National Guard, DEA & State Police Just Raided an Raid 81-yo Cancer Patient’s Organic Garden to “Protect” You

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2016-08-04_4-25-57

by Matt Agorist

Edgartown, MA — In a gross display of wasted taxpayer dollars, dozens of Massachusetts National Guard personnel, operating under a grant from the DEA, alongside Massachusetts State Police, descended into the backyard of an 81-year-old cancer patient in a raid last week — to protect society from the dangers of his four marijuana plants.

Paul Jackson, 81, of Martha’s Vineyard, grows cannabis to make medicine. His plants, along with several other plants, became the target of law enforcement last week in a crackdown on hardened criminals who’d dare to grow a plant that helps them.

Jackson was in his backyard last Tuesday when plainclothes men and a helicopter descended on his property. With no warrant, and without showing identification, these heroes ripped Jackson’s plants from the ground.

“They just come charging through and start cutting it down,” Jackson said in an interview with the MV Times.

According to the MV Times, Mr. Jackson, a lifelong Islander and renowned organic gardener with over 300 ribbons from the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair, expressed both bewilderment and disgust when he spoke to The Times on Friday.

“I told them they don’t know what they’re doing, they’re destroying it and it could be used for good purposes,” he said. “I know because I went through it before. You wrote about it in The Times. I had the article framed, took it out to show them; I said, ‘This is proof of what it does,’ but they didn’t want to hear it.”

As the Times reports, Mr. Jackson was referring to a February 2013 article,” Love, life, and death: A Martha’s Vineyard marijuana story,” in which he described how cannabis tea had helped Mary, his wife of 53 years, through the pain of pancreatic cancer and the ravages of chemotherapy. Mr. Jackson said they forsook the morphine prescribed by her doctors, and substituted cannabis tea for pain management.

“I never ever saw pain in her face,” he said. “She was eating and happy, right up until she died. You had to see it to believe it. People don’t understand it. It’s a beautiful plant and it works beautifully.”

For years, Jackson has been growing this beneficial plant to help his wife, himself, and other friends in the area.

“There’s another fellow I’ve given it to, his wife has cancer bad,” he said. “They mix it with her food and it’s really helping her. Another fellow had a tube down his stomach and his wife would pour [tea] down his tube for the pain. And it worked. At least there’s no damn pain in it. I gave another guy some, he was taking seven different pills a day. I talked to him a month later and he said he’d gotten rid of three of those pills. It works on all kinds of different things.”

However, these poor people will now suffer thanks to the public service provided by the government in their attempts to stamp out this miraculous plant.

While medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, to a certain extent, Jackson says he grows his own because it’s far healthier.

“The people that are selling it are using chemicals that react with the chemotherapy,” he said. “Mine is much better because it’s organically grown. I saw it with my own eyes, I couldn’t believe how well it worked.”

In the interview, Jackson noted that he doesn’t smoke the plant and will continue to consume it, in spite of the immoral laws that prohibit it.

“I don’t like smoke and I don’t like dust,” he said. “We just make tea out of it. But if I need to make the tea, I’ve got it. I don’t sell it. I will continue to have a certain amount in case somebody close to me needs it.”

When word began to spread about this embarrassing action to eradicate a beneficial plant, spokesmen from the agencies involved in the raid began denying they had a hand in it.

After their heroic mission to rid Martha’s Vineyard of cannabis, Colonel James Sahady, Public Affairs Officer for the Massachusetts National Guard, said in an email to the Times, “The order was initiated by the DEA and Massachusetts State Police as part of pre-planned eradication missions throughout the year.”

However, Sahady later issued another statement claiming that the DEA was not involved.

On top of the National Guard’s flip-flop, the Times reports:

On Tuesday, two Massachusetts State Police spokesmen checked into the matter and said there was no evidence of State Police involvement. “It was not us,” Officer Tom Ryan told The Times.

In a follow up email received on Thursday, State Police spokesman David Procopio said the operation was initiated by the State Police. “We routinely request the assistance of the National Guard in these operations,” Mr. Procopio said in an email to The Times. “Our Narcotics Inspection Section conducts these operations regularly across the state. We utilize a trained spotter in a helicopter to search for marijuana grow sites. Once one is located, the spotter directs ground units to the plants, which are confiscated and taken by State Police for eventual destruction. These seizures occasionally result in criminal prosecutions, but many times do not, if the plants are seized from rural or wooded areas that can be accessed by many people (as opposed to just growing in some homeowner’s backyard).”

Mr. Procopio said State Police seized 392 plants, “which are slated for destruction as part of our next narcotics burn.”

Although the helicopter was parked at Martha’s Vineyard Airport last Tuesday night, there are no records of landing fees or fuel purchases paid by a government agency, according to airport manager Ann Crook.

