USMC Veteran Facing Life In Prison Over 1 Oz. Of Cannabis To Treat His PTSD


Source: ActivistPost.com
Matt Agorist
May 25, 2017

After serving three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kristoffer Lewandowski was medically and honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. After fighting the State’s wars for them, however, the State has taken it upon themselves to wage a personal war against him — for naturally treating an illness — he acquired fighting for them.

Lewandowski is now a 100% disabled veteran because of the severity of his PTSD. Since he has gotten out, the VA had him taking up to 18 pills a day to treat his PTSD. This pharmaceutical treatment was literally killing him.

At 180 Percocet per month, for ten consecutive months, along with a prescription for OxyContin, Lewandowski’s liver was failing. Luckily, for this Marine veteran, he found cannabis — and it worked.

Cannabis treats PTSD so effectively — as both clinical and anecdotal evidence has shown — the Drug Enforcement Agency recently approved the first-ever study of its whole-plant medicinal use for vets in April. By allowing the use of the whole cannabis plant, the DEA opened the door for even the smoked variety to be studied for the potential alleviation of PTSD symptoms.

“We are thrilled to see this study overcome the hurdles of approval so we can begin gathering data,” explained Amy Anderson, Executive Director and Director of Clinical Research for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Public Benefit Corporation. “The study is a critical step in moving our botanical drug development program forward at the federal level to gather information on the dosing, risks, and benefits of smoked marijuana for PTSD symptoms.”

Unfortunately indicative of the government’s misplaced, draconian priorities, the continued federal prohibition of cannabis has created tragic and heartbreaking consequences for vets using the plant to treat PTSD — and Lewandowski is a living example of the State’s tyranny.

After realizing that the meds were killing his liver, Lewandowski decided that it would be a good idea try marijuana as a treatment. He began growing 6 plants for his personal use.

In June of 2014, Lewandowski had a PTSD episode. His wife grabbed the kids and took them to the neighbor’s house where she called the police to get her husband some help.

However, as is the case in so many countless other incidents, police did anything but help.

After police showed up, they searched the Lewandowski’s home and found 6 tiny marijuana plants. Police then weighed all of the plant matter together and it did not total to a single ounce. However, because of Oklahoma’s draconian laws against growing a plant, Lewandowski was charged with felony marijuana cultivation.

Meko Haze, with the Daily Haze, recently spoke to Lewandowski, who described the grow as containing “six of the worst plants I have ever seen.” The plants were two days into the flowering cycle, but due to a few mishaps, Lewandowski was sure that they were going to die. Lewandowski said that “it would have been a miracle actually to obtain usable Cannabis from them.”

According to Whitney Lewandowski, Kristoffer’s wife, the police also pulled up their tomato plants and included them in the photo for the media.

“[Police] made it look like he had this huge grow [operation] going,” Whitney said in an interview with Truth in Media.

But that was not the worst of their problems. Police then cuffed Whitney and threw her in the back of a police cruiser and told her their children were being taken by Child Protective Services. They were charging her with a felony, too.

In order to make it look like a legitimate arrest, police told Whitney that if she pressed assault charges against her husband, they would not charge her and she could keep their children. She obviously opted to stay out of prison and to not have her children kidnapped by the state.

According to Truth in Media:

Whitney Lewandowski said that the domestic violence charge does not reflect the reality of her husband’s behavior, “They’re trying to use me as a victim and to make it look worse on his case. My husband has absolutely never laid his hands on me ever. He is not an abusive man, ever… quite the opposite. He is extremely doting.”

The Lewandowski’s raised enough funds to pay the bondsman and the family then moved, with the approval of the Oklahoma DA, to California, so Kristoffer could get the medicinal marijuana he needed, “legally.”

However, while he was in the care of a Veterans Administration psychiatric hospital, Lewandowski inadvertently missed a court date. With guns drawn, and in front of all the children at his child’s daycare, undercover cops swarmed Lewandowski in a dramatic raid.

This man’s life has been turned upside down. He was taken from his family, unable to see his children, and was facing the idea of spending the rest of his life behind bars — yet, he harmed no one.

Because felony marijuana cultivation in Oklahoma carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, Lewandowski’s options were limited. However, Lewandowski’s legal council arranged for him to take a plea deal and he avoided jail — for the time being.

This plea deal, however, came with a catch. It meant that Lewandowski was going to be a felon — instead of a veteran. His felon status impeded his health and education benefits, and greatly stifled his chances of getting a good job. So, he did something about it.

As Mass Roots reports, after regretting this decision, this stand-up veteran took a big risk to clear his name.

