One of the sad stories on my Drug War Victims page is about Gary Shepherd, a Vietnam veteran who had grown marijuana plants, and during a standoff with police, was shot to death in front of his infant son.
That son, Jacob, is now grown up — he’s a student at the University of Kentucky, and has been an activist in the fight against prohibition.
A fight for marijuana legalization, growing for 20 years
Shepherd is starting a student organization, Cats for Cannabis, having enlisted about 25 potential members and started applying for official status. A strong anti-prohibition group on a campus of nearly 30,000 students could make a big difference, he said.
At the least, he said, itâ€™s a step toward legalizing a drug with a negative stigma â€” a stigma that has ravished individuals and families across the country.
â€œWe canâ€™t be afraid of it and let our fears justify me having to see my dad die,â€ he said.
It’s an incredibly powerful and well-written article by Becca Clemons at the Kentucky Kernel, that goes back to details of the original standoff, and brings their impact home today…
Shepherd and his mother still live in the trailer in Rockcastle County, and Shepherd makes the hourlong commute to UK. Bullet holes from the shooting still pepper the side of the trailer. One made it through the side of the home and into the kitchen counter.
Inside, the neatly kept living room hosts a subtle shrine to pot activism. The homages to cannabis culture include a nondescript bookshelf with literature on marijuana, hemp sacks with pro-marijuana slogans decorating the walls, and other pot-related knickknacks tucked into nooks and crannies. […]
Years after the shooting and ensuing lawsuits, Jonesâ€™ outreach remained stagnant. But in the past few years Shepherd took up activism himself, a personal fight to assure that â€œno kid has to go through the shit I did.â€ […]
â€œI was 4 at that time and I was really just trying to understand it,â€ Shepherd said. â€œLike, this is a war zone.â€
So much blood covered his small body that he thought he was shot.
â€œI remember looking at my arms, looking for the wound,â€ he said.
every day is veteran’s day
OT and you probably already know this, but the Republican Senate just voted no on expanding Vet Healthcare and no on allowing instate tuition for out of state students on the GI Bill.
I think an expansion of vet healthcare could help fund medical marijuana for vets during a de or re-scheduling of cannabis.
“Worried that a hostage situation might develop â€” the deadly siege in Waco, Texas, occurred just four months earlier â€” officers told Shepherd to think about his young son.”
Then the officers promptly forgot about the 4 year old and shot Shepard, whose blood covered the young boy.
Despite the callous, myopic insinuations that the WoD is not a real war, this has been such a long, calculated one-sided raging turf battle that started as a few agencies enjoying always being portrayed as ‘the good guys against the scum of the earth.’
Pete’s Drug War Victims list sits here on the shelf – available to take bystanders back to the middle of this goliath-like militarizedâ€¦ not-a-real-war. There are so few like Becca Clemons to expose the at-any-cost brutality policies promoted. Some of you guys here have always had your slingshots loaded but the rest of us have to tactfully aim these unwarranted human casualty accounts, like Gary Shepherd’s, at that mainstream wall every chance we get.
the stories of the drug war victims are the ugly underbelly of the drug war. And that aspect, too long avoided by the Prohibs, needs… MUST be exposed. In order that those deaths are not in vain their stories deserve and warrant a major place in drug policy discussion.
This stuff brings tears to the eyes. Here in Hun-Run Canada so many are living something that can only be described as 16th Century too.
So often these Thuggish raids are triggered by an anonymous Stasi Tipster, been a victim of it myself.
We are moving away from submission to Tyranny. And the Puffed Stuff Fascists are hyper aware of it. Its been comical to see BigBro increasingly wall himself in. None of this needed to happen. Defy, Resist, Evade, Smuggle. Hug your kids if you have any.
OT+- The mythology of marijuana
Letâ€™s get past the propaganda and allow doctors to prescribe marijuana, argues forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht March 1, 2014
Mommy Lobby Emerges as Advocate for MMJ
What’s being called the first marijuana commercial will appear on a major network:
May we someday see the first Licenced Pilot graced with a Medi-Fly Permission.
Puff puff, Vrooom. :waves:
Have you ever seen the list of FAA approved drugs which pilots can take and the period of time before the plane’s boarding that the pilots can use? Of course you haven’t.
His Martyrdom Was not in Vein. Not Completely.
Seems other youngin’s have taken up the mantle of freeing this weed because of this tragedy. Not only his son, his neice too. Think I’ll get me a cannabus when I retire and tour the left coast.
Stacey Theis and Her Magic Cannabus
Patrick Hall September 14, 2013
When she was just 17, Theis’ uncle, Gary Shepherd – a Vietnam Vet who received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during his service – was a pot farmer in Kentucky. “Uncle Gary came home broken and wounded from the war,” she explains. “After years of fighting himself, alcohol and VA prescribed pills, he began growing cannabis in his garden alongside other herbs and veggies. He got off alcohol and the pills, and started living again. He and his wife Mary Jane, who had my baby cousin Jacob, had a home on my family’s farm.”
