Seventeen years ago, my dad, Craig Cesal, was arrested on a marijuana conspiracy case
because he owned a trucking repair business. He would repair trucks that had been leased
and used to smuggle pot. The trucks would be trashed after the marijuana was stripped
from the secret compartments, and although it was obvious these trucks were being used to
smuggle pot, my dad didn't think it was his business to report it.
He had no criminal history whatsoever, but today, he is serving a life sentence without parole
because he didn't take a plea bargain, went to trial, and was therefore held responsible for everything the kingpin and smugglers had done. They cut deals, testified against him and they are all free today.
Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in nine states. And politicians like John
Boehner are joining marijuana investment firms and plan to make millions of dollars
while my dad rots in prison. His only chance at freedom is if President Trump
commutes his sentence.
My dad was a single, divorced, dad, and would tell my brother and I that if we got
straight A's at school, we would go on a special trip, like Washington DC or Disneyland.
It always worked. He would also make us wear T-shirts that said “I got straight A's and
came to Disneyland.” He would also make us take photos with all the Disney characters.
He loved to show everyone the photos of us with Disney characters when we got home.
He was the best dad in the world and I don't see how his incarceration is serving any
good purpose for our society.
If President Trump does not commute my father's sentence, he will likely die in prison, especially since he has diabetes and has had medical complications and requirements that are not being properly met.
Please sign my petition so I can be with my father. We want to make up for the time we have missed out on. You will end so much suffering if this petition succeeds in bringing him home.
To write to Craig:
Craig Cesal #52948-019
FCI Terre Haute
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 33
Terre Haute, Indiana 47808
The war on drugs is a war on the people, no one belongs in prison for a plant. CannabisData.org asks that Craig Cesal be immediately released from prison.
The war on drugs mirrors the war on alcohol: it did not STOP use, it caused harder use, use-related deaths increased, and violent crime increased. That's EXACTLY what is happening today .
You were born with your individual rights: your right to your life, your right to your liberty, and your right to your property. No one has a higher claim to your individual rights than you do. In turn, you do not have a higher claim to the individual rights of others. And in order to maintain those very precious individual rights - you must respect and protect those of all others, even and ESPECIALLY those you disagree with. The only ethical relationships are voluntary, and the market should be free.
Unless cannabis is as "legal" as the buttercups popping up on the sides of the roads, in pastures and fields, in folks' yards - it ain't "legal." Why? Because in the states where it is deemed "legal" (medically or recreationally) there are still regulations in place, which means some people are not getting the cannabinoids or quantities they want/need. Not even getting into the whole theft aspect of it (aka taxation), let's talk free markets -vs- the state: The state over-regulates, taxes, and offers excuses, while free markets offer choices, competition, and solutions. A free market demands competition. Competition ensures less waste, better quality, competitive pricing, and simultaneously creates business opportunities and jobs.
How? Because they want your business and the government can't bail them out or prop them up - want to stay in the game? Compete. It encourages good business for employees and customers, alike. It embraces individual rights, free association, and voluntary relationships - the only ethical sort.
Those who want to ingest cannabis should be growing it in their back yard with their tomatoes and collards, or trading for it from the grower of their choice. If just one person out there cannot get the cannabis they need (cannabinoid needed, quantity needed), or one person is thrown in jail over it, all the "legalization" business is for naught.