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|AMERICA'S PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE|
|A PETITION FOR A GENERAL AMNESTY FOR NONVIOLENT CANNABIS OFFENDERS||"All men are created
... they are endowed by their
creator with certain
inalienable rights ... among
these rights are Life, Liberty
and the Pursuit of Happiness" --The Declaration of Independence
Anyone who is arrested, imprisoned, fined or otherwise punished for a peaceful act that is political in nature rather than criminal is a prisoner of conscience.
Hemp is a plant; a sustainable natural resource with thousands of commercial uses that are not drug-related. A few seed lines produce medical compounds, and millions of people smoke its flowers socially. There are no compelling arguments to arrest and imprison cannabis users while adult use of tobacco and alcohol are legal and accepted.
Hence, to smoke, grow or exchange cannabis is a peaceful act of civil protest.
CRIME ... OR PERSECUTION?
While criminal acts rape, fraud, murder, robbery, etc.--harm victims and are universally condemned, cannabis has been accepted by almost every society on earth since around 8,000 BC. Americans were even required to farm hemp in the colonial and early Republic eras.
Since 1937, "marijuana" users have been persecuted for acting upon their fundamental moral, cultural, Constitutional and human rights. A high-tech war of global oppression is now being waged against growers and users of hemp. Governments use domestic spies, systematic surveillance, entrapment, property seizures, secret police and other illegal, anti-democratic activities.
Laws against hemp conflict with internationally defined human rights standards by denying people access to the hemp crop for food, medicine, fuel, property, work and religion. Virtually all medical cannabis users are deprived of medication and punished if they seek their treatment of choice.
The ban is overbroad and ambiguous, a restraint of free trade, a barrier to interstate commerce in hemp, and a violation of both due process and States' rights. Political groups, doctors, elected officials, judges and even government commissions have come out against cannabis prohibition continuously, ever since it first began.
*****************************WHAT IS THE 'PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE' CAMPAIGN?
We are American citizens, families and prisoners who now petition our government for redress of grievances, as specified in the US Constitution, to release all nonviolent cannabis prisoners of conscience and end political persecution.
Our public education campaign focuses national and international attention on the problem. Our goal is to lend hope. and help to win liberty and justice for all adults who use hemp industrially, medically or socially.
*****************************DEFEND THE BILL OF RIGHTS
The Constitution is the "supreme law of the land" (Article VI:2). The President, Congress and Courts have sworn to uphold its provisions. It does not create any federal jurisdiction to enact or enforce prohibition. Therefore, the "marijuana" ban is just legal fiction being enforced under color of law.
When the 18th Amendment was passed in 1919 to prohibit commerce in alcohol, it still recognized the legal right to personal possession and use. After the gang-ridden "Roaring 20s," the 21st Amendment was enthusiastically approved in 1933 to repeal Prohibition.
This is our national history and the legal precedent to prohibition law.
Today the US Bill of Rights is being systematically violated in the Drug War.
· First Amendment: The right of the people to gather (even in pursuit of happiness) is broadly protected, as long as they are peaceful. Also provides freedom of religion. All Christians and Jews believe that God has "given you every herb bearing seed ... to use ... and behold, it was very good" (Genesis 1:29-31). Rastafari, Coptics, etc. regard cannabis as a sacrament.
· Fourth Amendment: Forbids unreasonable search and seizure of "persons, houses, papers and effects", establishing the right to privacy. Many signers of the Constitution were farming cannabis as they penned and voted to adopt these very words.
· Fifth Amendment: Random, mandatory "drug tests" of blood, urine, hair, etc., violate presumed innocence and provisions against self-incrimination.
· Sixth Amendment: Promises "impartial" jury hearings into the "nature and cause" of criminal charge. Disallows secret witnesses.
· Seventh Amendment: Forbids seizure and forfeiture of suspects' property without due process & a jury trial whenever "the value in controversy shall exceed $20."
