Cannabis activist, publisher, and former seed-seller Marc Emery – currently serving a 5-year prison term in the United States – has contracted a serious bacterial infection known as MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aure.

Marc’s wife Jodie says the problem started when Marc got a brown recluse spider bite in prison in Georgia that refused to heal. During his transfer by bus to a prison in Mississippi Marc developed a painful boil. When doctors examined the boil they found the bacterial infection.

Jodie said the infection has since stabilized but the bug remains in his system. “I’m still very concerned. He has to be extra vigilant with any cuts or scrapes.”

So the United States hounds Marc Emery for years, finally gets him in their custody after a witch-hunt designed to harm the cannabis law reform movement, and he ends up with a serious infection – something he probably wouldn’t have got at home in Canada.

I wonder if the DEA thinks this is another great victory against the evil forces behind marijuana legalization. Can brown recluse spiders get the Congressional Medal of Honor?

Joe Klare