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marijuana

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Petition to Jeff Sessions

Don't escalate the failed war on drugs.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just ordered federal prosecutors to seek the harshest punishments possible, including mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.  In 2004, I was given a 55-year mandatory minimum sentence as a first-time marijuana offender — virtually a sentence to die in prison. I had sold marijuana three times to an informant who stated that I had a firearm in my possession. I never used or even showed the firearm, but this allowed prosecutors to charge me with three counts of using a firearm in the course of a drug trafficking offense, that carried a mandatory minimum of five years for the first offense and 25 years for each of the other two offenses.  At my sentencing, even the judge disagreed with the sentence. He called it “unjust, cruel, and even irrational,” and pointed out that shorter federal sentences have been given to violent criminals such as murderers, child rapists, and even terrorists. I was only 24 years old when I was sentenced. While imprisoned for 13 years, I missed my children growing up and the fruits of a promising music career. Yet, no problem was solved. This waste of human life must end.  I’m only free because bipartisan lawmakers and advocates, and even the man who prosecuted me, came together to say that my sentence was wrong. My release was part of a changing attitude toward nonviolent drug offenders, with both Republicans and Democrats working together to make sentences fairer. But now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is working to undo this progress.  Sessions decision to order prosecutors to seek the longest sentences possible reverses a directive from former Attorney General Eric Holder that instructed prosecutors to use their discretion and avoid long sentences for low-level drug offenders. Please sign my petition asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reconsider his push for mandatory minimum sentences. 

Weldon Angelos
42,676 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

A Pardon for David and Natalie DePriest (Sentenced to 22 years & 15 years for Marijuana!)

On August 25, 2011, my brother David DePriest and myself were arrested after a warrantless search and seizure of the townhouse that we leased (Later, the judge ruled the search to be acceptable due to a possible "imminent threat"). A maintenance man had entered the property without notice to change a fire extinguisher, and discovered 12 marijuana plants and about a pound of marijuana in a bedroom closet. He called the police and allowed them into the property.  We were not home. My brother and I are both college educated and hard working people. Neither of us had ever been in trouble in our lives. We had never harmed anyone or sold marijuana to anyone. However, because of the amount of marijuana found, we were charged with 2 class B felonies of Possession with Intent to Distribute & Manufacturing a Controlled Substance. There was also a third charge of Possession of an Illegal Weapon. (My brother is former military, and a Licensed/Certified Gunsmith). They claimed he had a rifle with a barrel that was 1/4" too short. I have never touched a gun in my life. After fighting the charges for two years, we made the terrible decision of pleading guilty. It's hard to describe what you go through in a situation like this. But, the state has a lot of power and you feel backed into a corner. We decided to plead guilty and request probation, since we were first time non-violent offenders. That is not what happened. My brother received a sentence of 22 years. I received a sentence of 15 years. After 4 years in prison, I was released on parole on Friday, May 19, 2017. My brother is still behind bars. He is scheduled for release in fall of 2018. All of this for a plant. Since pleading guilty and being incarcerated, both of us filed a Form 40 appeal for post-conviction relief based on ineffective assistance of counsel. In 2015, the Eastern District Court of Appeals unanimously vacated our guilty pleas and sentences, and ordered the St. Francois County court to either re-negotiate a plea deal or allow us to take our cases to trial. The prosecution appealed that decision to the Missouri Supreme Court. In 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court sent our cases back to St. Francois County for an evidentiary hearing in the case. In other words, we are looking at years and years of more court appearances. At any time, the prosecutor could avoid this court battle and re-negotiate a plea deal with lower sentences.  At this time, he refuses to do so . Therefore, my brother remains in a Missouri Prison and I remain on parole. We are asking that Governor Eric Greitens grant us each a pardon, so my brother can be released from prison and we can both go back to our lives and return to being productive members of society. Missouri has an extremely high prison population. The majority are non-violent drug offenders. We believe no one should be in prison for a plant. It is time to end prohibition. It is important to note, that over half of the states have legalized medical marijuana, and 8 states have legalized recreational marijuana. We believe the sentences we received were too harsh. Please sign this petition, so we can ask Governor Greitens for a pardon, and my brother can come home.    

