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President Obama Grants Commutations and Pardons to 5 POT Prisoners

December 18, 2015

Today, President Barack Obama granted commutations of sentence to 95 individuals and pardons to two individuals. This includes 5 Pot Prisoners. Non-violent cannabis only offenders. We need to unite and continue to fight to end this War on Drugs if you know someone in prison for cannabis please email me at [email protected]

President Obama Grants Commutations and Pardons

This is the 5 individual who will soon be free men. Remember, No-one belongs in jail for a plant.

EDWARD BETTS # 02124-025
P.O. BOX 1000
MARION, IL  62959

  • Edward B. Betts – Carbondale, IL

Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana (Southern District of Illinois)

Sentence:  360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (Jul. 27, 1992)

Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016, and eight-year term of supervised release commuted to two years of supervised release.

P.O. BOX 1032

  • Charles Frederick Cundiff – Altoona, FL

Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana; attempt to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana (Northern District of Florida)

Sentence:  Life imprisonment (Jan. 8, 1992)

Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 18, 2016.


P.O. BOX 2099

  • William Ervin Dekle – Lake City, FL

Offense:  Conspiracy to import 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana; importation of 100 kilograms of marijuana (four counts); possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms of marijuana (four counts) (Northern District of Florida)

Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; four years’ special parole (Jun. 7, 1991)

Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.

P.O. BOX 6000

  • Chad Robert Latham – Tacoma, WA

Offense:  Conspiracy to manufacture marijuana; manufacturing marijuana (Western District of Washington)

Sentence:  180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Jan. 18, 2006)

Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.

P.O. BOX 1010

  • Juan Fernando Mendoza-Cardenas – Houston, TX

Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana (Northern District of Georgia)

Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jan. 28, 2004)

Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.

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People need to realize that the justice system is non-existent, for the most part. It is more apt to be called the “JUST US” system and it is really set up to work against the citizens, contrary to what people have been conditioned to believe.

Let’s take a look at a something many do not like to acknowledge >>> REALITY

- The police officer who writes you a ticket or arrest you – works for the STATE

- The attorney that you hire – is Licensed by the STATE

- The prosecutor who wants to put you in jail/prison – works for the STATE

- The Judge who oversees the court proceedings – works for the STATE

- The jail/prison that you go to – all employees there – work for the STATE

- The probation/parole officer that you get assigned to – works for the STATE

- All fines and fees that are assessed to you by the court – goes to the STATE

See, the system is set up to benefit the STATE. If there were very few arrest, it would not be good for the “JUST US” system. It would not be good for the pay, career, pensions/ retirement for the employees of the STATE. It is in their best interest to create/work in a POLICE 
STATE…the more arresting/jailing of the citizens, the more secure their jobs are.

Sadly, most people still believe that the employees of the STATE are here to “SERVE & PROTECT” or represent we, the people. The REALITY of it is, they are not! Occasionally, just like the random winner at a casino, a citizen may get real justice in the “JUST US” system to help keep up the illusion that the system works, but in REALITY, it is rare.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

― Upton Sinclair

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Where are Canada's Pot Prisoners?

Out of mind - Out of sight.

So, the question is 'Where are Canad's pot prisoners?' Due to Canad's right to privacy which extends to inmates without consent from a prisoner to approve a request to contact them- No-one can get any information about a pot prisoners whereabouts. So, it is a double edge sword- I can not contact a pot prisoner to ask for their approval/permission to contact them?!

Now, I know you are thinking Canadians are not being arrested for cannabis, right? Well, let the research begin via: poll interviews and web search.

While attending the Karma Cup in Toronto I launched an investigation searching for those unjustly arrested and incarcerated for cannabis. And sadly, I discovered Canada's cannabis prohibition is alive, well, and very active. Out of the  attendees to the Karma Cup - I talked with 25 people with active cannabis cases currently in the court system. Their charges ranged from possession to cultivation, over the limit, CI turning them in, etc.. I spoke with to an additional 100 people that have been arrested for cannabis, served jail/prison time, on parole, took a deal--- not to mention those  being harassed for being patients, questioned about their illness, being legal patients, or illegal pot. Do note that all of them have been banned the United States of America.

