Help Put White House Petition For Medi-Pot Prisoner Over-The-Top

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director December 9, 2012

    [Update: By 1:15PM (eastern) the 25,000th signature put this White House pardon petition for Chris Williams over the top. Thank you!]

    At the dawn of the cannabis legalization epoch that was ushered in on election night when the commonsense-minded voters of both Colorado and Washington elected to end cannabis prohibition in their respective states, let’s not forget that the criminal justice system in the United States is still chewing up the lives of another cannabis consumer, seller or cultivator every thirty-eight seconds in America (based on approximately 760,000 annual cannabis arrests).

    Almost 25,000 of our fellow citizens concerned with this kind of expensive and wasteful injustice have signed a White House petition asking President Obama to pardon Montana medical cannabis provider Chris Williams, who is currently facing a potential eighty year federal prison sentence.

    This presidential pardon petition is getting very close to the 25,000 signatures needed to be acted upon by the Obama Administration, please take a moment, sign the petition and send the clear message to President Obama and his staff: Stop arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating citizens involved in state-sanctioned medical cannabis programs!

    Thank you in advance!!


    30 Responses to “Help Put White House Petition For Medi-Pot Prisoner Over-The-Top”

    1. Barbara says:

      Hey Gweedo, Every vote counts!!! We must bring attention to this situation. “The content of a society is based on the character of it’s individuals. I have been a member of NORML since I marched down Fifth Ave. from Washington Square to Central Pk in 1977. We must keep this issue alive and support our beliefs. The more people voice their opinions pro or con the better. Let’s keep this discussion alive.

    2. Barbara says:

      I suffered an accident which resulted in Brain Surgery. I have taken many different pharmacutical medications that either do not help or make me sick. I am also afraid of becoming addicted to these medicines. The only relief is the use of Marijuana. I have a RX from CA but live in NY. Gov.Cuomo made a statement that he was in favor of legalizing Pot. Haven’t heard anything since. Legalizing marijuana would help countless people who need it and boost the ecomony and possibly balance the Budget!!!Legislators wake up!!!People are smoking it anyway!!! Why not follow suit like CANJ, etc.

    3. oh well, #2- for those of you concerned about protecting all living entities- i share your concern and i care a lot about people, children and all living creatures on this world. i believe that time is cyclical and that the planet will survive. Muchos Gracias and thank you for your time.

    4. just 1 more comment. i have yet to get a med. mj. card as 1 am unsure if i even want one. with all the restrictions chris cristy has slapped on it, i am unsure if it is even worth the time and energy involved. right now i have neither. furthermore, i’m sick of being depressed and refuse to turn my frustration and anger inward. gracias.

    5. I have a neurological disorder I am ready to act like Cheryl Miller now & chain myself to city hall. No, I am not pretty or terminally ill. However, I’m fed up. There is a man, a father, still in prison in Trenton. This state of NJ, one of the original 13, has passed the medical mj bill 2-3 years ago and has only recently opened it’s 1st + only med. mj. clinic in Montclair after much heal dragging and gnashing of teeth!
      And he’s still in jail!!!
      i repeat—- HE’S STILL IN JAIL. WHY?

    6. “The time has come,” the walrus said, ” To talk of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax.
      Of cabbages and kings. Or why the sea is boiling hot
      and whether pigs have wings.”

    7. God's messages says:

      The I in FBI stands for investigations not incarcerations. Perhaps all those precious souls would still be with us if they were not out chasing harmless cannabis and the users of cannabis. Put them back on track or step down so this nation can truly begin to heal. Cannabis is not the enemy, insanity is.

    8. Jerry says:

      Please sign and share this as much as possible. The wording makes it very difficult for them to give us lip service as its really about the legality of alcohol and tobacco according to the controlled substances act.


    9. beth curtis says:

      Best wishes to Chris Williams. These egregious sentences must not stand. White House Petition -Relieve Five Elderly Federal Prisoners of sentences of life without parole sentences for marijuana.
      Found at this link.

    10. Thanks for sharing, NORML. Please do what you can to spread the word about Chris Williams before he is sentenced on January 4.

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