Montana’s First Caregiver for Medical Marijuana Dies in Prison

The first person to register as a caregiver under Montana's now gutted medical marijuana program has died in federal prison. Richard Flor, 68, died at a Bureau of Prisons medical facility outside Las Vegas Wednesday just a few months into a five-year federal prison sentence.

Flor, his wife, Sherry, and his son, Justin, operated a caregiver business from their home and at a Billings dispensary. Flor was also the co-owner of Montana Cannabis, one of the state's largest medical marijuana providers until it was raided by the DEA as part of the massive raids in March 2011.

Although there were no allegations of Flor or his family violating state laws, they could not escape the wrath of the federal government. All three were found guilty of drug-related charges and were sentenced to prison terms. Sherry Flor got two years for keeping the books and tending plants, while Justin Flor got five years for running the Billings dispensary.

US District Court Judge Charles Lovell sentenced Flor to years in federal prison despite testimony that he was suffering from a variety of illnesses, including dementia, diabetes, hepatitis C, and osteoporosis. Lovell did recommend that Flor "be designated for incarceration at a federal medical center" where his "numerous physical and mental diseases and conditions can be evaluated and treated."

Flor died after a pair of massive heart attacks, according to his daughter.

Three other founding members of Montana Cannabis also face long prison sentences, including activist and political consultant Tom Daubert, who helped run the initiative campaign that brought medical marijuana to the state via the popular vote. At least a dozen other Montana medical marijuana providers have also been convicted on federal drug charges.

As the DEA was busily decimating the state's burgeoning medical marijuana industry in 2011, Republican lawmakers were also moving to destroy it, and largely succeeded, passing legislation that all but gutted it. But medical marijuana proponents are fighting back. They have qualified the Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative, I-124, for the November ballot. It would repeal the bill passed by the legislature last year.

– Article originally from Stop the Drug War.

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7 Comments

  1. Avr on

    … another victim of the sickness of humanity called “The War on Some Drugs”… may he and his family find some peace… Richard Flor is his name. I say again Richard Flor.

  2. CanadianGiant on

    I know all too well what its like to be persecuted for using cannabis. I been through 37 years of hell, and my friend Marc Emery sits behind bars. I feel sorry for this man and all the other victims of prohibition. Peace everyone.

  3. CanadianGiant on

    I know all too well what its like to be persecuted for using cannabis. I been through 37 years of hell, and my friend Marc Emery sits behind bars. I feel sorry for this man and all the other victims of prohibition. Peace everyone.

  4. MenaceMotors on

    Here is the proof.
    Congress can evoke change, not a PUPPET PRESIDENT

  5. Paul Pot on

    This is unquestionably political persecution resulting in death and as such it qualifies as a crime against humanity. So many people are suffering without their medicine and many don’t even know it because of all the lies. On top of that anyone who does know and does something about it ends up abused to death. The state has committed serious crimes and those who made the decisions and carried out the orders have to be called to account for their actions.
    Unfortunately they have the upper hand with the law on their side which is why it is so important to register to vote for any ballot initiative or politician in support of drug law reform this year.
    Innocent people are in prison while we put up with incompetent politicians running the country and massively funded criminals and terrorists waging war in the streets across the world. The social and economic cost of the drug war is hard to calculate it’s so huge, almost every modern war in the world can be traced back to the drug war. Every police force in the world has been corrupted. It is such absurdly incompetent policy that it warrants criminal prosecution and lengthy sentences. These people know what they are doing and must not get away with it. When the war is over, there must be trials.
    Legalize! Apologize! Compensate! Prosecute!

  6. Paul Pot on

    This is unquestionably political harassment resulting in death and as such it qualifies as a crime against humanity. So many people are suffering without their medicine and many don’t even know it because of all the lies. On top of that anyone who does know and does something about it ends up abused to death. The state has committed serious crimes and those who made the decisions and carried out the orders have to be called to account for their actions.
    Unfortunately they have the upper hand with the law on their side which is why it is so important to register to vote for any ballot initiative or politician in support of drug law reform this year.
    Innocent people are in prison while we put up with incompetent politicians running the country and massively funded criminals waging war in the streets across the world. The social and economic cost of the drug war are hard to calculate its so huge, almost every modern war in the world can be traced back to the drug war. It is such absurdly incompetent policy that it warrants criminal prosecution and lengthy sentences. These people know what they are doing and must not get away with it. When the war is over, there must be trials.
    Legalize! Apologize! Compensate! Prosecute!