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

OldMexicanblog Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 11:38 AM
One has to remember that the current drug policies stem directly from the Progressive era, when the State was seen by the protestant progressives as a tool to establish the perfect and pious society they wanted, that is free of Catholics and non-protestant (and white) immigrants. Another part of the equation was the economic interests of pharmaceutical companies who disliked the competition from cheap analgesics available over the counter (morphine, cocaine and marijuana); and the business interest of the Du Ponts who ran paper mills that used old-growth trees, as hemp made a very economical and competitive solution for paper products. Once Marijuana and HEMP were made illegal, there was nothing to stop wood-based paper production.

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...