White House Won't Comment on Clemency Petition for Montana Medical Marijuana Grower

If you signed the petition you already know. In an email sent yesterday to 29,536 signatories calling for a presidential pardon of Chris Williams, the Montana medical marijuana provider who faced at least 80 years in prison, the White House explains it “can’t comment.”    

Reason’s own Mike Riggs noted on December 12th that the petition had exceeded 25,000 signatures, the threshold that triggers a response from the Obama Administration. But the Administration’s petition site (“Your Voice in Government”) invoked the terms of participation: “the White House may sometimes choose not to respond to petitions addressing certain matters.”

But, as Jacob Sullum wrote earlier this week, federal prosecutors offered Williams a rare post-conviction deal, reducing his sentence to as little as five years in return for waiving his right to appeal. Williams accepted on December 18th and will be sentenced in February.

In related news, Chris Lindsey, one of Williams’ business partners and the president of the Montana Cannabis Industry Association, was sentenced yesterday to three months of house arrest and five years of probation after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises.

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  • John Galt||

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  • ||

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  • sloopyinca||

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

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  • sloopyinca||

    It's really amazing that Mark Linn-Baker avoided prison for murder. The guy was apparently stranger than Bob Crane and only walked because his "crime" was considered consensual due to notes left by the deceased. The notes were later found to have been forgeries but the DA neglected to bring charges since Linn-Baker had married the daughter of the famous children's characters Frog and Toad, and he didn't want to drag their creator's family name through the mud.

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  • Sevo||

    Francisco d Anconia| 1.5.13 @ 8:46PM |#
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    Except guys riding a Brough Sup. They get to be called anything they want.
    But micheal (sic) wasn't posting about them.

  • Almanian.||

    We call guys named "Lawrence" who ride Brough Superiors "deceased".

  • Caleb Turberville||

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....16236.html

    Patrick Kennedy can't abide by legal marijuana so long as the government isn't getting its cut of the action. I imagine Kennedy invisions himself as the TOP MAN to lead the marijuana-ase approving government bureaucracy.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    "marijuana-use."
  • Diogenes of Sinope||

    And here I thought you had discovered the new enzyme, marijuana-ase.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    I'm showing my biological ignorance, but I suppose there's got to be some enzyme specifically activated by cannabinoids, but I suppose it would be called cannabinase.

    But marijuana-ase sounds better.

  • sloopyinca||

    If you go to Brooklyn, I hear you can find artisinal marijuana-ase.

  • Diogenes of Sinope||

    Brooklyn, NZ is a beautiful place.

  • sloopyinca||

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  • RBS||

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  • sloopyinca||

    I drunkenly ate an entire ice cream dish (about 12 oz) of mayonnaise in a bar once on a bet. There were people actually retching watching me eat spoonful after spoonful of the stuff.

    I'll be honest it was tough sledding at the end, but I made it and won a cool $100 out of it, although I did shit grease for about 3 days.

  • RBS||

    I was retching just reading that.

  • Virginian||

    There was this food eating show on TV maybe ten years ago.

    Fade in: A giant steel bucket like the one in a steel mill pours a creamy white substance into a large glass bowl ten feet below. The announcer speaks: "That's not ice cream, that's not whipped cream. That's sixteen pounds of mayonnaise."

    Then the contestants ate it. It was disgusting.

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    Glutton Bowl it was called. And did you watch the whole mayo part? They had this Russian who evidently had a mayonnaise fetish, because after he got finished eating his first THIRTY-TWO OUNCE BOWL OF MAYO, they were signalling that he had finished the bowl, yet he continued to LICK THE BOWL and would not give it to the judges until he had licked it clean.

    Pretty disgusting affair I agree.

  • Sevo||

    "Patrick Kennedy can't abide by legal marijuana so long as the government isn't getting its cut of the action"

    Yeah, well, Grandad might not have agreed:
    "[Joe] Kennedy may also have traded in illegal booze, although the evidence is circumstantial."
    http://www.straightdope.com/co.....lys-wealth

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Kennedy gonna kennedy, I suppose.

  • Xenocles||

    As long as we're trading Kennedy rumors, have you heard the story that Joe basically endowed the Lahey Clinic to so it could serve as a VD clinic for John?

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Kennedys were put on this world for two reasons, sir. 1) To be obnoxious, entitled, scum politicians. 2) To serve Baby Boomers' nostalgic views of the 60s.

