Pot Advocate To Light Up at Police Station Today

Pot Advocate To Light Up at Police Station Today
Posted by CN Staff on August 25, 2003 at 07:46:34 PT
By Greg McArthur 
Source: Kingston Whig-Standard 
Canada’s Prince of Pot says he dares Kingston Police officers to try to seize his marijuana when he smokes weed outside police headquarters this afternoon. Marc Emery, the president of the British Columbia Marijuana Party and the country’s most prominent pot activist, will light a joint or smoke a bong – he hasn’t decided which – at 4:20 p.m. to protest Kingston Police’s policy of taking marijuana from anyone caught with less than 30 grams. 
“They have no right to do that. I don’t know how they can get it out of someone’s fingers,” Emery told The Whig from his home in downtown Vancouver. “I’m looking forward to seeing them try that.” Since May 16, when an Ontario Superior Court judge upheld a lower court decision to quash a charge against a youth for simple possession of marijuana, Kingston Police and police across the province have changed the way they deal with simple possession. People caught with under 30 grams haven’t been charged, but officers have been instructed to confiscate the pot. Pot smokers across the country have decried the policy, arguing that if the court says marijuana is legal, police shouldn’t touch it. “It’s completely lawful, like tomatoes or lettuce,” Emery said. Emery will give a speech starting at 4 p.m. and spark up at exactly 4:20 p.m., a time pot smokers recognize as a daily ritual to get high. Kingston Police spokesman Mike Weaver said officers will be at the protest but he didn’t know if they will take Emery’s pot. “We’ll wait and see what happens. I can’t predict what will happen.” Emery said he won’t be confrontational and won’t get physical if an officer reaches out to take his weed. But he did promise to spark up again. “I will light up again if they’re going to take it and they’re going to have to take it repeatedly. They’re going to look pretty foolish if they do.” Kingston is one of many cities Emery has been visiting this summer for similar protests. In June, the 45-year-old got high outside Toronto Police headquarters after Chief Julian Fantino announced that, in lieu of the May court ruling, his officers won’t lay charges but will seize marijuana. The Toronto protest inspired Emery’s Cross-Canada Police Headquarters Smoke-Out, a planned 16-city tour. He has been arrested in six cities. In Winnipeg he was held for 24 hours and brought before a judge in handcuffs and leg shackles, where he was nearly denied bail, he said. In Halifax and Charlottetown, which are in provinces where the courts have ruled that marijuana laws are no longer valid, he was allowed to puff away. Officers also let him pass around a joint in Prince George, B.C., a few weeks ago. Kingston is one of the smaller cities on his tour, but he said he chose the Limestone City because of the police stance on seizing weed. Insp. Brian Cookman has said the reason police are confiscating the drug is because it’s still outlawed in the Criminal Code of Canada. But Emery accused Kingston Police of being political. By seizing people’s marijuana, police are defying the court ruling and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “If the court says it’s legal, the police should say ‘That’s fine.’ ” Officers don’t arrest people for their sexual preferences or religious preferences, so they shouldn’t arrest someone for the lifestyle choice of getting stoned, Emery said. “They’re so in need of the drug war. It’s like an addiction to them. It validates all the useless arrests made by police officers. It’s so sick,” he said. Emery is also the publisher of a magazine called Cannabis Culture and runs a mail-order service for marijuana seeds called Marc Emery Direct Seeds. The business, which offers customers a variety of seed strains ranging in price from $20 to $395, grossed $2 million last year, Emery said. He’s been raided by police numerous times – he has 22 pot-related convictions – but the seed-ordering business has gone untouched for some time, he said. He keeps no records of his clients – tearing up documentation within minutes of processing it – and keeps his inventory at an undisclosed location. Though he’s best known for his activism on marijuana, Emery has fought lawmakers and law enforcers on a number of civil rights issues, especially censorship. As the owner of City Lights, a book shop in London, Ont., Emery was often in court for selling material that had been outlawed. In the early 1990s, when record shop owners were banned from selling an album by 2 Live Crew, a rap group whose lyrics were deemed too obscene, Emery stocked his shelves with the disc in protest and was quickly arrested. He is currently mounting legal challenges in the cities where he has been arrested on his tour. He hopes to invoke a challenge under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, citing the May court ruling in Ontario, forcing the courts in each province where he was arrested to review their respective pot laws. In each city he has tried to use a bong with a symbol or emblem that is representative of that city, such as a hockey team logo. As of Friday, he hadn’t found a suitable one for Kingston. “I’m not sure if there’s a bong out there that’s in the shape of a penitentiary,” he said. Source: Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON)Author: Greg McArthur Published: Monday, August 25, 2003Copyright: 2003 The Kingston Whig-StandardContact: whiged thewhig.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:B.C. Marijuana Party Toke & Pro Action Pot Crusader Still Says He's Right Articles -- Marc Emery 
