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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 06:47 AM
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Pardon me
Edited on Sun Feb-13-11 06:50 AM by Fly by night



Good Sunday morning, all y'all. This poster is now hanging near the entrance or by the cash register in eight stores, cafes, gas stations and groceries near my middle Tennessee farm. There are also posters hanging in the International Market (my favorite Thai restaurant) and the Turnip Truck, an east Nashville organic grocry store where I worked when I was locked in a federal Bureau of Prisons halfway house.

Every place that is displaying the poster (and no one turned me down) also has one page handouts attached to "character affidavits" that my city and country friends and neighbors can complete to support my application for a Presidential pardon. I wanted to post it here also, because I have been a part of this DU community for seven years now and I feel I know many of you here as well as I do my face-to-face neighbors near my farm. I hope all y'all feel the same way.

Please help K&R this thread today in hopes that any DUers who feel they know me well enough to write to President Obama on my behalf will see it. I have already received letters from a half-dozen DUers and hope they and others will post their letters here. In my criminal and civil asset forfeiture cases, my judge received over 250 letters of support. For this Presidential pardon application, I hope we are able to send more than that to President Obama.

Now here's the scoop on what to do. Thanks kindly for everything. FBN
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SUPPORT A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON FOR BERNIE ELLIS
FOR HIS MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONVICTION

To my neighbors, friends and colleagues:

I have been engaged in a nine year battle with the federal government for my freedom and my farm for growing marijuana for myself and to give away to four terminally ill neighbors, all of whom died shortly after the raid on my farm. Although my legal troubles are over, I remain unemployable in my field (public health epidemiology) as the result of my conviction. That is a heavy burden to carry on top of the more than $1 million in foregone income, legal expenses and the loss of 25 acres of my farm that I have already surrendered as a result of my offense.

I have decided to apply for a Presidential pardon in hopes that it might make me employable again. I am asking you for a notarized letter that will go to President Obama as part of my application for a Presidential pardon. Your letter needs to be addressed to President Obama and it needs to say that you are aware of my federal medical marijuana conviction. More importantly, your letter needs to say how you know me, how long youve known me, what you think of me and why you support my application for a Presidential pardon.

I need your letter, which should include your address and phone number and be NOTARIZED, by March 1. If you need to write up your letter by hand and have me type it up for you before you get it notarized, just give me a call (931/682-2864). I would be happy to do that. I would also be happy to review your draft letter if you will send it to me at tracevu@bellsouth.net . When your letter is NOTARIZED, please mail it to me at Trace View Farm, 5985 Fly Hollow Road, Santa Fe, TN 38482. I need to receive your notarized letter by March 1.

If you dont know me well enough to write a letter but you know me well enough to submit a short AFFIDAVIT of support, you can find that form on page 21 of the following link. (Like the letters, this affidavit needs to be NOTARIZED before you mail it to me.)

http://www.justice.gov/pardon/forms/pardon_form.pdf

My medical marijuana case has received considerable national attention. Below are links to a CNN profile of me broadcast in October and an extended interview of me that was published on "Democrats for Progress" on February 7 and is now on a half-dozen other web-sites.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2010/10/14/dnt.harr...

http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2011/02/05/everyone... /

No one convicted of a medical marijuana offense has EVER received a Presidential pardon. I would like to change that. If you have any questions about my request, please give me a call. Thanks in advance for your help with my effort to receive a Presidential pardon so that I can become employed again.

Bernie Ellis, MA, MPH
5985 Fly Hollow Road
Santa Fe, TN 38482
931/682-2864


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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 06:59 AM
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1. keep this going
I urge everyone to get involved... write a letter, not such a difficult thing to do for an excellent cause

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Senator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 05:50 PM
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53. ...because if not for Bernie Ellis, there'd be no Obama presidency (yes, really)
(sorry to piggyback for visibility, but this should be known)

A brief history.

In 2000 they stole thousands of vote, but not enough to "get away with it." So, they had to have the Felonious Five issue their bushvgore edict to saddle this once-great nation with an appointed ruler as opposed to the legitimate elected leader.

In 2004 the stole in greater numbers. They still didn't fully "get away with it." There was the historic Tubbs-Jones/Boxer Rebellion.

They certainly would have increased their theft total 4 years later if not for the Election Reform Movement that grew out of the outrage at that second stolen election. A movement led by people many here know or have heard about, like the late Andy Stephenson and currently-under-siege Brad Friedman (DUer Bradblog).

That movement may well have fizzled and failed without Bernie Ellis -- host of the Gathering to Save Our Democracy -- who brought together a small group of committed activists and galvanized them into a movement.

So while Obama may well have really won by more than the <3% "ofishyl" result, without the movement Bernie and other invented, the neofascist election thieves would most likely have easily stolen the amount they needed -- again.

Obama owes Bernie. And so do you.

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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 06:16 AM
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67. Thanks kindly, Senator. A letter to President Obama just like that would be nice.
Just be sure you state that you are aware of my offense, and then how you know me, how long you've known me, what you think of me and why you support a Presidential pardon. Very much appreciated.

Turns out ... we WERE the ones we'd been waiting for, after all.
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Senator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 04:46 PM
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80. It's on the way.
And you be sure -- when things seem dark -- to recall those tangible victories you've achieved, for your state and our nation.

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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-11 02:44 PM
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91. Absolutely!
:kick: :thumbsup: :patriot: :yourock: :fistbump:
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 07:25 AM
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2. ...
:patriot: :applause:
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crazyjoe Donating Member (921 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 07:47 AM
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3. yawn.....
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 03:06 PM
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41. I;m assuming you don't support our friend's request. If so, take yourself
somewhere else. Your remark disgusts me.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 03:39 PM
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46. CrazyJoe has been a valued member of
DU since March of 2009.

