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 October 3, 2015

jail prison daniel chong deaPatient Advocates Call On President Obama to Pardon All Defendants and Fully End Federal Prosecution of Medical Cannabis Patients

I received the following press release late yesterday:

Earlier today Rhonda Firestack-Harvey and Michelle Gregg were sentenced to one year and a day in connection to federal cannabis cultivation charges. Fellow defendant Rolland Gregg received a sentence of 33 months. All three were released pending appeal. In March the trio was acquitted of all crimes they were initially charged with, except for the “lesser included” charge of cannabis cultivation. The defendants were arrested in August of 2012 after the Drug Enforcement Agency seized cannabis plants on their property, which had been grown for medical purposes. They were barred from raising a medical necessity defense, despite Washington State law allowing for the cultivation of medical cannabis.

“Jail time for the Kettle Falls defendants is an embarrassment to the judicial system,” said Americans for Safe Access Executive Director Steph Sherer. “We’re calling on President Obama to pardon all three defendants immediately.”

Following the DEA raid charges were brought against Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, Rolland Gregg and Michelle Gregg as well as Larry Harvey and Jason Zucker. Charges were dropped against Larry Harvey who had been diagnosed with Stage IV terminal pancreatic cancer, but only a matter of days before the case went to trial, several months after his cancer diagnosis. Zucker pleaded guilty and received a 16 month sentence earlier this year after cooperating with the prosecution, although he remains free pending an appeal of his sentence.

“This case is exactly the type of wasteful and misguided use of the federal government’s prosecutorial powers that Congress has moved rein in with the Rohrabacher-Farr Medical Cannabis Amendment,” said ASA Press Secretary Christopher Brown. “Congress and the public have unambiguously rejected federal interference in state medical cannabis programs. It’s long past time to end to the federal prosecution of medical cannabis cases and instead focus limited prosecutorial resources towards fighting harmful criminal activity in our communities.”

Last year the Rohrabacher-Farr medical cannabis amendment was signed into law by President Obama. The amendment bans the Department of Justice from spending money to prevent the implementation of state-level medical cannabis programs, removing funding for federal medical cannabis raids, arrests and prosecutions in states where medical cannabis is legal. Earlier this year the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr medical cannabis amendment by an overwhelming margin of 242 to 186. The amendment was also passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee by a margin of 22-8. Amendment authors Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA) cited “criminal prosecutions, like the recent Kettle Falls case in Washington” as a motivation for the medical cannabis amendment in an April 8th, 2015 letter to then Attorney General Eric Holder. Rohrbacher and Farr have also called on the Inspector General’s Office to launch an investigation into violations of the Anti-Deficiency Act for raids and prosecutions of state-legal medical cannabis activities protected under the medical cannabis amendment.

Further Information:

Medical Marijuana Patients Applaud House Reauthorization Of Rohrabacher-Farr CJS Amendment
Senate Vote Reaffirms Congressional Support to End of Federal Interference In State-Level Medical Marijuana Programs
Rohrabacher-Farr Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder
Rohrabacher-Farr Letter Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz

Source: Americans for Safe Access

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  9 Responses to “All Three Defendants In Kettle Falls Medical Marijuana Cultivation Case Receive Jail Sentences”

  1.  

    Miscarriage of justice. You would think that the government has more important things to do than pick on medical marijuana patients. If anyone should be held accountable for crimes, I think it should be cartels not caregivers! FEEL THE BERN!!!

  2.  

    Absolutely a miscarriage of justice. These poor people get locked up but crooked Dea and or police get to keep their jobs and their lives. They don’t see any jail time.

  3.  

    No one in the jury ever hear of jury nullification. At most it would have taken one person to hang the jury. The DEA thugs have to be reigned in, better yet disbanded, this is one of the most corrupt institutions in the country ,other than congress.

  4.  

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Hicks is clearly an insect. And should be treated as such.

  5.  

    The DEA has proven itself to be totally ineffective in preventing the Cartels from gaining power, and expanding their territories. The DEA does not prevent drugs from crossing our borders. Instead of confronting international threats, the DEA uses its federal resources to crush small-time, local, American drug users. In this case, their federal resources were used against cancer patients. Tell me again, why do we need federal drug cops? Were these cancer patients too crafty, and dangerous for the local authorities to deal with? Are they a bigger threat than the Cartels of Mexico, and Colombia?

  6.  

    So much for the government’s claim they don’t prosecute patients …

  7.  

    Here’s that infamous,Obama hypocrisy,again.The man speaks out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and does something completely the opposite.Like persecuting cannabis patients in medical marijuana clinics.In states that have passed and had to fight for medical cannabis.This proves that not only is Obama,anti cannabis.He’s more than backing the imprisonment of sick people who need cannabis to survive.He’s sending out orders to jail anyone they can arrest and to send them to prison for years.That’s total hypocrisy.

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