[SPORK] Can Pot Doc Dad Beat Feds?

Gregory Alan Bolcer gbolcer at endeavors.com
Sun Apr 13 14:35:10 PDT 2003


True beer brewing was really allowed
when Jimmy Carter changed the laws at
the beginning of his presidency and had
very little to do with prohibition. 

Greg


Jeff Bone wrote:
> 
> Another one worth passing along...
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> > From: "Terry L Parker" <txliberty at earthlink.net>
> > Date: Wed Apr 9, 2003  11:13:32 US/Central
> > To: "LP Talk" <lptexas at lptexas.org>
> > Cc: "Ron Paul" <rep.paul at mail.house.gov>, "Lloyd Doggett"
> > <Lloyd.Doggett at mail.house.gov>
> > Subject: Can Pot Doc Dad Beat Feds
> > Reply-To: lptexas at lptexas.org
> >
> >
> >
> > A life member of the Libertarian Party needs your
> > help in the form of a letter to your CongressCritter!
> >
> > Seventy years ago on April 7, alcohol prohibition
> > unofficially ended when Congress once again
> > allowed the brewing of beer. Prohibition was fully
> > repealed with the ratification of the 21st amendment
> > in December of 1933.
> >
> > The country had come to realize that prohibition
> > corrupted cops and courts, criminalized youth,
> > compromised the Constitution, created violent
> > crime, cost enormous sums of tax money,  - and did not
> > stop people from drinking. Libertarians recognize
> > all of those tremendous negative costs to society
> > resulting from alcohol prohibition are being
> > repeated today by the new prohibition of the war on
> > drugs.
> >
> > But even during the years of prohibition, alcohol
> > was easily available for important medical
> > purposes. Today, a much more benign substance, with
> > even more medicinal qualities, is outlawed by the
> > federal government for any purpose whatsoever.
> > Despite the federal ban, 9 states have legalized the
> > use of marijuana for serious diseases like
> > cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and chronic
> > pain.
> >
> > Brian Epis is a life member of the Libertarian
> > Party.
> >
> > He is serving 10 years in prison for providing
> > medical marijuana to patients in dire need. Federal
> > time - so no chance for parole.
> >
> > His actions were legal under California law. But
> > Brian?s attorney?s were not allowed by the
> > federal judge to present any evidence that he grew
> > marijuana for medical purposes, or that his actions
> > were legal under state law.
> >
> > Brian was the first caregiver to be convicted in
> > federal court in this manner.
> >
> > There will be many more - unless we take action
> > to stop it.
> >
> > Brian wrote to me recently from prison, and asked
> > me to ask you to help him go home to his family.
> > The vision of Brian?s daughter Ashley shouting
> > through a bullhorn at the building where he was
> > jailed, ?Daddy I love you? will haunt me until the
> > day of Brian?s release.
> >
> > Brian has harmed no one. Indeed, he provided
> > relief from pain and suffering. Shouldn?t Ashley be
> > able to tell him ?Daddy I love you? with her arms
> > around his neck, instead of yelling it at the
> > prison through a bullhorn?
> >
> > Please take just a few minutes to write Congress
> > in support of a new bill that would allow medical
> > marijuana providers to present evidence that
> > their actions were legal under state law. Brian
> > provides more information on the bill below.
> >
> > And can you also please go to:
> >
> > http://www.lp.org/contribute?prog=drugwarfocusstra&fund=2002-0030/
> >
> > and make a pledge or donation to support the
> > Libertarian Party?s ongoing work to end the Drug War?
> > Prohibition affects everyone, with more crime,
> > higher taxes, and ever-increasing government
> > intrusion on everybody?s liberties. Please help the LP
> > end the nightmare of drug prohibition, and send
> > peaceful people like Brian home to their families.
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> > Ron Crickenberger
> > Political Director
> > Libertarian Party
> >
> > Here?s Brian?s letter:
> >
> > Dear Ron,
> >
> > Thank you for making sure that my LP mail is
> > still getting to me here in prison. It really helps
> > me to get by in here to have contact with you.
> >
> > As you know I was sentenced to 10 years for the
> > ?conspiracy of following California law.? I
> > appreciate what the LP is doing to try and pressure