The Gary Shepherd case by Ronald Thomas Coslick
Attorneys are investigating the killing of Gary Shepherd, a disabled veteran who used marijuana for medical relief. Gary was ambushed and killed in his front yard by police sharpshooters after protesting the warrantless landing of a helicopter near his home in rural Kentucky. Federal civil rights actions have been brought against officers of the Rockcastle County Sheriff and the Kentucky State Police by Shepherd’s infant son Jacob and his widow, Mary Jane Jones.
Campaign to legalize marijuana starts early – Frankfort & Franklin
Supporters name bill for Gatewood Galbraith
By Kevin Wheatley Published: July 6, 2012 10:48AM
Jacob Jones was only 4 when police gunned down his father after a seven-hour standoff at their rural Rockcastle County home over personal marijuana plants in 1993.
In Memory of Civilian Casualties of the Drug War
Gary Earl Shepherd
Gary was a Viet Nam veteran who had a crippled left arm from the war. Shepherd had deep conviction about medical marijuana, which he used to relieve his pain. He sat in a lawn chair guarding his plants for about six or seven hours, during which time no serious attempt was made to negotiate. Finally, Shepherd and his long-term companion, Mary Jane Jones, were ordered to put their hands in the air. As he raised his rifle to comply, police snipers hidden in a corn field shot Gary several times in the head and chest. Shepherd’s four-year-old son, Jake, was sprayed with his father’s blood. Mary Jane, the mother of his child, was grazed by a bullet of a Kentucky law enforcement officer.
Man Guarding Marijuana Patch Shot To Death
Google Newspaper records 8.9.1993
Article on how government bureaucracy is used as a drug war weapon to delay research into cannabis treatment for PTSD:
This comment was something of an AHA! Moment for me:
“The most telling line in this article is ” Burge notes that prior animal studies, among them a study using lab rats published in the scientific journal Nature, have shown that cannabis helps calm an overactive fear system. ” For many in politics and religion fear is the tie that binds.”
Should have wasted his ass when they had the chance. Weed killed his dad,and clouded that dumb punks mind
I don’t know whose sock-puppet you are but stfu, it’s getting really old.
Perhaps he is one of these: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/
Anytime I see someone posting shit like this, since reading that article, I just assume it is one of them and refuse to engage.
Most of the time, you are humorous because I can detect the Devil’s Advocate, but not when it comes to the murder of a human being . . . not when it was my brother.
Resistance to Vichy Termite Diktat has been somewhat passive and muted. However, patience is wearing thin, Mr Bulkner.
The Denver County Fair has released one of their authorized logos. It’s for the “Pot” Pavillion. But just to keep the surreal “reality” of this issue there will be no cannabis permitted in the “Pot Pavillion”. Also no one under 21 will be permitted to enter.
It appears the organizers have a thing for pie. They’re also promoting pie on a stick.
If I ever come up missing please put my picture on a blunt wrap instead of a milk carton so my friends will realize I am missing.
clay, you mean kind of like those “have you seen this gerbil?” notices on the labels of jars of vaseline?
Damn right shits getting old. I’m tired of fucking stoners trying to make themselves seem as if it’s okay to smoke fucking dope. Get the fuck out of my country. war veteran or not, bitch i served in nom! I had leave my platoon behind to die because they got high. They thought it was cool. If you smoke pot and were ever in the military you betrayed your country. Congratulations on your treason. Jesus is GOD. I hate pot head HIPPIES. You and your drum circles. Just sitting there enjoying yourselves. While I have to keep convincing my grandkids that weed will kill them & they dont believe me. Wish the days,when we just take it all back to the 1920’s. The way good things used to be.
Oh Buttwash, yawn…
Is there anything more boring than a drunk? A religious drunk? Is there anything more drunk than a religionist? A religionist on a mission of hate. Not even his own. Hate he licks up as ordered. Tinkled down upon him. No mind of his own. No spark of life. Just a mindless wonderer blaming who he is ordered to blame. Killing or causing suffering has no room in his emptiness. Such a lonely freak of nature. Protesting the protesters, blaming the oppressed. Stealing from the elderly and sick while making sick little girls and boys prolong their seizures and tumor treatments. Keeping poisons sprayed on bible belt cotton aborting more babies than RvW. Killing Americans for Wall St.
â˜›Richard Nixonâ€™s campaign was collaborating behind the scenes with the Saigon government to derail President Lyndon Johnsonâ€™s peace talks.
â˜›Special Report: Definitive proof of a historical mystery is often elusive, even with archival documents and memoirs. Skeptics can always say some witness or some evidence isnâ€™t perfect. But the case that Richard Nixon sabotaged the Vietnam peace talks in 1968 to win that pivotal election is clear.