“The idea we’re so frivolously spending money on marijuana interdiction, especially now when it’s about to be rolled back, is extremely frustrating. How many books or school lunches could have been bought instead of having these plants ripped up?” Bill Downing, spokesman for MassCan/NORML said to the Times.

Downing’s sentiment is a very real concern as the war on drugs has spent upwards of a trillion taxpayer dollars since its inception. Every one of those dollars spent ruining the lives of otherwise entirely innocent people.

At any one time, 59,300 prisoners charged with or convicted of violating marijuana laws are behind bars. Of those, 17,000 are behind bars for possession ONLY, not trafficking.

Enforcing marijuana laws costs an estimated $10-15 billion in direct costs alone — not to mention the sustained costs of incarceration of the individual who has done nothing to harm anyone. It is estimated that the money spent enforcing useless marijuana laws is double what we spend on education in this country.

Countless lives are ruined every year as the state locks people away or worse, for possessing a plant. The time is now to end this violent ridiculousness before another innocent life is ruined or taken in the name of controlling what people can put in their own bodies.

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  • Mike

    They can’t have people taking money out of the pockets of big pharma now can they.

    • MarkovDeBeeste

      They especially don’t want the sheeple figuring out that they can, in many instances, use natural methods of treatment and healing that work better than the stuff being pushed by the pharmafia. That was this old-timer’s REAL crime.

      • archer

        In all things just follow the money trail.

  • Pete752

    Isn’t the perversion of justice and the applied force to keep up the perversion, wonderful??

  • Brian Menendez

    Henry Kissinger — ‘Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.’

    Kissinger was right

  • Mr Larry

    Drug are bad umm-k

  • pharmerdavid

    We need to disarm and defund the terrorists called “law enforcement”, and replace them with “peace enforcement and public safety officers”. In the UK over 80% of the police patrol unarmed, and they do NOT want to be armed. That results in far less shooting deaths of citizens AND police officers, so WHY do we allow our police to be armed? It results in this thuggish mindset that allows them to terrorize innocent civilians, and steal their property. I support well-meaning police, which is why I want them disarmed and renamed “peace enforcement” officers. If we want to stop terrorism, we should disband the FBI and other federal alphabet agencies controlled by the evil entity via banksters…!

    • archer

      Don’t forget the biggest problem of all the CIA.

  • There ain’t gone be no healin’ ’round these parts, ‘ya hear?

    • Sideways Facing Dog

      “There ain’t gone be no healin’ ’round these parts, ‘ya hear?”
      ———-
      unless you waste 1/2 your life jumping thru government hoops, paying government fees to get permission; and then only being allowed to purchase for $50 from Big Pharma what you could grow for free.

      Land of the Free?-Ha! We live in the myth of freedom, but we are not free.

      • Well you can always go here: medicineman.is – at least somebody is doing something about it. Not the best prices but it’s real. The product labeled “Phoenix Tears” is Rick Simpson oil so at least there is some access for those who are desperate and have cancer, etc….

  • Zero1

    What a Bunch of Fools. Then again what doe’s anyone expect from these asshole’s in MA. I’m sure they don’t go after Gangbanger’s with this much zeal. Bunch of Coward’s, you all would Shit your pants if you came up against a real badass. I guess an 81 year old man is more your style.

  • landy fincannon

    Malum prohibitum laws r all for profit laws

  • harry323

    Mass. is an anti 2nd Amendment state – bow to your masters …

  • NonYo Business

    Just following orders, be grateful we didnt kill your ass.

  • mayday911us.

    Wait why was the National Guard even involved with the seizure of marijuana?

    • Sideways Facing Dog

      If you are concerned at this point about the nuances of how the corporatist/police state comes down on you, you are missing the forest for the trees.

      • mayday911us.

        Well let’s think about it their using the national guard to do drug raids. I guess you don’t understand pointing out the obvious.

        Maybe if you had a clue of what you were typing about you may see the nationalization of the National Guard to a police force.

        Your forest of trees really makes no sense.

      • Razedbywolvs

        Except the National Guard is not a police force. It’s a reserve branch of the military. Effectively the National Guard activated it’s self, acted against Federal/state law and committed an act of war against the people.
        Not surprising. but if that registers as normal to you I think you have developed a level of comfortability that is unacceptable.

        • Sideways Facing Dog

          Yes, that does register with me as the new normal. And recognizing a fact does not mean one likes it.

          Ever since the Militia Act of 1903 (known commonly as the Dick Act), the feds can “federalize” state guard units with the stroke of a pen. As for the military performing police functions, the Posse Comitatus Act 0f 1878 (which prohibited armed US military forces being used domestically) has been essentially repealed by various post 9/11 congressional enactments.

          I don’t like it, but i recognize that its happening with increasing regularity.

