Petition to Ralph S. Northam, Michelle Obama
JUSTICE FOR ELIJAH NICHOLS
On September 28, 2017 Elijah decided to take a break from studying, he wanted some social interaction so he decided to go to a predominantly white fraternity party with some friends. When Elijah walked through he saw people partying, smoking and drinking alcohol which was given by fraternity brothers from behind the desk, they were handing out liquor and beer. Elijah asked 1 of the fraternity brothers if it was ok if he were to roll a joint, he was told he could so he went to another room as instructed. When Elijah went to the other room he saw 2 white guys and 1 female in the room and saw a white substance which he didn’t know what it was. Once Elijah saw this, he is now being asked to leave. While he is trying to leave he is yanked up off of his feet placed in a head lock, while his feet is lifted off of the ground, unable to yell for help, unable to breath. This is happening while another guy is punching him. Elijah saw fit to defend himself as he went into survival mode out of fear, thinking that he wasn't going to make it out alive. Elijah was finally able to get away from his attackers after he defended himself, as he was running he was being chased while being called a nigger, then he was tripped by the third attacker. These guys bullied Elijah! On December 17, 2018 an African American man named Elijah Nichols , whom turned 18 years old on August 6, 2017 was handed down a 45 year sentence. The judge suspended the 45 years, however the sentence is over his head for 45 years, being that the sentence is not dismissed. Elijah must serve 10 years immediately, with 20 years of probation following his release for stabbing three white guys whom were attacking him while attending a fraternity party in Radford, VA. Elijah Nichols is a teen father, was the captain of the William Fleming varsity basketball team and he graduated with honors. It has always been instilled in Elijah to go to college to make something of himself and not to become a statistic. Being a father at 17 years old did not stop Elijah from wanting more out of life and to be a role model for his young son. Elijah decided to go to Radford University so that he would be able to come home on the weekends to be able to continue to have a relationship with his baby boy and be able to raise him. Elijah is being punished for defending himself against 3 attackers, which is unfair. The judge who sentenced Elijah went over the 1st time offenders guidelines of 3.5 years to 8 years. This judge is known for handing down harsher sentences to people of color. The day that Elijah was sentenced the judge told him that " I am going to use you as an example". The commonwealth prosecuting attorney asked the judge for a sentence of 5 years which the judge disregarded. Elijah has never been in trouble, this is his first offense. The judge did not take any of that into consideration. While Elijah spoke and his character witnesses spoke, which consisted of a police office whom is a former Carolina Panther, a Doctor of Theology, his mother and grandfather. The judge closed his eyes and nodded off showing his disinterest in their statements. If Elijah would not have defended himself, because of the location and the type of community Radford Virginia is. Just as they are sticking together with their story of the incident, if this would have been about a young black male found beaten or even dead no one would have seen anything amongst a large group of onlookers who are afraid of these fraternity brother bullies, they would have turned a blind eye and nothing would have been done. Even a strong witness for Elijah was afraid for their safety as the detective went around campus with a picture of them asking students is they knew who the person is, due to this it caused this witness to remove themselves from being a witness in Elijah's case. If the roles were reversed and it was 3 African American men attacking 1 white male, they would have been called thugs and the white man defending himself against them would have been considered justified. These are the words of Elijah Nichols, for I am standing in proxy for him telling his story. Elijah is your son, he is your grandson, he is your brother, he is your nephew! We are asking for Elijah to be released on time served as he defended himself while being attacked.
Petition to President of the United States
Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website
My son, Ross Ulbricht, is a first-time offender serving a double life sentence without parole, plus 40 years, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges at trial. He was never prosecuted for causing harm or bodily injury and no victim was named at trial. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. There is a growing consensus that Ross’s case is a miscarriage of justice and close to 100 eminent organizations and individuals have voiced their support. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where consenting users chose what to buy and sell as long as no third party was harmed (some listings were prohibited). Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for selling drugs himself but for creating a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. All the other defendants related to the case―including the actual drug sellers and the creator of Silk Road 2―received sentences ranging from 17 months to 10 years. Ross’s investigation, trial and sentencing were rife with abuse. This includes corrupt federal investigators (now in prison) who were hidden from the jury, as well as prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations and reliance on uncharged, false allegations at sentencing. Ross was smeared in the media through false and inaccurate reporting. Ross was not treated fairly and his sentence is draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that starting Silk Road was a terrible mistake that he deeply regrets, that he never intended harm, and that he has learned the heavy price of breaking the law. Ross is not a danger to anyone. If released tomorrow, he would never come near breaking the law again. Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man who is very much loved and has much to give. The judge received 100 letters attesting to his excellent character and how much he has helped others. These include those in prison, where he has demonstrated exemplary behavior and tutored, led classes, and helped fellow inmates. Keeping Ross caged for life helps no one; will cost taxpayers about $2 million; and deprives society of an exceptionally kind, generous and creative person. Even in the face of his walking death sentence, Ross clings to the hope of a second chance and dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to contribute to society. Please sign this petition and help bring Ross home. Learn more about Ross's case at FreeRoss.org.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Repeal outdated MARIJUANA laws, and release federal marijuana prisoners ...
