War on Drugs

Marijuana Advocate, Marc Emery, Held in Solitary Confinement

Suspected of possession of a prohibited smart phone, on no evidence


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.

Marc, who has been learning the bass guitar while locked up in the Yazoo City Federal Correctional Complex in Mississippi, received permission from prison authorities to have photos taken of him performing music with his fellow inmates. According to Marc, permission was given by three separate administrators, including one at the prison's Special Investigative Services (SIS), and authorization paperwork likely exists.

Photos of Marc performing with his band were taken and developed by prison staff months ago and then sent to Marc's wife Jodie through regular US and Canadian postal services.

Marc 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.