20 Years in Prison are Too Many for Medical Marijuana Compassionate Care! FREE MY DAD!!

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Over 10 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 9 states and medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and D.C. and yet my Dad remains in prison.

I am Jasmine Scarmazzo and I’m 15 years old. I’m writing this petition because I want my Dad to come home from prison and I am asking our compassionate President to grant him sentence commutation. 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, 29 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, beginning in 2013, the Department of Justice did not prosecute medical—or even recreational—marijuana providers who are operating under state law.  Things have changed dramatically in the medical marijuana industry.  

But because my Dad was sentenced in 2008, he will have to serve his full sentence unless granted sentence commutation from President Trump. My Dad's co-defendant, Ricardo Montes, was granted sentence commutation on January 19, 2017 BUT, inexplicably, my Dad was PASSED OVER by President Obama and was not granted the same relief from his sentence that Mr. Montes was!!  That means I will be without him for another decade unless our caring and thoughtful President Trump grants him his freedom!! I am already a sophomore in high school and he has not been here to see me grow up.  

Please sign this petition and ask our President to grant my Dad sentence commutation.   Thank you.

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