Below, please find a copy of a press release that I recently provided to several local news outlets.
On a personal note, I think it is time that the people of Minnesota take a look at what exists in our communities, and admit the obvious. While this doesn’t contain the drama of a Jack London tale, it is clear that the plant has overtaken man’s attempt to control it. More than half of our population now support marijuana reform, in one way or another. It is time for our Legislature and our laws to catch up.
Let us keep free, forever, the individual who seeks fair and abundant health. Remember, the words “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” established a real foundation for our personal as well as community well-being. The one who feels he has the right to take this from me will have a battle. Remember what Gandhi said:
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
Well, folks, there is not a whole lot to win, anymore. The battle has been fought, it has been won, and it is up to the old people to usher in a new frame of consciousness for what our younger people already know and understand: marijuana is safe, effective, and has no harmful side-effects.
New Ulm Citizen Fights for Medical Freedom March 15, 2014
Jon Hansen II is fighting for his personal, individual right to use an effective remedy to treat his unmitigated and enduring anxiety. The State of Minnesota has accused Jon, a lifelong Minnesota resident, of selling marijuana because he was growing the plant for his personal use.
Diet and physical fitness are essential components to Jon’s well-being and lifestyle. Through using marijuana, Jon obtains benefits which he does not gain by any other means.
In defending his character, and his rights, Jon is obligated to take on the State. In defending his freedom to make his health decisions and pursue happiness, Jon, through his lawyers Calvin P. Johnson and Elizabeth Levine, of Mankato will request a formal hearing to address the State’s overreach. His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday March 14, at 8:30 a.m. for a brief hearing before the Honorable Robert A. Doucherty, Judge of the District Court, at the Brown County courthouse in New Ulm.
Jon will show that this government lacks the power to ban marijuana. Pursuant to the 9th Amendment to our Constitution, we as a people have reserved rights for our self-determination, including our right to a healthy lifestyle. We granted our government powers to be used for our collective benefit, not to suppress an effective remedy for healing.
The State of Minnesota has listed marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Schedule I is reserved for drugs that have no accepted medical use.
Twenty states and the District of Columbia currently allow a medical exception for marijuana use. There is a bill pending to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota.
President Obama has opined that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”
Jon believes that the State government’s classification of marijuana, as lacking any medical use, is irrational and not supported by evidence. He is seeking public contributions for his legal defense and to call necessary witnesses, at: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/legal-fight-for-jon-s-marijuana-rights.
“A verdict of not guilty will send a clear signal that we have freedom to select effective and proper remedies for our bodies. A Brown County jury will lead us into a healthier future. That’s what we’re looking for,” said Calvin Johnson, one of Mr. Hansen’s lawyers.