Source: UAB Kaleidoscope
Michael Lapihuska is facing a sentence that could be as severe as 10 years in prison, not for rape, burglary or assault, but for the possession of a single joint’s worth of marijuana.
Michael suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has used cannabis for many years to combat the symptoms of his illness. After suffering arrests for possession, he moved to California.
There a doctor recommended he take marijuana for his disorder, and he became a legal patient in the state’s medical marijuana program.
The War on Drugs has failed miserably and has only increased Mexican and South American Cartels’ capital gains. As a former police officer, I can attest that far too much time is spent on simple marijuana arrests while home burglaries occur, heroin-traders and junkies roam the streets, and your neighborhood patrolman, instead of waving hello, is patting you down on your own front porch for a joint.
On December 15, 2009, Michael was traveling home to Alabama from California to see his family for Christmas when he was stopped, searched – apparently for no reason – and arrested for possession of one gram of marijuana....Continue ReadingView Comments (2)