Apparently not here for all the Stolen Election discussions and actions. Apparently not here for the Democratic Primaries. But suddenly interested in anti-Republican causes since

March 2009!


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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 04:34 PM
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48. snicker. on the side of justice since 3/09. my hero.
:sarcasm: doohicky just in case. ;)
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 02:25 AM
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65. what a nasty little post.
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 08:57 AM
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4. Keepin' it kicked


Please DU: help one of our own.

Write those letters for Bernie!

I predict that vast and wondrous blessings from the Goddess shall rain down upon all who help our friend :P


:kick:
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jdadd Donating Member (950 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 09:04 AM
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5. Lets keep this kicked......
:fistbump: :applause:
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 09:17 AM
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6. K&R n/t
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Doremus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 09:20 AM
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7. K&R
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 09:31 AM
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8. Good Luck FBN
I wish I could write a letter, but unfortunately, I don't think my letter stating you're a great poster would be of much help. :hug:

You deserve mercy and a pardon.
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 09:36 AM
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9. Keeping this kicked!
I would love to see this happen!
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 09:38 AM
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10. K&R.............nt
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 09:52 AM
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11. K&R - keeping this visible!
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 09:53 AM
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12. k n r
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 10:02 AM
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13. this is a courageous battle. k and r.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 10:15 AM
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14. k&r
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 10:27 AM
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16. K&R I can rec but I'm not much of a writer anymore my inspiration has run dry
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 10:51 AM
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18. I hear ya', but any old "k" today is appreciated.
It's nice to be able to hang this "pardon me" poster here on the DU virtual wall for a half-way house second or two. Given last week's response, and this week's, I do believe this most excellent intellectual internet forum will be well-represented among the letters we submit.

As will, I truly hope and believe, letters from three dozen+ of my country neighbors. Ane six dozen of my national and international colleagues.

Now to the blueberries to spread more bagged leaves as mulch, to begin digging side-shoot transplant holes and to enjoy our first warm sunshine in forever, here on the north ridge of my Tennessee deep hollow home.

I appreciate all y'all.

Bernie
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 10:19 AM
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15. Kicked & Rec'd.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 10:44 AM
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17. K&R! nt
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babydollhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 10:52 AM
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19. kick
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 11:05 AM
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20. K&R....
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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 11:08 AM
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21. Kick and Rec. I wish you the best of luck. n/t
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 11:27 AM
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22. kandr for the fly
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 11:38 AM
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23. K&R!


:kick:
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Betsy Ross Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 11:43 AM
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24. K&R n/t
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 11:48 AM
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25. Kickin' for Bernie!
obviously reccing as well!
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 11:59 AM
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26. Kick...
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 12:00 PM
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27. K&R
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 12:00 PM
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28. K&R
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 12:03 PM
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29. knr
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 12:24 PM
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30. K&R
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 12:41 PM
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31. K&R
All of my best.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 12:41 PM
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32. Reading through info. about your health work and
how disruption of your work via, keeping your computer, had nothing to do with the crime they accuse you of- is probably the case.... " Instead, the federal prosecutor kept my computer for 14 months and refused me access to it to download my work projects. It was almost as if they were trying to destroy my reputation as a public health consultant in ways (and for reasons) that had nothing whatsoever to do with the raid."
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felix_numinous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 12:45 PM
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33. K&R
As a cancer patient, I am doing all I can within my sphere of influence to represent. Things have to change, and they will.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 12:58 PM
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34. K&R
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Duval Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 01:05 PM
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35. K&R! RIGHT ON! n/t
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 01:06 PM
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36. Lookin Good there Bernie! n/t
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BetsysGhost Donating Member (176 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 01:15 PM
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37. Good Luck
but I doubt this president cares about you.
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CanSocDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 01:29 PM
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38. Wish I could contribute more than moral support.


You are THE bona-fide Poster Boy for an intelligent public health system. You are exposing the anti-democratic collusion between the judicial system and corporations, in this case the vast medical and pharmaceutical industries.

Not to sound negative, but I think they already own the WhiteHouse.

This personal appeal might be effective. I wish you all the luck and all the tangible support you need.

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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 02:09 PM
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39. my letter for Bernie..
Edited on Sun Feb-13-11 02:11 PM by mike_c
Kicking and recommending for Bernie!

Dear President Obama,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well. Please accept this letter of recommendation on behalf of my friend and colleague Mr. Bernard H. Ellis, Jr., Bureau of Prisons #16502-075, who has requested a presidential pardon for his conviction on medical marijuana charges stemming from a raid on his farm in Tennessee in 2002. I have known Mr. Ellis, through an often lively correspondence, since 2004. Let me say from the beginning that I know him to be a man of excellent character and an exemplary American citizen. He has endured prosecution and incarceration, the loss of part of his farm, and the irretrievable loss of his income, savings, and career for acts of altruism that should inspire all of us. You have an opportunity to correct a profound wrong, sir. I urge you to do so. I respectfully request that you grant Mr. Ellis's application for a Presidential pardon.

Bernard Ellis served as a public health epidemiologist for 35 years before his prosecution for cultivating medical marijuana. That circumstance alone attests to his intelligence and good character. In 2002 Mr. Ellis was charged with cultivating marijuana on his farm in Tennessee which he used to alleviate pain from his own spine and hip deterioration, and which he shared with a select few others in his community, on the advice of their physicians, to relieve additional suffering arising from serious illnesses and injuries. Many of his friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens have come forward in the years since his prosecution to offer testimony regarding Mr. Ellis's compassion and service to his community. The federal judge who presided over his case sentenced Mr. Ellis to four years of probation and no fine, and later cut his sentence in half in recognition of his service and his character.