Now for some web research - 

Canada Marijuana Arrests Jump Dramatically states:

Some 58,000 Canadians were arrested for marijuana possession in 2010, and another 18,000 were arrested for marijuana trafficking, also up significantly with a 10% increase over 2009.  According to its annual crime report, pot possession arrests increased 14% last year, and accounted for more than half (54%) of all drug arrests in Canada.

Two minors arrest for smoking marijuana. Toronto police caught on camera obstructing filming of arrest
8/14/2015 ~ CBC news Winnipeg police arrest owner and patient at medical marijuana dispensary.
9/14/2015 ~ CHCH medical marijuana bust in NOTL.

So, where are those people who were/have been arrested, prosecuted, tried, and thrown in prison for pot? What happened to them, where are they, but most importantly how can we contact them?

Our goal--- POW420 wants to locate these pot prisoners, we want to share their stories, spread the message that No-one belongs in jail for a plant. We want to end cannabis prohibition world-wide. Thus, we are asking/seeking/begging for your help to assist us in locating your 'Canadians' pot prisoners. 

Understanding that people are still getting arrested for cannabis under current cannabis laws is vital to ending prohibition. Realizing that passing bad cannabis laws, with grey areas and loop-holes will only aid and abed to the war on drugs. The time is NOW to end prohibition, to not settle for regulation- to see that removing cannabis from the Canadian Drug and substance act once and for all--that full legalization is the only solution.  Also, to a dd a clause or two that state within 30 days of legalization that all cannabis records will be expunged and no-one can be arrested for cannabis.

If you know someone arrested or incarcerated for cannabis please, contact me at [email protected]

Remember, No-one belongs in jail for a plant.

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Parents 4 Pot ~Cannabis Holiday Drive

Child Present

Looking For More Families That Need Help 4 The Holidays! - Parents 4 Pot

We are proud to announce that our annual P4P Cannabis Community Holiday Drive is going to be bigger and better than ever! We are currently considering additional families in need, that we can help have a good holiday season regardless of the difficulties that prohibition has created for them. Last year, we helped 25 families by providing them with their holiday wishes through the generosity of the community. We raised over $15,000 that all went directly to families for holiday lists on Amazon and in-kind donations.

This year we are hoping to help twice as many families and raise twice as much funding. We are counting on the community to come through big for families who have been challenged by the restraints and punishments created from the war on cannabis. We focus primarily on three types of families to help with our Holiday Drive.

The first are POW children whose parents are serving time for cannabis related offenses. We have been honored to be able to help the families left behind by our nation's archaic drug laws. It is sad enough that these families do not get to see their moms or dads on a daily basis, but it is paralyzing to not be able to be a part of the holidays because you are serving time for pot. Our objectives of filling some of the gaps with gifts from P4P in the name of their parents goes a long way to making a bad situation at least a little better.

The second type of families we focus on are refugee families who have had to move to a different state to receive cannabis treatments for children and family members. This is often a difficult situation for families to pull off. In some cases, half of the family is forced to live in one state, while the rest of the family is forced to live in states where cannabis is legal and available. Helping them with holiday gifts goes a long way to them being able to make ends meet. It is crazy that we still live in a society that forces people to move to different states to find safe and effective treatments.

The other types of families we look to help are members of the cannabis community who have simply fallen upon hard times, whether because they lost their jobs or had their homes destroyed in floods or fires. There are people in this community who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for cannabis users who have come upon difficult days. We want to make sure to lift up and help the people who have helped the community, and who need a little help to make their holidays special.

If you think you know of a family that falls into one of these categories, please contact us as soon as possible so we can get them on our list. In order to be considered, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line "P4P HOLIDAY FAMILY" with the following information:

  • The name of the family in need
  • Whether they are a.) a POW family; b) a Refugee family; or c) A Cannabis Community Member in need 
  • A short description of their situation 
  • How to contact them
  • How many people are in the family
  • Any other information you think is relevant

We are hoping to get going on the list sooner than later so please do not hesitate on this. Get those emails out ASAP and share this page on your social media and communication channels. We are very excited about our ability to help these families and appreciate your assistance in making the holidays a reality for those in need.

