the public safety.”
The White House is now being faced with a petition to pardon and release Emery from a Georgia detention facility. Emery was targeted and made an example of due to his public image and his beliefs in the reform of marijuana laws.
Currently marijuana is listed as “schedule one” drug alongside heroin and cocaine in the U.S., an example that has imprinted on the Canadian government as the Americans continue their War on Drugs.
“Brave agents and cops continue to risk their lives in a futile attempt to enforce misguided laws that do not match the realities of our society,” McKay wrote. “These same agents and cops, along with prosecutors, judges and jailers, know we can’t win by arresting all those involved in the massive importation, growth or distribution of marijuana, nor by locking up all the pot smokers.”
“So the policy is wrong, the law has failed, the public is endangered, no one in law enforcement is talking about it and precious few policymakers will honestly face the soft-on-crime sound bite in their next elections. What should be done?” McKay asks.
But McKay has proposed some answers, he says to honestly and courageously examine the law and study the effects of prolonged use, a great idea that should have been done years ago.
He also wants to limit the content of the active ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). What is the point of allowing medicinal and recreational use of cannabis if you’re going to limit its active ingredient? And how are you going to limit its content, by adding more possibly harmful chemicals?
And to put his foot further into his mouth he stated this just after bashing the medicinal use of marijuana, which has been proven to help alleviate discomfort and pain.
There have been many tests that positively conclude that marijuana is less addicting than alcohol, has fewer long-term damaging effects than alcohol, and is one of the least toxic drugs, requiring thousands of times the required dosage one would use to cause death. And this “thousands of times” is theoretical, since there has never been a recorded case of marijuana overdose.
That isn’t convincing enough?
Alcohol is highly associated with violence, where as marijuana reduces it. The consumption of marijuana is a direct cause of tens of thousands of deaths each year. Not many people search for a “Marijuana Anonymous”, do they?
According to Health Canada “In fact, it is estimated that four to five million Canadians engage in high risk drinking, which is linked to motor vehicle accidents, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other health issues, family problems, crime and violence.”
Yet neither the American nor Canadian government is diminishing the amount of alcohol that is in the liquor you can buy, or the amounts of toxins in the cigarettes millions of citizens ingest everyday by the packs.
So, after discrediting Marc Emery, ruining his business and his life, and sending him to a prison on the other side of the continent, McKay feels that he is justified enough to start playing advocate to Emery’s beliefs.
Afraid not, Mister McKay. Even though the people who work day in and day out to reform these laws appreciate you coming to the side of logic and reason, you have just condemned a man to sit caged for the next five years.
People who take marijuana are not idiots, nor should they be treated or disrespected like ones.
John McKay is the idiot, for if this is what he truly believes he should not have condemned a man like Emery, who has done so much for his community, to be categorized with notorious criminals like Joaquin Guzman, a cocaine smuggler who is currently the most wanted man in Mexico.
“If changing U.S. marijuana policy was ever Emery’s goal, the best that can be said is that he took the wrong path,” said Mckay.
When apposing a collective authority as hypocritical and inward as politics of a government, what is the right path?