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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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One of the best comments

among many to the original article/video:

"Cannabis prohibition is not only out of step with public opinion, but more importantly it's out of step with ethics itself... the policy is tyranny (& that is playing with words: it's the genuine abuse of innocent people on a massive scale worthy of the term tyranny.)"

(by Toby from GA - if he's not a DP'er he should be!)

Here's the pardon petition on the white house site:

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

Sounds like we owe Aaron Sandusky also:

http://www.dailypaul.com/248924/facing-10-years-to-life-cali...

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I would have loved to be on that jury. It would have been hung. I think the only next option for this man is for MT to secede.

man me too!

I have never gotten called for jury duty but would love to serve. I wish more people knew their rights as jurors.

Someone on here posted this link and I learned allot from it, so I want to share it again:
http://fija.org/

We as jurors are more powerful than any government. Like someone said above, unjust/unethical laws are exactly that, unjust and null and void! Your right and responsibility as a juror is to not only assess if the defendant is guilty of said "crime", but to determine if the law is just and hang the jury if you think the law is unjust. We need to take care of each other. The judge and prosecution want jurors to not know these rights and just find a person guilty or not guilty of breaking the law on the books.

NJ Weedman Says One Must Represent Themselves In Nullification

cases because there aren't any lawyers that are able/willing to inform the juries of their right to judge both the law as well as the facts. Ed Forchion explains in this Infowars interview video:
Jury Nullifies NJ Pot Laws, Published on Oct 31, 2012 by TheAlexJonesChannel - A Burlington County, New Jersey, jury acquitted longtime marijuana legalization and First Amendment gadfly Ed Forchion, better known as the NJ Weedman, on charges he possessed marijuana with the intent to distribute last Thursday after he told jurors he needed marijuana for medicine and that they had the right to vote to acquit him despite the facts in the case.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi3dMb1CqJk&list=UUvsye7V9psc...

http://home.njweedman.com/

-LibertyG ... 2 Corinthians 2:16-17 "To some we are a scent of death leading to death, but to others, a scent of life leading to life. And who is competent for this? For we are not like the many who make a trade(for profit) but as those with sincerity...

So Where

are those senators, sheriffs and state law jerks while this is happening? Home hiding under the bed?

skippy

true

they should be arresting the feds who are violating the law.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

Stupid Jury

If you're ever selected to serve on a jury, and you disagree with THE LAWS, then it is your moral obligation to "FREE" the person being charged. This is one stupid jury to say this man is GUILTY and to destroy his life and his child's life too.
Stupid people usually either don't know or just plain don't care how their stupidity affect others around them.
This is a nice man trying to make a living for himself and his son, and what happens, PROHIBITION which didn't work years ago, comes back with it's ugly tenacles with a vengence.
If you're ever on a jury, please think of the LAW and if it's a just law, and do not listen to what the damn judge says...Our founding fathers gave us the power to abolish the laws we feel are not right.
How stupid can you be?

Agree, but..

The Feds apparently didn't allow him to present the defense
that he thought he was operating in accordance with the law.
So the scenario that the jurors were allowed to hear was very
distorted.

And apparently, what kicked the sentence up much higher was
the mere presence of a gun. (One of those gun laws that the
NRA means when they say they "support the enforcement of
existing gun laws"?).

Apparently, the feds offered Williams another deal "after"
his conviction - a big sentence reduction if he would agree
not to appeal. So they've got to be at least somewhat worried
about where it will go if he does.

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This is a travesty...

Where was the county Sheriff? This man broke no state law. The Sheriff should have met the Feds at the site and advised them to go home or be arrested. When states pass these laws, including Amendment 6 in Alabama, I often wonder who is going to enforce state law? If the states don't enforce their own laws, the Feds will run all over them.

It's not enough for the states to pass laws, the real challenge is getting state officials to enforce state law.

When the states and the sheriffs

start arresting federal authorities for violating "thier" laws, then you will have the "spark" to start a revolution.
Maybe, just maybe...more will follow, however I am not optimistic either will happen because you saw how Chris's friends all turned their back on him and his son.
Sheriffs are too worried about the FEDS and there isn't a Governor in all of Amerika that will ever speak out against the FEDS...
Hey, I just noticed that when I print FEDS, I am talking about the Government and the Federal Reserve.
They're all too worried about their retirement and/or want to get a better position within the BEAST, called the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

henry9's picture

You nailed it!

Thanks.

Well now we have our answer

as to what this administration is going to do with WA & CO. I believe this is their reply.

Not surprising at all...

Anyone who is shocked at this doesn't understand how the DEA works. They're just ensuring their job security.

Montana, man the phones

Flood Montana Senators, congress, governor and sheriff's office with phone calls.
Get their rears in gear.