Here in the United States, more than thirty states have legalized marijuana to some degree. Ten states and the District of Columbia have downright decriminalized marijuana for recreational purposes. It is widely accepted as a form of medicine to treat epilepsy, pain, and many other physical and mental ailments. And two thirds of the population supports decriminalization. Nevertheless, marijuana is still illegal under federal law. It's classified as a schedule 1 controlled substance, a schedule above Crack and Meth. As a result, non-violent men and women remain imprisoned with harsh sentences for marijuana offenses. Take, for example, Quawntay Adams, a 43-year-old father who has been imprisoned a jaw-dropping fifteen years for merely attempting to possess marijuana. More troubling is the fact that he still has twenty years remaining on his 35-year sentence. Clearly our outdated marijuana laws are fundamentally unfair when a non-violent man could be sentenced to life in prison for the very same conduct wealthy business men legally recieve wealth and no punishment for. This inequality and, frankly, unequal protection of the law is a result of outdated and conflicting marijuana laws in the United States. The only solution is an end to prohibition and the immediate release of federal prisoners who've served more than ten years for marijuana offenses. By signing this petition you are supporting the change of such outdated laws and the release of non-violent offenders who've served more than 10 years for marijuana offenses. I encourage you all to sign and help bring awareness to this cause by informing others and demanding justice every chance you get. #FreeQuawntay and #FreePotPrisoners
Petition to chuck schumer
Get Chuck Schumer to Support the Marijuana Justice Act
ProblemThe Controlled Substances Act (CSA) passed under President Nixon in the 1970’s classified marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. That is, marijuana is deemed to have no accepted medical use and is furthermore considered to have high potential for abuse and dependence. In relativistic terms, marijuana’s risk of abuse is currently classified as higher than both cocaine and methamphetamine, which are Schedule 2 drugs. While there have been petitions in the past for the DEA to reschedule marijuana, including petitions from the FDA and Health and Human Services, these petitions have all been denied. The reasons for this lack of rescheduling have been chalked up to everything from supposed racial motivations in Nixon’s original legislation and subsequent War on Drugs to a lack of research into actual medical benefits of marijuana. Regardless, policy and public opinion on marijuana has continued to evolve even without this change in scheduling. This shift is evidenced by the fact that today 30 States have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form, and eight of these States along with Washington D.C. have legalized it recreationally. Furthermore, public opinion has shifted dramatically in the past few decades. Support for the legalization of marijuana has increased substantially in the past 40 years. The importance of legislation on the legalization of marijuana cannot be overstated. Laws which seek to reschedule and decriminalize marijuana usage can be extremely beneficial for communities that are disproportionately impacted by current enforcement - communities that are often predominantly made up of minorities or low-income individuals. Furthermore, legislation on the legalization of marijuana could apply retrospectively to persons currently serving prison time for possession which would allow these individuals to appeal their cases. It is for these reasons that I believe the bill in question, S.1689 (Marijuana Justice Act) should be advocated for in the Senate so that the issue of marijuana can be legislated on effectively once and for all. SolutionThis Marijuana Justice act was introduced to the Senate on August 1st, 2017 by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and is a companion Bill to H.R. 4815 in the House. The bill would decriminalize marijuana on a federal level by removing it entirely from the CSA. With respect to people currently serving time in federal prison for marijuana related crimes, this law would make it so that these individuals could petition the court for resentencing. Furthermore, the law would retroactively, expunge the records of all individuals convicted of marijuana possession. Aside from the goal of decriminalizing marijuana, this bill also looks to deal with the consequences that the War on Drugs has had on marginalized communities by creating a reinvestment fund for these communities. This reinvestment fund is meant to be paid for with $500,000,000 worth of funds withheld from States deemed to have a disproportionate arrest/incarceration rate for marijuana related offences by minority peoples. The bill’s policy hypothesis as given in Booker’s own words is to reverse the effects of the 1994 Crime Bill by creating incentives for states to change their marijuana laws. The incentives would be, of course, the funding for law enforcement and prisons that would be withheld if a states’ marijuana laws are found to be discriminatory.
