Robin and his wife Erin Anderson are like many families today. They are a blend of 6 children with two parents who are attentive and provide a lot of love while doing the best they can. Robin and ---- are fully disabled both with mental and physical disabilities including PTSD and chronic depression from childhood traumas. Erin suffers from seizures due to a malignant mass on her brain stem. She discussed using full extract cannabis oil (FECO) with her physician, and he approved it as a treatment for both, her seizures and her mental disabilities. Robin also chose to treat his PTSD with FECO oil. Epilepsy and PTSD are two illnesses that have been shown accordingto a recent article by the Mayo Clinic to react positively to cannabis treatment. The Andersons have been medical cannabis cardholders in Washington state for about 8 years. While residing in Spokane, Washington previously they never had any issues with their medical cannabis use or with legal enforcement. Robin stated, “My wife and I are disabled and have a very low income on Social Security. We found a home in Coulee dam, Washington, and were able to buy with a low down payment and low monthly mortgage rather than renting, so we jumped on it in hopes of getting out of the big city and getting our kids to a nice quiet small town.” In mid-November of 2019, Erin and Robin were raided by a full SWAT team after three years of living in their new home. The police said they were responding to calls stating they would find guns and drugs at their house. All they found was a scared family with enough cannabis to legally treat their conditions. Erin had several seizures during the raid, and Robin was told he could bring her to the hospital after they were finished questioning him, yet they arrested Robin without Erin’s knowledge. Robin was released the next day by the judge on his own recognizance. The Andersons are facing felony charges and are being offered deal after deal but have remained steadfast about their innocence, refusing to plead guilty to any charges. As Robin states, “ My wife and I help each other and lean on each other. The FECO stops the seizures within a few minutes and that's the main reason I grow it.” The lead Prosecutor in Okanogan County, Arian Noma, resigned shortly after the Andersons were brought up on charges. “Arian disagreed with the tactics being used in his county as he clearly states in his own FaceBook post regarding his resignation, “We desperately need to watch our officials and make sure they apply the law equally to all.” Arian has offered to represent Erin and Robin based on principle according to Robin what the police had done to the Andersons and is doing to the residents of Okanogan County is wrong. Currently, the Andersons need help raising $2500, to cover the cost of legal representation and in order to receive justice. The Human Solution International organization feels strongly enough about this case and assisting the Andersons by matching every donation contributed to them, with an equal donation from our establishment.
UPDATE 9/2020: Thank you for all that participated in this call to action. Peggy and Glen received probation and no prison time.
Copy, paste, sign and mail letters to the judge for Glenn and Peggy
To Honorable Judge Ingraham , July 2020 I'm writing today on behalf of Peggy Kimmel. Peggy is facing charges stemming from her and her husband Glenn Keeling’s decision to treat their serious health issues with a natural herbal remedy- cannabis rather than a traditional pharmaceutical. Currently 33 states including Ohio recognize cannabis’ medical use and have passed medical marijuana laws. Current cannabis laws as well as cannabis being a schedule 1 drug is outdated and in need of reform. Whereas drug laws are indeed needed when it comes to violent drug offenders, they appear to disproportionately affect nonviolent cannabis users. I am writing to implore the court to have leniency on Peggy Kimmel. Glenn and Peggy are “the family next door”, a loving couple with a child living at home who are a blessing to any community they live among. Peggy has no prior offences and is not a violent criminal or drug dealer. The impact on her health if sentenced to any jail time would be irreversible. Peggy suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and requires great medical care. I am asking you to have leniency in regards to Peggy Kimmel. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Sincerely,
To Honorable Judge Ingraham , July 2020 I'm writing today on behalf of Glenn Keeling. Glenn is facing charges stemming from his and his wife Peggy Kimmel's decision to treat their serious health issues with a natural herbal remedy- cannabis rather than a traditional pharmaceutical. Currently 33 states including Ohio recognize cannabis’ medical use and have passed medical marijuana laws. Current cannabis laws as well as cannabis being a schedule 1 drug is outdated and in need of reform. Whereas drug laws are indeed needed when it comes to violent drug offenders, they appear to disproportionately affect nonviolent cannabis users. I am writing to implore the court to have leniency on Glenn Keeling. Glenn and Peggy are “the family next door”, a loving couple with a child living at home who are a blessing to any community they live among. Glenn has no prior offences and is not a violent criminal or drug dealer. The impact on his family if he is sentenced to any jail or prison time would be irreversible. Glenn is an active community member. Being convicted of a felony would prevent him from being a productive member of society in the way his family needs and deserves for him to be. I am asking you to have leniency in regards to Glenn Keeling. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Sincerely,
LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN
About Glenn and Peggy's Case For medical marijuana patients Peggy and Glen Keeling life has been an anxiety filled nightmare since they were “busted” on October 31, 2017. The Keeling’s are a soft spoken, community oriented, married couple with kids- your typical family next door. Despite being a legal medical marijuana patient Glen was held on a bond that they had to raise money to pay until November 22 and now must wear an ankle monitoring bracelet.
Glenn has been treating Crohn’s disease with medical marijuana and Peggy has been treating Multiple Sclerosis as well. Both of these diseases can and often are debilitating on their own but more so when you add the side effects associated with pharmaceuticals often used to treat them. Glenn and Peggy chose cannabis as a legal option for relief. The state allows the couple to possess 450 grams and they were well within the guidelines, possessing only 306 grams of cannabis medicine which a majority of was in edible form.
Despite the Keeling’s abiding by their state medical marijuana laws both are facing charges of felony 1 manufacturing, 2 counts of felony 3 possession of hash, felony 5 possession of marijuana and felony 3 child endangerment
Charges were dropped for both Peggy and Glen only to be recharges again recently. They are now facing numerous felony charges – far more than they previously had.
What you can do to support him
The alliance of organizations, advocates and activists that are part of the The Human Solution International ask you to support Glenn and Peggy and write a letter. Ask the Judge for leniency. Ask the Judge to sentence Glenn and Peggy to the least of amount of incarceration possible. Ask the judge to sentence Glenn and Peggy to probation.
Tell the judge that medical cannabis is helping to heal people. Tell the judge that prohibition has harmed the human race. Tell the judge how the war on drugs is actually a war on people and freedom to choose. Tell the judge the cannabis use has never caused a death in the history of the world.
See below for an example of the type of letter to write to support of Glenn and Peggy. Honorable Judge Jeffery Ingraham, 6-18-2020
I am writing to you on behalf of Peggy Sue Kimmel and Glenn Keeling respectively. I would like to tell you a little about what I have learned through my almost 3 year friendship with them both. Peggy is soft spoken, gentle- maybe even a little on the timid side with such a big heart. Peggy lives for her family and would never do anything to jeopardize their safety or well being. Glenn is soft spoken, intelligent and so compassionate. Glenn does everything he can to provide for and take care of his family. He cares for Peggy who suffers from late stage M.S. while Glenn himself struggles with crohn's disease. Together they are the couple next door. The kind of neighbors that always have another seat at the table and plenty of food to go around.
Despite the charges against both Peggy and Glenn I know that they were simply trying to treat themselves with cannabis instead of countless pharmaceuticals which often have intolerable side effects. Glenn and Peggy committed no crime, and have no victims. They followed the Ohio law as it was laid out in regards to medical marijuana yet were still charged with a crime.
I am simply asking that you have mercy. You have the ability to sentence as you see fit. I ask that their sentence not include any jail or prison time. Both Glenn and especially Peggy are not medically able to survive confinement of any length. Please let them go home, try to start living again and enjoy each other. .