Sacramento, May 2, 2011 – Dr. Mollie Fry and Dale Schafer surrendered themselves at the Federal courthouse for a 5-year term in Federal prison today after an emotional two-hour rally of about 250 supporters. The married couple, who are both medical marijuana patients themselves, were prosecuted by Federal authorities for helping other patients despite their operating legally under California law.

A number of speakers from leading organizations including Americans For Safe Access and NORML joined the group in asking President Obama for clemency on their behalf, an end to the demonization of cannabis, and taking it off Schedule I drug status. They were followed by Dale Schafer and Mollie Fry, who gave stirring speeches before bravely walking into the Federal courthouse to be processed through the prison system.

Mollie Fry and Dale Schafer are just some of the latest people to become victims of mandatory sentencing, which was dreamed up by Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon in the early 1970s. Nixon set up a commission to investigate the legal status of various drugs, and when they studied the situation and came up with the recommendation that marijuana be legalized, he buried their findings and did things his way. So, in a very real sense, they are also victims of a drug policy that was a failure 40 years ago and is a failure now.

But it wasn’t just “Tricky Dick” that is at fault here. The administration of George W. Bush deserves some “credit” here, because they were the ones with the idea not to allow the defense in this case to even present any defense based on Medical Marijuana to the jury. And they were the ones who got the “brilliant” idea to add up multiple years’ worth of plants to get to a total over 99, which triggered the mandatory sentencing. In other words, the government couldn’t actually hurt them as much as it wanted to without changing the rules.

And that just might make them political prisoners.

Photos and videos Copyright © David Fiedler 2011. All rights reserved.

  • JvanMT

    That certainly doesn’t bode well for me or the owners of the company I worked for, we had 1680 plants when the Feds busted in. And who knows how much dry weight. No arrests yet 6 weeks out but we are all expecting it soon. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for these unfortunate folks, and please do the same for the people here in Montana that are facing an uncertain future.

  • David Fiedler

    Ouch. And all the patients in Montana are definitely in our thoughts right now!

  • http://www.freedocfry.com Heather Schafer

    Thank you so much for telling my parent’s story. It is important to keep the story alive so myself and my 4 siblings will be telling it as often as possible at as many events as possible. In order to do that though we are asking people to go to our website and make donations. We are responsible for making their mortgage payment every month and holding on to their last remaining asset. Please help us to do that until we can get on our feet. Go to http://www.freedocfry.com.
    Thank you
    Heather Schafer

  • http://www.ronpaul2012.com/ Truth

    Any country that locks people in jail for using a plant for ANY reason has no credibility to critisize any other country’s human rights records.
    The US should be ashamed.

  • http://Google.com J.T. Chronic

    Truth realy said it true! What has happened to those compassionate people makes me ashamed I served this country for 6 year’s. Nixion is a fool and an idiot that the people kicked out of office. Anything that he said or put into law should of been disreguarded as trash just like him!.Who in the hell is responsable for keeping these law’s intacted? Who ever you are you need to be delt with by the people for the people and disgraced like your daddy tricky dicky!!! You oxymoron!!!We’re going to take our country back! I’ll take a bullet to be FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • Heather Schafer

    My name is Heather Schafer and Dr. Mollie Fry and Attorney Dale Schafer are my parents. I want to thank you for presenting a true and honest story about my parents and the political ties that bind them.