Petition to high times
Bring the high times cannabis cup to Illinois
I want everyone in Illinois to see how beautiful and impactful this event is. This is event is extremely helpful, they give you plenty of information they give you access to the medicine we need. This event is absolutely amazing just look at all the success it has in other states where they hold them every year. Not only that but it brings everyone together it brings peace and love aren’t you all tired of fighting with each other. I want to see everyone happy, medicated, loved, and having an amazing time in life and high times you could do that for my state please bring the cannabis cup to Illinois.
Petition to Faris Al-Rawi
Legalise cannabis in Trinidad and Tobago
Jail is no place for non-violent offenders who break a law whose very basis was highly immoral and contravenes the Constitutional right to freedom and to enjoyment of one's property, among others. The prisons in Trinidad are already extremely overcrowded and conditions are inhumane. People in Remand Yard have been waiting for years for a trial date. The Dangerous Drugs Act permits possession, use, sale and cultivation of marijuana - all that is required is for the Minister of Health to write the regulations by which licences can be issued. With numerous studies showing that marijuana has therapeutic and medical benefits, and many countries moving towards legalisation or decriminalisation, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago must address the fact that as long as ganja remains illegal, it will always be under the control of criminal gangs because demand continues to grow for marijuana locally, regionally and internationally.
Petition to Council President John A. Michitson, Council Vice President Thomas J. Sullivan, Councillor Joseph J. Bevilacqua, Councillor Colin F. LePage, Councillor Timothy J. Jordan, Councillor William J. Macek, Councillor Mary Ellen Daly O'Brien, Councillor Michael S. McGonagle, Mayor James J. Fiorentini, Councillor Melinda Barrett
Vote to Ban Marijuana Retail in Haverhill, MA
Unless Haverhill convinces our City Council to put this topic back to a vote and let Haverhill residents decide to opt out, our city will have to allow multiple (6) marijuana dispensaries in our city, making them a fixture in many areas. Haverhill may become a marijuana retail destination for neighboring towns especially as multiple towns around us have already banned retail marijuana sales. Methuen, Lawrence, Merrimac, North Andover, and Andover all have voted to ban marijuana retail from their cities and towns. Some things to consider: Many of the marijuana retail zones in Haverhill are in residential neighborhoods, close to schools and highways. These could increase traffic and crime in local communities and impact housing values. Citizens of New Hampshire and other states will be able to purchase and consume marijuana products in our city. There are already applications for marijuana retail shops in Bradford, Downtown, Amesbury Road (Old Seafood Etc Location) and on 125 near Grande Mexico. Haverhill is a great city and has improved a lot in the last several years, marijuana retail could undo that progress and our city would become a destination and attraction in a negative way.Haverhill's City Council made the decision to NOT put a ballot referendum measure for vote before the marijuana retail moratorium expired in 2018 forcing the city (by state law) to create districts within the city to allow marijuana retail shops. BUT the citizens have the right to demand the city put a ballot referendum to vote. According to state law - "the city or town must pass the ban through a ballot referendum measure where all voters of their town/city would have an opportunity to vote." Haverhill would need 10% of registered voters (about 4K petitioners) to force the city to put a ban up for vote. I started this petition because...There are already 2 applications for marijuana retail shops in my community of mostly residential homes and there are others across the city. As a long time Haverhill resident it would be crushing to us and many families to see their home values decline and neighborhoods negatively impacted by marijuana retail. Voters in 2016 did not realize they would be forced to allow a certain number of marijuana retail shops in their towns. If Haverhill could put all the marijuana retail shops in office parks away from residents that would be great, but Massachusetts law states any city that does not ban marijuana retail must allow a certain number of shops based on certain criteria. For Haverhill it is at least 6 shops. Please sign this petition and email the mayor plus all city council members.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Lawrence Kupers, William N Taylor II
GRANT CLEMENCY TO OUR SON EDWIN RUBIS - 40 YEARS FOR MARIJUANA IS NOT JUSTICE
Our son, Edwin Rubis, is serving a federal sentence of 40 years for a non-violent marijuana offense. [www.marijuanaliferproject.org/federal-prisoner-edwin-rubis-is-serving-life-for-marijuana/ 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.