· Eighth Amendment: Asset seizure violates its ban on excessive bails and fines. Imprisonment is "cruel and unusual punishment" and disproportionate to the offense.
· Ninth Amendment: The listing of some rights in the Bill of Rights "shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
· Tenth Amendment: Gives all powers that are not delegated by the Constitution back to the states "or to the people."
*****************************WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
· Know and stand up for your rights.
· Endorse the Drug War Truce.
· Sit on juries & acquit pot offenders.
· Support Human Rights '95: Atrocities of the Drug War, the photo exhibit that shows the faces of prisoners and families. Send your donation to "BACH/HR'95" at PO Box 1716, El Cerrito Cal 94530.
· Copy and distribute this leaflet, especially to lawyers, judges, jurors and those who are facing trial for cannabis offenses.
· Become a community advocate, and talk it up on talk radio, Internet, etc.
· Lobby your state & federal officials to sponsor legislation to end prohibition.
· Pester the news media to report on the hidden victims and Constitutional crisis.
· Raise the political issues if you are ever charged with a "marijuana" offense.
· Sue appropriate officials for civil rights crimes under 42 USCS § 1983.
· Promote the Frankfurt Resolution.
· Demand that the UN require all drug laws must comply with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Amnesty International, (322 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10001.
212-807-8400) to stand up for nonviolent cannabis
prisoners and recognize that drug laws conflict with
international human rights standards.
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CALL FOR A DRUG WAR TRUCE
WITH PEACE NEGOTIATIONS
(Adapted from the Human Rights '95 "Give Drug Peace a Chance" presentation, June 30, 1995)
I endorse the Drug War Truce with peace negotiations:Preamble: No civilized nation makes war on its own citizens. We, the People, did not declare war on our government, nor do we wish to fight its Drug War. Hence, we now petition for redress of grievances, as follows:
Whereas any just government derives its authority from a respect of the People's rights and powers; and
Whereas the government has resorted to unilateral military force in the Drug War without any good faith effort to negotiate a peace settlement;
Therefore, we hereby call for a Drug War Truce during which to engage our communities and governments in peace negotiations, under the following terms:Article 1: The United States shall withdraw from, repudiate, or amend any and all international Treaties or agreements limiting its ability to alter domestic drug policy.
Article 2: No patient shall be prosecuted nor any health care professional penalized for possession or use of any mutually agreed upon medications.
Article 3: Drug policy shall henceforth protect all fundamental rights, as described below:
1. Each person retains all their inalienable, Constitutional, and Human Rights, without exception. No drug regulation shall violate these Rights.
2. The benefit of the doubt shall always be given to the accused and to any property or assets at risk. Courts shall allow the accused to present directly to the jury any defense based on these Rights, any explanation of motive, or any mitigating circumstances, such as religion, culture, or necessity.
3. No victim: no crime. The burden of proof and corroboration in all proceedings shall lie with the government. No secret witness nor paid testimony shall be permitted in court, including that of any
government agent or informant who stands to materially gain through the disposition of a drug case or forfeited property. No civil asset forfeiture shall be levied against a family home or legitimate means of commercial livelihood.
4. Issues of entrapment, government motive, and official misconduct shall all be heard by the jury in any drug case, civil or criminal. Government agents who violate the law are fully accountable and shall be prosecuted accordingly.
5. Mandatory minimum sentences undermine our system of justice. The jury shall be informed of all penalties attached to any offense before deliberating a verdict. Courts shall have discretion to reduce penalties in the interest of justice.
Article 4: we propose a Drug War Truce and call for the immediate release of all non-violent and, aside from drug charges involving adults only, law-abiding citizens.
Article 5: No non-violent drug charges involving adults only shall be enforced or prosecuted until all parties have agreed to, and implemented, a drug policy based on full respect for fundamental Rights and personal responsibility.
Epilogue: we proclaim, "Give Drug Peace a Chance."
sign & mail with full name and contact information to:
FCDA, PO Box 1716, El Cerrito, CA 94530. USA
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