President Trump: Clemency for Federal Marijuana Prisoners

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We believe President Trump’s next act of mercy should come swiftly for everyone serving federal time for marijuana drug cases.  Not one person in the history of our nation has ever overdosed on marijuana. It’s impossible. And yet, we have people serving life without parole for a plant that is now legal for medicinal use in 30 states and legal for recreational use in 10 states, plus Washington DC.  Technically, every Representative that holds a seat in our Nation’s Capital and the President of the United States can enjoy recreational use of pot if they so choose, while others rot in prison for federal conspiracy cases - including people who thought they were compliant with the laws of their state for medical marijuana.

The CAN-DO Foundation has submitted a list of clemency candidates to the White House. One list was comprised solely of 22 people serving time for marijuana-only offenses.  Most of these individuals have already served over 10 years and Antonio Bascaro has served 38 years for a first time pot offense!  This is an outrage that must be corrected, posthaste.  

People should not serve time for pot while others are simultaneously profiting from the same activity without fear of any legal consequences.  This injustice can be corrected through categorical clemency or amnesty for all pot offenders.  During the course of my advocacy at the CAN-DO Foundation I have gotten into numerous arguments with people who do not believe there are people serving time for pot, much less life without parole.  Therefore, I am including the names of the prisoners we submitted to the White House along with a link to their profile pages where there is usually a change.org petition you can also sign and share.  Or you can go to the CAN-DO Pot Prisoner page and review most of the cases below.   

Michael Pelletier has served 12 years on LIFE without parole.  He was a paraplegic at age 11 and his state of Maine legalized pot in 2016
John Knock is a first offender and served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 70 
 Antonio Bascaro is a first offender served 38 yrs on 70 yr sentence - age 83 Longest serving pot prisoner in history of US
Crystal Munoz has served 11 years on 19 years 10 months - age 38 with 2 young girls ages 10 and 11- Crystal delivered second daughter shackled to bed
Diana Marquez is a first offender serving her 11th year on 30 year sentence for marijuana - age 62 
Patricia Albright has served 3 years on 5 year sentence - age 66, prosecuted during the Obama administration for making cannabis oil per doctor’s suggestion for her 4 year old son who was suffering from severe bone cancer 
Ricardo Rojas has served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 75 and in a wheelchair. 
 
Pedro Moreno is a first offender who has served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 58 - 4 of his brothers in the same conspiracy received clemency from President Obama
Hector McGurk has served 15 years on LIFE without parole
Craig Cesal is a first offender and served 15 years on LIFE without parole - age 58 
Way Long is a first offender who has served 21 years of a 50 year sentence - age 57 - Native American  

Ismael Lira is a first offender served 15 years on LIFE without parole - age 40  

Aaron Sandusky is a first offender serving his 6th year on 10 years for medical marijuana in the state of California
Andy Cox is serving his 10th year on LIFE without parole and has the longest sentence in the nation for merely growing pot
Ferrell Scott has served 10 years on LIFE without parole - age 55 
Luke Scarmazzo has served 10 years on 21.8 years for medical marijuana 
Corvain Cooper has served 4 years on LIFE without parole
Michael Knight  has served 10 years on 17 years 6 months
Jimmy Romans has served 8 years on a 30 year sentence
Donald Fugitt is a first offender serving his 5th year on a 17 year sentence
Michael Chancellor  is a first offender serving his 5th year of a 15 year 8 month sentence
Lance Gloor is a first offender who has served over 2 years on a 10 year sentence for medical marijuana in the state of Washington 

Together we #CANDO this! 

 



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