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Call to Action From Craig Cesal

Everywhere (January  2, 2019)- We have a special request from cannabis lifer Craig Cesal. Craig has drafted a letter that he is asking everyone to send to their Congressman(men) and senators. Simply copy and paste the following letter- put the correct date and your name and address, print and sign and drop in the mail. Let’s show him an amazing show of support by flooding our congressmen and senators with letters.

(Your name and address)                                                              (Date)                                                                                    

(Congressman/Senator name),

The war on drugs was launched in a speech by President Nixon on June 17, 1971, The Drug Enforcement Agency was born and the Controlled Substance Act criminalized, at the Federal level, a variety of drug offences.

In the 1980’s violent crime rates were on the rise, and drug activity was seen as the underlying culprit. In an effort to stem the pervasive violent crime, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 was enacted. This raised the penalty for distributing drugs including marijuana to up to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Over 4,000 federal prisoners now languish in federal prisons serving life sentences. In one example, Craig Cesal, who was a 42 year old truck repair shop owner in 2002, serviced trucks for a company which used them to traffic marijuana. Although he had no prior criminal record, he was sentenced to life in prison under the drug conspiracy statute.

The intention of the War on Drugs was to stem violent crime, but under federal law, non-murder violent crimes carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. As an example, attempt to commit murder, 18 USC 1113, carries up to 20 years in prison. Also bearing up to 20 year sentences , Section 1716, mailing anything by Postal Service with the intent to kill; section 1959(a), assault with a dangerous weapon resulting in serious bodily injury; section 1991, entry to a train to commit murder; section 2275, placing a bomb on an American vessel with intent to injure; and even section 2384, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the government of The United States or to levy war against them . But, a marijuana crime carries up to life in prison and the courts impose it.

The War on Drugs has failed. It has not impacted violent crime, which still affects many of our inner cities. Drugs are stronger, and cheaper, and even more plentiful than they were in 1986 when the up to life statute was enacted. Many people suffer, such as Craig Cesal under life sentences which are disproportionate to their crime. Most states have reduced drug penalties and thirty-one states have legalized marijuana distribution in some form. Most experts have concluded there is no link between violent and drugs, especially marijuana.

Drug crime penalties should be brought into parity with non-murder violent crimes, which have an obvious victim. Some say drug distribution has many victims, but these victims are the same as those who buy cigarettes and alcohol. Drug distribution has destroyed many people and even whole neighborhoods, and like cigarettes and alcohol should be regulated by law. If left to local authorities life sentences for drugs are extremely rare, and never imposed on first time offenders. It is time for the federal government to follow the lead of the states which have largely lowered the penalties for drug activity since 1986. Drug rehabilitation has effectively replaced imprisonment in many cases, and recidivism rates have diminished with the reduced penalties. Marijuana offenses have been excised, except for the most egregious distribution offenses under state law (for those without permits). Antiquated federal drug statutes have left many families bearing the brunt of prison sentences which are not proportionate to the crime.

Nearly one-half of the 180,000 federal prisoners are serving sentences for drug offences. Their sentences are generally three to four times the sentences borne by bank robbers, sex traffickers, those who assault or shoot law enforcement officials, and arsonists. These sentences are disproportionate to the crimes and deserve the attention of congress.

The War on Drugs has failed, the experiment is over. Drug statutes should be brought into parity with violent crimes statutes, wherefore a drug crime should carry a range of imprisonment from probation, to up to 20 years in prison. This would serve to save tax dollars, and would save the injury to the families left behind by those, such as Craig Cesal who was taken away from his young children to serve his life for marijuana sentence.

The drug statutes should be amended by Congressional action to impose a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Sincerely, (name)

Visit The Human Solution International at http://www.thsintl.org to find information on how you can help end prohibition because, “No One Should Go To Jail For A Plant!”

About The Human Solution International: THSI is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, THSI is a grassroots, civil rights organization of concerned citizens focused on restoring   the rights of those negatively affected by cannabis prohibition with education, active support  networks, a legal clearinghouse and peaceful protest.

The Human Solution International

A 501(c)(3) Civil Rights Organization

Email: thehumansolutioninternational@gmail.com

http://www.thsintl.org

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THSI Election Results are in!

Everywhere (September 28, 2018)- THSI’s second open election was a resounding success. We had a 45% voter turnout. Thank you all who participated.

The results are as follows:

President/CEO :Joe Grumbine
Vice President :Lisa Wooldridge
Treasurer/CFO : Becca Nichols
Secretary : Pete Yeaple
Chairman of the Board: Joe Grumbine

Board:
Becca Nichols
Lisa Wooldrige
Mary Donnally
Kathie Z
Pete Yeaple
Peggy Kimmel
Glen Keeling
Lora Roberts

A big welcome to new board members Pete Yeaple, Peggy Kimmel, Glenn Keeling and Lora Roberts.

Visit The Human Solution International at http://www.thsintl.org to find information on how you can help end prohibition because, “No One Should Go To Jail For A Plant!”

About The Human Solution International: THSI is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, THSI is a grassroots, civil rights organization of concerned citizens focused on restoring   the rights of those negatively affected by cannabis prohibition with education, active support  networks, a legal clearinghouse and peaceful protest.

The Human Solution International

A 501(c)(3) Civil Rights Organization

Email: thehumansolutioninternational@gmail.com

http://www.thsintl.org

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