Natalie DePriest
417 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Georgia State Senate, Honorable Judge Kimberly A. Childs, Victor Reynolds, Marty First, Georgia Governor

Support Scott Negron! Cobb County Must Stop Prosecution Of Negron For Medicinal Cannabis

The Negron/Mazurek (Medical), Cannabis "Trafficking" trial Case No.15-9-02848-42 Cobb County ,Georgia Superior Court I'm grateful for your interest, hope you will consider supporting my efforts at exoneration and accept my sincere intention to be a part of solutions & rational change for Georgia. If there is any further information needed, please do not hesitate to contact me. Excerpts from the Petition, article & statements: Essentially this criminal legal action seeks to use a questionable & problematic search warrant, to prosecute and imprison a seriously suffering and medically disabled medical cannabis patient & his caregiver. They are accused of growing a sizable amount of medical cannabis for his various treatments. No evidence or accusation of sales, no distribution, no scales, no money, no valuables, no monetary enrichment. The charge of "trafficking" is alleged simply on the technically arbitrary amount of plants seized by weight; that’s it. I write to you as a fellow American citizen in hope that you are an advocate of medicinal cannabis & will consider helping us to get their story in front of more people. Given the circumstance, we respectfully believe the State of Georgia has the wisdom, legal authority & discretion to make the decision not to prosecute. These are not the criminal traffickers the State has in mind when pursuing criminals. Here is further information in the form of a short bio links About the defendants: Scott is an ex-professional & volunteer, Firefighter/First res-ponder medic & business owner. He has been repeatedly awarded & cited over the past 30 years for multiple "acts of Civic Heroism" both on the job and as a civilian, for intervening in accidents/fires & violent crimes on the behalf of other people at great risk to himself. He has done thousands of hours of volunteer & pro-Bono work starting in the 70's teaching basic computing to young kids at Montessori summer school in Santa Barbara. Here is his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-negron-85411524 As he was raising his own son as a primary custody parent, he cared for his elderly grandparents through their struggle with Alzheimer's disease & dementia to maintain dignity in their old age for 12 years in his home as a custodial guardian, to keep them out of a nursing home until their death all while dealing with his own health issues & physical changes. He has worked hard, affected and saved many lives and served his community well. He is being painted as a criminal "with a history" because of several arrests (no convictions) on record and incredibly, his assistant/caregiver was being tried as an accomplice! David Mazurek, Born in Green Bay Wisconsin moved to Georgia in 1973 is a local resident. A graduate of Tucker High School & Georgia Tech. University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Aerospace Engineering. He worked in both Defense & Aerospace, held security clearances and (at 60 years old), has never been arrested, not even a misdemeanor traffic violation. He has never smoked, used or knowingly tried cannabis or any illegal narcotic in his life. In 2002 he went to work with Negron's small subcontracting business & eventually came to join their family, helping to care for "Jorge & Josephine", the grandparents as a live-in assistant caregiver. Jorge literally died in David’s arms & Josephine followed to the other side within months. After their deaths, Mazurek stayed on to help care for Scott's ever worsening medical disabilities. Despite never having used any illegal drugs in his entire life, both Mazurek & Negron were accused of "appearing heavily intoxicated with Cannabis". To sum up David’s culpability: an officer said: "there is no way he didn't know about it, so that means he was involved." There was also a misleading written accusation of violent assault being committed contained in and cited as probable cause on the application for the search warrant. This issue is about medical Freedom (of choice) or medical cannabis, illegal search & asset seizure. As Scott wrote: "We need your help and are asking, praying for help & calling on you, fellow citizens and friends: all Medical Cannabis advocates for desperately needed moral/vocal support." Statement from Negron: "I hope to convince you to take a minute to look into my case, sign & circulate this petition