Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Inspiration from India

Here's something you don't see every day. The Hindustan Times is running a feature article on Canada's own Prince of Pot, Marc Emery. Emery says a trip to India in 1992 was "a spark of inspiration for him."

"Sadhus were smoking ganja openly. No policemen interrupted them. In Varanasi, sadhus used ganja and bhang. In Jaisalmer, I found a shop which sold charas. Damn it. Back in North America we were spending million of dollars to stop drug trade, and here in India nobody stopped these sadhus. There was no prohibition.

...Returning home, he launched a movement to overthrow prohibition. Emery opened a shop called Hemp BC in Vancouver to openly sell marijuana or ganja. That was in 1994. Since then he has been in and out of jail.

As we all know Marc was just released from his ninth incarceration on behalf of our plant. The most telling quote for us in this election week however is this.

His Marijuana Party contested all the 79 seats in the last British Columbian provincial elections and received 3.5 per cent of the total vote, more than the Green Party.

If they can do it in Canada there's no reason for cannabis consumers not to do it here in the US. We smoke, we vote, we can make a difference.


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