Saturday, February 9, 2019

A DISCUSSION OF MERCY AND COMPASSION



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It is more apparent now than ever before that today’s cannabis business enterprise is yesterday’s marijuana conspiracy.  Marijuana prohibition is a big government program.

I’m writing to ask you to support our effort to secure clemency and retroactive sentencing relief for nonviolent marijuana offenders serving sentences of life without parole and other egregiously long sentences for cannabis.  The current climate of legalization has made these sentences an Eighth Amendment issue.  It can be said that this sentencing fosters disrespect for the criminal justice system.

For the past ten years, Life for Pot has been advocating for sentencing relief/clemency for nonviolent marijuana offenders.  Tangentially, this would also include removing marijuana from the CSA Schedule.

Over the years, we have encouraged criminal justice reform groups to carve out marijuana sentencing as a category that needs individual emphasis.  There has been very little interest in this category, although many do break out juveniles, women, minorities and crack cocaine.
 
The reason for this hesitance is not clear to me but the discussion always seems to gravitate to a discussion about inclusiveness and a perception that a carve out for marijuana offenders would imply that they were more “worthy” of consideration than other people serving egregious sentences for all drugs and nonviolent people charged with a violent offense on the worst day of their lives. 

We see this carve out as comparable to categories for women, minorities, juveniles, crack offenders.  We also believe that if we cannot find mercy and compassion for nonviolent marijuana offenders we have very little hope that there will be a shift toward redemption for all.   

In the current climate of legalization, Please consider marijuana sentencing reform as a category for advocacy.   The impact of marijuana prohibition and its huge influence on egregious prosecution and incarceration needs attention. It may in fact be the single most influential policy in introducing youth and disadvantaged communities to the criminal justice system. 

In 2017, there were 659,700 arrests for marijuana offenses.  They were not all prosecuted, but the intersection with the criminal justice system and the arrest record, begins the long journey.  No doubt, many of these arrests are disadvantaged

youth and young adults.  In many cases these individuals are low hanging fruit for law enforcement statistics.

Additionally we would address the fact that there are nonviolent people serving sentences of life without parole for a product that is now a billion dollar industry.  These individuals serving life sentences will not receive sentencing relief through the First Step Act as they were charged with conspiracy and were sentenced without plea agreements or substantial assistance.  These nonviolent people will not receive sentencing relief from the First Step Act.  They need Presidential Commutations. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019


WHEN WARS END - CLEMENCY IS GRANTED 

TODAY'S CANNABIS BUSINESS PLAN IS YESTERDAY'S MARIJUANA CONSPIRACY

END THE FAILED WAR ON MARIJUANA

WE NEED CLEMENCY FOR A CATEGORY OF PRISONERS - THOSE SERVING SENTENCES OF LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR MARIJUANA

 Life for Pot web site

Over 600,000 arrests per year are because of marijuana prohibition Cannabis Enterprises are a $20,000,000.000.00  dollar business and growing People serving sentences of life without parole for marijuana offenses need
Presidential Clemency/sentencing relief 

This is why we need Clemency and Sentencing Reform 
War Metaphors have made the US the World’s Jailer

We Give Life Sentences to Nonviolent Drug Offenders

The Result of the War on Drugs

          1. Coarsened our Culture
       2. Increased the use of conspiracy charges
       3. Diluted our Sixth Amendment Right to                Trial
       4. Increased the prison population by 734%
           since 1980   
       5. Increased the cost of incarceration by
           2,000% since 1980
       6. Made us the World’s Jailer


Nonviolent drug offenders do not receive sentences of life without parole in any other developed country. 

This sentence is fiscally irresponsible, does not speak to mercy, compassion, does not fit the crime and is not just.

Conspiracy charges coupled with exercising your 6th amendment right to trial results in a sentence many times higher than
Co-defendants. 

Conspiracy makes you responsible for the offenses of multitudes of people over all the years of the conspiracy.