“It is absolute insanity – this situation. Putting a three tour combat Marine veteran who served his country faithfully, in jail for using a medicine, the only medicine that was effective in treating his severe PTSD. This shows the deep and disturbing problems our country faces,” said Matthew J. Pappas, a California-based attorney who is assisting Lewandowski along with his Oklahoma attorney, Tom Hurley and Florida-based attorney, Michael Minardi.

With new counsel, clearer understanding of the repercussions for the plea and a patriot’s belief in justice, he respectfully stood before Judge Tayloe and prosecutor Jordan Cabelka, and asked to reverse his plea in the crowded courtroom.

Kris won that battle on October 19, with the Judge allowing a plea reversal. So, for the moment, he is a veteran and not a felon. But the state took it personally and added the assault with a deadly weapons charge and a firearms charge thrown in because he had an heirloom, replica firearm in the house at the time of the disturbance. The state gave Lewandowski three options or trial. Two included jail time, the other had no jail but wouldn’t allow for him to consume his medicine, even in a legal state.

On May 30, Lewandowski will face a jury of his peers for the frivolous charges the State is using to punish him. If he is found guilty, he could face life in prison, again.

“I am absolutely heartbroken that a medicine that helps me has me fighting for my legal freedom,” Lewandowski said, as reported by the Daily Haze.

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Court bans DOJ from prosecuting medical marijuana users, growers

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Daniel Barker
August 22, 2016

Supporters of medical marijuana have gained an important victory with a federal appeals court ruling that prohibits the Department of Justice (DOJ) from prosecuting medical marijuana growers and users if no state laws are being breached.

A unanimous decision by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals prevents the DOJ from using federal funds to prosecute those who grow, sell or purchase marijuana, despite the fact that marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

The decision has effectively upheld a 2014 congressional budget ruling that protects states from the DOJ if they try to prevent them “from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

“If the federal government prosecutes such individuals, it has prevented the state from giving practical effect to its law,” wrote Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, member of the three-judge panel.

Ruling favors states’ rights

The ruling is not only a significant victory in favor of states’ rights, but also for 10 defendants prosecuted under federal marijuana laws who were seeking an appeal.

The 10 defendants – all from Western states in the Ninth Circuit’s jurisdiction – were either indoor growers or medical marijuana store owners. The defendants will now be subject to lower court rulings determining whether they were in compliance with state laws before their charges can be dropped.

The decision should be viewed as only a temporary victory, however. Judge O’Scannlain warned that the ruling does not provide immunity from federal laws, and may be rescinded at a later date.

“Congress could restore funding tomorrow, a year from now, or four years from now, and the government could then prosecute individuals who committed offenses while the government lacked funding,” O’Scannlain wrote.

But at least some legal experts view the court’s decision as a major step towards marijuana legalization at the federal level. Steve McIntosh, a lawyer for one of the defendants, said that the ruling may represent “the beginning of the end of the federal war on medical marijuana.”

Considering the fact that medical marijuana is already legal in half of the United States, and that four states have now legalized recreational marijuana use (with nine more states set to vote on recreational marijuana in November), it would appear that maybe it is time for the federal government to stop wasting taxpayers’ money putting legitimate businessmen and ordinary citizens in jail for offenses that most Americans do not view as a crime.

The cost of the ‘War on Drugs’

The United States’ “War on Drugs” has been an enormous failure with a staggering price tag – both socially and economically.

Kit O’Connell of Mint Press News wrote:

“Since Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs in June 1971, the cost of that ‘war’ had soared to over $1 trillion by 2010. Over $51 billion is spent annually to fight the drug war in the United States, according to Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting more humane drug policies.”

This trillion-dollar disaster has inflicted – and continues to inflict – a terrible cost in terms of human lives.

Even today, someone is arrested in the U.S. for marijuana possession roughly once every minute. People are still being jailed for using a natural healing plant that has been proven in hundreds of studies to have great medicinal value in treating a wide range of illnesses, including Alzheimer’s, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and even cancer.

And recreational use of cannabis is far less dangerous than that of alcohol. Marijuana deaths are completely non-existent, while alcohol kills nearly 100,000 Americans yearly; alcohol is the fourth-leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

It’s time to end the senseless and costly prohibition of marijuana, and this latest federal ruling – however temporary it may prove to be – represents an important step in the right direction.

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The 8 most SURPRISING places you’ll find Genetically Modified Foods [GMOs]

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S.D. Wells
June 24, 2016

Half of all Americans will get cancer in their lifetime, and only half of them will survive. That’s at least one fourth of all Americans who will die from a preventable disease that virtually did not exist in America a century ago.

