Jodie Emery: Court Fine Fund
Marc and Jodie Emery are recognized worldwide as long-standing legalization leaders and activists for cannabis law reform & freedom. Cannabis Culture is a name known as an activist brand, representing media (Cannabis Culture Magazine and Pot TV), headshops, vapour lounges, and most recently, adult-use cannabis retail storefronts.
Read the background by Jodie Emery here: http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2017/12/17/cannabis-culture-dispensaries
In March 2017, Marc and Jodie were arrested alongside fellow activists Erin & Chris Goodwin and Britney Guerra, charged with numerous offences related to the recent "Cannabis Culture" dispensary franchise model that existed from late April 2016 to March 2017.
On December 18, 2017 all five accepted a guilty plea on various counts. This plea deal saw 17 other people freed from criminal records, as their 180+ charges were withdrawn completely.
News article: http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2017/12/18/cannabis-culture-owners-plead-guilty-charges-dropped-17-staff-members
The punishment sentence for Marc and Jodie Emery is substantial: a fine of $195,000 each. That's a $150,000 fine plus a 30% victim surcharge fee.
Chris and Britney were fined $10,000 plus 30%, and Erin was fined $3,000 plus 30%.
Many people know we have struggled and suffered hardship for decades as we devoted our lives to cannabis advocacy and legalization. Despite many long years of protest, political campaigns, legal challenges in court, extradition to U.S. prison, and more ordeals, Marc and Jodie have survived – and set an example of courage and sacrifice for a very important global civil liberties cause.
Now they are forced to suffer even more, as numerous investors and former cops, narcs and politicians launch and join new marijuana companies to cash in on the upcoming "legal" market.
This Go Fund Me account is set up for the many people who wish to contribute towards the massive sentencing fee. While the fines total nearly $400,000, the target for this fundraiser is $25,000. You can be sure that 100% of contributions will used for the sentencing fines.
If anyone wishes to contact Marc or Jodie Emery directly, please email JodieEmery at Gmail dot com.
Thank you so much for the support, encouragement, praise, and appreciation. Cannabis Culture hopes to continue growing and pushing for more progress, freedom, digity and equality for the cannabis community and industry.
24 Years of Cannabis Culture
• We provide a positive, welcoming, safe space for cannabis consumers and enthusiasts.
• We believe the cannabis culture worldwide deserves freedom, equality, and dignity.
• We are proud to offer access to high-quality cannabis, cannabis accessories, and information about cannabis, hemp and political activism.
• We are committed to defending the civil liberties and freedom of cannabis consumers, growers, and providers by campaigning to end unjust criminalization and persecution.
• We believe in the power of activism and peaceful civil disobedience to advance cannabis law reform and to demonstrate what legalization should look like.
Thank you for supporting our vision and our mission!
I want to say Thank You, so much, for your incredibly generous messages and contributions to this fundraiser.
I was deeply honoured by the numerous requests for a way to send support after being sentenced two years of probation and a $195,000 penalty in December 2017. Many people asked for a method to help, so I humbly created this GoFundMe.
For myself, Jodie, I was quite honestly distressed about the sentencing fine, as I personally could not afford that cost. While I admit that I proudly envisioned and organized the beautiful Cannabis Culture model of retail storefronts, I did not own any stores myself, and my significant fine was designed to truly punish me.
I never outright asked for donations or help from the public, but numerous people asked me for ways to give back, as they knew we'd been unfairly arrested and charged after years of hardship and sacrifice for our shared cause.
I am beyond grateful for the incredible show of support, and thank you all for every last cent. I have withdrawn the $8,470 in the form of a money order, which was deposited with my lawyer Jack Lloyd in Trust for my personal fine payment.
At this time, I am permanently closing this fundraiser, as I have received an enormously kind show of support already and intend to somehow earn the income to pay off the remaining $186,530.
In addition, my personal life-long bank account at Royal Bank of Canada was closed in February as a result of my conviction and sentencing, so I cannot accept funds through this GoFundMe. The timing is perfect to close this fundraiser and post this final update.
Thank You sincerely to everyone who sent encouragement in every form. I do not regret the courageous peaceful activism we engaged in, as we set a wonderful example of what legalization should look like, and helped hundreds of thousands of people directly and indirectly. I am committed to surviving and thriving in the future, as we continue our advocacy for cannabis freedom, justice, amnesty and opportunity. As Marc Emery always said: "Plant the Seeds of Freedom, and Overgrow the Government!"
Peace & Pot,
Some notes about this GoFundMe fundraiser:
The target goal is set to a maximum of $25,000.
My fine is nearly $200,000.
Marc’s fine is nearly $200,000.
The Victim Surcharge Fee itself is $90,000 between us, $45,000 each.
So this $25,000 fundraiser will go straight to the Victim Surcharge Fee on my fine, which is money that actually goes to help real victims of real crimes. I take solace with that knowledge.
THANK YOU to the many people who are contributing because they want to, and choose to, out of their own kindness and generosity. Of course, I will work extremely hard (as always) to find a way to pay for the fine on my own, because the penalty is 4.5 years in prison if I don’t pay the total in 2 years. I have to find a way, and I will. In the meantime, compassionate supporters are asking for this GoFundMe because they wish to give back. Many have said we’ve given donations to them or helped in some way in the past, while others want to show some kindness because they know how hard we’ve worked for everyone’s freedom; they know we’ve been persecuted and made to suffer for so long. They know how we were struggling with court and extradition and U.S. prison costs from 2005-2016. They know we have been though extremely hard times but still campaigned, advocated & pushed for change all the while. They know that we survived and came back stronger than ever to fight for our cannabis community members and prohibition victims.
From what I’ve heard from those who have pitched in, our long-standing dedicated passion for freeing our fellow people & our plant is the reason why we’re being shown support. The kindness comes from fellow community members, and even people who don’t consume cannabis but who believe in freedom and activism.
I’m beyond grateful for the people who want to give back to us. They asked us how to help because they know Marc donated millions of dollars to patients, court cases, rallies, election campaigns, and more activism efforts in the movement from 1994 to 2005 (when his seed business was closed, and we were struggling through prison and court costs from 2005-2016). For the brief 5 months that Marc ran his own Cannabis Culture shop on Church Street, he gave hundreds of thousands of dollars away to various charities, activists, and pot prisoners in the USA. He gave to organizations of all kinds, not just cannabis-related. He gave of himself with the money he made because that’s always been Marc’s reason for making money: to give it away, to finance the movement, to help those in need. That’s how and why he became famous in the first place, and it’s what he’s been punished for before, with 5 years in U.S. prison.
I never imagined people would want to give financial support in these difficult times, but I’ve been inundated with messages of love and kindness and encouragement. THANK YOU so much to the donors on this fundraiser – please take comfort knowing that even though this shockingly large fine is unjust, all of the money raised here is going towards victims of crime, for the Victim Surcharge Fee. And I have faith that I will find a way to pay for the remainder. It’s my cost to bear, and mine alone, so I give thanks to those who don’t want to see me bear it alone. I promise I will not let my activism stop. I promise to keep peacefully campaignig for everyone involved with cannabis to have freedom, equality, dignity & amnesty. I won’t abandon those who need our help, now or in the future. I’m here for this civil liberties cause, because that’s what it’s all about.
Bless you all, and best wishes for the New Year ahead!
Love and light,