Drug Warriors Run Amok: How An 81-Year-Old Cancer Patient Growing His Own Pot Got Raided By The DEA


Reefer Madness In Mass: 81-Year-Old Growing Four Pot Plants Brings Out DEA Helicopters, State Police, And Even The National Guard

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Just when you think the flailing idiocy of the drug warriors who rightly feel their last battle is imminent couldn’t get any stupider, you read a story like this one.

A man who until recently grew his own marijuana plants, four of them, which he used to make tea to help alleviate his wife’s suffering the cruel ravages of chemotherapy was recently raided.

But get this laundry list of weaponry the brave lads fighting the last vestiges of the drug wars brought to the “fight:” not only were the DEA and the Massachusetts State Police there, they called in the National Guard as well as a DEA helicopter, just for good measure.

And the criminal mastermind the boys in blue (or more accurately, in black Kevlar and SWAT gear, toting AR-15s) were set to bring down that day?

An 81-year-old cancer patient.

To quote Chief Wiggum from The Simpsons, “That’s some fine police work, Lou.”

Paul Jackson was the target, a lifelong gardener who has won over 300 ribbons for his non-marijuana gardening achievements, and who has been written up in the New York Times for his use of his homegrown cannabis tea to help his wife through the final stages of her battle with cancer. He said the shock troops showed up without presenting a warrant, and immediately began attacking his plants–which makes just as much sense as everything else in this story.

“They just come charging through and start cutting it down,” Jackson said in an interview with the MV Times. “I told them they don’t know what they’re doing, they’re destroying it and it could be used for good purposes.”

Indeed, those good purposes were documented in the paper of record in 2013, in which Jackson described treating his wife’s pain from pancreatic cancer and the chemotherapy prescribed to fight it–without resorting to morphine.

“I never ever saw pain in her face,” he said. “She was eating and happy, right up until she died. You had to see it to believe it. People don’t understand it. It’s a beautiful plant and it works beautifully.”

Although medical marijuana is legal under some circumstances in Massachusetts, Jackson says he prefers to grow his own due to the chemicals commercial sellers use in theirs. As with food, organic is cleaner, healthier, and in the case of using a plant to treat something complex like chemotherapy, necessary, according to Jackson.

“The people that are selling it are using chemicals that react with the chemotherapy,” he said. “Mine is much better because it’s organically grown.”

Well, not anymore, now that the brave footsoldiers of the war on drugs have ripped the plants out of the ground.

Its going to take a top-down command to get these idiots to stand down from a war they lost years ago, and that isn’t going to happen as long as politicians and people stand by and let agencies like the DEA call their own shots, such as the announcement this week that pot will remain a Schedule 1 drug, considered as dangerous as heroin and meth.

We can perhaps see light at the end of the tunnel, but here’s hoping sanity can prevail sooner rather than later–lest anyone else get killed or jailed or otherwise harassed over a beneficial plant.

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