Remember Marijuana POWs This Holiday Season

As the holiday season gets into full swing, I am again reminded to count my blessings. One of the most precious blessings is my freedom. I can go where I want, eat what I want, watch what I want and so on. We all need to be aware of that freedom, because many of our peers have lost theirs. The “War on Drugs has created victims, casualties and POWs, in ever increasing numbers.

One of those POWs is from our Big Island “ganja ohana, Rev Roger Christie. He sits in the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu, held without bail for more than five months. This FDC is designed for short-term detention, and has no outdoor yard. Roger hasn’t seen the sun or felt the balmy trades in 164 days. His fifth motion for bail was denied by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco recently, and his trial is not until April 26, 2011.

I spent part of my Sunday looking for interesting articles to mail Roger. He has limited access to information, or even the law library, and needless to say a lot of time on his hands. I try to mail him an envelope weekly, so that he has something to look forward to at “mail call.

I’ve sent letters of support to two other heroes of the reform movement, Marc Emery and Rev Eddy Lepp.

Taking a few minutes out of our day to write a letter is easy, and so beneficial to those POWs. Share a photo, or a story about your life. Something, anything to help break up the monotony of the day.

There is a web site which has information about other people in jail for medical cannabis related crimes.

http://www.medicalmarijuanaofamerica.com/pows.html

Below are the mailing addresses for Roger, Marc and Eddy. Please find some time to write them and share some aloha.

Thank you.

Matt Rifkin

Rev Roger Christie
99279-022
PO Box 30080
Honolulu, HI 96820

Marc Emery #40252-086 Unit Q Pod 2
CI D. Ray James
PO Box 2000
Folkston, GA
31537

Charles Eddy Lepp
90157-011
FDC Lompoc
3705 West Farm Road
Lompoc, CA 93436

Matt Rifkin, born and raised in New York City, and 20-year resident of Tokyo, Japan moved to the Big Island in 2003 to escape the concrete jungles and neon lights. Became interested in cannabis reform when seeing the vast difference between US and Canadian media coverage of the murder of four RCMPs in 2005. Became personally interested in solving the inter-island transportation issue after being threatened with arrest at Kona airport on Christmas Day 2007. Although living in Puna, Matt lives “on the grid” and while not vegan or vegetarian tries to eat non-GMO papaya and organic fruits as often as possible.

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  • knowa

    Prohibition of cannabis is the most destructive policy since Slavery. Scientist can’t evenlegitimately
    research it with out DEA approval
    which is never granted even the State
    of North Dakota has been given the
    run around for years and still today
    has not been granted to grow Hemp
    (cannabis) which is grown across the
    border in Manitoba and then ship to
    Think if over the last 74 years we spent the trillion plus building Hospital and training Doctor and such instead of prisons and cops. Its a wonder why the Bushes are so heavily invested in prison concessions.

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  • knowa

    Prohibition of cannabis is the most
    destructive policy since Slavery.
    Scientist can’t even legitimately
    research it with out DEA approval
    which is never granted even the State
    of North Dakota has been given the
    run around for years and still today
    has not been granted to grow Hemp
    (cannabis) which is grown across the
    border in Manitoba and then ship to
    Think if over the last 74 years we spent the trillion plus building Hospital and training Doctor and such instead of prisons and cops. Its a wonder why the bushes are so heavily invested in prison concessions. I have worked in a few, none of use that worked there would ever eat the food even my dogs would turn there nose. We have 5% 0f the world population and 25% of the world prisoners

    knowa4 2 days ago
    the USA.

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  • http://www.FreeMarc.ca Jodie Emery

    Just a note:

    You have to include the unit on the address, so to make sure mail gets to Marc, send to:

    Marc Emery #40252-086 Unit Q Pod 2
    CI D. Ray James
    PO Box 2000
    Folkston, GA
    31537

    Thank you for the support!

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  • Matt Rifkin

    thanks David for your comment….

    There are some restrictions on how one can send books or magazines to Marc in Georgia. This part is from the cannabis culture blog…

    “Paperback books can be mailed to me from any supporter’s personal collections, or new from a bookstore, Amazon.com, or anywhere else. Books must be sent one per envelope in new or like-new condition.

    Hard covers books must be sent from Amazon.com

    English- and Spanish-language newspapers must come from directly from the publishers.”

    You can read Marc’s most recent blog comment at:

    http://cannabisculture.com/v2/node/25676

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  • Andrea Tischler

    Matt, mahalo for keeping the victims of the cannabis wars alive during the season. We will continue the work for their release and to change the laws so this will never ever have to happen again.

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  • david bourgeois

    You Americans have a Canadian Cannabis activist in a Georgia prison.
    His name is Marc Emery and he ran to be premier of British Columbia which would be like running for governor of a state in America.
    He was extradited to the U.S. because they claim he sold seeds though the mail to U.S. citizens.
    We would like him back in Canada.
    Please send books to this facility and try to swamp them with mail which contains large amounts of reading material.
    I don’t think it’s illegal to try to educate people in a state that’s obviously, like your whole country, in dire need of an education.
    When Americans say, routinely and without question, “alcohol and drugs” , it betrays the fact that the majority of Americans aren’t even aware that alcohol is a drug in every sense of the word and therefore requires neither separate mention nor separate treatment by the legal system.
    The fact that the two most damaging drugs, alcohol and tobacco, are legal is proof that the majority of Americans are undereducated and misguided about drugs.
    Instead of profiting from cannabis and saving your tanking economy, your country spends your money imprisoning foreign pot-heads. Wow! Unbelievable how your fundamentalist Christian whack-jobs have screwed up your legal system. Be aware that, in Canada, there’s a lot of pity for Americans.
    Trapped in that punishment-happy system of yours … so sad!
    Here in British Columbia , anybody can buy the best dope in the world anytime they want and without the fear of insane life sentences in overcrowded hellholes in the deep South (Canadians think “Deliverance” when they think of the American south).
    So send books (especially Spanish) to this location:

    D. Ray James Correctional Facility
    Mr. Folk, Library
    P.O. Box 2000
    Folkston, GA
    31537-9000
    USA

    Even if you don’t like what I said about your sick country (not you personally dear reader), you should still send a box of books to Georgia.
    Please send books and magazines (especially Spanish ones because racist America has a high proportion of Hispanics in prison)to the above address.
    Overgrow the government!

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  • http://friendsforjustice.us Buddah Belly

    Thanks Matt,

    I just sent Roger a card Saturday, so I’ll write to these other P.O.W’s tomorrow. Thanks for all you do for the cause.

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  • Hokulani

    Much Aloha to you and Matt and mahalo nui loa. We ALL need to keep this issue in front of everyone’s face daily. I, too, am always thinking of Roger and the other political prisoners and believe me, I have no spirit or desire to celebrate Christmas with this kind of tyranny going on. I pray fervently for a high profile attorney to take this case on.

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  • http://CannaBizU.com Clifford J Perry

    Well Done Matt! Sometime it is so easy for us to forget what others are going thru and how blessed we are! God Bless Everyone this Holiday Season!
    Clifford J Perry
    President
    Cannabis Business University

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  • Thomas

    Awesome post Matt.

    I posted it to face book and put the link up on the HTH Roger Christie comment section.

    You rock man………..

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  • Dwight Kondo

    Thank you Matt.

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