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Chris Butts (left) and Sonja Renae of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition were arrested at their home Saturday afternoon. Bond has reportedly been set at $1 million apiece.
Chris Butts (left) and Sonja Renae of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition were arrested at their home Saturday afternoon. Bond has reportedly been set at $1 million apiece.

Chris Butts (left) and Sonja Renae of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition were arrested at their home Saturday afternoon. Bond has reportedly been set at $1 million apiece.

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Medical cannabis activist Chris Butts, his girlfriend and fellow activist Sonja Renae, and two others were arrested by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department in Alabama at about 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon and — reportedly — charged with possession and cultivation of marijuana.

“Was just raided,” Butts posted on Facebook around 5 p.m. Central time. “I’m in the back of a transport right now going to get locked up for a 12 hour holding period.”

In the post, Butts alleges that his ex-wife, DJ, is responsible for the raid. The former couple share custody of a young son.

Dylan Cassidy [Facebook]

Dylan Cassidy
[Facebook]

“Update: Chris Butts, Sonja Renae, Dylan Cassidy, Amber Nixon, all were arrested,” reads a comment on Chris’s Facebook post by his mother, Tommie Greer Oconnell.

“Charged with trafficking,” the comment reads. “I can go back up at 6 a.m. and try to get them released but I’m told by Cullman County the bond will be a million dollars each. I can’t fathom that much money.”

Chris Butts has, for several years, led the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition (AMMJC), a group which works politically for safe access to cannabis for patients in the Heart of Dixie.

His efforts, along with those of all the members of AMMJC, including former co-president Ron Crumpton, now with the Alabama Safe Access Project (ASAP), have resulted in several medical marijuana bills being introduced in the Alabama Legislature over the past couple of years.

 

 

 

  • Utah Care

    Wow – did not know Chris and DJ split – that explains a LOT

  • Candace Junkin

    A million dollars!!! For plant? *smh* My thoughts are with them. The IWCC will help anyway we can .

  • Olen Lane

    I hope the best for them. They have all the money (yours) guns and the law on there side.
    I call BS on them.
    Where is free USA today??

  • Killamanjaro

    Another example of the state engaging in rampant misuse of force against people who are not criminals. No victim, no crime. Cannabis is one of the most safe, benign, beneficial medicinal plants in the history of mankind…..& it’s about time it gets treated that way…

  • joshc

    Just got out of the jail cell with Chris in Cullman. There are some interesting things regarding this case. Wish the best of luck and will lend any support.

  • Guest

    This is what I posted on my page when hearing or Rather seeing the post by Chris. Looks like now some one is out to make a name for there selves. One way or another. What a dam shame!!!

    Freedom only rings true if you do not stand against oppression. Activist and out spoken leader of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition was raided today. In what appears to be a bitter grudge caused by divorce. Whether this story holds true
    or police have set there sites on trying to stop the growing support of
    a movement long over due. Changing life in the south is still
    dangerous. Though it would seem police efforts could be better spent on
    violent crimes. As almost half the country now have laws of support for
    the peoples right of choice for something so useful and so harmless
    when compared to other drugs and crimes.

  • Terry S. Bradley

    This is what I posted on my face book page when hearing or Rather seeing the post by Chris. Looks like now some one is out to make a name for there selves. One way or another. What a damn shame!!!

    Freedom only rings true if you do not stand against oppression.
    Activist and out spoken leader of the Alabama Medical Marijuana
    Coalition was raided today. In what appears to be a bitter grudge caused
    by divorce. Whether this story holds true or police have set there sites on trying to stop the growing support of a movement long over due. Changing life in the south is still dangerous. Though it would seem police efforts could be better spent on violent crimes. As almost half the country now have laws of support for the peoples right of choice for something so useful and so harmless when compared to other drugs and crimes.

  • free4

    There could be some intriguing aspects about this case in regards to how the raid went down. It may have been unconstitutional because Cullman County was supposedly going in for a “welfare check” and happened to find things in a different area of the home than a welfare check might constitute. I’m no lawyer but I even heard the police at the facility talking about how it could possibly be wrong while the raid was occurring.

