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Plead Guilty or Go to Prison for Life: The Medical Marijuana Grower's Stark Choice

Ms Kelly Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 2:13 AM
Anyone with a modicum of intelligence can tell something other than concern for drug addiction is going on here. When the federal government refuses to let cancer patients have relief from excruciating pain, there is stinking politics afoot, and you can bet someone, somewhere is getting rich from it. Every prescription pain control product on the market has a potential for addiction. Morphine used to be the drug of choice for addicts years ago, yet hospitals dispense it every day. Opiates, a highly effective group of pain control drugs, come from opium, a well-known addictive drug for centuries. The reason we have pharmacies and doctors is to control these substances.
Ms Kelly Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 2:14 AM

The federal government got involved in drug control by scamming the public only to increase their stranglehold of power and enrich their coffers.

Chris Williams, a Montana medical marijuana grower, faces at least five years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 1. The penalty seems unduly severe, especially because his business openly supplied marijuana to patients who were allowed to use it under state law.

Yet five years is a cakewalk compared to the sentence Williams originally faced, which would have kept the 38-year-old father behind bars for the rest of his life. The difference is due to an extremely unusual post-conviction agreement that highlights the enormous power prosecutors wield as a result of mandatory minimum sentences so grotesquely unjust that...