WRITE A LETTER TO HELP KEEPRENEE OUT OF A US PRISON, WHERE
SHE RISKS CRUEL & INHUMANE PUNISHMENT!
YOUR LETTER CAN SAVE LIVES!
No Time to Waste
Renee Boje’s case is proceeding quickly through the courts. On February 9th Supreme Court Justice Michael Catliff ruled to surrender Renee on all counts back to the United States where she risks spending a mandatory minimum of 10 years or more in a US Federal Prison for medical marijuana charges that she got in California, where medical marijuana is legal. (Please see Renee’s website, for further information, at: www.thecompassionclub.org/renee)
According to Amnesty International’s current campaign against the violence inflicted upon women in US prisons, women are often raped and tortured by male prison guards and sold to male prisoners for sex. They are given seriously inadequate medical care and improper nutrition and some are even shackled to bedposts while giving birth. A report which recently came out by the UN revealed that the conditions of US prisons are now similar to those in 3rd world countries.
Fortunately, the judge accepted Renee’s appeal. But, she only has 30 days for the Minister of Justice, Anne McLellan to make a decision to either surrender Renee to the US authorities or to allow her to remain in Canada to live a peaceful life. If she wins, her case will set a precedent so that other Americans who are being persecuted for medical marijuana and risk spending decades in prison can also come to Canada and seek protection.
Prison is currently America’s fastest growing industry and they are keeping it going by locking up their own people in the name of the War on Drugs.
There are now over 2 million people behind bars in the United States and 1.3 million of them are non-violent, fist time offenders. Prosecuting Americans for marijuana charges has become the easiest way for the US Government to lock up it’s own people. Millions of Americans have admitted to smoking marijuana and thousands of terminally ill Americans use it to alleviate their suffering. There are 1 in 6 people in prison for marijuana and there is a marijuana arrest every 40 seconds. In 1998 there were 682,885 marijuana arrests and that was more than murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery combined.
There will be no formal hearing before the Minister. She will simply be making her decision based off of submissions from the US prosecutor’s office, Renee’s lawyer, John Conroy, and letters from the public. The Minister will have to sign the extradition order herself so it is important that she is inundated with support for Renee.
Please donate some time to help support this historic legal battle. Most of the options we have presented here can be done at no expense in a matter of minutes. However, if enough of us join together it will make all the difference, not only for Renee, but for many Americans who are being persecuted for medical marijuana and suffering the injustices of this insane war on their own people.
The Hon. Anne McLellan, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, is ultimately responsible for Renee’s extradition and must sign the extradition papers herself. We are encouraging the public to contact the Minister, urging her to intervene and allow Renee to remain in Canada. The letter can be as long or short as you like; the most important thing is to get as many letters to the Minister as soon as possible, before March 10th.
A sample letter is available at the end of this letter. You can either copy and paste it into an email message and send it to [email protected] and cc it to Renee for her records, at: [email protected]
Or, Print it out and mail it to Renee and she will save a copy for her records and forward it to Ann McLellan herself.
PO Box 1557
Gibsons, BC, V0N1V0
American supporters are in the unique position of being able to help Renee by filing evidence on her behalf. Renee’s lawyer, John Conroy, has prepared a document outlining his need for affidavits relating to the War on Drugs, the treatment of women in US prisons, medical marijuana etc. To view the affidavit guidelines, click here:
Please note: All information submitted will be public information and may be read by United States authorities. We need your testimony in the form of a sworn affidavit, but take care not to incriminate yourself.
SAMPLE LETTER TO THE MINISTER
Dear Ms McLellan,
A U.S. citizen, Renee Danielle Boje, has made a rare application for refugee status, stating she fears she will suffer cruel and unusual punishment for her alleged involvement in a medical marijuana garden in California where medical marijuana is legal. Despite the wil of the people, the Federal Government has ignored the laws that the people have voted on and are prosecuting people for medical marijuana regardless of the fact that it is legal under State law. If convicted, Boje’s punishment will be a mandatory minimum of 10 years to life in a U.S. Federal Prison. According to Amnesty International’s current campaign on the violence against women in U.S. prisons, Renee can expect to be raped and physically abused on a regular basis.
In July of 1997, Boje was doing some freelance art work, at the Bel Air, California home of medicinal marijuana advocate and cancer patient Todd McCormick. Following a roadside search, she was arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. She was charged with conspiracy to cultivate, possession of, and intent to distribute marijuana. An hour later, the DEA raided McCormick’s home, arresting him and eight other individuals and charging them with similar offences.
Boje was held for 72 hours at the Federal Corrections Facility for Women in downtown Los Angeles, during which time she was strip searched an astounding 15 times. Two of the searches were done in the presence of male officers who made lewd and threatening remarks.
Boje strongly denies any wrong-doing. The marijuana was grown for medical research under the protection of a California State law, Proposition 215.
Proposition 215 ensures that patients and their primary caregivers, residing in California, who cultivate, obtain, and use marijuana medicinally, upon the recommendation of a physician, are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction
Boje risks further physical abuse and humiliation at the hands of U.S. authorities, and the extreme severity of current U.S. Federal penalties for marijuana-related offenses. A conviction for her charges could result in up to life in a Federal Penitentiary. In Canada, punishment for a similar offense would result in a fine. We, the undersigned, are asking that you do not allow the U.S. to extradite Renee. We are demanding that Renee be granted Refugee Status so that she is able to live in peace, here in Canada, where she is safe.
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