The Giving Fund
October 19, 2020
Many who know of and support The Human Solution International are aware of our work to help cannabis defendants and prisoners who have been negatively affected by cannabis prohibition through court support, letter writing, and calls to action. Cannabis prohibition work has been at the forefront of the work we do but is by no means all that THSI does.
The Human Solution International is first and foremost a civil rights organization. As the CoronaVirus shuts down or slows court proceedings across the United States we have had time to explore other causes that are near to the heart of our organization as well as reflect on the work we have done that may have gone unnoticed.
One tool that we have is to raise money free of fees and that is a tax-deductible donation. Raising money for an emergency need can be intimidating and emotionally difficult which is why THSI developed The Giving Fund, a year ago, We saw a need to offer our organization's abilities to help those in need.
Since launching The Giving Fund we have raised $5, 630 for four different families including what has been raised during a current ongoing fundraiser.
The first fundraiser that launched this was for Glenn Keeling and Peggy Sue Kimmel. Glenn and Peggy were two defendants facing felony cannabis charges for treating Peggy’s M.S. and Glenn’s Crohn's disease. While fighting their case their only working vehicle broke down rendering them unable to get Peggy to her many Dr.’s appointments in the small town of Celina Ohio. With The Giving Fund, we were able to get their vehicle repaired and them back on the road in a very short time. Through hard work and overwhelming community support, both Glenn and Peggy received probation and no prison time. You can read more about their case here: https://www.thsintl.org/news/medical-marijuana-in-ohio-legal-or-not
To feed a community was a joint effort between THSI and Seeds for Change which was founded by Mandi Hughes from COCW. Seeds for Change was feeding approximately 30 people who may have not eaten otherwise who were living at the Texas Music Ranch and had been severely impacted by the CoronaVirus. We were able to raise $428.00 that purchased enough food to feed them for several weeks. You can find out more about Seeds for Change here https://www.facebook.com/seedsforchangeevents
Once Glenn and Peggy’s case was settled they were saddled with $1, 440 in court fees. With Peggy being disabled and Glenn struggling to find work after losing his job due to the CoronaVirus they were unable to pay the fines. Our fundraising raised more than was needed at $1,762.00. The remaining $322.00 will go towards Glenn’s portion of his public defender costs.
Our current fundraiser is benefiting another couple from our community, Candice and Jason Dyer. The Dyers work tirelessly for their community and never ask for anything back and do so with a humility rarely seen. Through circumstances out of their control, they found themselves and their daughter without a home. A fundraiser was started on October 9, 2020, has already raised $2,580.00 of the $4000.00 goal to get them an RV to live in. $400.00 of which came from the Dyer’s themselves. If you would like to donate or share this fundraiser go here https://www.facebook.com/donate/1140042659725531/10159268809049386/
Stay tuned for more updates and articles about the civil rights and community outreach THSI has engaged in and planning to do. As we grow we evolve. We here at THSI strive to do what we can to make this a better world for everyone. We are so much more than a cannabis organization.
The Human Solution International
THSI is a grassroots federally recognized 501(c)(3), civil rights organization of concerned citizens focused on restoring the rights of those negatively affected by cannabis prohibition, Native Americans, veterans, and the disabled by utilizing education, active support networks, a legal clinic, and peaceful protest.
August 31, 2020
Jackie Cordova - writer
MORE Act - A Call to Action! Nationwide March September 12, 2020
Join us in a Call to Action as we march upon our local legislatures, calling for an historic end to marijuana prohibition! It’s About Time March, is a nationwide rally event to call attention to the MORE Act (Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act), the bill to decriminalize marijuana. The MORE Act would remove marijuana as a Schedule I substance. We need your help in showing legislators how much we care, and how important this bill is in gaining back our freedom. All over the United States people will be marching on Capitols, Courthouses and government buildings demanding that cannabis be removed from the schedule list, period! We will begin at our starting point at 10 am and at 4:20 pm we will finish up by marching to our local DEA office doors to let them know how we really feel!