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on August 26, 2003 at 06:55:23 PT
420eh & mayan
I just posted this new article about Marc Emery. Here it is.mayan, you're so sweet. I won't quit. I'm like one of those punching bags we had as kids. You bunch it and it bounces right back to you to be punched again! LOL!Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free:
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Comment #18 posted by 420eh on August 26, 2003 at 06:46:06 PT
i was there
yesterday i attended marc's legalization tour stop in front of the kingston police station. he had to have close to or just over 200 people present when things were at its peak. marc went on about the legalities of pot to the crowd, handed out flyers about the laws and presented people with free cannabis culture magazines. when it was 4:20pm marc then proceeded to light up the biggest joint i'd ever seen and passed it amongst the crowd. the police never stepped in and arrested him or anyone else. all the police asked us to do was not block the street. the police formed a line along the edge of the road to keep everyone safe from the traffic going by. all in all it was a very enjoyable time for me and my friends and was worth the 90min drive to get there.
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Comment #17 posted by mayan on August 26, 2003 at 03:54:50 PT
As EJ once pointed out, Clinton is nothing but a wolf in sheep's clothing. Imho, he has the same CFR relations & is as dirty as the republiscums.Please don't say you will quit if Bush gets re-elected! The last election was rigged & the next may be also. Even if it is there will be a backlash like we 
have never seen before. It is already forming! Blair is going down & Bush will be next...Campbell did redraft Iraq dossier damned by avalanche of evidence:
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on August 25, 2003 at 21:15:03 PT
I have no idea who really cares about marijuana law reform that is in politics. I try hard to look for the best in people but there comes a time when the door shuts in my mind and there's no turning back. My faith is lost. I feel that way with politics. I think I've reached the point of no return. I only have faith in people who I know care about how I feel. There the only ones that really listen. Now on a lighter note. I might believe someone in politics if they dressed up like in this picture! LOL!
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Comment #15 posted by The GCW on August 25, 2003 at 20:59:29 PT
Interesting... Yes, but...
Clinton's time includes caging more humans for using cannabis, than I am interested in supporting.No. I will not vote for Clinton. Unless He or She will Re-legalize cannabis or come near it.I would rather see Bush bring the planet to a quick explosion and get to Our Father, than support evil. ...but I'd rather see, "love Our brother".Interesting would be Clinton and Clinton.But then realize Clinton is Bush... Both of them and Both of them. They are all the same beast.Actually The Female of the Clinton duo is higher ranking as a 33rd.As I am not voting for a person intent on caging humans for using a plant, because it is against Christ God Our Father, I will not vote for anyone intent on killing. If My country's leader kills the Muslum, because the muslum is a killer, He might as well be a muslum.No.In order to keep the precious communication system that Christ God Our Father has provided, do not vote for a person that does not love Our brother. Our brother includes, those multitudes of people in prisons; those people being executed by Governors; etc.Fact is, if We could get our hands on the wicked brother of Ours, We will need to love Him, and not to death.-0-
Is there even any talk about Clinton... or Clinton...?
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on August 25, 2003 at 17:58:27 PT
Thank you. Oh well. Bummer maybe but maybe not. He could run as Vice President then and that would help. Oh politics! How I dislike them! LOL!
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Comment #13 posted by Virgil on August 25, 2003 at 17:48:00 PT
FoM- 22nd amendment
The 22nd Amendment passed after FDR was elected to 4 terms as president. Now a person cannot be elected that has been elected twice already. An interesting situation would be if Clinton would run as Vice-President. Now that would shake things up.22nd Amendment- No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on August 25, 2003 at 17:06:52 PT
Nuevo Mexican 
Don't throw stones or anything but why can't Clinton run against Bush? I don't like Clinton either but he surely would beat Bush. Can Clinton run again and if so why isn't he? I've had problems today with my satellite and I think a few other things so I'm really only getting caught up on my reading now. I'm just praying for anyone that is different then Bush. If Bush wins we might as well all just quit and we will have to say they won. That's how bad I feel about this administration not just Bush. People say impeach Bush but I sure don't want Chaney as President. He's scarier then Bush to me.
