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Man Facing 80 Years In Prison On Federal Charges Over Medical Marijuana In Montana!

By state law, medical marijuana is legal in Montana. Federal law, however, is another matter, as Chris Williams sadly found out.

http://youtu.be/wZCWHxmph80

Opinion from the New York Times, By Rebecca Richman Cohen
November 7, 2012

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

Though the federal government considers marijuana a Schedule I Controlled Substance and bans its use for medical purposes, a growing number of states feel differently. Today, 18 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized medical marijuana for people suffering from debilitating medical conditions like cancer, epilepsy, severe nausea, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain. And on Tuesday, Colorado and Washington State voted to legalize marijuana for adult use, regardless of medical condition. But these states cannot stop the federal government from enforcing its own laws.

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The jury should have nullified this as bad law.

If just one juror had known what his powers and responsibilities were in this trial the jury could have been hung by one nullifying vote. Victimless crimes are not victimless if they are prosecuted. Then the defendant becomes the victim of the state's despotism. Juries had a part in ending Prohibition. Jurors did not want to send their neighbors to jail for drinking a beer then, so why send neighbor to jail for taking a toke now?

http://fija.org/?s=jury+nullification
letter to the editor published in the Merced Sun-Star
Jury nullification embodies several principles that are crucial to the success of our constitutional republic, including checks and balances, separation of powers, and the social contract.

More importantly, it takes these philosophical ideas and puts them into action at the grass-roots level. In a nutshell, jury nullification is the right of jurors to judge the law as well as the defendant.

In other words, the jury can acquit a defendant who is technically guilty of violating a law if they consider the law itself to be unfair or unjust. Perhaps the most well-known examples of jury nullification occurred before the abolition of slavery with the acquittal of individuals who had violated the federal fugitive slave laws.

Unfortunately, this is not taught so much in elementary schools, high school government classes, or even college political science courses. In fact, most judges today instruct jurors to reach a decision under the assumption that the law is always right. We know this isn’t true.

Fulfill your civic duty. Learn about jury nullification. Be a well-informed juror.

NATHAN SWEEM

It only takes one to KEEP AMERICANS FREE. Know your duties & rights as a juror. Stop the unconstitutional conviction of innocents in federal custody. The Fully Informed Jury CALL 1-800-TEL-JURY www.fija.org IMMEDIATELY if not sooner. It's that important.

bump for justice

for Chris Williams and other victims of drug war
tyranny...

Maybe The Sheriff Called In The Feds.....

Since state law protected the grower, maybe the Sheriff wasn't on board with the legalization of medical marijuana, and decided to call the feds in the destroy the growers business. Maybe if it wasn't the sheriff, someone else in the community or state, who didn't vote for the use of medical marijuana called the feds.

There is always someone who will turn you in for something they don't want or believe in...

What a horrible tragedy...

Chris Williams case links

Good article in local (Helena MT) paper about Williams' refusal
to accept a post-conviction deal with the feds:

http://helenair.com/news/local/medical-marijuana-provider-ch...

Support page on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/FreeChrisWilliams

Support blog - has a long letter to supporters written by Williams
from prison:

http://freechriswilliams.blogspot.jp/2012/10/letter-to-suppo...

whitehouse.gov pardon petition - currently stalled out at about 18,500 signatures...

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/grant-full-pardon-...

Where in the Hell

was the Sheriff. The Sheriff has the power to stop the Feds from coming in to his county. Also the Judge on this case should be disbarred.

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I read every post and it still blows me away..

