20 Years in Prison are Too Many for Medical Marijuana Compassionate Care! FREE MY DAD!!
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Over 9 years ago my Dad left me and went to prison for operating a state-legal medical marijuana dispensary in California. He was given a mandatory minimum sentence of over 20 years. Today, marijuana is fully legal in 8 states and medical marijuana is legal in 28 states and D.C. and yet my Dad remains in prison.
I am Jasmine Scarmazzo and I’m 14 years old. I’m writing this petition because I want my Dad to come home from prison and I am asking our President to grant him clemency. That’s the only way he will be released without serving over twenty years.
In California, medical marijuana has been legal since 1996 and there are thousands of medical marijuana dispensaries here. But over the years, some of them were raided and shut down by the federal government. My Dad was an owner of one of these dispensaries but since he was convicted, the Department of Justice and Congress have made changes in law and policy that means my Dad would likely not be in prison if he was to be arrested today.
My Dad is serving the longest federal prison sentence given to a medical marijuana dispensary operator and the only Medical Marijuana Dispensary Operator who has been convicted of conducting a Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE). Following trial, two jury members recanted their guilty verdicts and gave sworn affidavits to that effect when learning the CCE conviction carried a 20 year Mandatory Minimum Sentence.
Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws in place. In December 2015, Congress passed legislation that protects dispensary operators against arrest. Also, since 2013, the administration directed the Department of Justice to no longer prosecute medical—or even recreational—marijuana providers who are operating under state law. Times have changed.
But because my Dad was sentenced before this happened, he will have to serve his full sentence unless granted clemency from our President. That means I will be without him for another decade. I am already starting high school without him there to see me grow up.
Please sign this petition and ask the President to grant my Dad clemency. Thank you.
- Office of the Pardon Attorney::
I just signed a petition asking you to grant executive clemency and commute Luke Scarmazzo’s remaining years of his mandatory minimum sentence.
Since 2008, Mr. Montes and Mr. Scarmazzo have been imprisoned following their convictions for operating a CA state-compliant Medical Marijuana dispensary in Modesto, CA. Due to changed Department of Justice practices and Congressional law changes, today Mr. Montes and Mr. Scarmazzo would not even be charged by the federal government for operating a Medical Marijuana dispensary. Both men are serving the longest prison sentences given to medical marijuana dispensary owners because they are the only ones convicted with Conducting a Continuing Criminal Enterprise.
Both Mr. Montes and Mr. Scarmazzo are fathers and long to be returned to their children and families. Both have accepted full responsibility for their actions and have turned their lives around through education, prison employment and meaningful volunteer work.
We all look forward to welcoming these men home soon and assisting and supporting them in their new endeavors (employment and volunteer work) as they assimilate societal changes that have taken place while they have been in prison. Please take this important first action of granting clemency to allow them to be on their way home. Thank you very much.
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