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Medical Marijuana Pioneer Tom Daubert Federal Sentencing Today

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montana medical marijuana tom daubertTom Daubert Will Be Sentenced In Federal Court Today In Montana

I saw this come across Marijuana Policy Project’s Twitter page and felt the need to pass it along:

Tom Daubert, a drug policy reform activist with a long history of work for humane medical marijuana laws, recently reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors after his former business, Montana Cannabis, was raided by federal agents in March 2011. His sentencing hearing will be held today at the federal courthouse in Missoula. Despite having worked closely with state and local law enforcement leaders throughout his involvement in marijuana production for state-legal patients, Tom faces a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison for his role as a managing partner in Montana Cannabis.

Daubert’s story leading up to these charges is featured in the new documentary CODE OF THE WEST, which premiered this year at SXSW – a portrait of the medical marijuana political debate in Montana and its implications beyond. During the filming of the documentary in 2010, Daubert offered tours of his company, Montana Cannabis, to state law enforcement officials and politicians.

States, with strong popular support, have been experimenting with modifying drug policy to make marijuana available for medical purposes, notwithstanding that it stands in violation of federal law. In 2009 the Obama Administration signaled that it would not prosecute producers who complied with state medical marijuana laws. Daubert cooperated with state authorities, seeking to operate within the framework of state law that was admittedly ambiguous – and he has not been charged in state court with any violations of Montana state law.

Please watch and share our clip from the film. More info on our website: codeofthewestfilm.com

Code of the West CLIP – Growhouse Tour 2010

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  1. And at the same time Tom is being sentenced, family, friends, and supporters are gathered at the Courthouse in Helena in mixed mourning and protest because the federal law killed Montana Cannabis partner Richard Flor, who was starting a five-year sentence for legally growing medical marijuana in Montana. He desperately needed medical attention, but the Judge refused to release him pending appeal, and he died while being sent to another prison.

    Also, at the same time Tom is being sentenced, Chris Lindsey, another Montana Cannabis partner, is pleading “guilty” to crimes he didn’t commit either, but the feds threatened so many years it was almost impossible for anyone to resist. Montana Cannabis’s grower, Chris Williams, has not plead guilty and is scheduled for trial.

    One of the causes is the lack of attention paid by the advocacy community nationwide and the almost complete lack of support by anyone in Montana for the four Montana Cannabis partners. If there had been support, it’s pretty certain (at least I think) that Richard would not be dead, and Chris and Tom would not be pleading guilty to crimes they did not expect when they started and operated Montana Cannabis.

    I just thought you’d like to know, if you didn’t already.

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