PEOPLE..this is a NON TOXIC VEGETABLE!! Never in the history of mankind has anyone EVER overdosed on Cannabis Hemp..YOU CANT because its NON TOXIC! If this plant was to be used for what God intended us to use it for the EVIL EMPIRE will lose TRILLIONS..please think about this for one second...FUEL clean burning Ethanol/Methanol/Bio diesel..Hemp burns and puts out Carbon DIOXIDE instead of Monoxide! Where the need for going to war for an oil barrel..fossil fuels are NOT NEEDED! How about the Medicine this plant produces??? Not another plant on EARTH has more importance then this one..NOT ONE. The Oils from the Indica & Sativa Strains CURE DISEASE..google THC Cures Cancer..have you looked into Rick Simpsons history with this Oil? THOUSANDS have been cured with this OIL..this NON TOXIC OIL! Yet why do our elected officials do everything in their EVIL POWER to stop this from growing in everyone's backyards??? GREED. They are ready applied for and received a PATENT for its medicinal uses..yet its a Schedule 1 DRUG! "Highly addictive and ZERO medicinal use" yet they have a patent for its medicinal use and there are thousands of scientific studies to prove its the most potent medicine on earth..it kills CANCER CELLS! While healing your immune system..try getting that out of your Chemo and radiation. How about that all natural healthy FOOD that this plant produces? (World Hunger???..not a chance.) and the FIBER and Cellulose that we would get from this plant is MINDBENDING..it will put the BIG OIL and BIG PHARMA out of business. THATS WHY this plant has been DEMONISED..no other reasons..when I read all you guys bickering about TAXING this gift from God I want to pull my hair out!! STOP this stupid talk..we have every right to plant our entire COUNTRY in Cannabis!! The entire PLANET is crying out for this to happen..PLEASE educate yourself on this plant and educate others. This plant and this plant alone would take us out of our debt in NO TIME! Prove me wrong..anyone try and prove me wrong..

Cannabis Hemp Oil CURES DISEASE

Certain Mexican drug cartels

Certain Mexican drug cartels are freely allowed to grow marijuana under our international war on drugs, but Americans are not? Weird.

It should already be obvious

It should already be obvious that there is a problem with drug laws when the State and Federal governments are claiming jurisdiction. Both cannot have jurisdiction on drug laws, its either the state or the Federal government and I don't see any power vested to the federal government in the Constitution in regards to drugs or any crops or anything else.

Police state strides forward

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One way for states to fight back

States can let marijuana growers have 100% tax free businesses (and possibly subsidize their businesses, but at the same time, charge an enormous property tax for properties converted for marijuana growing. When the Feds confiscate the land, they will be liable for paying the very high property taxes. This solution is for the feds confiscating land (not this poor guy facing 80 years).

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I may have missed it.

Phone numbers to call tomorrow?... Please!

This is a big deal IMO.

who are these people that sit

who are these people that sit on juries? I thought Montana was a state that wanted to live and let live and keep the gubmint out of their business. I have yet to be called to sit on a jury and I want to...hmmh

"and the truth shall make you free"
John 8:32

I am sure

the Judge instructed the Jury to only look at the Federal law and to ignore the State Law. Don't blame the Jury, blame the judge. I would lay odds that the judge is looking for a federal position.

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Maybe you could find out if they're going for an appeal

and stand outside with "Jury Nullification on illegal Federal Laws" signs and who knows.. maybe we could get the guys case nullified.

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This man could walk free IF he knows the CONSTITUTION

Dr. Paul has tried to tell us to know the Constitution like the back of our hands to defend ourselves against atrocities like these. Carl Miller explains why below:
http://www.trentonian.com/article/20121020/OPINION03/1210299...

This guy, CM, is BRILLIANT. Watch part 2 first to see what's possible. Part 1 are important case laws. This stuff needs to be spread around like wild fire. This is how we free ourselves fr. slavery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q35DoJroTYY&feature=relmfu Know Your Constitution - Carl Miller Part 2 of 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s-zHrNPfkQ&feature=relmfu Know Your Constitution - Carl Miller Part 1 of 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9fdSirNinQ&feature=relmfu Know Your Constitution - Carl Miller Part 3 of 3

Ill second that! here is a

Ill second that!

here is a transcript of the videos:

http://privateaudio.homestead.com/CARLTEXT.pdf

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i wanna know..

where were all those cops and senators after he got arrested?

"What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man."
-Robert Green Ingersoll

I agree!

I'm just a 'useless eater' with no rights, but I'm just wondering why none of the states stand up to protect their state's rights against the federal intrusion?

Pot or raw milk may not be the ideal issue to rally around, but the principle is the same. The leviathan continues to overstep its bounds on every front, and it's time to take a stand!

This is tyranny!