Cultivating medical marijuana to relieve the suffering of sick and injured Americans is now permitted in 15 states and the District of Columbia, including my state, California. While I recognize that medical marijuana has not been legalized by federal law, and remains illegal under state law in Tennessee where Mr. Ellis was prosecuted and where he continues to reside, I urge you to consider that the patchwork nature of state law in this regard tells us that people of good character can disagree about this matter. In California, the passage of Proposition 215 allowed persons who marijuana can benefit to cultivate and purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes without fear of arrest or prosecution. In my community, many citizens use marijuana regularly, often daily, to alleviate symptoms from an enormous variety of maladies, including such serious illnesses as HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and depression. Members of my own family have benefitted from such therapy. I have seen its impacts first hand, and can attest to the efficacy of medical marijuana in cases where no other treatment has been successful.

That is not the issue before you, of course, but it is certainly germane to Mr. Ellis's application for a pardon. Also germane is the compassionate nature of his crime. Mr. Ellis was never even accused of profiting from the suffering of others instead, he freely provided small amounts of medical marijuana to others in need, following the advice of their medical professionals. Mr. Ellis placed himself at considerable legal risk in order to "do the right thing" for his friends and neighbors. He cultivated only enough marijuana to meet the needs of the patients he was assisting, along with his own medical needs. His actions were always honorable. His neighbors have commended him for his compassion and for the risks he willingly undertook to help others. In small rural communities, such actions knit citizens together into a fabric of reciprocal care-giving. Such selflessness is the backbone of our communities, Mr. President.

In my community, Mr. Ellis would receive praise and thanks for his actions, not prosecution, imprisonment, and loss of his land, savings, and profession. I do not mean that metaphoricallyI mean it quite literally. Many of my neighbors cultivate marijuana legally and openly as care-givers for medical marijuana patients. My community values them, as Mr. Elliss neighbors in need valued himyet he is seeking a Presidential pardon, while care-givers in my neighborhood earn respect and dignity. I cannot help but wonder why such disparate laws exist in states otherwise united. Why does freely providing relief for suffering altruism in the strictest sense win accolades in my community but vigorous prosecution in others? As I have noted, people of good character can disagree about these matters, and clearly they do. Nonetheless, we have a duty to seek the best outcome for all Americans, even when they themselves don't always agree. Mr. Ellis was walking that path when his farm was raided. I believe he has suffered great and disproportionate harm at the hands of laws which we already understand are not universally accepted by Americans of good character.

In closing, I urge you to consider the many contributions Mr. Ellis has made throughout his life, including the compassionate nature of the crime for which he was prosecuted and convicted. Mr. Ellis has stood proudly before his judge and said "Yes, I provided medical marijuana to my friends and neighbors in need." I ask that you acknowledge his altruism and his willingness to take great risks in the name of doing what is right, even when it isn't legal. I have absolutely no reservations about Mr. Ellis's excellent character or his best intentions. Please grant him a Presidential pardon without delay.

Respectfully yours,

/mike_c/ etc.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 06:11 AM
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66. Thanks, mike_c, for posting your letter. Here are 10 more from my civil asset forfeiture case.
Edited on Mon Feb-14-11 06:13 AM by Fly by night
Hopefully, they will give you some idea of how to frame your own letters.

From a former Republican Governor of Delaware:

Honorable Judge Haynes,

As a former Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Delaware and former Chair of our Pardons board, as an active Republican and a founding member of SURJ: (Stand Up for Whats Right and Just), I want to write to offer my support for Bernie Ellis. SURJ is a statewide, grassroots organization focusing on the reform of Delawares criminal justice system with an emphasis on access to effective, high quality treatment, fairness in sentencing and successful reentry. Bernie Ellis has worked on all of these issues and brings invaluable experience and commitment to this work. As an epidemiologist and a community organizer, Bernie has been generous with his time and resources, with special commitments to working with those who are struggling with addiction.

I met Bernie during a national conference in Nashville almost ten years ago. It is clear that he brings urgently needed gifts to our communities and has done excellent work in the area of substance abuse prevention and treatment. This is an area I have focused on and I am convinced that Bernies creativity and vision on this issue add wisdom, insight and practical possibilities for healing and hope to many who are struggling.

As someone who grew up on a farm and knows what it means to be deeply connected to the earth, I want to urge the court to drop the current effort to seize Bernies farm. He has already paid a high price and I hope this issue will soon be resolved in his favor.

Sincerely Yours,

DW
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From a personal friend here in Tennessee:

Dear Judge Haynes,

I have known Bernie Ellis for many years and wish to offer my support to him in regard to this ongoing legal matter concerning the forfeiture of his farm.

This matter could have been resolved many times over and, in my opinion, it could have been resolved in favor of Bernie. He is a man that we need working for us, as a City, State, and Nation -- as a people. In no way has Bernie shown evidence, before or after the raid on his farm, that would require the federal government to spend the amount of time and resources that it has in an effort to bring further punishment to someone who has dedicated his life to be of service to his fellow man.

If, indeed, we were to be blessed in a way that would somehow recreate people like Bernie over and over, our State, Nation, and World would be a better place to live.

I have to believe that those who seek to continue to prolong this punitive process are also good people. It is reasonable to believe that the pain that Bernie has felt over the past seven years far exceeds what was necessary to punish the altruistic person Bernie truly is.