There is no definitive evidence, only the testimony of:

1. Co-operating witnesses testifying for a plea,

2. Confidential informants testifying for money or a % of the forfeiture and

3. Agents

Examples of Clemency Granted for Categories of Offenders

Washington           Granted Clemency to members of the Whiskey
                              Rebellion
Jefferson               Granted Clemency to violators of the Sedition
                             Act
Madison               Granted Clemency to the Lafitte Pirates after War
                             of 1812
Lincoln                 Granted Clemency to Dakota Indians and Civil
                             War Deserters
Johnson                Granted Clemency to Confederate Soldiers
Grant                    Granted Clemency to Confederate Leaders
Harrison               Granted Clemency to LDS members for 
                              plural marriages         
Roosevelt             Granted Clemency to participants of Philippine
                             Insurrection
Harding                Granted Clemency to violators of WWI Sedition
                             Act
Kennedy               Granted Clemency to violators of the Narcotics
                             Control Act
Ford                     Granted Clemency to violators of Selective
                             Service Act
Carter                   Granted Clemency to violators of Selective
                             Service Act








Tuesday, December 4, 2018

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS


Life for Pot




HAPPY HOLIDAYS
NONVIOLENT MARIJUANA OFFENDERS SERVING SENTENCES OF LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE NEED CLEMENCY TO CELEBRATE WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
IT’S A NEW DAY

MARIJUANA PROHIBITION IS A BIG GOVERNMENT PROGRAM



TODAY’S CANNABIS BUSINESS PLAN =
YESTERDAY’S MARIJUANA CONSPIRACY

THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES ARE WAITING FOR THEM TO RETURN AND BE PART OF THEIR LIVES



           Life for Pot              http://www.lifeforpot.com






Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Today's Cannabis Business Plan is Yesterday's Marijuana Conspiracy

Life for Pot site

Marijuana Prohibition is a 
Big Government Program 



Life for Cannabis

Marijuana Prohibition is a Big Government Program
TODAY’S CANNABIS BUSINESS PLAN
YESTERDAY’S MARIJUANA CONSPIRACY

Decriminalizing marijuana is an act that has support on both sides of the political spectrum. 

Two Executive Actions that can save up to $42 Billion a year that could be spent on infrastructure and prevent over 500,000 arrests annually
I. Executive Actions

    A. Group or Category Clemency – Amnesty for all nonviolent
         federal marijuana inmates who have served 5 years for
         a marijuana only offense

            1. Model this initiative on Gerald Ford’s Clemency
                initiative for those who
                violated the Selective Service Act
            2. Grant commutations by creating a board within the White
                House modeled on Gerald Ford’s clemency of selective 
                service violators.

     B. Remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act’s
          schedule and regulate it like alcohol

II. Desired Objective
    
      A. De scheduling marijuana may save up to $42 Billion
           dollars a year in enforcement, prosecution and incarceration
      B. Make billions of dollars available annually for infrastructure

III. Rational

      A. Over 29 states and the District of Columbia have
           legalized cannabis to some degree

       B. Over 70% if the population believes that marijuana should
            not be criminalized

       C. This is an item that has bi-partisan support


IV. The cannabis business is growing exponentially.  Like all
       successful business enterprises it is based on the knowledge
       and experience of past entrepreneurs 

V.   It has become increasingly incongruous to have Cannabis
       business plans being implemented for a product that has
       given others a sentence of life without parole

VI. Challenges to overcome – Those who are financially 
       dependent on maintaining
       this administrative designation of marijuana
      
       A. Public Employees Unions for law enforcement, correction
            officers, etc.
       B. Businesses with vendor contracts for prisons and law
            enforcement
       C. Pharmaceutical companies
       D. Lobbyists for businesses and non-profits with government
            contracts for
            re-entry and recovery
       E. Lobbyists for alcohol and spirits


Regulating marijuana like alcohol will save up to
$ 42 billion that can be used to rebuild our aging infrastructure and prevent over 550,000 arrests annually.

Today’s Cannabis Business Plan

Yesterday’s Marijuana Conspiracy

The War on Drugs is a Big Government Program