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USMC Veteran Facing Life In Prison Over 1 Oz. Of Cannabis To Treat His PTSD
TOPICS:CannabisMatt AgoristMental HealthMilitaryVeterans

May 24, 2017

By Matt Agorist

Geronimo, OK — 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.

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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.”

3. Some veterans say marijuana helps them manage anxiety, insomnia and nightmares: https://t.co/Nj91GYsyvd pic.twitter.com/dcCe24IWB1

— AP Eastern U.S. (@APEastRegion) March 22, 2016

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.


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.

However, all the jury has to do is say, ‘Not Guilty,’ and it is all over. This morally innocent man can go back to his family and the State’s tyrannical war on drugs gets exposed for exactly what it is — a war on people.

If you’d like to help the Lewandowski family you can do so in two ways. First, share this article, as it was media coverage that helped him escape the state’s grasp the first time. Secondly, you can go to the You Caring Page set up for his family and donate by clicking here. "
http://www.activistpost.com/2017/05/usmc...-ptsd.html

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A real travesty.
This breaks my heart.
(05-25-2017, 08:22 AM)Verity Wrote: [ -> ]This breaks my heart.

Its messed up for sure.
Some states are backwards on drug policy. After seeing Oregon's legalization without a hitch, its hard for me to even consider it a drug anymore. Herbal medicine remedy, and relaxing pleasure.

And this Marine and his family deserve better treatment.
(05-25-2017, 08:55 AM)Johntaraz Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-25-2017, 08:22 AM)Verity Wrote: [ -> ]This breaks my heart.

Its messed up for sure.
Some states are backwards on drug policy. After seeing Oregon's legalization without a hitch, its hard for me to even consider it a drug anymore. Herbal medicine remedy, and relaxing pleasure.

And this Marine and his family deserve better treatment.

He was just trying to take care of himself, with his little plants 
that may not have yielded him anything medicinal. Not trying 
to be some drug kingpin. 

I wonder what he's been doing in these intervening years to 
manage his symptoms. I hope he hasn't had to go back to the 
awful pharmaceuticals.

I see OK won't vote on medical marijuana until next year. 

Pray this soldier gets the justice he deserves.
(05-25-2017, 09:11 AM)Verity Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-25-2017, 08:55 AM)Johntaraz Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-25-2017, 08:22 AM)Verity Wrote: [ -> ]This breaks my heart.

Its messed up for sure.
Some states are backwards on drug policy. After seeing Oregon's legalization without a hitch, its hard for me to even consider it a drug anymore. Herbal medicine remedy, and relaxing pleasure.

And this Marine and his family deserve better treatment.

He was just trying to take care of himself, with his little plants 
that may not have yielded him anything medicinal. Not trying 
to be some drug kingpin. 

I wonder what he's been doing in these intervening years to 
manage his symptoms. I hope he hasn't had to go back to the 
awful pharmaceuticals.

I see OK won't vote on medical marijuana until next year. 

Pray this soldier gets the justice he deserves.

He was on Percocet and Oxycotin until they destroyed his liver.

Which is why he decided to use cannabis.

I will pray.

Heartflowers
(05-25-2017, 06:54 PM)Twaddle Wrote: [ -> ]That's absolutely outrageous. The people still enforcing these moronic laws,  should all go to jail for stupidity.

this :(
(05-25-2017, 06:54 PM)Twaddle Wrote: [ -> ]That's absolutely outrageous. The people still enforcing these moronic laws,  should all go to jail for stupidity.

This! 

...and these people should be made to share a cell with a meth head.
(05-25-2017, 08:22 AM)Verity Wrote: [ -> ]This breaks my heart.

Mine too. I'm floored they were giving him percocet and oxy for PTSD. Scratchinghead I could see maybe xanax,klonopin or such.Shitty way for the State to treat someone who fought for them.
I don't think we are going to be asking the VA for help with Tony's cancer.
(05-25-2017, 08:55 AM)Johntaraz Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-25-2017, 08:22 AM)Verity Wrote: [ -> ]This breaks my heart.

Its messed up for sure.
Some states are backwards on drug policy. After seeing Oregon's legalization without a hitch, its hard for me to even consider it a drug anymore. Herbal medicine remedy, and relaxing pleasure.

And this Marine and his family deserve better treatment.

Blackmailing her that way with her own children. Pieces of shit they are.
First mistake made was the decision to call the police. I have never had a good experience when dealing with them, no matter the circumstance or reason.

And plus, they had pot plants in a state where growing pot is illegal, you damn sure dont call the law in that situation.
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