Renee Boje letter writing campaign

* Anne McClellan will still accept letters until she makes her decision. This could be a couple of weeks or a couple of months, so write your letter today!

Your letter of support for Renee Boje to the Canadian Minister of Justice may be the only thing that keeps her from serving a lengthy term in a hellish US prison. Boje was arrested in July of 1997 during a bust at Todd McCormick’s medical “marijuana mansion” in California, where she had been commissioned as an artist. McCormick was growing medical marijuana with a doctor’s prescription in accordance with proposition 215, by which state voters made medical marijuana legal. Her trial has become increasingly political as she refused to testify against McCormick. Although the DEA dropped charges against her, they reinstated them when they needed her as a witness in McCormick’s trial.

Boje believes marijuana is a medicine and refused to cut a deal with McCormick’s prosecutors on moral grounds. She is seeking asylum in Canada, but the US is currently attempting to extradite her. So far, Canadian courts have been bowing to US pressure to send Boje back. Boje is now appealing to the Canadian Minister of Justice.

The Canadian Minister of Justice, Anne McClellan, was to decide if Boje could stay in Canada in March 2000, but extended the deadline to June 8, 2000. This means there is more time to write letters of support for Renee Boje to the minister. The letters of support, along with submissions from Boje’s lawyer, will be the deciding factors in the minister’s decision.

WRITE A LETTER TO HELP KEEP
RENEE OUT OF A US PRISON, WHERE
SHE RISKS CRUEL & INHUMANE PUNISHMENT!

YOUR LETTER CAN SAVE LIVES!

No Time to Waste

Letters must be in to the Minister of Justice by June 8, 2000!

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 cannabis charges that she got in California, where medical cannabis is legal. (Please see Renee’s website, for further information, at: www.reneeboje.com)

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 45 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 cannabis 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 cannabis and thousands of terminally ill Americans use it to alleviate their suffering. There are 1 in 6 people in prison for cannabis and there is a cannabis arrest every 40 seconds. In 1998 there were 682,895 cannabis 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. If enough of us join together it will make all the difference for Renee and for many Americans who are being persecuted for medical cannabis 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 June 9, 2000.

A sample letter is available at the end of this letter. or by visiting here on the internet: www.thecompassionclub.org/renee/sample1.txt

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 Anne McLellan herself.

Thank you!

in unity, peace & love,
The Renee Boje Defense Team
(604)885-2433

Hon. Anne McLellan
C/O Renee Boje
PO Box 1557
Gibsons, British Columbia, V0N1V0

Dear Ms McLellan,

I am writing to you on behalf of a US citizen, named Renee Boje, who 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 cannabis garden in California where medical cannabis is legal. Despite the will of the people, the Federal Government has ignored the laws that the people have voted on and are prosecuting people for medical cannabis 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 US Federal Prison.

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.

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 cannabis 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 cannabis 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 US authorities, and the extreme severity of current US Federal penalties for cannabis-related offenses. A conviction for her charges could result in up to life in a Federal Penitentiary, where she can expect to suffer further abuse and humiliation. In Canada, punishment for a similar offense would result in a fine. We, the undersigned, are asking that you do not allow the US 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.

Sincerely,

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