Pauline Morton Sabin founded the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR). She was known for her social status and charismatic personality. Sabin’s efforts were a significant factor in the repeal of Prohibition. The Women of WONPR were considered smart and sophisticated women of the era.Their high social status attracted press coverage and made the movement fashionable. For housewives throughout middle America, joining WONPR was an opportunity to mingle with high society. In less than two years, membership grew to almost 1.5 million, this was triple the membership of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Sabin became a symbol for independent women; she showed women that they weren’t bound to support the Prohibition movement. Her picture appeared on the cover of Time magazine.
High school students are held at gunpoint by police during a drug raid at Stratford High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina after they had been tipped off by the school’s principal about possible marijuana sales at the school. The kids were forced into the halls and told to get down on the floor where they were held at gunpoint until the school was searched. No marijuana, narcotics or guns were found on the premises.
Surveillance Video of Goose Creek Raid
News Coverage of Goose Creek Raid
CNN Archives – 11/10/2003 – Goose Creek Raid
ACLU involvement in Goose Creek Raid
Drug War Chronicles (DRC.Net) Article on Goose Creek Raid that prompted Jean & Cher to relaunch WONPR
WINTER 2003 – CHER FORD MCCULLOUGH AND JEAN MARLOWE, ALONG WITH KAY LEE, JOINSWITH REV. JESSE JACKSON AND RAINBOW PUSH COALITION IN CHARLESTON, SC TO RALLY AGAINST GOOSE CREEK RAIDS. WONPR 2.0 IS BORN!
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Drug War Chronicles (DRC.Net) interview with WONPR 2.0 Co-founders Cher Ford McCullough (President) and Jean Marlowe (Executive Director)
Washington State Senate Bill 5073 sponsored by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, to amend and clarify the law on the medical use of cannabis (marijuana) so that qualifying patients and designated providers who comply with the law will not be subject to arrest or prosecution, other criminal sanctions, or civil consequences based solely on their medical use of cannabis, and provides that patients will have access to an adequate, safe, consistent, and secure source of medical quality marijuana. The bill defines, and clarifies the provisions related to prescribing, selling, and using medical marijuana.. This bill passed the legislature in April of 2011 and on Apr 29 was partially vetoed by Governor Gregoire after she read a letter from US Attorneys Jenny Durkan and Michael Ormsby deleting the sections in Part VI, Part VII, and Part VIII of the bill that would direct employees of the state departments of Health and Agriculture to authorize and license commercial businesses that produce, process or dispense cannabis. These sections would open public employees to federal prosecution, and the United States Attorneys have made it clear that state law would not provide these individuals safe harbor from federal prosecution. No state employee should be required to violate federal criminal law in order to fulfill duties under state law.
Press conference for I-502 signature drop offs at Election HQ
Rally Outside Federal Courthouse Where Richard Flor Was Sentenced
Kari tracks down Richard’s daughter and granddaughter who live not far from Kari in a Seattle auburn and drives all three from Washington to Montana for this rally. This is where Kari meets Chris Williams for the first time.
Colorado and Washington State become the first states in the nation to pass laws to legalize the consumption, possession, and sale of marijuana for recreational use. Initiative 502 in Washington was initially submitted as a bill in the State Legislature, but when it did not move forward during the 2011 session, I-502 was placed on the statewide ballot. The initiative summary reads: “This measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.”
White house petition for Chris; fax blast campaign to judge; international media blitz Post-trial settlement offers; settlement conference with Malloy; Post-conviction agreement; 5 years instead of 85 year mandatory
Chris Williams is Sentenced
Kari arranged the J4J to ensure a packed courtroom at Williams sentencing hearing. Knowing Montanans were too scared to turn out in support, from prior experience with rallies related to this case, Kari decided to bus in activists from CA, OR, WA who cared about the case enough to travel to Montana.
Coverage of the J4J and Williams sentencing hearing:
Cole Memo 2.0 outlines regulatory expectations for cannabis.
Following the passage in 2012 of initiatives in Washington and Colorado, Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole provided a memo for all U.S. attorneys.The memo is titled Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement (PDF).The guidance “rests on the expectation that states and local governments that have enacted laws authorizing marijuana-related conduct will implement strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems.”
Kari and Larry return to Washington D.C. for U.S. Senate Visits
The Rohrabacher Farr amendment is introduced in the Senate by Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker on June 18, but was not allowed a vote
Congressmembers send letter to DOJ asking US Attorneys to uphold Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to halt prosecutions in states where medical marijuana laws are being followed.