I am so damned tired of hearing prohibitionists say that nobody goes to jail for marijuana. We all know that’s a lie.
I want to mention one particular area where this particular lie is especially egregious.
Unfortunately, I get letters like this all the time…
The VA Hosp has had me on 60 mg of Morphine plus 1650mg of Hydrocodone for pain from spinal damage while I was in the Navy back in 83. I was sick every morning barely able to hold up my own head. In Jan. 2007 I had a third massive heart attack I knew my body wasn’t going to take much more opiate based pain killers. So I started growing my own Meds. after many years of killing plants I started growing some true pain relief. It was helping me to get back on my feet lose the extra weight no more morning throwing up last night’s dinner. My wife and I was able to get out enjoy movies and dinning out because I wasn’t sick all the time.
You know what happens next.
I’m charged with cultivation and sales a class B felony looking at 5-15 years
This is someone who is only growing for their own use, and wants to avoid having to buy their medicine from criminals… but you see, growing is a whole different category than possessing. It’s oddly called “manufacturing” in many places, and it also assumes “trafficking,” even though no marijuana is sold or given away.
And now you’ve got a disabled vet with a family facing serious jail time, unable to use a medical defense, and being charged as a major drug dealer.
It’s a sick system.