â˜›At the end of Campaign 1968, as Richard Nixon feared his narrow lead could disappear if progress were made on Vietnam peace, a U.S. correspondent in Saigon got wind of a cabal between Nixon and South Vietnamese leaders to block peace talks and secure his victory.
â˜›In the dusty files of Lyndon Johnsonâ€™s presidential library in Austin, Texas, once secret documents and audiotapes tell a dark and tragic story of how Richard Nixonâ€™s team secured the White House in 1968 by sabotaging peace talks that might have ended the Vietnam War four years earlier.
As the delusional Ganja paranoid sheep followed without question. Nixon murdered Americans with lies and scum like Peedee still spread their gossip droppings. Nixon committed Treason, but he wouldn’t lie? Drug worrier Bubba, Your Fake American status as a coward and criminal of war crimes is no doubt based on your ignorance from an inbred religionist heritage. Same boring West Boogar Blabtist profanity. I’m just a tad confused why you would invoke the long haired stoner gay hippie Jesus?
Archeology: Ancient Temple Hashish Incense! Did Jesus Inhale?
There is just no way this Bulkner guy can exist. If he does, then he’s a really drunk prohib who Whisky whines about our movement. But Pete B cannot exist as someone who really does disapprove of what we are doing . . . he’s just a conjured up set of phrases pinpointing the essence of all the War on Drugs lingo and mindset. He’s just a reminder of the oozing scum we had to clean off of our boots (and still cleaning) from the prohibitionists.
I can’t even masturbate to this guy… It’s just to ignorant ,even for me.. Can I have some newer issues of FOXXX? My WiFi keeps cutting out. Oh yeah Bulkner, I fucked your grandkids assholes.
hey bulkner i think the wiggler just out trolled you
Well it’s no wonder that your thing fell off wiggle dude!
Uh, Bulkner, I’d go check on the grandkids, IIWY.
OT… but lordy I love seeing rumblings in Texas:
There are some interesting rumblings in Texas — some good, some not so good (as usual). And some are surprising. I have a question about what’s going on in Texas for you commenters once Pete posts an open thread.
There are new victims of the WOD every day. Here’s the story of Jesse Snodgrass. Entrapping autistic kids? No low is too low apparently;
The D.C. Council appears ready to decriminalize petty possession, paraphernalia for cannabis, and “would also preclude police from charging people with possession or dealing if they simultaneously possess large amounts of cash and several bags of marijuana.”
Like New York’s law which decriminalized petty possession out of public view the proposed D.C. law keeps smoking in public criminalized. But wait a second, it’s only the act of smoking cannabis in public that will remain criminalized. D.C. residents wouldn’t be subject to arrest if they pull their cannabis from hidden into plain view unless there’s combustion. “It also will add gray areas in policing: D.C. officers would not be able to arrest on the smell of marijuana, for instance; they would have to see the smoke.”
“The only remaining question appears to be whether Council member Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large) will succeed in adding a provision to outlaw drug testing by D.C. employers!” (emphasis added by me)
“Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) who authored the measure, said he is confident that it will become law.
â€œI think that even a conservative Congress would leave this alone. An incredible waste of government resources goes into the criminalization of marijuanaâ€ by police, courts and jails, Wells said. â€œAnd itâ€™s law that creates more public harm than public good.â€
This one is going to make Mr. Obama have kittens. He’s been squarely in favor of unfettered home rule for D.C. That’s why D.C. was allowed to implement its next to useless medicinal cannabis law, not because Congress suddenly decided that it didn’t mind protecting medicinal cannabis patients.
I predict portable vapes will become very popular in D.C.
Mark Kleiman has a feature article at the March/ April/ May 2014 issue of the Washington Monthly, complete with a typically absurd, pot-joke title: â€œHow Not to Make a Hash Out of Cannabis Legalization: Leaving it to the states is a recipe for disasterâ€.
The subtitle should read: â€œLeaving it to Mark Kleiman is a recipe for disasterâ€.
Kleimanâ€™s rambling discourse encompasses the usual Big Marijuana fear mongering, the addiction rates for alcohol that he summarily dumps upon marijuana consumers, and a warning that â€œthe [marijuana dispensary] systems being put in place in Colorado and Washington arenâ€™t well designed for that purpose, because they create a cannabis industry whose commercial interest is precisely opposite to the public interestâ€. Perhaps Mark Kleiman is forgetting the role he played in ushering in Washington stateâ€™s program?
(k)Lieman — Hey look, I did a horrible f-up in Washington state. Let me show you how it should be done for the nation.
Thanks but no thanks.
Something from Judge Napolitano on your scotus tossing the requirement for a Warrant? bwaHAhaha! really? Prayers Sent.
Legaleeze, sigh. Such Vague Sleaze. No speak Chinese.
Good Luck with it.
Mixed Signals: The Administrationâ€™s Stance on Marijuana, Part Two
It just ended and no witnesses for reform,,only more bureaucrats claiming unchallenged bullshit and statistics,,,it should be posted there soon as archive,,two weeks for any other written testimony.