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Petition to Laura Kelly

Clemency for Antonio Floyd: Sentenced to An Undeserving Amount of Years at the age of 19

Could you take a moment to sign and share this petition... Antonio Floyd in 2002 at the age of 19 was sentenced to 51 years prison time for attempted murder. He has already served 19 of those years in the Kansas prison system. He has spent those 19 years turning his life around, not only for himself, but for his sisters, nieces and aunts.  Antonio is 37 and will not be granted release until the age of 63. We, his family, believe he has served his time and should be given clemency by Governor Laura Kelly. A Letter From Antonie: In 2002 at the age of 19 I committed attempted murder against Louise Brockman. I make no excuses for my actions and accept complete responsibility. The mistakes I made as an immature teenager have made an Impact on my whole adult life. My juvenile criminal history enhanced my sentence by 37 years... Without the enhancement I would have been released as early as 2017.. Due to this enhancement I received more then double time then most murders in the state of Kansas. At the time of my arrest I was under the influence of P.C.P which I did voluntary. My substance abuse had been an issue since i was a child and it turned me into a person who was unable to make smart decisions, a person who did not value the opportunity of being free, unable to build positive friendships/relationships, and a lack of direction. For my actions on November 5th 2002 I've asked Ms. Brockman for forgiveness. I expressed regret for causing her pain and suffering. I reached out and asked for forgiveness while I was participating in a voluntary Victims Impact class, and I was told that I had been forgiven. I don't expect for this to be erased from anyone's thoughts, but 18 years later I'm asking for mercy. As a 37 year old man I have been incarcerated longer than I have been free. My dream is to rejoin society and teach to the youth of Kansas that the choices that you make today will absolutely shape your tomorrow. Who better to peach that subject than someone who's life has been molded by yesterday’s mistakes.

The Floyd Family
374 supporters
Update posted 2 hours ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, President Donald Trump, Pardon Attorney Lawrence Kupers, Attorney General William Barr

Clemency for David M. Barren Serving 30 Years!

My family member, David Barren, is serving 30 years for a non-violent drug offense. David was sentenced to LIFE plus 20 years in federal prison for drug conspiracy. On January 19, 2017, he was commuted to a 30 year sentence by President Obama, though it was a "Bittersweet" outcome! Unfortunately David will not be released until "2034"!!!! David has never been to prison, no history of violence, and has no substantial criminal record to support a LIFE sentence plus 20 years. His conviction was based primarily on "hear-say" of witnesses who testified against him in exchange for reduced sentences of their own. David accepts full responsibility for his actions and is truly remorseful for any harm he has caused to his community, family, and those affected by his unwise choices. During his 10 plus years of incarceration, he continues to have a positive outlook on life and works very hard to rehabilitate himself. He has obtained a Paralegal Certificate from Adams State University in Colorado with a 4.0 GPA via correspondence courses, read numerous books to enhance his thirst for knowledge, and mentors younger inmates on his own. Notably, David has been supported by numerous respected members of his community, including Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State Representative Edward Gainey who've both reviewed David's case and suggest David's sentence is overly harsh and because of his harsh drug sentence, he is a worthy candidate for executive clemency. David comes from a loving family who continues to support him vigorously. His parents (82) and (84) respectively visit David every weekend unless weather permits otherwise. His four siblings, six children, and extended family also continues to be a strong support system via phone calls, cards, letters, and visits to maintain a viable communication line within the family. Because of David's family support and rehabilitative efforts, he is well prepared for release as a productive citizen to society.  There is a consensus among human rights organizations and sentencing advocates that individuals serving lengthy non-violent prison sentences such as David, will no doubt die in prison if President Donald Trump doesn't commute his sentence. Many believe that the next President will not be as compassionate and understanding.  Please help me urge President Donald Trump to grant David Morris Barren's clemency petition.  David will no doubt die in federal prison with a 30 year sentence for a non-violent drug offense. I humbly thank you for your support in efforts to give David a second chance at his life.       "Read more about his case: Dave is #9  on the CAN-DO Top 25 Men Who Deserve Clemency  

Anrica Caldwell
19,974 supporters
Update posted 6 hours ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard, Raúl Grijalva, Beto O'Rourke, Mike Coffman, Earl Blumenauer, Walter B. Jones, Lindsey Graham, Dave Joyce, Carlos Curbelo, Ryan Costello, John H. Rutherford, Ruben Gallego, Tom O'Halleran, Kyrsten Sinema, Andy Biggs, Paul A. Gosar

Fight For Those Who Fought For You

A Call to Reason  In July of 2010, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) established internal policy officially outlining their position on cannabis, allowing physicians in “legal” states to discuss its use with their patients, at their own discretion. As Veterans of the United States Armed Forces we call on the VHA to fully recognize cannabis as a viable treatment option for US Veterans. Leaders are increasingly aware of the devastation to former military members (and their families) caused by inappropriate prescription of opiates, SSRIs, Benzodiazepines, and other pharmaceuticals. Multiple attempts have been made to resolve the inability of Veterans to incorporate cannabis into their official treatment plans. Each and every one of these attempts have been sabotaged. The VHA needs to take action on this issue. Federal leadership in the executive and legislative branches of our government need to understand the enormity of this pharmaceutical impact and available remedy. The fact is, Veterans are self-medicating with cannabis. Most turn to cannabis after pharmaceutical options, some of which include warnings of suicidal ideation, fail. We have an opportunity to expand the conversation into areas such as MST, TBI, CTE, and other issues Veterans face beyond PTSD.  The many growers we have in our network can provide information on the benefits of using “real world” cannabis for research, as opposed to the currently mandated NIDA cannabis. Also, these growers can break down strains, and potency of cannabis being used real time by Veterans across the country.Veterans farming cannabis should be supported by the Department of Agriculture, with programs sponsored by the VHA. Veterans are being forced into criminal behavior to heal themselves. Trial and error are how Veterans learn about their cannabis medicine, both in legal and outlawed states.  Service members are also losing their benefits before they even enter into Veteran status, due to positive THC urinalysis. This leads to untreated mental health issues, among other hardships suffered by Veterans who are literally being left to fend for themselves. This situation is untenable. Because the VHA is a federal program, operating in all fifty states, Veterans are federal patients and require equal medical treatment/access to cannabis, regardless of state laws. Accordingly, an expansion of existing VHA policy which would meet our needs is in order.  The status quo is medically unethical.   So, what do we need?  *Unobstructed ability to engage in open and honest dialogue with our VHA Primary Care Teams about our use of cannabis, where we can then develop proper treatment plans, documenting our experiences. *The ability to participate in research programs conducted by VHA, which would further assist us in our understanding of medical cannabis and how to best introduce it into our treatment regimen. *The ability to receive recommendations for cannabis from our VHA Doctors, should that be the agreed upon treatment plan. *Prescriptions from the VHA filled at local dispensaries, or where dispensaries are not located/permitted, getting those scripts filled at the VHA Pharmacy. *A cannabis farm at every major VHA healthcare facility designed to teach Veterans about their medication, how to grow it, and to supply the hospital Pharmacy. We are urging Congress to take action to protect the health and safety of Veterans by de-scheduling cannabis, and re-opening the federal Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program through the VHA, to ensure cannabis and other remedies with an appropriate LD50 are available as a first line option for Veterans healthcare in all 50 States and Territories of the U.S. Will you join us in this fight?

1620 Legion
154,616 supporters