    As far as I'm concerned, a Kennedy rumor is a guaranteed truth.

  • Sevo||

    Xenocles| 1.5.13 @ 7:50PM |#
    "As long as we're trading Kennedy rumors, have you heard the story that Joe basically endowed the Lahey Clinic to so it could serve as a VD clinic for John?"

    Haven't heard that one, but how about Joe buying enough Chicago votes to put JFK in the WH?
    Like Joe being a bootlegger, it's a "rumor" since Joe didn't personally hand out the money, nor did he personally lump the cases of booze.

  • Xenocles||

    I heard it from a history prof.

  • deified||

    The non-hagiographic biographer David Nasaw says that Joseph P. Kennedy was NOT a bootlegger.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Patr.....B007V65PBA

  • bmp1701||

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  • Caleb Turberville||

    ...jesus...

  • bmp1701||

    Mary Jo, but close enough.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises

    Well if that isn't a bullshit crime I don't know what is.

    If he had let it go, refused to vacuum or clean the bathrooms, would he have gotten off?

  • Mint Berry Crunch||

    I LAOLed.

  • Rich||

    Well if that isn't a bullshit crime I don't know what is.

    Nuh-uh. Just you wait. This charge'll probably get slapped on all the congresscreatures who voted for funding to plow the DEA's parking lots.

  • bmp1701||

    conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises
    I once did bathroom tile work for a young gentleman who lived in an urban area. He wanted floor to ceiling black marble, and paid, in time, in fives and tens. Am I guilty?

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Absolutely. As did anyone who conspired in your marble cleaning operation.

  • np||

    wait.. did Tulpa, the letter of the law guy who doesn't believe in jury nullification, get replaced with someone else?

  • sloopyinca||

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  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Surprisingly, I'm not into sodomy.

  • juris imprudent||

    Yet you are still considering moving to Sacramento?

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    I assumed Oakland was a sufficient buffer from the queer culture. NTTAWWT.

  • Xenocles||

    "...solid block of fecal matter..."

    Raaacist?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The guy had weapons on the premises. Guns. Gun owners shoot up schools. Obama's first clemency isn't going to be a dirty gun owner.

  • juris imprudent||

    And he isn't going to show mercy to someone who profited from addicting people to nasty drugs.

  • Gannicus||

    I predict any pardons or clemencies Obama eventually makes will all be for people who are politically connected. He will not make any for compassionate or justice related reasons. Not much of a limb I'm going out on, I know.

  • sloopyinca||

    Is Mark Rich back in prison yet? I'm pretty sure he'd be on the pardon list if so.

    Or maybe Obama could pardon any of the terrorists Clinton missed that now bundle donations for Team Blue.

  • Sevo||

    "Or maybe Obama could pardon any of the terrorists Clinton missed that now bundle donations for Team Blue."

    The name "Solyndra" comes to mind...
    Wait, wait, I'm getting signals...

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Obama's going to pardon Biden, then resign. Biden then pardons Obama.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    The circle will be unbroken!

  • sloopyinca||

    Somebody claimed the other day that we've reached Peak Retard. I guess they forgot that Maureen Dowd's weekly column was yet to come out.

    What a turd.

  • RBS||

    I didn't make it past the first paragraph.

  • mnarayan||

    The first three paragraphs contain a total of four sentences.

  • juris imprudent||

    That list was for 2012 - it is a new year baby.

  • Cyto||

    The article is some finely crafted turd-polishing, I'll give you that. But it is equaled throughout the comments. Here's a doozie lamenting the lack of civility from the Republicans:

    John Boehner, when referring to the President, once called him "that guy." Those are not the pet names one gives a president.

    Really... presented without a hint of irony.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    "Bushhitler" and "Chimpy" are much more appropriate.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    duh that doesn't count because dubya was not a legitimate president

  • Paul.||

    a capable, genial Captain Kirk balancing out Obama’s brilliant but rigid Spock.

    She's... talking about... Biden.

    Do liberals still believe Obama is a great intellect? I thought they got over that during years 1-4.

  • RBS||

    I think most of them are in denial. They would rather lie to themselves and everyone around them because admitting they were wrong is not an option. Or they just don't care.

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    Rebecca Black, eat your heart out.

  • sloopyinca||

    "What's a pederast Walter?" immediately comes to mind.

    Where do you find this exploitation? And which one of those is your daughter?

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    I'm friends with a music journalist. He sends me the shit he has to sit through.

