This is a very sad and upsetting story.
Kristoffer Lewandowski is a veteran living in Oklahoma who medicates with cannabis to treat his PTSD. While picking up his sons from preschool, Kris was arrested by nearly a dozen policemen with guns drawn for having 6 plants in his house that were discovered with a search warrant of suspect legitimacy. He now faces the potential of living the rest of his life in prison, leaving a wife to raise two sons that will not have the presence of their father.
This is a man who gave years of his life to serving his country, and has spent years since then suffering from PTSD as a result. Instead of being remunerated for his sacrifice, he faces a life behind bars for trying to relieve his suffering with the only plant that has been effective.
Does this make any sense? Is any part of this just? This is a nationwide issue, and it is a pressing problem.
Important: we need to be vocal about the right reasons and stress what will invoke change; the paramount issue that is driving the movement is not economic, nor is it even about civil liberties — it is about protecting patients and saving lives.
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