Thursday, October 4, 2018




These are just a few serving Life without Parole for Marijuana

All Nonviolent Marijuana Offenders should have Clemency

 These are some of the nonviolent marijuana people serving sentences of Life for Pot

                               John Knock 11150-017                   
FCI Fairton
PO Box 420
Fairton, NJ.

Circuit:                                                 11th
Age:                                                    70                   
Charges:                                               Conspiracy to import, distribute and money launder
Priors:                                                              None
Incarcerated since                                1996 Sentenced Jan. 2001
Trial or Plea:                                        Trial
Health Issues:                                      Eye sight, Zygomatic Arch broken and not set, causes chronic sinus infections,            Ankle swells to 2X normal size

                               Ferrell Scott      27797-177
USP Allenwood
PO Box 3000
White Deer, PA. 17887

Circuit:                                                 5th
Age:                                                     55
Charges:                                               Conspiracy -possession
Incarcerated since:                               2007
Trial or Plea:                                        Trial

                                       Michael Pelletier        11109-036                     
Terre Haute USP
PO Box 33
Terre Haute, IN. 47808

Circuit:                                                 1st
Age:                                                     62
Charges:                                               Conspiracy to distribute
Priors:                                                  2 prior marijuana
Incarcerated Since:                              2006
Trial or Plea:                                        Trial
Health Issues:                                      Michael has been in a wheel chair since the age of 11 as a result of a farm accident

                                 Craig Cesal        52948-019                       
Terre Haute FCI
PO Box 33
Terre Haute, IN. 47808

Circuit:                                                 11th
Age:                                                      58
Charges:                                               Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute
Priors:                                                  trespassing – while in college
Incarcerated Since:                              March 2002
Trial or Plea:                                        Neither – Wanted to take back plea after 1 day – sentenced without trial Or plea
Health Issues:                                      Craig is a brittle diabetic and has a back injury from working for Unicorr

                                  Hector McGurk  25843-180                  
FCI Tucson
PO Box 23811
Tucson, AZ. 85734

Circuit:                                                 4th
Age:                                                     58
Charges:                                               Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute conspiracy to money launder
Incarcerated Since:                              7/3/2003
Trial or Plea:  Trial –                            1st        12/2004           hung jury        4/13/2005 convicted
Health Issues:                                      diabetes 

                                  Andy Cox            89487-020                               
USP Big Sandy
PO Box 2068
Inez, KY 41224

Circuit:                                                 11th
Age:                                                     54
Charges:                                               Conspiracy to manufacture marijuana - growing
Priors:                                                  2 marijuana priors
Incarcerated Since:                              3/13/2008                    sentenced 2/6/2009
Trial or Plea:  Trial                               Trial
Health Issues              

                              Ismael Lira                  45946 – 190
USP Terre Haute
PO Box 33
Terre Haute, IN. 47808

Circuit:                                                 5th
Age:                                                     40
Charges:                                               Conspiracy to distribute marijuan
Priors:                                                  None
Sentenced:                                           Oct. 6. 2006
Trial or plea:                                        Trial

                          Paul Free  42235– 198
FCI Phoenix
37910 N. 45th Ave
Phoenix, AZ. 85086

Circuit:                                                 6th
Age:                                                     67
Charges:                                               Conspiracy to distribute marijuana
Priors:                                                  1976 marijuana
Sentenced:                                           1994
Trial or plea:                                        Trial

                      PedroMoreno        71498-079
USP Atwater
P.O. Box 019001
Atwater, CA. 95301

Circuit                                                 5th
Age                                                     58
Incarcerated since                               1996
Trial or Plea:                                        Plea

                       WayQuoe Long 00047-111
FCI Victorville
P.O. Box 92301                                  Way has a de-facto life sentence of 50 years
Adlanto, CA, 92301

Circuit:                                                9th
Age:                                                    56                               
Charge:                                                Conspiracy
Priors:                                                  dui 1989
Incarcerated since:                              1998
Trial or Plea:                                        Trial

                        CorvainCooper  64301-112
USP Atwater
P.O. Box 01900
Atwater, CA. 95301

Circuit:                                                4th
Age:                                                    39
Charge:                                                Conspiracy
Priors:                                                  Two nonviolent marijuana
Incarcerated since:                              2013
Trial or Plea                                         Trial

                          Rafael Hernandez-Carrillo      67485-061
USP Atwater
P.O. Box 19001
Atwater, CA. 95301

Circuit:                                                6th
Age                                                     39
Charge:                                                CCE – Conspiracy
Incarcerated since:                              2008
Trial or Plea:                                        Trial

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Prisoners Left Behind


The Prisoners Left Behind

How Barack Obama’s clemency operation failed thousands of drug offenders, some serving long sentences for cannabis crimes, and left them at the mercy of Donald Trump’s whims.
The last full day of Barack Obama’s presidency sent years of hopes crashing down for John Richard Knock. On January 19, 2017, Knock sat in his federal prison cell in the middle of Pennsylvania, waiting for a letter. He listened to a small radio that played an NPR station’s reporting on the state’s recently adopted medical marijuana program. For Knock, the report felt like bitter irony: For years, he had watched as cannabis investors began to reel in money for the same activities that had put him behind bars twenty-one years earlier.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

July 20,2018 In the New York Times there was an Op-Ed by David  Leondhart encouraging new studies about the safety of marijuana. 

My question is why.  Over the last 30 years there have been literally tens of thousands of studies done by academic institutions, criminal justice policy organizations, medical research institutes, not for profit groups and the federal government. 

You may pick and choose the results that fit your agenda.  No matter what your agenda is, you will find a study that supports it.  In the meantime, there are over 550,000 arrests per year for marijuana offenses.  Although they are not all charged and prosecuted, this interface with law enforcement is often the first encounter for young people and severely compromises their future.

It is estimated that marijuana prohibition may cost up to $ 42 billion dollars per year to investigate, arrest, prosecute and incarcerate.  That does not include the cost of the constant studies funded by government to examine the effects of marijuana use.  What is the purpose of this obsession to study, control and punish those who use this substance that has been legalized to some degree by over 30 states?

The most unfathomable fact about marijuana prohibition is that it still remains on the Controlled Substance Act as a Schedule I drug.  This is a classification that tells us that marijuana is more dangerous than OxyContin, fentanyl and methamphetamine all of which are Schedule II drugs.  All our federal government agencies and regulatory bodies apparently see no contradiction to this official designation. 

There are nonviolent people serving sentences of life without parole for marijuana   offences.  This is happening at the same time that hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in marijuana business enterprises.  Those doing the investing include past and present elected officials. This is a contradiction that is not fiscally responsible and does not speak to justice and respect for the law.

It appears that the constant data demands never result in action.  Administrative agencies and regulatory bodies have researched, studied, set standards and procedures and recommended change throughout this time.  They have been focused on gaining control and making recommendations that are minuscule and have to be studied and amended and approved by other regulators and agencies till there is no space for actual reform. 
In the meantime, the power of the justice department and law enforcement agencies continues to grow and expand as does the prison population.  This is why I don't fear major disruption of federal agencies. They have failed in the most profound way to assure that there is not egregious prosecution, sentencing and incarceration for marijuana and all other nonviolent drug offenders.

There are many stake holders who would like to maintain the status quo.  They are public employees, law enforcement and prison private contractors, pharmaceutical companies, alcohol and spirits enterprises and surprisingly not for profit and for profit organizations with contracts for recovery and re-entry. 

There may be many reasons to continue to study the risks of marijuana and do nothing to make the law compatible with reality, but I maintain the major factor is economic.  Marijuana prohibition is a big government program.