Please -- on behalf of what is right, responsible, and good -- allow an end to come to this effort to punish Bernie further. Seek no more to destroy him. Find ways to join with so many of us who wish to have Bernie and others like him working to bring healing to our World. He is, by no stretch of the imagination, the enemy.

I entreat you to bless us all by saying: "This is finally over, Bernie. Go home to your farm. We will leave you to the work to which you have been called and of which you have proven throughout your life to be so capable."

As one of many, Bernie has taught me much about grace over these years that he has been my friend. I ask of you, the legal arm of our government, to end this punitive action. It would truly be wrong and without cause to continue it. Please do what is right and just -- reject any further effort by Bernies prosecutors to "WIN AT ALL COSTS."

There are so many more issues that we face which impact us as a Nation in such a more profound manner. Please proceed with your work, the final dispensation of justice in this case, with our encouragement and blessing. As with Bernie, you are in my prayers.


LG
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MLM, Co-Founder, Patients Out of Time

Dear Judge William Haynes,

I am writing to you in support of Bernie Ellis. My name is Mary Lynn Mathre. I know Bernie Ellis through my work advocating for patient access to a legal supply of medicinal cannabis. In 1995, a group of patients and health care professionals formed a non-profit organization, Patients Out of Time, which is dedicated to educating health care professionals and the public about the therapeutic use of cannabis. I am a registered nurse and I firmly believe that cannabis/marijuana was wrongly placed in Schedule I of the controlled substances because it does have medical value and is very safe for medical use.

I met Bernie at a conference in Washington, DC (in 2004). We have been in contact with each other through email since that time. I believe that punishment should fit the crime. This is clearly not the case of a drug dealer trying to make money by growing and selling marijuana. Mr. Ellis understood the therapeutic potential of cannabis and he has a great love and talent for growing plants. He grew this plant to use as medicine and shared his crop with other patients in need. He posed no danger to society, but rather demonstrated compassion to those who suffered.

To demonstrate his commitment to this issue, he has been working with Tennessee legislators to draft a bill that will allow cannabis as medicine in the state of Tennessee. This is what we hope a good citizen does he saw an unjust and harmful law and is trying to right that wrong through the legal process. Prior to his arrest, he did not seek to make money by selling his plants. Instead he took a legal risk by growing his plants in order to alleviate suffering. He could have grown a smaller amount to take care of his personal needs, but he grew more because he knew others could benefit from the use of this plant.

Since 2000, Patients Out of Time has co-sponsored a series of biennial accredited conferences on the science that supports the clinical efficacy of cannabis as medicine. Our faculty includes researchers from the international community and in the last 2 decades scientists have learned that humans have an endogenous cannabinoid system, meaning that humans are made up of cannabis-like molecules that are essential to life. These findings are helping scientists understand how and why the cannabis plant (unique in that it is the only plant that has these cannabinoid substances) can be so therapeutic for a wide variety of conditions.

It does not make sense that our government allows the sale of Marinol (a synthetic THC pill in sesame oil), which is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis, but does not allow the sale or use of the whole plant which contains other cannabinoids that are not psychoactive, but have therapeutic properties. In other words, Marinol is a safe medicine that is now in Schedule III of the controlled substances and can get a patient very "high", but the whole plant that is not as psychoactively strong and has more therapeutic potential remains illegal.

As a registered nurse, I believe very strongly that we are expected and trusted by the public to use science to guide our care. Once a healthcare professional understands the efficacy of medicinal cannabis, it is unethical to remain silent on the issue and let the prohibition continue. Many do the safe and legally correct action by voicing their opposition to the cannabis prohibition. A few individuals are willing to take a real risk and quietly break the law in order to help others by providing them a medicine that reduces their suffering and increases the quality of their lives. Mr. Ellis took that risk and has suffered the consequences of breaking this unjust law.

This caring man is now at risk of losing his farm, his home of 40 years. Clearly that would be excessive punishment that serves no one. I urge you, as a judge, to help end this long nightmare for Mr. Ellis. He has suffered long enough for what doing what most citizens do not even consider a crime. There are enough real criminals, those who commit crimes of violence to others, for law enforcement to deal with. In the name of justice, I hope you can find a way to end his nightmare so that Mr. Ellis can start to get his life back in order.

P.S. I am enclosing a list of organizations that support patient access to cannabis. Mr. Ellis has a masters degree in public health. Please note that the American Public Health Association passed its resolution in support of patient access to medicinal cannabis in 1995.
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A forty+ year old friend from my hometown (Columbus, MS):

Your Honor,

I am writing this letter on behalf of Mr. Bernie Ellis. I have known Bernie for more than forty years and would like to call him my friend. But like so many other high school friends, I have not kept up with Bernie except occasionally over the years. So it was not until recently that I learned of the troubles that may lead to his losing his beloved farm. To gain some insight into the trials and tribulations he has endured, I sat last night and read the diaries he posted during the time he served his probation at the halfway house in Nashville. They gave me a glimpse into the heart and soul of a man that I think truly cares more for others than for himself, and I am ashamed that a man like Bernie ca be considered a "criminal" in our society.

As I read Bernie's description of his life on his farm, his many endeavors to help others, and even his efforts to make a positive impact at the halfway house; I believe I discovered his true crime. He is an honest man, who foolishly cares more about helping other people than he cares about the consequences of his unselfish acts.

Bernie has been deprived of his life for a year and a half for his crime of providing relief to suffering friends. Taking his farm will be tantamount to condemning him to a life sentene ofr a crime with no victims. As I read Bernie's diaries, I watched a crime show on TV. It was a case of a mother and son who hired a hit-man to murder her husband for his insurance. All three were caught and convicted of first degree murder. They were all sentenced to 25 years. I do not believe that such a man as Bernie Ellis deserves a life sentence for caring more for others than for himself.

