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Chris Williams was abiding by Montana state law when he was raided by federal agents in 2008

Chris Williams was abiding by Montana state law when he was raided by federal agents in 2011

By Cheri Sicard
Cannabis Cheri

Williams as a Marine

Williams as a Marine

“I have decided to fight the federal government, because for me not defending the things that I know are right is dishonorable. It is the power of the people to control this government that is supposed to protect us. If we shun this struggle, this government will control us instead of protecting us. Every citizen has a responsibility to fight for what is right, even if it seems like the struggle will be lost.”

Former United States Marine, Christopher Williams wrote those words to explain why he went to trial rather than take a plea bargain or deal, like everyone else involved in his marijuana case did.

Williams and partners operated one of Montana’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries in strict compliance with Montana state medical marijuana laws. Nonetheless, 2011 saw federal authorities launch an all-out assault on the state’s medical marijuana program.

During that sweep Montana Caregiver’s dispensary and its Helena grow operation were raided. Williams, along with his partners and employees were arrested and charged with felony drug and weapons charges.

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Though lies and propaganda were used by the Liquor Control Board and 502 profiteer lobbyists to succeed this legislative session, one thing is clear — the community is united to save the voter approved medical cannabis. Their response is happening in three ways.

(1) I-1372, the citizen initiative gathering signatures for the November ballot with a July 2, 5 pm deadline that would supersede SB 5052.

(2) R-76, a referendum filed on sections of SB 5052 for the November ballot gathering signatures for a July 23, 5 pm deadline.

(3) An injunction being filed for July 24 (when many other sections of SB 5052 are scheduled to be implemented).

With 20,000 mail-in petitions for I-1372 going out in all copies of the June issue of the Northwest Leaf, sponsor Kirk Ludden’s “never give up, never surrender” attitude continues despite those saying it is not possible, and mass media indifference to six major press releases in five months.

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Charles "Fred" Cundiff

Charles “Fred” Cundiff

By Cheri Sicard
Cannabis Cheri

Like most people serving life sentences for nonviolent, victimless “crimes,” Charles “Fred” Cundiff is yet example of a prisoner behind bars because of America’s horrendous conspiracy laws. In July of 1991, Fred did what many of us have probably done at one time or another in our lives; he was in the company of a friend who was involved in selling marijuana.

Fred agreed to go on an overnight road trip to Tallahassee with this friend. Fred went shopping for a birthday present for a loved one while his friend attended to an “errand.” While he was waiting in the car for his friend to arrive for the trip home, Cundiff found himself looking down the barrels of two shotguns, while another 9mm pistol pointed squarely at him. Fred was arrested and taken to jail.

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