Now here comes a big question: Why will the other half never get cancer? Easy, simple answer that the half who get cancer never believe – organic food and natural medicine. Yet, medical doctors in America have totally convinced all the sheeple that the only way to prevent, treat, or cure any disease or disorder is with chemical medicine – another cause of cancer.

The naive, uneducated, stubborn junk-science eaters use all the same excuses, over and over and over. They say: “Organic food is too expensive,” or, “Those anti-vaccine fanatics are crazy,” or, “There’s no way food is going to heal my cancer,” or, “Cancer runs in my family,” or, “It’s all genetics,” or, “I’m going to a ‘world class’ cancer treatment center,” or, “We all die some day.” Sure, but who wants to die early, and from cancer?

Eating clean could never be more important than it is right now. The FDA approves all genetically modified foods and requires no labels, while nearly every other developing country in the world boycotts everything GMO, including U.S. food exports like corn and soy; just check Russia and Japan.

Western “science-based” medicine has never been more polluted, experimental, dangerous and cancer-causing than it is right now. The FDA accepts any drug where the corporation pays millions to have it “fast-tracked” into approval and distribution by rogue MDs, who know nothing but how to juggle multiple chemical medications for patients who are experiencing cancer cell mutations from the toxic food, water and other medications they’re already consuming, injecting and applying to their skins.

Organic food is not that hard to find, and it’s not expensive, especially when compared to cancer surgery, CAT scans, mammograms, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. However, most people would expect healthy food to be located in the places where the government and the medical system should be looking out for citizen health and wellness, but that’s where you’ll find the worst kind of food a human being can consume. Also known as genetically mutated Frankenfoods, these foods are laced with bug-killing pesticides and weed-killing herbicides never meant for human consumption. If you don’t have cancer now, it’s not because you’re lucky, or because you have “good genes.” Have no doubt, nearly all cancer cases are caused by chemicals, and many of them show up in the places you would least suspect.

Here are the 8 most SURPRISING places you’ll find GMOs

#1. Hospital food: In the cafeteria and what is brought to your bedside. Sure enough, there’s that cancer-causing poison, right there at the hospital, where your body is desperate for clean food and clean water. But it won’t be getting any, unless your thoughtful, well-informed relatives are bringing you organic food and spring water at least three times a day.

#2. School food for children: At public schools across the country, what gets dropped on your child’s tray is no better quality than the food served in prisons. Pink slime for red meat, hormone and antibiotic-laced dairy products, artificially colored and synthetically flavored junk food snacks, and hydrogenated oil-soaked fries.

#3. Vaccines and flu shots: Your child is less immune and more vulnerable to infectious diseases if they get vaccinated, because today’s vaccines are lumped too close together, and full of neurotoxins that cause central nervous system disorders (like autism), extreme allergies for life (like peanuts, eggs, dairy, MSG and latex), and spread the very diseases they are injected with (like measles and polio)!

#4. Military rations: Can you believe it? Those men and women in uniform who have pledged to protect our country experience nervous disorders, depression, anxiety, immune deficiency, infections and brain fog, and it’s not all PTSD to blame, although the government would have everyone believe that’s the case. From diet sodas with aspartame, to nutrient-void rations that contain nothing but genetically modified soy, canola and corn materials, the strength and intelligence of the U.S. military is severely compromised by toxic food.

#5. Animal feed: Yep. Not only are most of the staple crops and produce grown in America infested with pesticides, but the food given to the animals – the very animals and their byproducts that all the carnivores will be consuming – that food is laced with cancer-causing toxic glyphosate and other known carcinogens.

#6. Top notch, fine-dining restaurants: You think because you’re eating under candlelight and you ordered the Filet Mignon, or the $50 plate of salmon or tilapia, that your meat isn’t tainted by genetically modified organisms? Did you know, if the meat is not organic and the cow wasn’t “grass-fed” that it was probably fed GM feed, and shot up with hormones and antibiotics? Did you know that “farm-raised” fish means they are raised in a lake or indoor tank where it’s over-crowded and the fish are also given artificial growth hormones and antibiotics? Plus, the FDA has approved genetically modified salmon that contains eel genes, and it’s not even labeled as such.

#7. Whole Foods supermarket (especially at the food bar): Want some GMO oils that cause cancer? Try the chicken salad, tuna salad, pasta salad, or potato salad at the Whole Foods prepared food bar.

#8. Foods labeled “gluten-free”: Most of these foods contain monosodium glutamate, which is genetically modified and causes migraine headaches and brain damage in infants.

No wonder cancer and Alzheimer’s are massive epidemics in the USA. At least, from now on, you won’t be so surprised, when you ask the food preparers where the food comes from!