Sir, I implore you to let the man go home. Thank you for your time.

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A new (and as yet un-met) friend from Berkeley, CA:

Dear Judge Haynes,

Bernie Ellis' trial concerns me as a citizen. By reading Bernie's web-site, I've learned that he has been an extremely cooperative and good-intentioned citizen. As you well know, Bernie is not your typical drug offender. His cries were of the mildest severity and as far as is possible were committed with good intent. You've treated him very fairly so far with the criminal proceeding, but this good character needs to be extended to the civil case. If Bernie loses his land after all the time he has served in the halfway house, despite his obvious cooperation and harmlessness to society, my faith in the American Justice system will be further degraded.

Please do not cut short your rationality regarding Ellis' case now, when he most needs it.
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A friend from Colorado:

Dear Judge Haynes:

I met Bernie Ellis through mutual friends who also live in Tennessee, and while I have not met him in person, I know him by his deeds. When my late husband was diagnosed two years ago with the deadly asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, Bernie put me in touch with one of his friends, who provided knowledgeable help because of her daughter's experience with the disease. I know Bernie to be a good man who cares deeply about people and his country. I know that he consistently works to improve and accomplish the things he believes in. I know him to be a man with solid core values, ones I wish more of us had. He is an honorable citizen of both Tennessee and the United States. I am proud to call him my friend.

Bernie has already paid for the so-called crime of growing marijuana on his farm and sharing it with four terminally ill neighbors. To me, laws that criminalize a generous act like that are archaic. But Bernie did what the legal system said he must: he served almost two years in a halfway houseand even then, tried to improve that situation for everyone.

Yet even that wasn't enough to satisfy the government. They continue to persecute him. They want him to pay them $225,000, without his plight being heard by a jury of his peers. Bernie's life has been consumed by all this for over seven years! At what point does such relentless activity by the government become harassment? Theoretically, the government speaks for us citizens. But I am one of those citizens, and I find their actions obscene

I know that Bernie has been unable to find gainful employment since his release from the halfway house. I know that the crops he grows on his farm have enabled him to survive and to get a little cash for paying other living expenses. Where is an honorable citizen like Bernie to get the amount of money the government is demanding? Is it ethical for the them to completely destroy such a man by forcing him to sell the one asset he has: the farm he has owned for forty years? How much does an honorable citizen need to pay "society" so that the government will finally quit hounding him for that little "crime"?

Please, Judge Haynes, I respectfully beseech that you use your power to deny any motions the government brings before you that will further punish Bernie. He has paid enough.
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A friend from Wyoming:

Honorable Judge Haynes,

Please consider this document as the strongest possible support for Bernard Ellis in his quest to maintain his family farm of 40 years. I had the very great honor of working with Bernie for five years in our initiative to build and manage Wyoming's first Substance Abuse (Detox) Center. It remains impossible to measure the impact that Bernie has had on the State of Wyoming, Fremont County and most significantly, the Wind River Reservation, home of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes.

Bernie's influence has been in community development, human development, and sexual and reproductive health. My experience with Bernie has been as a participant in his initiatives in community and human development. His areas of expertise are in substance abuse and related mental health issues. He has undertaken community-wide initiatives in these areas as a response to several epidemiological studies for the State of Wyoming and the Wind River Reservation in West Central Wyoming.

As a result of his varied studies and insightful community work, Bernie is well known in Wyoming. As part of a community effort to address substance abuse, Bernie obtained a three-year grant of $1.7 million from CSAT for the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center to serve Fremont County and the Reservation. There were major barriers to getting the project started, including locating and remodeling a site. When funds were at risk because of an inability to initiate the project, Bernie organized the community, convinced the city to donate building to for the project and hustled an additional $130,000 to remodel the building. This project opened in October 2000. Not incidentally, and as a testament to his generous nature, Bernie contributed considerable private funding of his own in order to ensure that the center would open. He not only wrote grants that supported the ABATE community substance abuse program in Fremont County, but volunteered to serve on the community board to ensure its successful implementation. This program, in turn led to community education, particularly for the business community, and the creation of a youth program.

Bernie also wrote three grants to develop Substance Abuse Courts for the community and reservation. An adult court was approved for the Wind River Reservation, and a juvenile development grant was approved for the County. He continued to serve the Fremont County community even after he moved back to Tennessee, including writing a comprehensive report on the Crisis Center and generating continuing funding. He did this single handedly and without remuneration. There is no question that Bernie Ellis has done more in Wyoming for Substance Abuse than anyone in the history of the State.

I think it important that you understand my perspective on the magnitude of Bernie's contributions to the field of substance abuse in general and to Wyoming in particular. I have worked in the field of corrections and community mental health since I was 17 years of age and am now 67. I was the first Psychologist in the Wyoming Corrections system, and have also been a teacher, Director of Juvenile facility, Superintendent and Warden of prisons in both Wyoming and Montana. I was the Director of Corrections in two States.