  • medcannabis1

    this is why we must insure that anyone running for public office who supports cannabis prohibition be deemed unworthy of holding elected office…and one by one we will replace the old boy network with compassionate and informed citizens to hold public office and change these racist laws from the 1930′s.

  • Kevin.millette

    How did he post to facebook when shackled in the back of a tranport police van

  • Craig Bonsai

    I hate that they got busted, as raising cannabis shouldn’t be a crime, BUT, it IS still a crime in AL, and if you’re going to make a lot of noise in the movement, you can’t afford to be dirty. If you paint a big enough target on your back, someone will take a shot. You have to make sure that when they do, there is nothing to hit. I’ve read too many stories very much like this one.

  • Raven Strattis

    So sad to hear this for Chris and the others. Alabama patients should rally behind and not distance from this outspoken patient and president of AMMJC. This will affect the movement towards legalizing medicinal in this state; we need to make it a positive affect. NO ONE should go to jail/prison for a Plant! We all have a right to choose healthier medicine without fear.

  • http://www.weedbiz.us/about-us/ WeedBiz

    A million bucks for some plants? Wow Alabama, just wow.

  • Robert Dorr

    anther example of a law abiding citizen being railroaded by someone in their own family, sickening!!

  • Ras Ible
  • Dora DJ Butts

    DJ Butts here. I absolutely am sick that you people believe I did this. There was heroine and needles in my daughters purse too but i suppose he wont tell that part. My heart is just broken and my son has to suffer. I would Never do that to my son. Check his enemies and stop blaming me.

  • stay Together

    This makes me cry. we have come to love this family and now they are in the same situation as my family ugh why does this happen to great amazing ppl?
    http://www.gofundme.com/stay-together

  • stay Together

    They didn’t shackle me down didn’t take my phone until booking

  • firesoul89

    this is despicable. i’m acquainted with this family. they’ve never done a thing to harm another soul and the mother in particular has always fought and worked her heart out so her son could get the medicine he actually needed. To be jailed with common criminals – judged – in that way – no one should have the right.

  • firesoul89

    i’m sure that’s reassuring their son who has crohns. if you decide whats moral by measuring the law, i have little or no respect for you. get out of here.

  • Charlie Brown

    Make It Legal Already. Its None Of The Governments Business If People Smoke Weed For Medicinal Purposes Or For Fun! Yes Of Course Don’t Smoke And Drive JuSt Like You Shouldn’t Drink And Drive. But Come On You Cannot Die From Overdose. But The Government CanPrescribe You Xanex Or Morphine! Ha At Least Weed Grows Out Of The FroM The Ground. You Can’t Say That About Your Stupid Pills Can You?

  • whoareyoupeople?

    who are you reffering to as you people?Judgemental much?

  • harry

    yep there area lot of lowlifes in power, who just don’t care 1 bit about you

  • fromthesouth

    help us here in the south!

  • imfromgeorgia

    in most southern states its mandatory for trafficking or whatever. Here in GA its the same. It’s a felony for each plant and they charge you with distribution for each plant (a pound a piece)

  • trizzybob

    I wonder if an investor named Britteny Cedric was involved.

  • Merritt Cordell

    They didn’t Rape,Rob or Kill anyone! The Cullman co. authorities are the only criminals here1 ….

  • Robert Peterson

    Damn Rednecks need to get with the times

  • scott

    Heyy, being a redneck isn’t a crime. I’m a redneck and I support the legalization of marijuana for medical or recreational use.

  • Robert Peterson

    Me too

  • Doe Renée

    We shall overcome. Regardless of what they did or not, they fight for what is right in policy.

    If the AL govt could read this article and watch the video from the Colorado Springs Gazette, they would see an Alabama family who came via what’s now called the #undergreenrailroad for their epileptic daughter..

    the first lines of the video that the father speaks are .. ” If we would have stayed in Alabama.. ” implying they had no choice except a horrible quality of life for their daughter. She is now so well, with hardly any seizures, able to laugh and talk again. see link for true xmas miracle.

    http://gazette.com/marijuana-oil-brings-relief-joy/article/1511475

    As for my fellow activists in Alabama, I applaud their bravery, and hope heir bond can be met by someone monetarily able and willing.

