Jacob Sink and Roy Sharpnack
A Story of Injustice
by Will Foster and Kimberly Sherrill

While 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 today’s 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.

Upon 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 Jake’s demeanor could be looking at such a sentence. 

It appears that Jake and Roy Sharpnack (Jake’s 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 it’s 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 Roy’s 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”!

In 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 Roy’s 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 illegally.

It 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 can’t 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”.

We 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 Drugs. 

Also remember that our POW’s 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:

Jacob Sink

3518 Gillette Ave.

Bremerton, WA 98310

Jake's e-mail: Jacob_sink@hotmail.com


You can reach Roy at the following address:

Sacramento County Main Jail

Roy Sharpnack – 3714365
651 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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