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Petition to FAMM , Donald J. Trump, North Carolina Governor, Can-Do , NYSACDL

Non-Violent Man Locked Up For 20 Years For Marijuana: Free Valon M. Vailes

Valon M. Vailes, inmate number 01394196: On July 19, 2007, the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina Charlotte Division, the United States of America, found Mr. Vailes guilty with the conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to distribute and sentenced Mr. Vailes to a maximum of 20-years of imprisonment including 10-years of probation once released. He currently resides at the Otisville Correctional Facility, Otisville New York, and is looking for support from advocates, friends, and family to support the petition of Valon Vailes clemency. Over the past 12-years of Mr. Vailes incarceration, the recreational use of marijuana has become legalized in several states across America, such as the "Commonwealth" state of Massachusetts, Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. We are living in a different time, where marijuana is, a commodity amongst the pharmaceutical companies, due to the high demand of the medicinal use of marijuana, that has been legalized in 24 states in America for "medical use only"; the therapeutic hash is at an all-time time. With the rise of legalization of marijuana, many people are joining the "Green Rush," including celebrities like Actor Woody Harrelson—who believes the use of marijuana should be regarded as a "victimless crime" and a personal freedom. You have Snoop Dog and Wiz Khalifa as well as investing in the pot industry. 12-years is a long time to be still incarcerated for marijuana, Mr. Vailes has been away far too long from his family, he is the father of four children and a grandfather of two grandchildren, with one on the way. The criminalization of marijuana exclusively affects Black/African American, and the Hispanic community, people like Valon Vailes, are consistently over-incarcerated over non-violent offenses. It is the hope that you will be apart of the hashtag #FreeValon movement in support of him in being granted clemency, this is an injustice that has caused years of anguish amongst his children, siblings, parents, and others affected by Valon incarceration. Please sign and share the petition and let freedom prevail for the return of Valon Marcel Vailes.

Lithera Forbes
797 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump

22 Years are Far TOO LONG for Operating a Medical Marijuana Dispensary ! FREE MY DAD!!!

22 Years in Prison are Far TOO LONG for Operating a State-Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary!!!  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 20 years plus an additional 1 year 8 months. Today, marijuana is fully legal in 9 states and D.C. and medical marijuana is legal in 29 states  --  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, many of them were raided and shut down by the federal government. My Dad was an owner of one of these STATE-LEGAL dispensaries but since his conviction, the Department of Justice and Congress have made changes in law and policy that means my Dad would not be arrested if he was operating a medical cannabis dispensary 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) - a law designed to prosecute Drug Kingpins! 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 stopped prosecuting medical—or even recreational—marijuana providers who are operating under state laws. Things have changed dramatically in the medical and recreational marijuana industries!!   And President Trump recently indicated he will support the legalization of marijuana -- finally putting an end to the destructive and wasteful war on marijuana and allowing states to decide. President Trump has also publicly stated his desire to issue more commutations and pardons to individuals who were unfairly treated.   Unless he receives a commutation from President Trump, my Dad will have to serve his full 22 year sentence while others currently prosper for doing the same thing he did: operating a state-legal medical marijuana dispensary! 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 my petition and ask our President to grant my Dad sentence commutation.  Thank you for your support!  To read more about Luke's case go to the CAN-DO Foundation's site. To view a recent compelling and heartbreaking video of Luke's story, please go to "Luke Scarmazzo: Injustice Episode 4" on YouTube  

Jasmine Scarmazzo
156,353 supporters