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BELEIVE It makes a huge difference when people RESPECTFULLY show up in support of the soon-to-be convicted person. At the least, come and watch your tax dollars at waste.

If you come, please dress appropriately and be quiet and respectful. Please leave your medicine at home (or in your car) as the courthouse has a metal detector at the entry (which is down the hill on the south side of the building, through the basement).

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* Thursday, January 25th, at 9:00 AM * Court Support for Patient * in Stevenson (WA) at the Skamania County Courthouse * It makes a huge difference when people show up in support of a person appearing in court.

 

I've written here before about how all across America, every day, people stand before a sentencing judge with no one in the courtroom to support them, and how is much easier for a judge to ignore an opportunity to be compassionate and instead sentence harshly when no one is watching. This is especially true when the person to be sentenced is a medical cannabis patient who has been convicted for their medically necessary use.

Conversely, trial judges, especially elected trial judges, are sensitive to the appearance of supporters for the defendant. In this regard, and as noted in the forwarded post below, it does make a difference how you appear. Dressing neatly and being quiet and respectful can make the greatest impact.

The Skamania County Courthouse is in Downtown Stevenson, about an hour by car east of Portland.

Thanks,

Lee Berger, Portland

PS Please forward this email on to others.

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Pack the Courthouse to Support Sharon Tracy!

Medical marijuana patient Sharon Tracy's resentencing is set for* Thursday, January 25th, at 9:00 AM in the Skamania County Courthouse*. Sharon faces up to 90 days in a jail that is 26 miles from the nearest hospital-a dangerous situation for someone whose defibrillator has gone off twice in the last 9 months.

*We need as many people as possible in the courtroom to let Sharon and the judge know that we support her and that we oppose the cruelty and waste of resources involved in the punishment of medical marijuana patients*. (This is the same judge who told her "you're not sick; you just want to be.")

Most of you are probably familiar with her situation. Sharon suffers from a number of ailments-e.g. chronic pain, diabetes, and heart disease. She was convicted of growing a few plants in her home because her authorization was signed by a California rather than a Washington doctor. Sharon's lawyers will be arguing for a suspended sentence or home electronic monitoring so she doesn't have to spend any time in jail.

Please join us in supporting Sharon!* We're coordinating carpools and looking for places for activists to stay on Wednesday night (without lodging, many will have to leave at 3:00 AM to make it to court on time). If you're interested in attending or helping in any way, or if you have any questions, please contact Damon Agnos (contact info below).*

Also, if you can make it, please try to dress for the courtroom setting -it's a silly thing, but it may help Sharon's chances.

*WHEN:** Thursday, January 25th, at 9:00 AM*

*WHERE:** The Skamania County Courthouse is located at** 240 Vancouver Ave.** Stevenson, WA 98648*

Click > here < for Directions from Vancouver

Click > here < for Directions from Portland

 

Thank you!

Damon Agnos

206-550-7722

damon@safeaccessnow.org

 

It is always helpful and important to support patients who are being prosecuted for their legitimate medicinal use of therapeutic cannabis. If you come, be sure to be polite, respectful, and to dress appropriately. Both of these courthouses have metal detectors and x-ray machines, so leave your medicine in your car or at home.

Thanks,
Lee Berger, Portland

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Saturday, January 20 at 11:31 AM:
Lee from Portland wrote:
"I've written here before about how all across America, every day, people > stand before a sentencing judge with no one in the courtroom to support > them, and how is much easier for a judge to ignore an opportunity to be > compassionate and instead sentence harshly when no one is watching. This > is especially true when the person to be sentenced is a medical cannabis > patient who has been convicted for their medically necessary use. > > Conversely, trial judges, especially elected trial judges, are sensitive > to the appearance of supporters for the defendant. In this regard, and > as noted in the forwarded post below, it does make a difference how you > appear. Dressing neatly and being quiet and respectful can make the > greatest impact. "

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