to support me, a fellow who is sick and now in mortal danger. You see, I have been extremely ill, plagued with severe paralyzing chronic pain, degenerative joints & even longer with debilitating digestive ailments similar to Crohn's disease. I've run the gauntlet of doctors, almost a dozen of them, pain management and watched other friends die from long term heavy pain medication. Steroid treatment for asthma helped kill my father at 50 years old. The acute, chronic pain started circa 2000, & by 2005 doctor prescribed pharmaceutical pain-killers/Pain management, massive regular doses of anti-inflammatory & analgesics made it 25%-35% worse, AND added over 200lbs to my weight in under 2 years. In 2010 I left pain management and began to use cannabis in various Medicinal ways to treat my pain, inflammation, as a digestive aid (primarily by consumption, and various other ways, such as Juiced, RAW), but I never participated in any black market activities. My health responded so well, that we began exploring further options on healing." In 2015, I was arrested in Cobb Country and without any evidence of dealing or distribution what-so-ever, I was indited with the ridiculous charge of "Trafficking". However ludicrous the charges are - I am facing FIFTEEN YEARS IN PRISON. Please read my story and sign the petition to keep me FREE to recover from my long illnesses and to pursue medical health and happiness. "My assistant/caregiver & I are being tried in Cobb County Georgia, accused of "Trafficking." Is this the appropriate charge for the accusation of growing my own supply of Medical Cannabis for my health conditions? This issue is about medical Freedom (of choice). We need your help. I am asking, praying for help and calling on you, fellow citizens and friends: GEORGIA Medical Cannabis patients are desperately in need MORAL/VOCAL support from advocates. This issue is not about politics, it's about people who are suffering. I am a patient; a human being who is suffering, not a drug dealer or criminal profiteer. I want people to understand that I do not view our justice system, the Judge, D.A. or officers in this case as enemies. I know they are simply doing their job. I hold no contempt for them. As a man and citizen, I truly want to be a benefit to this issue; I want to help develop solutions and in all modesty: After almost twenty years of constant illness & suffering and the constant research done to find out how to help myself, I feel qualified & knowledgeable enough to do so. The disinformation campaign waged against Cannabis has been over seventy years. I believe that everyone would benefit from further truthful education and tolerance when it comes to Medical Cannabis. If they knew the truth and the facts, I do not believe they would want to put us in prison. "People who need Cannabis as medicine should be able to access it without participating in black market criminal activities. I respectfully believe people should be able to get it or grow it legally and should not be turned into criminals, and I promise to do everything I can to help with this cause. Never in my life would I have intended to be in this position any more than I intended to be sick. My life is difficult right now but I am not here to whine. I am here to ask for help to fight." There are MANY OTHERS suffering worse than I am. Self preservation is a human right and the strongest power on earth in this country, over any office of government is the power of a Jury of citizens; the voice of the People. Does this sick man & His caregiver belong in prison? Imprisoning them for the decision to save himself from what he believed was a certain death is not in the best interest of the People. If you are interested in any further information, you are welcomed to contact us through the FaceBook group. PLEASE JOIN OUR GROUP FOR MORE INFORMATION. Chronic Pain: Common Sense Justice for Medical Cannabishttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1670252609868714/ - Article by Lionshare P.R. Here is a link to the petition: https://www.change.org/p/georgia-state-senate-honorable-judge-kimberly-childs-cobb-county-disrict-attorney-vic-reynolds-cobb-county-assistant-district-attorney-marty-first-georgia-governor-stop-criminal-prosecution-scott-negron-and-caregiver-david-mazurek-for-medicinal-cannabis Click here to support David & Scott's Legal Defense Fund!"Send $5 dollars & forward to FIVE people who care about this issue!"https://www.gofundme.com/save-a-gorilla Thank you for your support." Warmest RegardsThomas Scott Negron- 404 6681287scott_negron@yahoo.com

Scott Negron
763 supporters