I am writing this letter because my knowledge about Bernie is not always consistent with what has been written about him, and because the proposed costs associated with his crime greatly exceed what would be considered just in our just society. He certainly did violate the law in providing marijuana to friends who were dying. That is incontrovertible. However, at some point in our lives, we must look beyond the act and examine the intentions. Bernard Ellis is not a "drug dealer" but a humanitarian. He deserves our respect, not our condemnation. This generous and kindly man has suffered greatly for his illegal acts, and further punishment is simply illogical. The loss of his family farm would be a crippling, even a killing, blow to a man who is now virtually indigent. I pray you to consider the considerable and potential contributions of Bernard Ellis to our society. A magnanimous heart and a desire to alleviate human suffering, not a desire for profit, led to growing marijuana and making it available at no cost to those who were in chronic pain. If this is wrong, and our current laws say that it is, then he has already paid a very heavy price. What is ironical is that if Bernie had been a less generous man, he could easily afford to pay the fines levied against him. Instead, he gave his heart, his devotion, and his cash, to communities in need.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I have seen the number of people this man has and continues to help. Losing his farm would be akin to losing his heart, and he still has so much to contribute to a field that desperately needs his intelligence, insight, and courage.
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A Tennessee state legislator:

Dear Judge Haynes:

I am proud to voice my support for Bernard Ellis, a man for whom I have the utmost respect. I first met Mr. Ellis as a result of our mutual support of a medicinal cannabis program here in Tennessee. As the sponsor of a bill to establish such a program, I am obviously aware that Mr. Ellis's actions over seven years ago were illegal. However, I am also aware of the level of hardship Mr. Ellis has experienced since then, and I am writing to express my feeling that the loss of his farm (the near-certain result of a summary judgment) would be catastrophic, constituting an excessive punishment for his crime.

In his advocacy for both medical cannabis and election integrity, Mr. Ellis has always conducted himself in a professional and courteous manner. His motivations have never appeared to stem from anything other than a genuine desire to improve life for his fellow Tennesseans. It is admirable that a man facing the loss of everything he has would continue to spend so much of his time concerned with civic responsibility. His expertise has been invaluable to me in my efforts to better serve Tennessee as an elected official. It is my sincere hope that the ruination of his personal and financial well-being not be compounded by the loss of his home.
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A fellow citizen-soldier for free, fair and verifiable elections in Tennessee

Judge Haynes,

This is a quick note in support of my friend and fellow American patriot, Mr. Bernie Ellis.

As I think of Bernie's situation, I think of Blind Lady Justice, holding the scales, trying to determine if the balance is fair. In Bernie's case, it is most decidedly NOT. Lady Justice has no problem feeling that Bernie's side instantly outweighs the other. Why?

I'm not sure, because Bernie has more than paid his debt to society for growing some marijuana plants to medically help (at no charge for something that in some American states is legal) some friends who were in pain. Even if Bernie was growing for profit - which anybody who knows him will tell you he was not - in any system of fairness, he should have long-since been out of our criminal justice system.

As Bernie has been held back in his struggles for gainful employment for seven years; as Bernie has spent more that a year sleeping nightly in a halfway house, unable to tend his vegetable garden at home, nor work in a situation equal to his skills as an epidemiologist; as Bernie has had the emotional turmoil of wondering if he would lose his farm hanging over him for seven years; I feel that he has suffered enough; and that his debt has been more than paid in full. I think that Lady Justice would agree.

I have known Bernie since October of 2004, and during that time I have found him to be one of the most honest, caring and compassionate persons I have ever known. Bernie has been a leader in the fight for voting rights for all Tennesseans, founding and doggedly leading the non-patrician group, Gathering to Save our Democracy, in it's multi-year quest that ultimately changed the law of Tennessee to allow voter-verified paper ballots in our elections. Bernie is a great patriot; true only to fairness, freedom and justice, but never to a particular political dogma or party.

So please, Your Honor, listen to Lady Justice when she feels that Bernie Ellis should not pay any further for a victimless crime that was born of compassion for his fellow man.

Bernie is not a threat to society. He has learned his lesson. He will no longer grow illegal marijuana for any reason.

I humbly ask you to allow Bernie Ellis to be released from the United States criminal justice system, and to be able to keep his farm, the only tangible asset he has left.

If asked, I will gladly speak publicly in support of Bernie Ellis.

Lady Justice knows.


A friend in Indonesia

Dear Judge Haynes,

I write to you from my office in Indonesia, where I am currently based working on my PhD on the role of forests in rural development in China.

I have known Bernie since 2001, when we were introduced by mutual friends in Tennessee. I spent a lot of time on Bernie's farm, and got to know him well during this time, as together we planted out his berry orchard, made fences for the cattle and did some forestry management work. I remember upon first meeting Bernie that I was impressed by his strong commitment to his local community and his country, to his work as an epidemiologist and by his strong connection to the land. As a (then) young Australian travelling and living in the USA, Bernie was one of a handful of Americans that I came to know well. His warm and generous character and the love of his land and country came to represent my very positive impression of the USA and its people. It was therefore with great distress that I learned of his criminal charges, and I have followed his situation with increasing concern for his welfare over the ensuing years.

I am literally shedding tears as I write this letter to you, as the thought of Bernie losing his farm and undergoing any further punishment is hard to conceive. He has already lost so much; his professional reputation, his loss of livelihood, financial ruin, and doing time in the half way house; he has already suffered so much.

Judge Haynes, I hope and pray that you can pass judgement on this man whilst considering these things that I have said. This genuinely kind and gentle man has suffered enough, justice has been served. He deserves to live in peace and quiet on his farm in the hollow, where heart and soul belongs.

With kind regards..
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 02:22 PM
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40. K&R
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nofurylike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 03:11 PM
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42. K&R! Please do whatever you can for Bernie! Thank you,
Bernie, for fighting the good fight on behalf of all who need and deserve medication you have a moral and ethical right to!!
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wildbilln864 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 03:18 PM
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43. k&r! nt
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BOG PERSON Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 03:20 PM
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44. a WHITE PERSON in jail on a MARIJUANA POSSESSION CHARGE???
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 05:52 PM
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81. From where I sit, that looks like a mighty expensive little fiddle.
$1 million+ ... and counting.

