How will they judge us?

One hundred years from now our descendants are going to look back on this period in American history and wonder how we could allow so many people to be placed in cages for victimless drug crimes.

More than half of American citizens favor the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, and yet most states and the federal government continue to punish people with fines, probation, and imprisonment for the possession or sale of marijuana.

Case in point: Richard Flor

Mr. Flor was prosecuted (and persecuted) by the federal government for operating a medical marijuana dispensary in Billings, Montana, even though the State of Montana legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes in 2004. Nevermind the state’s position: the federal government continues to prosecute people for possession, sale, and trafficking in marijuana.

When he was sentenced, the judge ordered the Bureau of Prisons to provide Mr. Flor, who was gravely ill, with medical services. Apparently, limited medical care was provided. Mr. Flor died, unable to see his wife who was also convicted as part of the same dispensary raid.

It’s travesty. An incredible waste of time, money, and lives.

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.