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Comment #11 posted by Sam Adams on August 25, 2003 at 16:02:29 PT
You've hit on something that's really been bugging me over the last month - the way the mainstream media has attacked the California governor sitation.There's 100 people running? There's everything from ex-businessmen, politicians, actors, hollywood hustlers, con men, and porn stars running? Well, that's a perfect representation of America then isn't it? It's a mirror image of our society and culture. What the hell is wrong with that? Let the people decide who they want. Gary Davis lied, pissed away peoples' hard-earned money on corrupt contracts, government waste to hook up his buddies, and was totally incompetent. At least Gary Coleman was a successful actor at one time! At least Arnold is a self-made man that triumphed over adversity!It's just like the whole Jesse Ventura thing. The fact that he was a Navy Seal for 5 years was the best-kept secret in the world. The media instead promoted him as a WWF loonie. I bet there aren't 5 politicians in the entire state, local, and federal governments today that would have the smarts, willpower, and toughness to become a Seal.But I forget, we're too stupid to choose our leaders. The corporate media should work with the rich elite to pick morons for us instead, it's a much better idea! Let each state and town have its own Idiot Prince - a Bush for all!  Dumb is good! 1984 is here.We're all part of the Machine now. Do as your told - all 3rd party candidate are LUNATICS!  Good Americans prefer lying, embezzling scumbags. So get in there and vote Republicrat, or we'll take away your reality TV!
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on August 25, 2003 at 16:00:10 PT
(Look out!) He is in dire need of another terror attack. -I agree, We as a nation should be on guard, and not just for foreign terrorists, but on guard for America's desperate president to act out.America is unsafe as long as Bush is the leader.I do not trust Bush. As long as Bush is prez. We as a nation are compromised.Right now though, if there is another terrorist attack, it could bring Him down, instead of giving Him praise.Bush is uncivilized... like a dog once given the taste of blood... But then a dog has no interest in caging humans for using a plant. I apologize to the dog.While, Christ God Our Father requested that Bush, love His brothers.Biblically, Bush is in trouble.
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Comment #9 posted by afterburner on August 25, 2003 at 15:36:27 PT:
Latest Kingston News-No Known Arrests,Confiscation
Kingston smoke out :D
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Comment #8 posted by mayan on August 25, 2003 at 15:02:56 PT
Laws on the Ropes
No matter how the cops react, or if they even react at all, the tide will swiftly turn against cannabis prohibition! Emery knows that the cannabis laws are on the ropes & he's going to put them down for the count! If the cops try to arrest him or confiscate his herb he'll sue the hell out of them & win. If they leave him alone it will confirm his stance that cannabis is legal. The fascists are on the defensive from here on out. They don't know how to react while on their heels because they are used to being on the offensive. My, how sweet it is! Nuevo Mexican, Bush's approval rating is at it's lowest point since immediately before 9/11(Look out!) He is in dire need of another terror attack. Growing opposition to Bush re-election:,12271,1028985,00.htmlThe way out is the way in...25 Reasons Why 'White Collar Terrorists' Are To Blame For 9/11: NORAD's Wag The 9/11 Window Dressing Tale: Prior Knowledge/Government Invovlement Archive: Links:
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Comment #7 posted by Nuevo Mexican on August 25, 2003 at 15:01:33 PT
Medical Cannabis protesters dog John Edwards!
Great tactics, keep up the great work everyone! As the GCW says, the tide is changing!
Edwards Campaign Flustered by Medical Marijuana Protesters
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on August 25, 2003 at 13:13:04 PT
Nuevo Mexican, thanks for the poll.
The tide is changing.Surfs up!Can We get this wicked mongrel and His goons and His family out of office, now!?!?!?!?!?! 