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Gratitude is Good for the Heart and Soul

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Valerie Burke, MSN

A new study discovered the more grateful you are, the lower your risk of heart attack. Is there a recipe for gratitude? Learn what highly grateful people do differently from the rest.

“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, and the creativity of the Universe” –  Deepak Chopra

It is well known that mental and physical health are closely intertwined, but new data suggests your attitude may have a major influence your heart attack risk. The latest science reveals that a “grateful heart” is a healthy heart.

Dr. Paul Mills of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine has been researching the connection between mental health and heart health for decades.[1] A positive attitude is associated with lower heart disease risk because it reduces stress, anxiety and depression, all of which contribute to cardiovascular disease.

But what about gratitude and your heart? To answer this question, Mills designed a study.[2] He recruited 186 men and women with heart disease and came up with a gratitude questionnaire.

What he learned was, the more grateful people are, the healthier they are. Mills also performed blood tests to measure inflammation levels. Inflammation strongly correlates with the buildup of arterial plaque and the development of heart disease. Interestingly, the most grateful individuals showed the lowest inflammatory markers.

Mills then dug in deeper with a follow-up study involving gratitude journaling. After two months, individuals with a history heart disease who kept gratitude journals enjoyed a decrease in their overall cardiac risk, whereas a non-journaling group did not. Mills isn’t certain how gratitude helps the heart but believes the key may be reduced stress.[3]

These results aren’t surprising in light of previous studies linking negative emotional states with increased risk of heart attack and stroke. A 2012 review of 200 studies by the Harvard School of Public Health[4] concluded that optimism and happiness do indeed reduce cardiovascular risk.

Gratitude Offers Benefits for Both Mind and Body

Robert A. Emmons heads up a long-term research project designed to create and disseminate scientific data on the nature of gratitude, its causes and potential consequences for human health and well-being.[5] [6] Neuroscientist Emiliana Simon-Thomas, the science director of Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley, works alongside Emmons in the study of gratitude. Simon-Thomas reports:[7]

“After eight weeks of practice, brain scans of individuals who practice gratitude have stronger brain structure for social cognition and empathy, as well as the part of the brain that processes reward.”

Simon-Thomas has also seen gratitude relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress and helps individuals with PTSD recover more quickly. Studies involving trauma survivors (Vietnam vets and 9/11) have found gratitude to be a significant factor in healing from trauma.[8] [9]

In a blurb about the radio special The Science of Gratitude,[10] UC Berkeley’s online magazine Greater Good says the prescription for happiness can be distilled into one simple recommendation: Say thank you. But happiness is only the tip of the iceberg! Research reveals gratitude comes with an impressive array of benefits, including the following:56[11] [12]

Improved personal and work relationships[13]

Better physical health

Greater empathy, sensitivity, and connectedness with others

Higher self esteem

Increased happiness

Better self care

Increased mental strength and resilience

Higher optimism

Better sleep; plus, good night’s sleep also promotes gratitude[14]

Reduced stress and anxiety

Diminished aggression

Less focus on material goods

Is There a Recipe for a Grateful Heart?

I am particularly fond of the way editor Jeremy Adam Smith describes gratitude in a Greater Good article:[15]

“Gratitude (and its sibling, appreciation) is the mental tool we use to remind ourselves of the good stuff. It’s a lens that helps us to see the things that don’t make it onto our lists of problems to be solved. It’s a spotlight we shine on the people who give us the good things in life.”

Believing he lacked a bit of discipline in the gratitude department, Smith put together a list of six traits he believes set “fantastically grateful people” apart from the rest:

1.    Once in a while, they think about death and loss. Also known as “mental subtraction,” this involves acknowledging what we do have by reflecting upon what might NOT have been. It’s not about doom and gloom, but developing appreciation by looking at all possibilities.

2.    They take the time to smell the roses. Savoring positive experiences makes them stick more in the brain. Have you ever noticed that the first sip of coffee tastes the best? We have a tendency to adapt to pleasurable things, enjoying them less over time—a phenomenon called “hedonic adaptation.” The remedy is to temporarily give up the practice.[16]

3.    They take the good things as gifts, not birthrights. The opposite of gratitude is entitlement. A preoccupation with the self will quickly quash any feelings of thankfulness.

4.    They’re grateful for people, not just things. Expressing gratitude to others strengthens social bonds and increases trust, compassion and affection.

5.    They mention the pancakes. Grateful people are very specific in their expressions of gratitude, which makes those expressions feel more authentic. For example, they would say, “I love you for making me pancakes on Saturday mornings when you know I’ve had a rough week,” rather than, “I love you because you’re wonderful.”

6.    They thank outside the box. This is not a denial of negativity, but rather a way of thinking about the world that turns obstacles into opportunities.

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