For seven pounds of usable pot.

I would cry you a river,
but I'm all out of tears.

Thanks for the kick, nonetheless.
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GeorgeGist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 03:35 PM
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45. I think you've missed the revelation.
Passionate conviction needs affirmation not pardon.
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GeorgeGist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 03:40 PM
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47. I affirm your passionate conviction.
You don't need me to pardon the President.
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democrank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 04:45 PM
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49. You`re in my thoughts...
~PEACE~
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Little Star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 04:53 PM
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50. k&r
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tpsbmam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 04:53 PM
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51. Like I said in my email, keeping everything crossed! I wish they'd hurry up --
Edited on Sun Feb-13-11 04:54 PM by tpsbmam
this isn't very comfortable and I look really funny. :P

Oh, and I forgot to say....K&R!!!


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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 05:27 PM
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52. kickity rec
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 06:53 PM
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54. K&R n/t
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 06:54 PM
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55. k & hIGHLY rEcommenD!
}( :smoke: :smoke:
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 07:25 PM
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56. K&R
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Luciferous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 07:26 PM
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57. K&R
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 07:54 PM
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58. My letter for Bernie

Dear President Obama

I write to you today to add my name to the request that you issue a Presidential pardon to Bernard H. Ellis, Jr whose federal Bureau of Prisons number is 16502-075.

Mr Ellis' story is very compelling and I believe he has been punished enough and served his time for the crime of which he was convicted. A crime that was a non-violent crime where no person was hurt. Bernie may have been convicted under our federal marijuana drug laws, but I feel very strongly that he himself was a victim of our horrible war on drugs.

Mr. Ellis never sold any of the marijuana that he grew and he helped sick and dying human beings in need of medical marijuana. His crime was performed to alleviate suffering. Suffering that was unnecessary. Our broken medical system does not allow patients to legally obtain the one drug, medical marijuana, that will actually help them.

I think it is time that we reconsider our policy in the drug war and make sure we have safeguards in place to allow cases that obviously do not fit the "drug dealer" profile other punishment alternatives. Our current drug policies break families apart and destroy local communities.

I urge you to use your power of pardon on a most worthy individual. Mr. Ellis has exemplary references from his local community and he has many, many friends throughout the country that stand with him in his courageous stance. Mr. Ellis has been an upstanding contributing member of his community and he can return to that status with this pardon.

I am proud to call Bernie my friend and I sincerely hope you and your staff will give his plea for a Presidential pardon your full attention.

Sincerly,
Sonia.....


:kick: and a :grouphug: for Bernie!
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 06:40 AM
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68. Thanks kindly, you Austin-tacious sweetheart. Here's a letter from the widow of someone I helped
Edited on Mon Feb-14-11 06:43 AM by Fly by night
CO
3___ W_____ Road
Santa Fe, TN 38482
931/XXX-XXXX
February 10, 2011

President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, DC


Dear President Barack Obama,

My name is CO. I have been a friend of Bernie Ellis for almost thirty years now. I am writing to ask that you grant him a Presidential pardon for growing marijuana and providing it to terminally ill neighbors, including my late husband.

I was married to Arthur O for 24 years. Arthur worked hard all of his life. Then, in the prime of his life, he was struck down with kidney disease. He also had high blood pressure, which was unknown to both him and me. Seemingly overnight, Arthur lost function in both of his kidneys. His doctors hospitalized him immediately, put shunts in his chest and started dialysis the next day.

The dialysis pulled Arthur down to the point that he couldn't work, where he lost his appetite and where he lost interest in life itself. He couldn't eat and keep his food down as a result of all the medicines he was on. Arthur's health just continued to go down and his blood pressure stayed too high, no matter what medications he took.

At that time, I spoke to Bernie about helping Arthur with medical marijuana. We spoke with Arthur's doctors at Centennial about whether Arthur should use it. The doctors said that Arthur should do whatever was necessary to get him to eat and grow stronger. I asked them whether Arthur would stay on the transplant list if he used marijuana. They said that they would keep him on the transplant list if Arthur started using medical marijuana. As it was, they said that he was too weak to survive the surgery, so if the marijuana helped him improve, he should use it.

Arthur started smoking the marijuana that Bernie gave him then and his appetite came back. His blood pressure went down and he began to feel more like a man. Using the marijuana made Arthur feel like doing some things he couldn't do before. It gave him back his pride and a quality of life that he had not had for two years.

I am thankful for Bernie's help. He was a blessing in our life, coming at its lowest point. The comfort that Bernie's marijuana gave Arthur, and his renewed pride in life, was something I could not do. I loved my husband dearly but having pride in himself wasn't something I could give him.

My love, support and prayers were answered when the Lord put Bernie Ellis in our path. He was a blessing in our life. I feel I owe Bernie a debt of gratitude I cannot repay, because he gave my husband quality of life. Bernie couldn't help with quantity but quality is so important when your days are numbered. Arthur finally got a transplant but we got a bad kidney that poisoned his blood and made him sicker than before. But Bernie Ellis was there for us, through it all.

Please consider this in your decision to grant Bernie a Presidential pardon. Bernie Ellis has been a blessing to a lot of people and we need more people like him, rather than continuing to prosecute them. I would be happy to come to answer any questions about what Bernie did for my husband. I own and operate my own business the Santa Fe Diner but I will gladly speak with you or anyone else if we can help Bernie obtain a pardon and be able to get on with his life.