BTW, I admire the man in the video tremendously for not accepting a plea bargain, even though it would have reduced his sentence to 10-years (instead of 80). 10-years is a long time when no crime has been committed. A very principled man, IMO.

Jury Duty

Jury duty is the last line of defense. You have to serve.

You have to be careful what you say--remember you don't have to convince the other jurors, you just have to have a reasonable doubt that any laws were broken.

Remember that unconstitutional "laws" are null and void. Remember that the judge will hide facts from you, and may not tell you that the grower was selling to medical patients.

The vote of one juror (in most states) is more powerful than the federal government. Your vote will count.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Catch 22

Catch 22:

1. You have to be approved by the judge (google "voir dire") in order to serve on a jury, and thereby be in a position to exercise the right of jury nullification.

2. A judge will not allow you to serve if you display any disrespect or doubt about "lawful authorities," or knowledge about the right of a jury to nullify politicians' orders and threats (a.k.a. "laws").

3. Also note: lawyers who mention the right of jury nullification may be held in contempt of court and will CERTAINLY make an enemy of the judge. So the defendant who wants the jury to know its rights will have to be representing himself -- and in most states, even then, the judge will try to shut him up.

The bottom line: if you cannot successfully pretend to be an obedient, unimaginative, un-moral drone, you will never serve on a jury. And the Court will not allow you to hear a word about jury nullification, if they can possibly help it.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

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Contempt of law?

It seems that, if mentioning the law in a courtroom can constitute contempt of court, then that court is in contempt of the law.

Can a court be sued? Is it criminal to be in contempt of the law? (Does such a thing exist, or did I just make it up?)

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Very little statutory law protects jury nullification.

Jury nullification is a Constitutional right, not a statutory one -- except in New Hampshire. Judges typically ignore the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, oaths to the contrary notwithstanding, in favor of the statutory laws created by politicians -- politicians who coincidentally control the judges' salaries and privileges.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Pot Patents

The United States government, since 1942, has held the exclusive global rights to marijuana through US Patent number: 2304669, and which they reinforced their ownership over in the months prior to the 11 September 2001 attacks with US Patent number: 6630507.

http://www.google.com/patents/US2304669

http://www.google.com/patents/US6630507

You can't patent a natural substance

The patent seems to cover compounds DERIVED from marijuana, but not the plant itself. Selling the dried, unrefined weed is not a patent infringement.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

how come nobody ever calls

how come nobody ever calls the sheriff when this happens

what can be done for this man?

This is appalling.

Someone close to me would benefit from medical marijuana (wouldn't even need to smoke it, would do fine with the tincture/extract)--

but dares not go through the hoops.

What a terrible thing to do to people--

How can this be battled?

It's overwhelming, isn't it?

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

It's very simple

Both the local state and the federal government operates an illegal scheme backed by our birth certificate.

The birth certificate serves as a legal binding contract that gives the state the power to do with you whatever the states and corrupt officials decides to impose on the legal person = registered citizens in the nation concerned.

However the contract terms were never disclosed to you. Therefor the contract is void. Ask any lawyer. You cannot coerce any legal person into a legal binding contract against their will.

Were you ever given an explanation as to what you parents agreed to on your behalf when you were born?

It used to be the Church who did this for the state/Crown as it was a 50/50 deal which served both the Church and the King, Emperor or whoever was in charge of the legal persons.

If you need additional proof then you should research the palestinian issue. Nobody wants them as there is a not a legally recognized palestinian state to be found on this planet. This is why they have no rights in 'our world'.

. . .

I am without words.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Declare the contract void !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLBXoAnw3wk&feature=plcp

No Judge can run away from it no matter what.

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Time for action. Debating and protesting will get us nowhere.

"The States Can't Stop FedGov from Enforcing Its Own Laws"

But where does federal jurisdiction apply?

Constitutionally (and I know they don't give a rat's rear end about the Constitution anymore), federal jurisdiction applies at ports of entry into the United States and when a good or product is in interstate commerce. How either of these applies in the case at hand, I don't know. But Montana could enact a nullification law similar to what they did a few years ago with regard to firearms.

At any rate, 80 years in prison for medical marijuana is simply malicious prosecution.