  • sloopyinca||

    So he's the pederast then? Got it.

  • juris imprudent||

    A friend sends you that shit?

  • RBS||

    Sure, kind of like "hey man, smell my finger..."

  • Ted S.||

    I didn't listen. Worse than this?

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

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  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    seen on twitter:
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  • sloopyinca||

    Barring a miracle happening soon, this game's as good as done.

  • ||

    That was a game-ending penalty. Oops. See you later, Vikings.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Yup
    Nothing more to see here, move along.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Yikes: Why Paul Krugman should be Obama's pick for treasury secretary

  • sloopyinca||

    I'm not gonna read the linked story, so you'll have to let me know if the term "echo chamber" is in the title.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    The "best" part?

    Krugman has been right about the major problems facing our economy, where many other economists and much of the business press have been wrong. A few examples: he wrote about the housing bubble before it collapsed and caused the Great Recession; he has forecast and explained that large budget deficits and trillions of dollars of "quantitative easing" (money creation) would not cause inflation or long-term interest rates to rise; and that the "confidence fairies" would not reward governments that pursued austerity in the face of recession.
  • Sevo||

    Thank you, AP. You have suffered for my sins.
    No way in hell am I reading anything that claims leaving the printing press on when you go home has no effects.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    he wrote about the housing bubble before it collapsed and caused the Great Recession

    Uh, yes, he wrote about how it was a "good" thing.

  • Sevo||

    Cite, Tulpa?
    I seem to remember it was one of Krugman's correct calls, but only because he claimed is was "Bush's Fault (tm)".

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    what the coward said at 11:09.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    he wrote about the housing bubble before it collapsed and caused the Great Recession,


    Krugnuts: "To fight this recession the Fed needs…soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. [So] Alan Greenspan needs to create a housing bubble to replace the Nasdaq bubble."
  • Caleb Turberville||

    It's bubbles all the way down.

  • juris imprudent||

    I got yer bubbles.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Who asked for Bubbles?

  • Sevo||

    I stand corrected.

  • ||

    Saw that on FB. Wanted to tell my friend he was a damn idiot for supporting someone who thinks the government should spend even MORE money.

  • juris imprudent||

    Proglodyte memo linked at RealClearPolitics, villagers greatly annoyed by intrusion of reality.

  • ||

    Oh my god dems, please please please die on that hill. The schadenfreude will be most excellent.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Don't Call It Gun Control

    The phrase "gun control," Thompson said, is not comprehensive enough for the discussion.

    "A lot of times when you talk about gun control, you turn off more than half of your audience," he said in the interview. Possible solutions can include "everything from the background checks to the assault magazines, the assault weapons, the mental health (system) capacities that we have, our culture of violence that seems to be so overwhelming right now."
  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Don't think of it as losing a gun. Think of it as gaining a listing in a government registry.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Yes, with Team Blue, the problem is never the medicine they are pushing, the problem is the packaging of the medicine.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    "our culture of violence that seems to be so overwhelming right now."

    That whole paragraph is full of so much smugness, but this one bit takes the cake.

  • RBS||

    Progressives do seem to be "overwhelmed" by life in general though don't they?

  • Fatty Bolger||

    our culture of violence that seems to be so overwhelming right now.

    Panic! Doom! Everything seemingly is spinning out of control!!!

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, violent crime continues to fall.

    "Reality-based community" my ass.

  • ||

    Shhhhh. That gets facts in the way of the narrative.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    The Brady Campaign, the gun control group founded by former Ronald Reagan press secretary Jim Brady,

    Uh, no. It was founded by Dr Mark Borinsky in 1974 under the name "Handgun Control, Inc." It only became the "Brady Campaign" after "gun control" started to become a dirty word in the mid-late 90s. Brady's wife was chair for a while, but Jim Brady had no official connection to the organization.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    It never occurred to me to check out the history of the organization. You're right. It was founded in 1974. I'd imagine that the organization had milked a lot of celebrity out of being associated with Jim Brady.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Close call with a polar bear.

  • Almanian.||

    You all missed one helluva Supercross race on SpeedTV.

    Now, how long till MotoGP, WSBK and Daytona (AMA, not NASCORE)?

  • Xenocles||

    This is pretty much why I never sign these things. They are guaranteed to be ignored unless the President wanted to do it anyway, so they can only serve as a convenient way to get you on the record as a dissenter.

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