In closing, I want you to know that, on the wall of my diner, I have a framed copy of the Nashville Scene cover that showed Bernie as a "Marijuana Martyr". It has been there for the past four years, and now shares space with a picture of Governor Bredesen signing the Voter Confidence Act, with Bernie standing behind him. Those pictures will stay on my wall for as long as I own this diner. Many of my customers who did not know Bernie before now say "hi" to him and offer him support because of those pictures on my wall. That is how it should be.

I feel that Bernie has paid his "debt" to society. Even though he did no wrong, Bernie has paid dearly. He should be granted a Presidential pardon for something that should not be a crime.

Sincerely,


CO

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babydollhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 08:11 PM
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59. kick
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 08:52 PM
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60. What about those of us who don't know you but wish we did, Bernie, should we
write a letter?

REC.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 06:50 AM
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69. Here's my thoughts on that, bertman. I do believe we know each other here at DU ...
... and, in many ways, we know each other better than my neighbors know me. This is the place where we can say what we mean and mean what we say on a host of issues. And to stand by what we say and do to the extent that we welcome comments and controversy -- all comers.

I do believe I know many DUers very well, though I could not pick them out of a small crowd. But we have communicated, deeply and well, for seven years. And that has always meant a lot.

Some of you have been along for my ride for some or all of that time or, if you've gotten to knbow me recently, you have gotten to know me well. If that describes you, then I would welcome a letter or an affidavit of support.

As mike_c and Sonias have said above, they know me through and because of this virtual world -- a world inhabited by hopeful romantics when it comes to saving our democracy and returning cannabis to the medical pharmacopoeia. As a result, your letters would (will) mean much.
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 09:24 PM
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61. Kick.
:kick:
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 11:29 PM
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62. K&R
K&R
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-13-11 11:37 PM
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63. K & R for continued visibility.
:patriot:
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 02:20 AM
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64. Needs more...
:kick:

Hi Bernie! I have been unable to get to the library to print my letter, but will do it by Wednesday for certain. Hard living in the boonies sometimes when you're broke. :hi:

And a Happy V Day to you! :hug:
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 07:45 AM
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70. Thanks kindly and I hear ya'. Most of the time, living in the boonies is great.
Having to get letters printed, notarized and mailed ... not so much.

Really appreciate your help. I (heart) you.

Bernie
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 01:01 PM
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78. Bernie, anytime, anyway you ever have a need for help
I'll be there! You are an amazing human! :hug:
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 08:11 AM
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71. Don't forget to get it notarized!
I did that the first time. Oops!!!

Just want to save you a trip back into town from your boonies. Maybe the library has those services, or maybe you need to find someone on the net before you head in.

Your signature has to be notarized so the Feds know it's really you.

:hi:
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 12:19 PM
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75. Thanks. Sonia. Did I mention the letters need to be notarized?
Edited on Mon Feb-14-11 12:19 PM by Fly by night
Here in tennessee, all banks and most realtors have notaries on staff. Libraries sometimes do too. Sorry for this additional hurdle but, as Sonia says, the government needs to be sure it's really you.
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 01:00 PM
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77. On my list, sonias, but thanks for the reminder!
:hi:
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-15-11 06:20 AM
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82. Your NOTARIZED letter arrived yesterday. Thanks kindly, sonias
Agent Mike really appreciates it too.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 09:17 AM
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72. k
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reggie the dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 10:09 AM
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73. all this because FDR and the Democrats hated cannabis
this man is in no way a criminal, he gave pot to people as medecine, as in gave for no money..... i think that is really what this is all about, he is too kind and generous, and those who profit off of hostility and greed cannot let too much kindness and generousness exist now can they
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 11:10 AM
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74. kicking again


Cuz it's Bernie...


:kick:
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DeeJay Donating Member (69 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 12:20 PM
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76. kick n/t
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 03:14 PM
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79. kick-o-matic
:patriot:
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-15-11 12:26 PM
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83. Please help this handsome fellow to get his life back!
:kick:
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-11 07:00 AM
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84. And while you're helping that "handsome fellow", I'd appreciate your help also.
Thanks for that, darlin'. This old hermit left "handsome" in the rear view mirror a few "minutes" ago.

But I'll give ya' an hour to stop saying that.
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-11 09:36 AM
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85. Smarty pants!
Edited on Wed Feb-16-11 09:38 AM by Mnemosyne
:rofl: :hug:

Mailed notarized letter to you yesterday. Are you being overwhelmed with letters yet? I do hope so. :hi:
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-11 06:15 AM
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86. With ten days to go until March 1, they are coming in steady.
Between 4-10 leters/affidavits a day, with a small stack ready to be notarized at one of the cafes in my area. There are voices of support coming from all quarters, which is much appreciated. Thanks kindly for your letter -- from this Tennessee deep hollow home.
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-11 03:38 PM
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87. I wish there was more I could do, Bernie. You are very welcome from the
depths of my heart from the highest point in my county, well, before the dump beat me out! :rofl:

Keep us up to date, please! :hug: :hi:
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-11 01:34 PM
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88. One end-of-week self-kick.
Thanks, all y'all, for everything.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-11 01:41 PM
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89. kick
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Ghost in the Machine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-11 02:42 PM
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90. Kicking for my friend Bernie
I just printed my letter out, will have it notorized and in the mail monday, Bernie..

I hope this works out for you, my friend. It would benefit the Country as a whole for you to be able to return to work in your field, one that you are so passionate about.

:kick:

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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-11 09:48 AM
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92. Thanks, Ghost. Much appreciated.
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Ghost in the Machine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-11 11:18 PM
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93. Any time, my friend... here's another kick
:kick:

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