Marc Emery in Solitary Confinement in US Prison

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  1. DdC

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    Marc Emery in Solitary Confinement in US Prison
    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. full story @ stdw

    Marc Emery Locked Indefinitely in Solitary Confinement Over False Charges
    Jun 8 2013 CANNABIS CULTURE
    Marc Emery, the Vancouver businessman and political dissident currently imprisoned in the US for his marijuana activism, has been locked in solitary confinement for an indefinite period over false charges.

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    Rockin' the joint at Yazoo City FCI. That's Emery on bass on the left. (cannabisculture.com)

    A Drug Warmongers Toll on Americans

    DEA Release Admits Marc Emery Extradition Politically Motivated
    The US Drug Enforcement Administration admitted on the day of Marc Emery's arrest that his investigation and extradition were politically motivated, designed to target the Marijuana Legalization organization that Emery spearheaded and ran for over a decade in Canada.

    Emery contends a news release issued July 29, the day of his arrest, reveals the U.S. government's intention to mute his efforts to advance the spread of marijuana. In the release, Karen Tandy, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, wrote: "Today's DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group, is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also 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."

    Tandy's office has declined to comment about the statement, but locally, federal prosecutors have distanced themselves from her remarks.

    Marc Emery in Solitary Confinement in US Prison

    Jodie Emery ‏@JodieEmery 3h

    Solitary confinement is a form of torture, mostly for the prisoner, but also for their family & loved ones. I'm desperate to get Marc out.

    Imagine yourself (or the person you love most) locked in a bathroom with a stranger all day, every day, indefinitely. That's Marc right now.

    Scary article about solitary confinement in US prisons. This is what Marc is going through right now. This IS torture

    A room the size of a bathroom. No windows, no natural light, constant illumination. Confined within 23 hours a day

    'Sesame Street'
    now has a show for kids with parents in prison

    Prison Industrial Complex

    Marc Emery AntiWoD PoW

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  2. DdC

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    Marc Emery Released From Solitary Confinement

    CANNABIS CULTURE - Canadian marijuana crusader Marc Emery, currently serving a five year sentence in US prison for his political activism, has been released from solitary confinement after being cleared of false charges by prison officials.

    Marc, who has been regularly practicing and performing music with a small group of fellow inmates, received permission in early March from prison authorities, including the prison's Special Investigative Services (SIS), to take photos of his band.

    The photos were taken, developed, and sent to Marc's wife Jodie by mail, and then published on Cannabis Culture in a blog post.

    A week ago, Marc and several of his bandmates were locked in solitary confinement and told they were under investigation by the SIS for possibly using an illegal cellphone to take the photos.

    Marc was released yesterday shortly after the SIS spoke with the prison staff member who took the photos.

    "They interviewed the staff person," Marc's wife Jodie told Cannabis Culture, "and he said, 'I have the forms, I have at least four different signatures from prison authorities, and I've got the negatives of the photographs."

    Marc was then released from solitary and allowed to return to his regular cell.

    "I'm so relieved to know Marc has been released from solitary confinement after being forced to stay locked in a small cell for a full week," Jodie said. "I was worried sick every hour of every day, not knowing anything about his safety or how long he would be there for. The reason he was put in solitary confinement was grossly unfair and unjustified. We know that solitary confinement is considered a form of torture with serious negative health effects, so of course I'm grateful Marc is no longer enduring that, but tens of thousands of other people are being put through the same kind of abuse and torture for months, years, even decades at a time."

    Marc was denied regular visiting hours and banned from using the telephone while in solitary – cutting him completely off from his wife for an extended period – something Jodie said was difficult for her to cope with.

    "Putting a prisoner through solitary confinement is extra punishment heaped on top of already-harsh conditions," she said, "but it doesn't just affect the inmate. Wives, parents, siblings, and children all suffer greatly from the stress and worry that comes with having their loved ones forced to endure such barbaric conditions."

    Marc has 391 days until he is eligible for early release, and has submitted a transfer application to serve the rest of his sentence in Canada.

    "We need to get Marc home and our campaign to have his transfer application continues," Jodie said. "I encourage people to contact the United States Department of Justice and the Canadian Public Safety Minister to ask them to approve Marc's request to serve the remainder of his sentence in his home country of Canada."

    Find out more about Marc Emery, including how to send him photos and letters, at FreeMarc.ca.

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    Marc Emery Released From Solitary Confinement
     

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