Political Contacts

President Barack Obama

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Re: Pardon for Dr. Mollie Fry and Attorney Dale Schafer

Dear Mr. President:

I want to bring to your attention a tragedy that is occurring in California. As you know, in 1996, the voters of California passed Proposition 215, which legalized medical marijuana at the state level. Since that time, there have been different legal positions taken by the Federal Government with respect to prosecuting Federal marijuana laws in California, or any other state that has legalized medical marijuana. Your Attorney General, Eric Holder, has issued a memorandum that directs US Attorneys in medical marijuana states not to prosecute people who comply with their states medical marijuana laws.

The problem lies with those people who were following California medical marijuana laws during the Bush administration, when Draconian prosecutions were undertaken. Our friends, Dr. Mollie Fry and her husband, Attorney Dale Schafer, were following California law when they were prosecuted in 2007 by the US Attorney in Sacramento. They were found guilty of manufacturing marijuana under Federal law because they were not allowed to offer any defenses. Doctor Fry is a cancer survivor and Mr. Schafer has chronic pain from his hemophilia, a genetic blood disorder. Mr. Schafer grew marijuana for both of them, as well as for a few other sick people, which is legal under California medical marijuana laws.

Mr. President, these two professional, loving and compassionate people have been sentenced to five years in Federal prison for doing what is legal under California law. Further, if they had done their growing today, they would not have been prosecuted under Attorney General Holder’s directive. They have five children and two grandchildren they are raising. They do not belong in prison. Please pardon them so that they can continue to raise and lead their family and be productive members of our society.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this very important matter and for your anticipated courtesy and cooperation.

Very truly yours.


Published on March 21, 2011 at 4:50 am  Leave a Comment  

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