  • Julia Overman

    Your ex. is not a nice person, and she will probably see some karma associated with her act of being mean.

  • Bernadette Sava

    Unfortunately most arrests are unconstitutional, but because the system itself is corrupt, they allow them to get away with it. It is a team effort from the police, to the jailer, to the public defender, to the DA, to the judge. Their job is to get you to plead guilty without a trial even if they have to provide false testimony. It is a game to them.

  • Bernadette Sava

    He was merely saying it can be dangerous to be an activist.

  • theskeptic2

    The county sheriff’s dept arrested these folks? Does that mean a county judge imposed this bond?
    Not sure if judges in Alabama are elected…but, if so, there’s one that needs to be sent back to pasture. Unbelievable…

  • S.F.

    Thank God Dylan is safe. I’m worried he’s away from his Mom/Caregiver. He’s not receiving his medicine, that’s very upsetting. This is ridiculous.

  • Natalye

    There are things individuals can do. Read about jury nullification here:

    Legal Pot – The Jury Nullification Project Update

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/03/07/1190962/-Legal-Pot-The-Jury-Nullification-Project-Update

  • Natalye

    Also, here is a short presentation, by Professor Alex Kreit, about who is really being hurt by the war on drugs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKPAn7uRcVY

  • laughingmonkey

    seeing how it was a “welfare check” on the son it sounds about right that you would be the one to call it in if you found heroine and needles in your other child’s purse

  • doubt’n T

    Does is surprise anyone that the law enforcement agencies in the Armpit of the USA (Alabama, and yes I can say that as I was born and raised in that cesspool of a state) would put money, profit, religion above the needs of a sick kid (kids)? I for one am not at all surprised. I truly wish I was a wealthy individual. I post their bond immediately.

  • William Z. Cohen

    Just look at the trailer trash…

  • William Z. Cohen

    Why are you in jail??? You a criminal or did they arrest the wrong person. Get a life, LOSER!!!!!!!!!

  • William Z. Cohen

    You are a MORON!!!! When I go see a dentist or a doctor for a kidney stone and they give me morphine, the GOVERNMENT has NOTHING to do with it, you idiot. STFU and hide under a rock…

  • William Z. Cohen

    Have you served in the military??? Do not talk about FREEDOM in the USA unless you fought for it, you MORON!!!!!

  • William Z. Cohen

    Move you friggin MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Olen Lane

    William Z Cohen Yes,,and I work for a living you MORON TO U too. I have paid and paid. What the FUCK have you done??

  • Olen Lane

    William Z Cohen,,U are a troll and a ass hole too. Go FUCK your trolling ass. Thank you.

  • Olen Lane

    don’t criticize what you can’t understand!

  • Olen Lane

    don’t criticize what you can’t understand!

  • William Z. Cohen

    23 years in the United States Marine Corps and I retired with an honorable discharge. What did you do again, trailer trash???

  • William Z. Cohen

    I am from Alabama, you LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Olen Lane

    Get back under that bridge TROLL

  • Olen Lane

    U one dunbass troll
    You don’t even know WTF is going on do U?

  • wowFAD

    Based on your comments, you think everyone born in Alabama (or the south, generally) who don’t like the way things are should tuck tail and run away. Congratulations, you gave everyone who ever made you unhappy exactly what they wanted. Instead of sticking around and demanding respect, you retreated. So where did you end up? Because it appears as though you haven’t quite run long or far enough to get away from your bitterness, your anger, your shame — yourself. Just keep running, Willy. Those of us with spines will stick around to do what you couldn’t.

  • bob

    And we see its done wonders for you…berating those that dont share your brainwashed ideology….oh yeah…thats what makes you better than others…keep fighting the good fight…imbecile….

  • William Z. Cohen

    HA HA HA HA This is too grand. You people are so backwards…

  • William Z. Cohen

    HA HA HA HA I did 23 years in the Marine Corps. That takes some spine I think. What about you trailer trash???

