Drug Policy

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Petition to Donald Trump, Lawrence Kupers, William N Taylor II


Our son, Edwin Rubis, is serving a federal sentence of 40 years for a non-violent marijuana offense. [ At age 29, our son, while battling drug addiction, associated himself with drug couriers, and was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. After his arrest, his court-appointed attorney advised him, along with us, that he needed to provide information on others in the drug trade. Edwin could not provide such information. Therefore, he was quickly deemed "uncooperative", and the judge gave him a harsh sentence - 40 years.Edwin has been away from us for the last 19 years. During the course of time, we have adamantly petitioned, and at times cried, for his early release, at every level of the court system. Sadly to say, we continue to struggle, missing him, with no positive resolution to obtain his freedom. Edwin's children need him. We need him. Our son is not a terrorist, a rapist, a gang member, nor a violent individual to continually be kept in prison for decades for distributing marijuana. While imprisoned, Edwin has taken diligent steps to better himself. He has achieved numerous rehabilitation programs from the psychology and religious departments. He has graduated from college with a degree in Religious Education; and he is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Counseling and Therapist Certification. In addition, he serves as a mentor to others, under the supervision of the head chaplain. He is also working as a G.E.D. and E.S.L. tutor in the education department, at his present institution of confinement, helping others further their education. In addition, Edwin also finished a 2 year dental apprenticeship from The Department of Labor, and worked as a dental assistant for the last 7 years in the medical department.We love our son, [uncle, father, and brother]. We wish for him to receive another chance at life. But our dream for him to be reunited with us, can not be accomplished without your full support. Please help us obtain our son's freedom by signing this petition urging President Donald Trump to grant our son clemency or a pardon. Edwin is a changed man. He has been fully rehabilitated and deserves a second chance at life. Sincerely, Maria Roque - and - Family.

Jeremy Malone
14,642 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Jon Tester

End the war on drugs in the United States.

The war on drugs here in America is not getting much done and costing a lot of lives and dollars, while also incarcerating many people even though they probably should not be locked up. Today users are put in prison where they are isolated and made to feel even more lonely, when in reality all they really need is love, compassion and support to kick their addiction. I encourage you to look up Johann Hari and watch his video “Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong” in order to truly understand why people use and abuse drugs. Instead of creating more users or addicts like many think would happen, legalizing or even decriminalizing would actually reduce the amount of users and addicts. Legalizing or decriminalizing drugs would reduce the amount of users, because more people would seek help for their horrible addictions instead of running from the law with them. Most people that feel they need to use drugs most likely already use them. Think about alcohol. Many people drink alcohol every now and then, but only certain people depend on it. Those are the people who feel lonely and think they need alcohol to feel loved. The same thing would happen with the drugs that are illegal today. Only the people who need them to feel happy would depend on them. Drugs are also a huge source of income for organized crime. This means if we were to legalize drugs, as done with alcohol and tobacco, we would eliminate the black market for them and reduce the flow of money to organized crime, in turn taking their power away from them. During prohibition in the 1920's organized crime ran rampant but once the 21st amendment was installed, that crime squandered. Legalizing instead of decriminalizing drugs would also generate the government an insane amount of money with the taxes put on them, as done with alcohol and tobacco. The money spent fighting the war on drugs today could be put towards getting addicts the help they need which in turn would reduce the amount of users. All drugs would be used just like alcohol and tobacco today as a “use at your own risk” sort of thing. The government would help educate about the dangers of these substances, again as done with alcohol and tobacco, but when it comes down to it, it would be the users decision. In order to truly stop the drug epidemic here in America we must take a different approach at it.

Tanner Mannin
34 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Missouri Governor, Eric Greitens, Missouri State Senate, Missouri State House, Jason Smith, Missouri House of Representatives, Donald Trump, Federal Drug Administration, Claire McCaskill, United States Department of Health and Human Services, President of the United States

Legalize Marijuana in the state of Missouri Medicinal and Recreational.

I Believe Marijuana should be legalized for anyone who wants to use the drug to receive the benefits from the substance. I think it would slow the Opioid epidemic and somewhat balance out the herion problem. I have talked to users of the drug and other drugs and most of them wouldn't even think about heroine use if they had something to ease there pain. NOT ALL DRUG ADDICTS ARE EQUAL, THERE ARE DOCTOR ADDICTED AND there are  STREET ADDICTED. DOCTORS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO STOP PRESCRIBING OPIATES DUE TO THE  PRESCRIBER EPIDEMIC .THATS NOT FAIR FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LEGITIMATELY IN "PAIN". MARIJUANA YES HAS ITS NEGATIVE AND ITS POSITIVE BENEFITS. Alot of pain patients are being fired from there providers for a positive urine sample or mouth swab simply from marijuana. "No one has ever died from using Marijuana that I know of unless it's maliciously tampered with". I also think that the Government local and state and the federal level should begin to decriminalize the substance. Alcohol claims the lives of people everyday, Yet Marijuana is illegal. I believe we as citizens of this state need to stand up for our rights and policies of lawmakers to not just create a epidemic like the Opioid epidemic. I believe the citizens of this great state of Missouri need to sign this petition on Change for decriminalization of marijuana. You can't just stop the opiate addiction many of the citizens of this state Depend on opiates to maintain everyday life. When opiates are taken away abruptly from a legitimate people who need them  and nothing given in it's place to help the pain of course HEROINE a very strong powerful substance that most of the lives it has claimed most likely are from patients who seek relief. LIVING With it is in some instances is  way than WORSE THAN DYING WITH IT AT LEAST IT STOPS".   I believe this is why? People self medicate when forced to do so... It's an epidemic alright that takes life's everyday with no criminal penalty  Yet the real gateway drug "Alcohol" is readily available on every shelf almost  everywere. If you believe Marijuana should be legalized in state of Missouri the Please sign the petition for change and start the decriminalization of Marijuana. It's benefits are many and alcohol has none medically. "It would also reduce the prision population by 1/3 in my opinion" it would be a lucriticve change financially for our state to say the least. I have copied Missouri executive branch Governor Greitiens and the Senate and House of Representatives on this petition. Thank you. 

Rickie Holifield
160 supporters