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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Obama's DOJ kills another MJ patient....

this email below came to me via a friend, who receives alerts from the Marijuana Policy Project...it broke my heart. The video is about Robin Prosser, but the bad news of the day is about Richard Flor.

Believe it or not, I get an awful lot of mail from prisoners doing state time for nothing but smoking pot on probation. I can't believe we still haven't legalized that stuff all across the board.

Condolences to Richard's loved ones.

fuck this drug war:
disarm its enforcers,
disable its executioners,
and demolish its prisons.

LEGALIZE TODAY!!!!
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Five years ago, Montana's most outspoken medical marijuana patient - Robin Prosser - committed suicide after the DEA seized her medicine, making her life unbearable.

Watch MPP's Video Tribute:




Now flash forward to this past Wednesday night, when the feds' war on medical marijuana claimed another Montana citizen's life ...

Read More: http://control.mpp.org/site/R?i=5osgKCX8O0BelGVxuC2qVA

Former medical marijuana provider Richard Flor died on Wednesday after suffering heart attacks and kidney failure about six months into his five-year federal sentence. Richard was sentenced despite suffering from diabetes, Hepatitis C, and osteoarthritis.

For months, the federal government failed to place him in a facility that could give him the medical care he needed - and that the judge recommended.

Let your Congress member know that it's past time to end this carnage. Take action: http://control.mpp.org/site/R?i=2k78VOsSPIKSCqEL6gFuBw

Richard was Montana's first registered caregiver, under a law that MPP passed via voter initiative in November 2004. He was assisting his wife Sherry - who suffers from chronic pain and is allergic to pain medications - as well as other patients.

Richard believed President Obama and his Justice Department when they said that medical marijuana providers would not be a federal enforcement priority. So, in 2009, Richard co-founded Montana Cannabis, where patients could get reliable, safe access to their medicine. But then the feds suddenly shifted their policy in March 2011, targeting Montana Cannabis and several other providers without warning.

The feds didn't spare Sherry, either: She is serving a two-year sentence.

Please email your U.S. House representative ( http://control.mpp.org/site/R?i=dOEg0X7iR1rXzaXixtNn3A ) to ask them to pass legislation to give legal protection to medical marijuana patients, caregivers, and businesses in the 17 (and soon to be more) states and the District of Columbia, where medical marijuana is legal.

Rob Kampia
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.


P.S.  If you'd like to send Sherry a sympathy card, please mail it to:

    Sherry Flor #11358046
    Federal Prison Camp
    37930 North 45th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85086

The Marijuana Policy Project hopes that each of the nearly 98,000 subscribers on our national e-mail list will make at least one financial donation to MPP's work in 2012. Please visit http://control.mpp.org/site/R?i=eaCpH6KS9ZlfgUJCnbn0_A donate now.

---from the Toke of the Town-------


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A former medical marijuana provider in Montana died in federal custody while being transported to federal prison Wednesday night. Richard Flor, 68, was being sent from a private prison to a federal prison when he had two heart attacks and passed away, Toke of the Town has learned.

Flor, of Miles City, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison on April 19. He had asked for leniency because he suffered from numerous physical and mental ailments.

Flor, his wife, Sherry, 55, and their son Justin, 35, all pleaded guilty to drug charges related to a medical marijuana operation run out of their home.


He co-owned Montana Cannabis, targeted in last year's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids across Montana as part of the Obama Administration's crackdown on medical marijuana. Federal agents searched more than two dozen Montana medical marijuana businesses, warehouses and residences in the wave of raids.

According to the federal indictment, the three Flors were accused of conspiring with unnamed coconspirators to grow more than 220 pounds of cannabis in Helena, Miles City, and Three Forks, and to distribute the marijuana in Billings, Helena, Miles City and Missoula.

Federal agents claimed the Flors got at least $1.7 million in cash proceeds from activity from January 2007 to March 15, 2011, according to the indictment. The three were accused of laundering some of the money through bank accounts to continue the operation.

The Flors were also charged with having 28 firearms, including various pistols, rifles, and semiautomatic and assault-style guns, according to the indictment.

Remember Richard Flor...



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