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Prison for Growing Medical Cannabis in a State Where itís Legal?
Oct 8th, 2015 at 9:46pm
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ďTruth In Mediaís Joshua Cook recently interviewed Rolland Gregg, a Washington medical marijuana patient who was charged by the federal government for growing and consuming cannabis along with others in a group now known as the Kettle Falls Five. Gregg and four others were federally charged in spite of a rider within the 2014 ďcromnibusĒ federal spending bill that forbids the Department Of Justice from undermining states that have legalized marijuana. Gregg is facing 33 months in federal prison.

The Kettle Falls Five- consisting of Washington medical marijuana patients Larry Harvey (now deceased); his widow, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey; Rhondaís son, Rolland Gregg; Rollandís wife, Michelle Gregg; and friend Jason Zucker- established a cannabis collective on a northeastern Washington property owned by Rhonda and Larry. The collective was operated in accordance with Washington law before they were raided by federal agents in 2012.

Despite Washingtonís law allowing for the cultivation and consumption of medical cannabis, the federal government superseded the state and pursued a case against the Kettle Falls Five, arguing that the Five were growing cannabis to distribute. During the trial, no one was allowed to discuss the groupís use of cannabis for medical purposes or the fact that they had obtained doctorsí recommendations.

Charges were dropped against Larry Harvey due to the progression of his pancreatic cancer. Larry passed away in August. Jason Zucker took a plea deal ahead of the trial and received a 16-month sentence. Following the trial, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey and Michelle Gregg each received a one-year sentence; Rolland Gregg received the strictest sentence of 33 months.Ē

The full interview can be found @
http://truthinmedia.com/exclusive-medical-cannabis-patient-prison-speaks-out/

And if youíd like to help, a petition to the White House was set up for them - https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/pardon-kettle-falls-five-0


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Re: Prison for Growing Medical Cannabis in a State Where itís Legal?
Reply #1 - Oct 9th, 2015 at 3:11pm
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Every man, woman, and child on this planet has a natural (God given?) right to cultivate and use cannabis in any way that he or she deems fit.

It cannot be made illegal for the same reason that growing tomatoes or carrots cannot be made illegal.†

Each time I read about people falling victim to Cov't oppression regarding personal cannabis use, a small part of me dies.

Its especially sad that a country which is the "home of the free" would pretend to have control of an individual's God given right to use a natural-occurring herb.

Eventually, cannabis use will be completely "decriminalized" in the US.

Will this be a victory for human rights?

Nope. because it was never really illegal in the first place.


  
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Re: Prison for Growing Medical Cannabis in a State Where itís Legal?
Reply #2 - Oct 10th, 2015 at 1:45am
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SkyChief wrote on Oct 9th, 2015 at 3:11pm:
Eventually, cannabis use will be completely "decriminalized" in the US.


The use, yes. But the growing and selling? Somebody has a lot of useless friends who need to live like kings, and his name is Uncle Sam.

I may be a diehard authoritarian, and I may hate all drugs with a passion, but I find myself slightly sympathetic on this issue, simply due to the large number of people in pain who must pump themselves full of dangerous opiates when THC would be healthier and safer for them. It's the opiates that should be illegal, if anything.

But here's the authoritarian's take on this specific topic: What if one state legalised murder? If you kill someone in that state, should you still go to jail? Does a state have the power to make legal what is federally illegal? What if you add a state law criminalising enforcement of the federal law? What is the policeman's duty now? This seems like a case of being forced to serve two masters with different wishes.
  

This moral relativism of yours is exactly what lets government take this freedom, then that freedom, until we have lost them all.
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Re: Prison for Growing Medical Cannabis in a State Where itís Legal?
Reply #3 - Oct 10th, 2015 at 3:08am
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The Opposition wrote on Oct 10th, 2015 at 1:45am:
What if one state legalised murder? If you kill someone in that state, should you still go to jail?


No. At least not in that State.

But no State would ever legalize murder.† So that's basically moot.

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Does a state have the power to make legal what is federally illegal?


Yes.† Colorado has legalized recreational cannabis use, but the Federal Gov't still prohibits it.

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What if you add a state law criminalising enforcement of the federal law?


This is fine, also.

Arizona has passed laws nullifying Federal mandates regarding immigration.




  
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Reply #4 - Oct 10th, 2015 at 8:34am
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When enough people use their liberty to make enough bad decisions, and those decisions effect enough other people, those other people get scared and angry.

I think vigilantes are an infinitely better response than a police state, since when a vigilante is done he goes back to his real job and real life. Nobody's paying him.

But when you thought-criminalize vigilantes, that leaves the police state as the only option.

And when you important tens of millions of ethnocultural aliens...diversity plus proximity equals war.

What did we libertarians think was going to happen?
  
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Re: Prison for Growing Medical Cannabis in a State Where itís Legal?
Reply #5 - Oct 11th, 2015 at 10:34am
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The Opposition wrote on Oct 10th, 2015 at 1:45am:
What if one state legalised murder? If you kill someone in that state, should you still go to jail?

Not unless you kill a federal agent (etc), which is a federal crime. Otherwise, the federal government can't prosecute someone that didn't violate a federal law.

The Opposition wrote on Oct 10th, 2015 at 1:45am:
Does a state have the power to make legal what is federally illegal?

Murder, in general, is not a federal crime, nor could it be constitutionally.

The Opposition wrote on Oct 10th, 2015 at 1:45am:
What if you add a state law criminalising enforcement of the federal law? What is the policeman's duty now? This seems like a case of being forced to serve two masters with different wishes.

He could solve that problem by not being a state police officer and an FBI agent simultaneously. Pick one or the other, leaving only one master.
  
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