It’s About Time March
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Nationwide Cannabis March Organizers and Attendees September 12th, 2020 on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/233864187875323/about
The MORE Act has passed all of its subcommittees and goes to the House Floor at the end of September. This is a historic bill because it will remove THC from the CSA (Controlled Substances Act) which removes our biggest stumbling block to cannabis!
Summary: MORE Act H.R.3884 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
Specifically, it removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act and eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana.
The bill also makes other changes, including the following:
Prohibition hurts good people
The Human Solution International
THSI is a grassroots federally recognized 501(c)(3), civil rights organization of concerned citizens focused on restoring the rights of those negatively affected by cannabis prohibition, Native Americans, veterans and the disabled by utilizing education, active support networks, a legal clinic and peaceful protest.
My name is Sarah Storment I am a chapter coordinator for The Human Solution International Kansas chapter. The Hess case was brought to our attention by bleeding Kansas president Lisa Sublett . As soon as I heard about this case I knew this family needed our help. Kansas is still treating patients as criminals and any amount of THC is illegal. This is her story.
On May 23rd 2019 after making homemade pizza for dinner for her family, Jennifer, her husband 39 year old Homer Wilson and their 2 sons aged 11 and 15 years old were settling in when the family received a loud knock on the door. To everyone's surprise it was the greenwood County police department. They informed Jennifer there had been a report of screams coming from the home; Jennifer assured them everyone was fine. Two of the officers entered the home saying they could see drug paraphernalia from the door. A search lead to them finding roughly 1/4 of a lb. of cannabis along with a substance in a rubber container they would claim tested positive for meth only later prove to be cannabis concentrate. Based on what the police found they arrested both parents and took the children into the Department of Family and Children custody. And a living nightmare begins for this family over a plant.
Both were held on a $50,000 bond even though Jennifer and her husband had no previous criminal record and had lived in eureka 16 years. During their stay both parents experienced serious medical problems that went untreated in the greenwood County jail.
On June 6th Jennifer was finally able to make bond only to be taken into a small room to be told her husband had a medical problem and didn't make it. She is now a widow, her children lost their father and their lives are now forever changed.
Now a widow with a criminal case she will also have to fight one of the hardest battles alone. Challenging DCF for custody of her children over child endangerment, this being something Kansas likes to do with cannabis cases.
The Human Solution International Kansas chapter had our first meeting with Jennifer and instantly knew she needed help. The public defender she was given didn't appear to have her best interest at heart so through the proceeds from fundraising she was able to hire a new attorney.
Now back to the children, aged 11 and 15 are now living with family in a different town and have just lost their father. Jennifer will have to jump through hoops to find who she needs to speak to get custody of her 2 children.
Living on a fixed income her house needed some repairs that she could not afford, which had to be done before the children would be allowed to return home.
Again an area I knew we could be of help.
Through THSI we got fundraising efforts going and put together a team. We got all of the issues DCF had with the house fixed for the children to come home, easy enough right? WRONG. It would still be almost 1 year before they would come home.
Back to the cannabis case where Jennifer is now facing multiple drug felonies as well as dealing with the death of her husband and her children not being in her care. She will face some hard decisions, fight the state and go to trial (which will take longer to get her children home?)
Or will she get it over with and take a plea?
This is the first cannabis case I have been involved in. With every court case I am watching my state bully patients as criminals and scare them into taking a plea or facing prison. This is something that has to change. Every state around us now at least has a medical cannabis program in place and we are still locking people up over a plant? Again Kansas allows 0% thc.
As with anything that goes through a court system this is a slow process made slower by covid 19 lock downs. Court was now on zoom calls so we could not be at her last court date but we made sure to stay in contact with her and got updates every step of the way.
Faced with a hard decision Jennifer decided to take a plea and was placed on 1 year of probation and charged with Felony paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession.
The children are now in the process of coming home for good and soon their nightmare will come to an end. But she still lost her husband. A year without her children and now must learn to live a whole different life.
All over a plant. That some people are making millions on while others are losing their lives over..
This is not equal. This is not united. This needs to change. Cannabis is medicine. Cannabis users are not criminals.
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 ….”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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
The Human Solution Kansas Chapter
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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.