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Comment #5 posted by Gary Storck on August 25, 2003 at 12:26:36 PT
An update on the Cheryl Miller Memorial Project
Jim Miller announces 26 mile "Cheryl Miller Memorial Fundraiser" walk for Labor Day weekendPlease help sponsor Jim's wheelchair march and this project by making a donation at: -- Thanks, Gary Storck, Cheryl Miller Memorial ProjectJim Miller has announced that he will be pushing his late wife Cheryl's wheelchair from Seaside Heights, NJ to Long Branch, NJ this Labor Day weekend on a 26-mile fundraising walk to help bring patients to Washington for the Cheryl Miller Memorial Project on September 22 and 23.The walk will be on Saturday, August 30th, and the route will go up Rt. 35 and then Rt. 71, the two most heavily traveled Jersey Shore coastal roads. Labor Day traffic should be very heavy. Accompanied by family members, Jim will push Cheryl's wheelchair displaying a sign urging donations for the Cheryl Miller Medical Marijuana Memorial. The walk will conclude at U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone's home at 1175 Ocean Ave, Long Branch around 6:00 PM, where Jim will do an overnight vigil.For more information see: The site is being updated several times per day as the Project dates draw closer. Cheryl Mill Memorial Projectmemorial
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Comment #4 posted by Nuevo Mexican on August 25, 2003 at 11:46:52 PT
Kaptinemo, FOM and all: great breaking NBC Poll:
1. Do you approve of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president? 
Yes 17% 53% 
No 82% 36% 
Don't know 1% 11% but it won't be up long with these numbers!This is huge, 17,000 polled!!! the American people are waking up, ignore those newsweek numbers, we know who they asked to take their polls:
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Comment #3 posted by Petard on August 25, 2003 at 11:06:08 PT
Canada and California
These may well be the turning points, when the sleeping giant called the public arouses from it's slumber. With Canada leading the way on legal reform and Cali leading the way on political reform. The one good thing to come out of the Cali Recall Election may be that Americans realize it's time to force the politicians to put or shut up. Could be why the press is all over calling the Recall Election a shame and a farce? After all, if Californians can recall a recently elected governor for failing to live up to his campaign promises and decieving the public, then maybe the rest of the nation can do the same at all levels of government. Maybe the politicians won't be able to lie with impunity promising a rose garden and providing barbed wire in lieu? Could be that is entirely the reason the national pols are staying away from Cali in droves?Talk about terrorism, the pols in Amerikkka, the USSA, must be quaking in their jackboots.
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Comment #2 posted by kaptinemo on August 25, 2003 at 10:49:04 PT:
The Canadian police should just cut their losses
Mr. Emery's already got several of them in legal crosshairs for failing to understand that NO laws against possession mean NO laws, period, and that to persist in their policy inertia is to invite a major lawsuit, one that impacts *nationally* every Province.What happens in Canada will be in microcosm a taste of a much bigger brawl on the horizon here in the States. Because...if all laws regarding cannabis are struck down in Canada, as they appear to have been, *then every person presently behind bars Up There for any infraction regarding cannabis usage or 'trafficking' has reason to petition for release.*This is it. The thing the prohibs have been sweating bullets about for decades. The inevitable Time of Reckoning, when all those whose lives have been destroyed by the idiotic laws demand restitution. A nation unafraid of the monetary cost and *is* afraid of what would be thought about a government that does not seek to redress such wrongs against it's citizens, a government still accountable to it's people, not some barely concealled plutocracy, wouldn't shirk it's duties to it's own people.The United States Federal government, however, has shown what it thinks of it's own citizen's raiding dispensaries and viciously speeding the demise of the harmless. It locks up people for life for stealing a bicycle on a '3 strikes count' - while Korporate Krooks like 'Kenny Boy' Lay remain free to enjoy the billions stolen from pensioners counting on dividends to make their retirements.What happens in Canada in the next year or so will be the turning point for everything cannabis-wise in North America for the rest of the decade. Busch, AshKKKroft and Johnny Pee know that all too well...
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Comment #1 posted by Petard on August 25, 2003 at 10:20:40 PT
"I'm not sure if there's a bong out there that's in the shape of a penitentiary," he said. That would rule out any with a carb hole to let air in, or out. LOL. Perhaps he could find one of a witch burning at the stake with the bowl being at the base of the stake?? T'would seem appropriate since that's what the Puritans of prohibition would love to do to the Quakers of cannabis use.
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