'Prince of Pot' Marc Emery in Solitary Confinement in US Prison

'Prince of Pot' Marc Emery in Solitary Confinement in US Prison

YAZOO CITY, MS — Canadian marijuana seed magnate and political dissident Marc Emery, who is about four years into a five-year US prison sentence for selling pot seeds over the Internet, has been sent to solitary confinement at the Mississippi federal prison where he’s doing his time.

According to the magazine he founded, Cannabis Culture, he is being punished over false charges.

Emery, along with other prisoners at the Yazoo City Federal Correctional Institution, formed a band some months ago. Photos of the band were taken by prison staff, then developed and sent to his wife, Jodie Emery, in Vancouver, and were posted on his blog in April.

According to Emery, permission for the photos was granted by three separate administrators, including one at the prison’s Special Investigative Services department.

But now, prison officials have placed Emery and his band mates in solitary confinement while they say they are investigating the possibility the photos had been taken with a prohibited smart phone. Prisoners in solitary, or, as it is euphemistically known, the Special Housing Unit (SHU), are locked in their cells 23 hours a day and denied normal prison amenities.

Emery has now been put in the solitary cells at the prison Special Housing Unit (SHU) and told he is under investigation by the SIS, who say the photos may have been taken with a prohibited smart phone.

“Got to see Marc for 1.5 hours,” Jodie Emery posted in an online statement Friday, shortly after a trip to visit him. “Prison has him in solitary confinement to ‘investigate’ the photos of his band that the prison itself approved! The investigation (could take months) is to see if Marc had a cell phone to take the band photos – despite proof the prison camera was used! The warden, guards, music/recreation admins – everyone – knows Marc got official permission for those photos. Yet they put him in solitary?!”

Cannabis Culture reported that prison authorities were unavailable to comment until after the weekend.

As an entrepreneur and activist, the Vancouver-based Emery was a burr under the saddle of US drug warriors, who managed to indict him for his seed-selling business. Canadian authorities refused to protect him, although they had allowed his business to operate untrammeled for years.

He was eventually sentenced to five years in federal prison in a plea deal designed to spare his codefendants from facing the wrath of US prosecutors. In a press release the day of his arrest, the DEA issued a press release crowing that taking him down was “a significant blow…to the marijuana legalization movement….Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery’s illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.”

With little more than a year to go on his sentence, Emery is seeking a transfer to a Canadian prison. Interested parties can support his bid by sending a letter to the Justice Department’s transfer division.

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  • Mike

    Mr. Emery’s activism played an important role in aiding those looking for better treatments and, let’s face it, in some cases just a good buzz. So what? Looks like the DEA was on some kind of serious intoxicants if it truly believes this:

    [Emery's conviction represents] “a significant blow…to the marijuana legalization movement….Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery’s illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.”

    The movement to reform the corrupt, inhumane, and ultimately ineffective “war on marijuana”– through legalization or any other means — does not depend on money. It depends on votes. We citizens will continue to assert our rights until we are successful in ending the DEA’s wasteful reign over the rights of Americans regardless of the oppressive acts undertaken by the DEA.

    Indeed, those in support of legalization want nothing more than what majorities of citizens expect and have a right to in a democracy — respect for their views and lives. We understand there are those in US government who believe that having the majority of the money on its side (the 1%) is enough to rule the majority of citizens who don’t (the 99%). That poisonous doctrine will not stand and neither will prohibition.

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  • Joe Schmoe

    If you call an Epson Stylus CX4400 a smartphone, you must work at the Yazoo City Federal Correctional Institution — http://regex.info/exif.cgi?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.ccdn.cannabisculture.com%2Ffiles%2Fimages%2F4%2FYazooStudio1.jpg

  • DanaCee69

    And the USA is the “Best Country in the World?” Get real-we’re not even in the top 5.
    I’m ashamed at the actions of our military, Supreme Court, law-enforcement community and congress. Everyone wants to blame Obama for everything. While I’m quite unhappy with him, it’s the guns n badges crowd that runs this country and always has, just like every other country in the world.
    Marc Emery is a hero in my book. We fukk him over like we’re all sorts of righteous perfection. Self-important greedy bullies.

  • Hempy Honeytongue

    Pretty soon there are people going to be released for ‘pot only’ crimes as the wave of legalisation rolls on.. If he has a ‘non-pot related crime’ under his belt… Well put two and two together………

  • Ken Wolski, RN

    Solitary confinement is very tough on inmates. I certainly hope Marc comes through this OK.

  • Johnny WeedSeed

    Whatever Marc does with his personal life is his business.
    I have a son in prison and I realize the rules are very difficult. Being perfect is always difficult.
    I compare Marc to Nelson Mandela for standing up for what’s right. Sacrificing a large part of his life for us!!!!!!
    “We, the People” have finally demanded and are getting the marijuana laws changed.
    We are tired of the “1%” governing us in this arena.

    Millions of citizens shout out, “THANK YOU MARC !!!”.

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  • hppyhippi

    It is not just the IRS that seeks to harrass percieved political opponents. The justice department and corrections sysems depend upon cannabis violators and inmates to justify their costly tax funded budgets. Let our people go, FREE THE WEED.

  • gabgame

    What a sad waste of resources for a country so deeply in debt!

  • Levi Bailey

    danm let him go to the house.