The following was posted yesterday by the Free Chris Williams Facebook page:
(On March 14, 2011), heavily-armed Federal agents stormed the Montana Cannabis greenhouse in Helena along with 26 other businesses, homes and properties. The raids were carried out with the assistance of local law enforcement and happened at the very same time that the Legislature was voting on a bill to repeal Montana’s medical marijuana law.
Days Later: the repeal was voted into law, only to be vetoed by Governor Brian Schweitzer who felt the will of the voters should be respected.
Weeks Later: medical marijuana opponents introduced a regulatory bill that was touted as “repeal in disguise” and eventually became law without the Governor’s signature.
Months Later: the first arrests were made and indictments were handed down by a Grand Jury, allowing prosecutions to proceed.
Years Later: Chris Williams sits in federal prison along with three people who worked for Montana Cannabis. His business partner, Richard Flor, suffered greatly and died four months into his prison sentence. Two other business partners were given probation after “significant cooperation” with investigators allowed prosecutors to offer a reduced sentence, but they too now bear the scarlet letter “F” for felon. All because of a non-toxic plant that was produced in strict compliance with state law.
Shortly after the raids, Chris told the local media, “there was no clear reasoning behind what they’re doing… other than, ‘Do you know this is illegal federally?’ And my reply was, ‘do you know I don’t participate in interstate commerce. I only do business in Montana, and our state has made this medicine legal for its citizens?’”
If Chris knew then what he knows now, would things have been any different?
Please take the time to write Chris a letter or send him a card today. Let him know that we haven’t forgotten about him or the day that the federal government destroyed his livelihood and that of dozens of other Montanans.
Christopher Wayne Williams 11839-046
P.O. Box 6000
Sheridan, OR 97378
This gets to the heart of my argument that federal cannabis prohibition is unconstitutional.
Every time the feds want to stick their noses where they don’t belong they pull the interstate commerce clause our of their collective asses and shove it down our throats. It’s a state issue, if it’s an issue at all. Unless a person or business is sending or receiving pot across state lines, the feds have no lawful right to interfere thanks to that pesky Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
It took a constitutional amendment to ban alcohol, and again to overturn it. Cannabis was legal everywhere at the time. Federal cannabis prohibition is unconstitutional. Period.
Please support cannabis prisoners like Chris Williams. They are suffering to preserve your freedom. They are true American patriots.