Dear Sheree Krider:
The story I’m about to share with you sickens me. It’s a story
of how our government turns the prohibition of medical marijuana into an
excuse for murdering a cancer patient.
Dallas resident Stephen Thorton was a thyroid cancer survivor who used
marijuana to control chronic pain, eliminate nausea, and gain weight. In
2005, a federal court in Texas convicted Thorton of “possession of a
firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance and for distributing
marijuana and marijuana plants.”
In other words, this cancer patient faced a federal prison sentence for
having a gun that would have been legal except for the presence of
marijuana, which he was using to treat a life-threatening illness.
Thorton fled Texas in late 2005, fearing that his prison term would
undermine his battle against cancer — and in the process became a fugitive
who was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service. He took up residence in
Raleigh, North Carolina, where he continued to grow his medical marijuana.
Last week, he was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in a drug
raid at his home.
Investigators said they thought Thorton was the “kingpin” of a
marijuana manufacturing ring.
You can read more about this latest victim of our government’s war on
marijuana users here.
While this story is outrageous, it isn’t unique. On MPP’s Web site, you
can read a whole series of stories about other drug war victims.
end marijuana prohibition — and the frightening police actions that
accompany it — by making a
financial contribution today. We cannot keep fighting the federal
government — including lobbying Congress to pass legislation to end the
federal government’s raids on medical marijuana patients — without the
generosity of people like you.
Thank you. I’m grateful for anything
you can do to help end the government’s cruel war on the sick.
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