  • William Z. Cohen

    I am brainwashed because I CHOOSE not to pollute my body with illegal drugs??? I am brainwashed because I prefer to have a clear mind not clouded by toxins that make me feel differently than I want to feel??? If anything, you are the one that is brainwashed you backwards piece of cow crap. I have no desire to smoke pot. I have no desire to commit crimes and lose my freedom. I have no desire to partake in any criminal enterprise that will embarrass my parents and my upbringing.

    You people are just outright idiots. There is no doubt in my mind the lot of you are on food stamps and forms of welfare. There is no doubt the lot of you are pleased with your state of poverty as you stand at corners begging for change.

    This is why you people lost the Civil War to begin with. Wake up and get with the 21st Century, you ignorant piece of sheep poop.

  • William Z. Cohen

    They cannot cultivate marijuana in Cullman County. It is ILLEGAL, you friggin MORON!!!!!

  • William Z. Cohen

    You stupid piece of trailer trash. Are you implying the crimes you stated in your small ignorant comment that those are the only crimes you can commit in the state of Alabama??? You are a friggin moron. You CANNOT cultivate marijuana in Cullman County. It is a crime, you sack full of sheep brains.

  • Cohen for president

    “There is no doubt in my mind the lot of you are on food stamps and forms of welfare.” Nice sweeping generalization.

    Now let me make one for you: brainwashed, militant fools like you that support draconian laws and elect clueless public officials are the poison that is causing this country to spiral downward in to a pile of “sheep poop”.

    Get back behind your rifle where you belong, raping and terrorizing women and children, and killing innocent civilians in the name of “God and Country”.

  • Cohen for president

    23 years in the corps. How many people did you murder? Just doing your job right? Just following orders, just like the Nazis followed theirs?

    Murder is ok when it’s for God , Country and the U.S. of A!

    But god forbid we grow a plant.

    The sooner brainless old morons like you start die off, and we can get young, reasonable people with real perspective into the government, the better we’ll all be. Hopefully you got a nice fat dose of agent orange.

  • wowFAD

    Hahaha. Yup, and you were bounced out for facebooking!!! LOLOL. Oh, but I’m sure they were just being unfair. It’s not like any marine with an IQ above 70 would be so dense as to be publicly insubordinate to the CiC. Who would be THAT stupid?

  • Cohen for president

    “fighting for freedom” does not equal “murdering whoever the government tells you to”.
    The last real war was world war 2. Every war since then has been a power grab, oil grab, or simply for the fuck of it to try to show the world that the U.S.A has a bigger dick than every other country. Iraq is so much better off now that Saddam isn’t in power right? I mean it’s not like they’re over there in civil war, blowing each other up as we speak.

    Sounds like you’re perfect corps material.

  • wowFAD

    Says the guy thrown out of the military for facebooking.

  • kingdiamond

    That doesn’t always work though Obama sure seemed to be very pro cannabis before he became president but once in office has been one of if not the worse president toward cannabis ever politicians will say or do anything to get elected then once they are all those promises fade away.

  • kingdiamond

    Get a life douchebag.

  • kingdiamond

    Freedom as in the NSA sticking a microscope up our behinds while I applaud your serving our country don’t believe for a minute it has anything to do with freedom at least not anymore.

  • kingdiamond

    Boy you sure like slinging names don’t you you sound like your on some kind of mad power trip one of these days your gonna run into a liberal hippie type and get your ass pounded jar head.

  • William Z. Cohen

    I am only responding to the ignorance that is spewing from you people’s mouths.

  • Merritt Cordell

    You poor soul.What did they do to you?

  • Merritt Cordell

    You poor soul. What did they do to you ?
    By the way, how’s that legal pot in Tacoma Washington?

  • DJ Butts

    I will accept all apologies when the time comes…peace

  • Cristie
  • Cristie

    Please help Chris if you can…. http://www.gofundme.com/677qg0

  • Sonja Renea

    Thank you for the support, my secret friend. :)

  • Chris Butts

    Thank you so much Steve for shedding some light on what we are going through here in Alabama. I am so proud to call you “friend” and know that you are standing behind us.

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