Medical Marijuana in Ohio -Legal or Not?
Celina, Ohio (March 26, 2020)- 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.
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. One can only imagine their relief when Ohio legalized medical marijuana and allowed for a legal way to obtain medicine until Ohio’s program was up and running. Glenn and Peggy chose cannabis as a legal option for relief as they understood it. In June 2016, “Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 523 to legalize the medical use of cannabis in Ohio The system was required to be fully operational by September 2018, with the Ohio Department of Commerce to make rules for cultivators by May 6, 2017, to issue rules and regulations for cultivators, and the remainder of rules to be promulgated by October 2017. In the interim, patients with one of 21 qualifying conditions were permitted to go to Michigan or another state with legalized medical cannabis, legally acquire cannabis there, and bring it back to Ohio for use in accordance with Ohio law house.” Peggy and Glenn both obtained Medical Marijuana cards from Michigan in accordance with the law until Ohio medical marijuana cards would be available. The state allows the couple to possess 450 grams which is a 90 day supply and they were well within the guidelines, possessing only 71 grams of cannabis medicine.
Despite the Keeling’s abiding by their state medical marijuana laws and the presiding judge authorizing both Glenn and Peggy to continue using “medical marijuana under directions of treating physician” filed with the courts on June 13 2018. both are facing multiple felony charges and lengthy prison sentences. Fast forward 2 years 5 months and Glenn and Peggy are still fighting their case. Mercer County prosecutor Matt Fox has refused to drop the charges and is pursuing a jury trial.
Glenn's thoughts on legal marijuana have shifted over the last 2 ½ months “Legalization is not what we should be fighting for ….”
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BOP Denies Craig Cesal Insulin
Terre Haute, IN ( February 12, 2020)- Craig Cesal serving life without parole for a non violent cannabis charge shared a message today stating that “Once again Guard Goodwin and Lt. Putoff said I cannot have insulin because I am pursuing legal action against the BOP.” Denying Craig insulin to treat his diabetes as prescribed is a blatant violation of the BOP’s own clinical guidelines regarding diabetes. https://www.bop.gov/resources/pdfs/201703_diabetes.pdf
Craig has requested that we email and call the Warden and the Regional office. When emailing or calling please include Craig’s inmate number #52948 and politely explain your concerns about Craig not receiving adequate medical care.
Warden Email: THA/ExecAssistant@bop.gov
Regional office Email: NCRO/ExecAssistant@bop.gov
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Fellow Freedom Fighters,
I want to go over the process of advocating in court support capacity in order to aide a person being treated unjustly. These are all important things to consider when advocating for Jury Nullification or for a Defendant. Effective Court Support Guidelines & Etiquette can be found at Court Support Guidelines - The Human Solution International, these are excellent rules for the day of court and should be followed.
We recently had a couple of things unfold in which some court cases were mishandled. One of those by me. In Junction City Kansas we had a defendant that came from California, who drove out for his trial. On the first day of the trial the defendant gave a jury nullification card to a random stranger who turned out to be a juror. When the judge and DA were informed by the juror what they had received they revoked his bond. He was facing 10 years. This was my mistake because I didn’t tell him to never give a card out personally. Then during the trial the judge complained about facial expressions from members of the audience and threatened to close the courtroom.
At the end of the day they discussed, without jurors in the room, the bond forfeiture for jury tampering. Like my counterpart in the other case, things were handled poorly as I was livid because the judge and the prosecutor were talking about us, the Court Support, as if we were mobsters there to intimidate and scare the jury. I raised my hand in an attempt to explain this misunderstanding. I was removed from the courtroom and banned from the courthouse and my guy went to jail. Lucky for us the jury stood fast and hung, so that today Frank Crudo is a free man. However this is being retried on January 27th, so decorum is very important. Always be careful and respectful of someone’s life being in the balance.
The Human Solution Kansas Chapter
Impressions, they can be good, they can be bad, they can be purposeful or detrimental. They can be gotten through research, through listening, through watching but most often the first, and lasting, impression is gotten at first interaction, without any prior knowledge of the subject making the impression. First impressions tend to be the one most folks remember the most, whether good or bad, and oftentimes there will be no other chance to change that first impression, or to improve upon it, thereby leaving the audience with perhaps a jaded impression of the subject that will remain beyond any other subsequent meetings. When the setting is a courtroom, the audience the judge, and the subjects leaving the impression, community supporters for the one being charged, then the first impression is most often the only one the judge may get, and may play a huge part in the decision about the future of the one on trial. This can be good or bad, purposeful or detrimental to the one whose’ future is at stake.
Court support is a great way to show support for someone going through a trial, and show the judge that there is support from the community for this person, but it can also be detrimental in the same ways when those showing up are unprepared to be in just such a setting. The courtroom is not a social gathering place where you are just hanging out with friends, and other supporters, where you just show up in your best cutoff shorts and ragged t-shirt and talk and smoke and carry on as if you have some right to do so. Being an activist means being loud and boisterous and outrageous sometimes, but never, ever in the courtroom or outside of it. There are courtroom support procedures that should be followed in order to create the best first impression possible to the judge in favor of the one being supported. These can be found at www.thsintl.org under Court Support Guidelines, which contains everything you need to know about being an asset rather than a detriment to the defendant from how to dress to how to behave around the jurors you may encounter in the courthouse and without. These guidelines have been developed through trial and error by those who have gone through their own trials and experienced the effect of those present for court support. There are also things to consider if you have interaction with the defendant prior to their trial which can potentially affect the outcome of their trial.
Court support can have a positive effect on the outcome of someone’s future, so please consider that it is someone’s life being decided, and that it could be your life on the line. By following these guidelines and presenting your best self in support of others you can be an effective part of a better outcome for the defendant, as well as leaving a positive impression on the judge who will most likely be deciding others’ fates in the future, maybe even your own.
Hi it’s Joe Grumbine, CEO and founder of The Human Solution international.
For the past Several years, I have been studying how to be the best leader that I can and although I have fought this idea based on past experiences, the value of mentoring keeps coming up as a necessity to achieve potential. The skill of being a servant leader has value to everyone involved and this is what I pursue.
I began my journey of learning the power of cannabis 16 years ago at the age of 31. I had used cannabis recreationally off and on most of my life but had never looked into the health benefits. By the time I was 31 I had worked many physically taxing jobs to support my family and had injured my back a handful of times but always bounced back quickly. This came to a quick end when I felt a pain go down my leg at work one morning. I didn’t report it and continued working for almost a month more. At this point I was to the point of having trouble walking etc. and sought medical help. This was the beginning of six spine surgeries and monthly refills of opioids. I took over the course of 10 years methadone, morphine, dilaudid, oxycontin, and oxycodone. Even after copious amounts of these drugs I was always in pain. My mood was affected, my energy and worst of all was the fear of running out.
The state of Michigan has imprisoned Michael Thompson for the past 25 years, that is more than two decades in prison for selling Marijuana. He is now 68.