In the early hours of March 5, Victoria, BC police quietly surrounded the home of famous Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery and his partner Coral Clay, then rang his phone until he awoke to answer it. Emery looked at his clock as he lifted the receiver. 3:30 am.
"This is the Victoria Police," said the cop. "We have your house surrounded. We have a warrant to enter the premises. Please go out your front door, do not go back into your house. Out onto the sidewalk. Is there a child in the house?"
There was a child in the house. Corals son, Dylan. The tactics employed by Victoria Police were intentionally intimidating, and the presence of a child may have been the deciding factor in keeping police from kicking in the door and firing tear gas grenades. Marc stumbled out onto the sidewalk in the predawn light in his underwear. Coral was still pulling on her shirt as she hurried out with Dylan to stand beside him.
Officers eventually emerged from the darkness with a warrant. Had they daunted the "Prince of Pot" as they had hoped? Not a bit, says Emery. He casually invited them in out of the cold.
"Eight cops sheepishly troop in, because I'm not the least bit disappointed looking and they know this isn't going to be as juicy as they fantasized," said a scornful Emery.
The warrant specified that police were looking for plants, pots, lights, ballasts, capacitor assemblies, fans, blowers, fertilizers, scales, and documentation associated with the production of marijuana.
"This young cop, Constable Colin Brown, is doing his best unthreatening let me explain why were here," recalled Marc. "When, within a few seconds and a cursory look at our very middle class home with no grow op or anything odd, he realizes his fishing expedition has come up empty."
Marc vividly recalls the officers explanation for the raid: "On Wednesday, I was walking by and smelled pot. So we got a warrant to enter your property to look at your electrical meter, which seemed a bit higher than normal. I smelled what now appears to be your dryer exhaust vent, but I thought I detected the smell of pot coming from it when we executed the earlier warrant Saturday."
Search warrants require probable grounds. The "probable grounds" offered by Constable Brown were so unbelievably weak that they cast serious doubt on the already ailing reputation of our justice system, and on the reputation of Justice D Maihara, who signed the warrant.
"Since none of [Constable Browns] assertions turn out to be true, it is obvious that any police officer can get a search warrant by literally lying and making up whatever information they require to get in your house," said Emery. "The terrifying thing is that any pot smoker in Canada could have their homes invaded by big uniformed secret police Nazis because of second hand pot smoke."
Obviously, police have had an axe to grind with Emery since the mid-90's when he opened Hemp BC on Vancouver's Hastings Street, sparking a bong, book and hemp shop revolution across Canada. Since then, Emery has been successful as the publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, the mastermind and owner of Pot TV, the founder of the BC Marijuana Party, and the proprietor of Marc Emery's Seeds, a company famous for marketing high-quality genetics.
Since 9-11, activists, medpot clubs and booksellers throughout the US have been targeted and busted by federal agents. Canada is now welcoming US federal intelligence and drug war agencies onto its sovereign territory, including the DEA and FBI, while allocating millions of dollars in extra funding to CSIS. With US President Bush running an ad campaign that blames marijuana smokers for supporting terrorism because they buy pot, it is likely that intelligence operations and busts against marijuana activists, users, traffickers and growers will become more common. The US drug war, brought to you courtesy of global domination, is now available in Canada, and without strong public outcry, it is here to stay!