I was attending the Seattle Hemp Fest on August 18th & 19th I had the
honor and privilege of meeting the Sink family.
They are an ordinary family just trying to make a living in todays society;
they are your neighbors that you care so much about.
Jake and his mother Clair, along with his sister Misty, opened up their
home to me and several other activists.
This must have been a major inconvenience, but not once did they complain.
my arrival in Seattle, I was met at the airport by Jacob (Jake as he preferred
to be called) who I found to be a good looking young man, very shy and
extremely considerate. Upon further
conversation with Jake I became aware of the most horrible of situations,
Jake is looking at 5 to 40 years in a federal penitentiary for growing
medical marijuana. It was hard
for me to understand how a 22 year old with Jakes demeanor could be looking
at such a sentence.
appears that Jake and Roy Sharpnack (Jakes co-defendant) were growing
marijuana for 100 verified medical marijuana patients, which is allowed
under Proposition 215, a California state law.
Jake and Roy followed California law by obtaining notarized medical authorization
from doctors in the Sacramento area.
They had all the necessary paperwork to protect them under Proposition
215, which is why the state of California declined to prosecute Jake and
Roy after they were arrested. Once
again the Federal Government violated the States Rights To Govern its
own people. When will we
stop this continuous eroding of our constitutional rights?When
will the American people say, ENOUGH is ENOUGH!How
many more Jakes and Roys do we have to incarcerate before the people stand
up and say, Release our sons, daughters, husbands and wives!We
will not let this unjust government continue to destroy our families in
a war that can never be won!
June 2001 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cannabis clubs do not have
a medical necessity defense in distributing medical marijuana.
On August 21, 2001 the new head of the DEA, Asa Hutchinson, announced that
states rights did not matter and that the Federal Government will be going
after medical marijuana providers.
This is a further example of our Federal Government exceeding the bounds
of the Constitution. In Jake and
Roys case the Federal Government does not have the right to prosecute;
no interstate commerce had taken place.
The state of California would not prosecute Jake and Roy but they did not
offer them protection under Proposition 215 either.
The federal government, in its desire to abolish the medical marijuana
movement, has taken to busting and imprisoning the medical marijuana providers
is time to send a message to our elected officials in Washington D.C. that
we will not allow individuals like Jake and Roy to be imprisoned any longer.We
cant continue to allow our government to kidnap our brothers, sisters,
wives and husbands, children and parents, friends and neighbors.What
will be done with all the orphans of the Drug War, all those destroyed
families?There are currently an
estimated 2 million children orphaned by the war on drugs.It
is time to stand up and say quit locking up my neighbors.
need to support Jake and Roy in their plight against an uncompassionate
government.Write your Congressmen,
Senators, Governor and President, express that we will no longer tolerate
the unjust incarceration of the Jakes and Roys in the name of The War on
remember that our POWs need your letters.Let
our prisoners know they are not forgotten!Write
them a letter, it only costs 34 cents and it means so much when a prisoner
receives a letter from the outside.Show
your support by writing a drug war prisoner.Go
online and adopt a green prisoner of war at www.adoptagreenprisoner.org
You can write Jake at:
3518 Gillette Ave.
Bremerton, WA 98310
Jake's e-mail: Jacob_sink@hotmail.com
You can reach Roy at the following address:
County Main Jail
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