If you or your organization would like to commit funds to the drive, please email us at [email protected] with the subject line "P4P HOLIDAY DONATION" and we will follow-up to make arrangements. People can also PayPal money at any time to that email with your request for it to be used for the Holiday Drive in the message area.

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The Constitution Of The United States

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land in the United States. Learn more about our founding document. The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States.

Constitution Day!

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 7, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. We encourage all Americans to observe this important day in our nation's history by attending local events in your area. Celebrate Constitution Day through activities, learning, parades and demonstrations of our Love for the United State of America and the Blessings of Freedom Our Founding Fathers secured for us.

The First Amendment

The Second Amendment 

The Third Amendment

The Fourth Amendment

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Marijuana ~ The Facts and Fiction



This video is illustrated along with the action and background music. The script of the video and description of the action follows.


[An illustration of the United States is shown; plants grow from it as a hose is shown spraying water over them.]

It’s the most widely used illegal drug in America and it comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant.

[An illustration of the lungs is shown.]

And, like the tobacco plant, its smoke contains a mixture of gasses and particles that are harmful to your lungs.

[The images on the screen fade to the words “Fact” and “Fiction.”]

It's time to separate fact from fiction.

First, marijuana can be used as medicine. Fiction

[During the next frames, illustrations reference the federal law pertaining to marijuana. Pills are shown being rolled up and lit with a lighter to demonstrate that medicine is not something that is smoked. Finally, the process of getting a prescription for Marinol filled is shown.]

Fact is, under federal law marijuana is classified as an illegal drug with no approved medical use. Have you ever heard of anyone who smoked medicine?

What the FDA has approved is Marinol, the active ingredient found in the marijuana plant. It's specifically prescribed to control nausea in cancer patients and to stimulate appetite in AIDS patients.

Second, marijuana doesn't affect my performance at school and in athletics. Fiction

[An illustration of a pile of text books and sporting equipment is used to demonstrate this second fact/fiction element. An illustration of a failed test and of a dropped ball shown over a baseball diamond are used to illustrate the impact of marijuana on performance.]

The fact is marijuana does affect concentration and remembering facts, and that's risky, especially for a developing teenage brain.

It can also affect movement and coordination, throwing off one's athletic performance.

Third, driving under the influence of marijuana isn't dangerous. Fiction.

[An illustrated driver is shown smoking marijuana in a vehicle. As the smoke clears, it becomes clear that there is a collision with a truck, and a grave is shown to demonstrate the number of deaths that occur based on car accidents in which the driver was under the influence of marijuana.]

Fact is marijuana affects your ability to drive, judge distances, and react to signals and sounds on the road.

Sadly, it's the most common illegal drug found in drivers who die in car accidents.

[The words “You have a choice” are displayed on the screen and fade out to the words “fact or fiction” as the narration concludes.]

So, you have a choice when it comes to marijuana use: Do you want to follow fact or fiction?

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The Emperor Wears No Clothes

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POW420 ~ Marijuana Music

Pot Talk Radio is looking for music of the movement. Let's Talk Pot ~ and play YOUR music.

Music has always kept company with American wars. During the Revolutionary War, “Yankee Doodle” and many other songs set to reels and dances were sung to keep spirits alive during dark hours. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Lincoln’s favorite song during the Civil War, was countered by “Dixie” in the Confederate States. In 1918, in the middle of World War I, Irving Berlin gave us “God Bless America,” So, what is our WAR song? After all, President Nixon Declared the WAR on Drugs. And our prisons are stock piled with non-violent, victim less, cannabis only crimes.

Wars also create their unique antagonists who transform their empathy, concern, anger, and other emotions into poetry, prose, or in our time, popular music.  Lead the way with your message, with your song. 

Will your music be the next song of this war. We at POW420 strongly encourage YOU to Take ACTion through song. Help end cannabis prohibition and share you music today. Send to: [email protected]

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10 Startling New Facts about Brain Damage and Marijuana

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