> > Congress to listen to the 80% of Americans who
> > believe that an adult should be able to use marijuana
> > legally for medical purposes. They need to at
> > least let the states run their own laws and allow
> > state residents to follow the law without being
> > incarcerated in federal prison.
> >
> > It was a message on your email list that brought
> > me into the Libertarian Party. I?m hoping you?ll
> > ask the supporters on the list to spend 5 minutes
> > to write to their U.S. House representative at
> > www.house.gov and ask him/her to support a new bill
> > to be called the ?Truth in Trials? act.
> >
> > Rep Sam Farr (D-Carmel), Lynn Woolsey
> > (D-Petaluma) and Dana Rohrabacher (R- Huntington Beach),
> > have agreed to introduce a bill that will allow
> > medical cannabis patients and caregivers to present a
> > defense in federal court that they were following
> > state and/or local medical marijuana laws.
> > Please spend another 5 minutes to write your two U.S.
> > Senators urging them to introduce and/or support
> > a similar bill in the Senate at www.senate.gov
> >
> > I was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for
> > the "crime" of following California's medical
> > marijuana law.  Ed Rosenthal was recently convicted
> > at trial and faces 40 years in federal prison.
> > We were unable to present a defense that we were
> > following the laws of California and/or local
> > laws.  If this bill is signed into law, we will get a
> > new trial.
> >
> > I've included two sample letters, one for your
> > U.S. House Rep. and one for your two US Senators.
> > Please modify them so they don't get a bunch of
> > the same exact letters.  Medical marijuana
> > patients and caregivers should get a fair trial, where
> > we can present evidence that we followed state
> > law.  According to a CNN/Time poll, 87% of Americans
> > support regulation by the states.  Please let
> > Congress know you want them to listen to you.  Only
> > with your help can this bill become law.  Please
> > help me and my family, Ed Rosenthal and his
> > family, as well as thousands of other patients and
> > caregivers following state and/or local laws, who
> > are rapidly being incarcerated in federal prison
> > for at least 5 years and up to life.
> >
> > You can write me at:  Political Prisoner, Bryan
> > Epis, 09636-097, FCI Lompoc, 3600 Guard Rd, Lompoc
> > CA 93436.  I'll write back anyone who writes me.
> > To read more about my case, please enter "Bryan
> > Epis" on any search engine.  Thank you.
> >
> > {Note: In addition to Brian?s sample letters
> > below, more sample letters and a free system to FAX
> > your congressman are available from the Marijuana
> > Policy Project at:
> > http://www.mpp.org/USA/index.html
> >
> >
> >      Sample letter for U.S. House representative:
> > The Hon. (Insert name)
> >
> > Representatives Sam Farr, Lynn Woolsey and Dana
> > Rohrabacher are introducing a bill called the
> > "Truth in Trials? act that will allow a defense in
> > federal court for patients and caregivers following
> > state medical marijuana laws.  Please contact
> > Rochelle Dornatt in the office of Representative Sam
> > Farr at (202) 225-2861, to cosponsor and support
> > this bill to show your respect for the will of
> > the voters.
> >
> > Thank you,
> > (Your name, address and phone #)
> >
> >      Sample letters for US Senators:
> > The Hon. (Insert name)
> >
> > Representatives Sam Farr, Lynn Woolsey and Dana
> > Rohrabacher
> > are introducing a bill called the "Truth in
> > Trials" act that will allow a defense in federal court
> > for patients and caregivers following state
> > medical marijuana laws.  I urge you to introduce
> > and/or support a similar bill in the Senate. By doing
> > so, you?ll be showing that you respect the wishes
> > of voters. Please contact Rochelle Dornatt in the
> > office of Representative Sam Farr at (202)
> > 225-2861 for more information.
> >
> > Thank you.
> >   (Your name, address and phone #)
> >
> >
> >
> > Terry Liberty Parker
> > AustinVoiceMail 1.512.462.1776
> >
> > Confer at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LibertyProspects
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> > who want to talk about ideas & issues of freedom
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> >
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