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From 12 noon until 4 p.m. Saturday, September 18, dozens of marijuana activists are scheduled to rally on an I-5 overpass in Seattle and to wave "Free Marc" signs at the traffic below.
Activists continue to call on President Obama to pardon Marc Emery, a Canadian and the so-called "Prince of Pot," who was recently sentenced to five years in federal prison for selling marijuana seeds by mail to American customers.
"The Emery case is a prime example of the overreach of the federal government and the need for marijuana laws that match social reality in America," said Philip Dawdy, Sensible Washington's co-founder and vice-chair.
"It's crazy that he's going to prison for selling seeds and that the federal government is willing to spend millions of dollars prosecuting and imprisoning him," Dawdy said. "President Obama should pardon Emery and get busy with reforming America's outdated marijuana laws.
When Emery was arrested in 2005, federal officials described his arrest as a blow to efforts to legalize marijuana in the U.S. Emery was the publisher of the Vancouver, B.C.-based Cannabis Culture magazine and planned to use his seed-selling profits to fund legalization efforts in the U.S.
Location: I-5 Overpass at Pine Street and Boren Avenue, noon to 4 p.m.
Contact: Don Skakie, 425-572-0899
The rally will feature an appearance by Emery's wife, Jodie Emery.
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