Thursday, October 27, 2011

Write To A Political Prisoner Of Compassion & Conscience


Prisoner Outreach Workshop

Please write a letter to these patients and caregivers serving federal prison sentences. Learn more at http://cannabissaveslives.org/prisonerhoutreach.html. Some prisoners have been moved so PAN is posting updated addresses here. We will have them updated on the website shortly.

There are good letter writing tips at http://www.prisonerlife.com/tips.cfm. Info on the Bureau of Prisons' policies, etc., can be found at http://bop.gov

Join us live the last Friday of the month at 10 p.m. PST for our virtual letter writing party at http://www.stickam.com/thepotcast.

Note: example, (9/15) denotes prisoner is to be RELEASED September of 2015.

This list is not comprehensive. If you know a patient, caregiver or doctor serving federal prison time for medical marijuana, please forward the information to patientadvocates@riseup.net.


Dustin “DC” Costa 62406-097 (9/18)
USP Florence Admax
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 8500
Florence, CO 81226

Jonathan M. Chapman 63546-097 (3/14)
FCI Phoenix
Federal Correctional Institution
37910 N. 45th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85086

Roger Christie 99279-022 (unknown)
FDC Honolulu
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 30080
Honolulu, HI 96820

Tim Dellas 93161-011 (11/15)
Federal Prison Camp
P.O. Box 6000
Sheridan, OR 97378

Marc Scott Emery 40252-086 (7/14)
FCI Yazoo City Medium
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 5888
Yazoo City, MS 39194

Bryan James Epis 09636-097 (9/16)
FCI Terminal Island
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 3007
San Pedro, CA 90731

Marion P. Fry 15840-097 (9/15)
FCI Dublin
Federal Correctional Institution
5701 8th St. - Camp Parks
Dublin, CA 94568

Virgil Edward Grant 47375-112 (1/15)
FCI Terminal Island
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 3007
San Pedro, CA 90731

James Dale Holland 62466-097 (7/13)
FCI Herlong
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 800
Herlong, CA 96113

Joe Kidwell 08559-033 (11/11)
CCM Nashville
Community Corrections Office
801 Broadway St.
Nashville, TN 37203

Charles Edward Lepp 09636-097 (1/18)
USP Lompoc
U.S. Penitentiary
3901 Klein Blvd.
Lompoc, CA 93436

Richard James Marino 16206-097 (4/12)
CCM Sacramento
Community Correction Office
501 I Street, Suite 9-400
Sacramento, CA 95814

Richard Ruiz Montes 63130-097 (9/25)
Federal Correctional Institution
3600 Guard Road
Lompoc, CA 93436

Van Phong Nguyen 13254-041 (5/23)
FCI Safford
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. BOX 9000
Safford, AZ 85548

Luke Scarmazzo 63131-097 (4/27)
USP Lompoc
U.S. Penitentiary
3901 Klein Blvd.
Lompoc, CA 93436

Dale C. Schafer 15839-097 (9/15)
CI Taft
Correctional Institution
P.O. Boc 7001
Taft, CA 93268

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Responding To Federal Interference - Petition To Governor Jerry Brown


On October 7, 2011, U.S. Attorneys announced that they will be enforcing California State's medical cannabis law, as they see fit. Given the amount of tax revenue the State is raking in from the collectives, it is unacceptable for our Governor to continue to be tight-lipped about these attacks.

Supporters of Medical Cannabis throughout California are encouraged to get involved with the Statewide petition drive urging Governor Jerry Brown to demand that the feds halt this attack and he take a more pro-active role in our State's enforcement. We need Governor Brown to be our ally in this. He needs to know that medical cannabis is important to many and not just a few.

In the spirit of fun and appreciation, PAN announced today that prizes will be given to honor those who collect the most signatures. Details and instructions are on the petition. The deadline for submitting petitions to PAN is November 18, 2011.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead

Posted by Degé Coutee

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Occupy 4:20

On October 7, 2011, at a press conference in Sacramento, U.S. Attorneys announced its enforcement actions against medical marijuana collectives in California: http://yubanet.com/california/California-39-s-Top-Federal-Law-Enforcement-Officials-Announce-Enforcement-Actions-Against-State-39-s-Widespread-and-Illegal-Marijuana-Industry.php#.To-0NnO1ll1

In solidarity with patient protesters in Sacramento, Patient Advocacy Network held an emergency response rally in downtown Los Angeles. We encountered many activists there who are acting in solidarity with the Occupy Wall St. movement. Our presence was well received and our message heard. Legalizing cannabis and ending the Drug War is part of the solution. Cannabis prohibition is yet another example of government lies, corporate greed and institutionalized racism/classism. Pot smokers are the 99%.

As PAN is a voice for medical marijuana patients’ rights and ending cannabis prohibition we encourage all supporters to Occupy 4:20. Organize peaceful Occupy 4:20 events in your local area: Make signs, make t-shirts, take to the streets and make some noise because the Occupy Wall St. movement understands our message.

Download the attached flyer to educate local activists about the escalated federal attacks on medical marijuana. Use the flyer to promote your local Occupy 4:20 events. Contact Patient Advocacy Network if you want to learn more. Be Safe & Power To The Peaceful.

By: Degé Coutee

Thursday, October 06, 2011

How Can Patients Respond to Further Federal Interference? Part I

The Department of Justice, DEA, IRS and ATF have teamed up to thwart patients’ rights. U.S. Attorneys have issued a new round of threat letters to property owners leasing commercial space to patient collectives. The DEA scoffs at States’ medical cannabis laws, continues to raid collectives, seizes bank accounts and threatens banks that do business with dispensaries. The IRS is going after the largest/oldest collectives for filing false tax returns claiming millions in back taxes are owed. The ATF has announced legally qualified patients under state law have no 2nd Amendment rights.

For your reference, some news links from the last week:
http://www.news10.net/news/article/157615/2/Feds-threaten-marijuana-dispensary-landlords
http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x651158529/Feds-stir-the-pot-as-Kern-tries-to-regulate-marijuana
http://www.redwoodtimes.com/garbervillenews/ci_18844525
http://www.registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/26958813-41/marijuana-agents-federal-plants-medical.html.csp
http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/09/dea_raids_medical_marijuana_cl.php
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/01/3951917/feds-seize-bank-accounts-of-2.html
http://www.coloradoconnection.com/news/story.aspx?id=669992
http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/05/8153459-irs-ruling-strikes-fear-in-medical-marijuana-industry
http://www.nssf.org/share/PDF/ATFOpenLetter092111.pdf

The DEA raided two collectives in California’s Southland October 5, 2011, and U.S Attorneys are expected to make a statement this Friday during a press conference in Sacramento about their ‘new policy’ regarding ‘marijuana distributors.’ The Feds appear poised to launch a coordinated attack geared to shut down as many patient collectives and gardens around the country as possible and make patients fear for their personal safety. While collective directors shoulder most of this stress and burden, the most vulnerable patients are also in the crosshairs. Low income, disabled patients rely on the dispensary system for free medicine, sometimes delivered to their homes.

However, Congress obviously does not hear our voices. We are still a fearful and silent majority. When PAN visited Congressional offices, we were quite surprised to hear that most never had a visit from a qualified patient there to discuss medical cannabis. PAN learned that what we brought to the Congressional table was extremely important to patients’ rights. We also learned that no one advocate, no one organization will sway Congress. We must act in great numbers speaking from our own individual, diverse experiences.

The rest of this series will cover the many ways patients can help change federal law and end federal interference.

Posted by Degé Coutee