Deekey

2 Years

That is the most that will be served imo. Since the report is now public, I do not think the politicians there will defend this situation much more.

donvino

SteveMT's picture

And the State of Montana did nothing to help this man.

Montana did not want to fight this on the basis of the 10th Amendment. He was abandoned.

He can get this appealed, based on this.

I quote from an article:

"During the trial, Williams was prevented from invoking his compliance with state law as a defense against the federal charges. As a result, the jury heard a partial, and profoundly distorted version of Chris' story -- and on this basis convicted him on eight counts, which carry a mandatory minimum of more than 80 years in prison."

It seems to me that his rights were violated on this point alone.

Can someone forward this to Judge Napolitano? This man needs help drastically from a high-powered attorney. Tom Woods must know how to reach the him.

SteveMT's picture

Right. This man needs a Constitutional Lawyer

This should be appealed right up to the SCOTUS. Expose the tyranny by putting the judges on the record by their votes cast.

This is the WORST I've felt in a long, long time

We are from Montana. We cannot believe the incredible injustice that was perpetrated against this innocent man. Someone asked what kind of jurors did they get? I can tell you. Most are people that don't work, don't care, and who are never interviewed to ascertain their prejudices prior to becoming a juror. The County just calls up people and asks if they can be on a jury, and they think that is enough. No. That is NOT good enough. Clearly, his attorney was not advising him well. The attorney should have told him he might not have a good chance at all *trusting* a jury pool. His attorney should have made it his business to know, and well he should have known, what that process entails, as this state's population can be pretty biased.

Talk about the TITANIC----everything that could have gone wrong in that man's life---did.

From all the State legislators and County personnel (commissioners?) and County Attorneys who toured his facility, well, it is just appalling.

I do hope he can hire a NEW ATTORNEY to appeal this case.....and SOME ATTORNEY needs to step up to the plate!! IMMEDIATELY!!!

And, this we get from a government who is heavily involved in growing opium in Afghanistan. The hypocrisy and stench of it all is sickening.

How juries are chosen.

Sorry, but it is very obvious that you have NEVER been selected for jury duty. And most likely you never will. Judges and prosecutors think that "jury nullification" will make them look bad, and they have the power to preclude it by carefully weeding out libertarians and anyone else who displays signs of independent judgment, moral sense or disrespect for "authority." My own experience has ME convinced of this.

The news story got one thing wrong: there is no "system of justice" at work here. Systematized injustice is what we've got.

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

TwelveOhOne's picture

Last time I got as close as I ever have to serving

Was called in front of the judge, who asked, "How believable is a police officer compared to a regular person?" I said something like "the police officer was trained to observe, so he would likely see and record a bit more, I'd say perhaps 55% instead of 50%?"

The judge said "excused, next!"

Someone (here, I think) replied to my story, saying I should not have exposed my intellect during that interview, if I really wanted on the jury. I can be dumb next time I suppose, although it's against my better judgement. (I see what I did there.)

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This is INSANE!

Maybe Obummer IS trying to start a civil war?

This is allowed under a President that was part of a gang of dope smokers known as the choo choo gang (or someshit) and he was credited with what they called "Roof hits" where they would smoke pot in a car with all the windows rolled up and they couldnt roll the windows down until all the smoke from the roof of the car was inhaled.

I saw a movie the other day about the 2008 financial crisis where some wall street fat cat smokes dope all day long in his high rise office building and leaves the building smoking a joint hopping on his personal helicopter.

There CANNOT be seperate laws for the elite. We are being controlled by treasonist tyrannts. When will the masses wake up? When will oathkeepers and the military defend us from the domestic enemies?

How about NOW!

I don't get it?

Is this supposed to make us feel safer? How can a people be so stupid as to wage war upon themselves???

Well

Devilish people like imprisoning people over nothing. That is what makes the devil happy.

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Freedom - Peace - Prosperity

He should try a jury trial

In Montana, you think you would find a jury smart enough to use jury nullification.

He did

now he is in prison

%$#@~@&*^%

The jury was not smart enough to nullify this BS. The Jury should be put in prison for being to stupid to see they had the power to free this man and they did not and have destroyed his life and his sons because of their stupidity...

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It's just amazing that people

It's just amazing that people are put in jail for a plant! Its a plant for god sake how ridiculous is that? Why do we allow it? The states will not stand up to the feds on this because they are all drunk on federal phony money...

I am so sick of this bullshit...

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"Federal government, Please tread on us!"

The medical marijuana industry in Montana has a billboard sign posted up on a freeway that says "Federal government, Please tread on us!" I think it is outside Billings, I saw it as I was driving from coast to coast earlier last summer.

Well, it looks like they did :/ I know the billboard said that meaning, please tax us on it. But still, the irony is worth noting. I'm sorry for the people affected by these raids. The county sheriffs should have defended their citizens. Also, shame on the jurors who voted to convict.