New York Times Op-Ed doc shines light on DEA’s policy of ignoring of legal marijuana

Despite the legality of medicinal marijuana in 18 states and Washington D.C. the Federal government has shown no indication is will stop interfering with state laws and continue to conduct DEA raids. Even with the new legalization legislation in Colorado and Washington State there will still be national drug enforcement actively ignoring the will of the people.

In a new Op-Ed documentary video for the New York Times Rebecca Richman Cohen put the camera on a man who had his Montana grow house shut down by federal agents and now faces a prison sentence 50 years longer than convicted Penn State pedophile Jerry Sandusky’s 30 year term.

“Our federal marijuana policy is increasingly out of step with both the values of American citizens and with state law,” she wrote. “The result is a system of justice that is schizophrenic and at times appalling.”

Read the full piece on NYT website.

Leading up to Mr. Williams’s trial, federal prosecutors offered him various plea bargains, but he turned them all down. He believed, quixotically enough, that he deserved his day in court. He held this conviction even though prosecutors precluded him from presenting his compliance with state law as a defense to the federal charges. Without this essential context, the jury heard a deeply distorted version of Mr. Williams’s story.

After Mr. Williams’s conviction, the United States attorney general’s office came back with a new deal. If he waived his right to appeal, they would drop most of the charges so that he would face a minimum of 10 years in prison and pay a $288,000 judgment.

His response? “This is nothing more than slavery and completely disregards my rights as a citizen of the United States of America. I have declined the offer.”

 

 

Via Boing Boing

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