Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Pardon medical marijuana dispensary owner Aaron Sandusky for operating legal dispensaries
Recently, Aaron Sandusky, the owner of multiple medical marijuana dispensaries, was arrested and sentenced to ten years in prison. However, medical marijuana dispensaries are legal in California, where he operated. Because all forms of marijuana are still illegal on a federal level, federal agents were able to arrest Sandusky. The federal government should not overlook the rights and laws of states, but has done so to arrest a man who was sincerely trying to help people in his state. Demand that Mr. Sandusky be released and his rights protected.
Sandusky operated three dispensaries in southern California. Although he was compliant with California law, the dispensaries were illegal under federal law, which outlaws marijuana in any form. Sandusky has faced federal law before and previously closed two dispensaries in response. Because he owns multiple dispensaries and therefore needs to grow a large amount of the medicinal plant, Sandusky is targeted by the federal government. Smaller dispensaries are allowed to operate freely while following the same laws.
During his first campaign, President Obama had promised that the federal government would not circumvent state laws regarding medical marijuana. This arrest shows that promise has been broken. Although legally federal laws have precedence over state laws, this promise has allowed medical marijuana dispensaries to operate and help suffering patients. Sandusky is no more guilty than other dispensary owners in California who are helping patients. He is being treated unfairly by the federal government, and does not deserve this treatment.
Tell President Obama to honor his promise and pardon Sandusky.
Dear President Obama:
Recently, medical marijuana dispensary owner Aaron Sandusky was arrested and sentenced to ten years in prison for owning multiple dispensaries. However, medical marijuana dispensaries are legal in Sandusky’s state of California, and he was compliant with state laws. Other medical marijuana dispensaries in the state are allowed to continue to operate.
I ask you to pardon Mr. Sandusky. He did not commit a crime but instead was sincerely trying to help patients in his area who needed the medicinal plant. In your campaign, you promised that the federal government would not circumvent state laws about marijuana. Sandusky’s arrest shows this promise has been broken, and is especially grievous because he is singled out by the government. Honor your promise and pardon Sandusky for the crime he did not commit.
[Your Name Here]