          Bottom line is >when people with guns and badges kick your door in, the constitutional nuances involved ultimately don’t matter to me anymore. Its Big Gov coming down hard on you. Feel better if its the state police swat team that shoots your dog when they enter your property to”talk to you” instead of the Feds?

          “The strong do what they will, and the weak suffer what they must.”

  • Unapologetically White

    You deserve what you tolerate.

  • John Van Huysen

    Its funny how they will claim they were just doing their jobs, just like the rest of them on this “drug war” shit!! As if to say, goering, himmler, mengele, and the rest of the henchmen should not have been tried, sought or even charged for anything, as they were just doing their jobs as well!! Some more enthusiastically than others, but we also see them here, in this once great nation. That excuse only works for those above the law anyway. Don’t ever think that shit happens in other places because its happening here. They have killed people in their own homes, many of which were a direct result of being the wrong house, they have ruined countless lives, you know, some were doing their jobs a little more enthusiastically than others, but hey, you know, just doin their job!!

  • SP_88

    Way to go! You people really put the “ass” in Massachusetts. Why didn’t they shoot him while they were there? He must have done something that could have been interpreted as resisting arrest or making one of these fine heroes fear for their lives.
    They could have at least beat him up a little with their clubs.
    Well, at least they got those evil marijuana plants off the street. I feel much safer now. Not.
    What a bunch of criminals these people are. They violate people’s rights, destroy people’s property and throw people in prison, if they don’t kill them, and we’re supposed to pay for this with our tax dollars? It’s time for this shit to end. These thugs have no business breaking into people’s homes and smashing up their stuff and treating people like shit because they had some pot.
    The war on drugs is nothing but a scheme to make money for the tyrants. There is no justice in this. There is no benefit to this. Not for us anyway.
    It’s just a plant. And it is going into our bodies. It’s a victimless act.
    I’ve also seen first hand the benefits it has for people who are suffering from the effects of chemotherapy. It makes cancer patients feel much better than the drugs from big pharma do. And that is one reason why it’s still illegal in so many places. Big pharma doesn’t want people to get better from something that can be grown in your yard. They want people to suffer from the extremely expensive and highly ineffective drugs that they sell. What they are doing is the real crime. They rip people off with their snake oil while lobbying against the legalization of marijuana. Not to mention the fact that their drugs are killing people. They are the real criminals. The DEA should be smashing down their door and breaking up their place and confiscating their dangerous drugs and throwing them in jail.

    • massvocals

      when the new AG takes office Trump will allow him to come after all the state that have legalize , 29 to date , then it will be time to really decide , yesterday The DEA Please CBN along side of THC on federal CSL mean while Canada legalize CBD as well as cannabis WE need to put the other d in DEA = DEAD

  • SexualMustard

    Damn! They did that with all that firepower to an old 81 year old man! I can only imagine what they are going to be packing when they come for me… I remain ever vigilant tho, in a constant state of readiness, just like I was taught with many tax dollars spent in that education.

  • casimcea

    We are slightly outgunned and they are hugely outnumbered.
    The Declaration of Independence:
    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to
    dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to
    assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which
    the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the
    opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel
    them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
    that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that
    among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure
    these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just
    powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of
    Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People
    to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its
    foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to
    them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence,
    indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed
    for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn,
    that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to
    right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But
    when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same
    Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their
    right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new
    Guards for their future security

  • InalienableWrights

    By definition ALL drug cops are criminals and belong behind bars….

  • A heads up folks’ No, the Police Don’t Work For You

    https://youtu.be/eaNjfeQxSO4

    Killed By Police 2013 – 2014 – 2015 – 2016

    The most accurate, most comprehensive and always up-to-date list of people killed by U.S. enforcement officers. Est. May 1, 2013

    http://killedbypolice.net/

  • Jackie Puppet

    I’m surprised the choom king himself, Barry Soetoro, never stopped by Mr. Jackson’s place on one of his numerous vacations to Martha’s Vineyard.

    Jackson could’ve been granted some sort of exemption in exchange for supplying the White House.

  • Trevski

    Big Pharma`s troopers attempting to crush natural god given remedies for ill health and disease. Sick, psychopathic, greedy big business non-human scum trying to fight the natural world and those that understand and believe it. Bring on the conscious awakening to all. May the madness end and the truth be known

  • Cynical Bastard

    Though I am against all anti-marijuana laws I have a couple of questions about the headline.

    “DEA & State Police Just Raided an Raid…”

    WTF does that even mean?

    Also, despite the horribly written headline, at no point does the story ever say that he, himself was a cancer patient.

  • massvocals

    The use of state police and national guard flying around to find cannabis so what wrong with that ? the law says you have to grow where no one can see it unless you fly over private property use infra red cams with auto machine guns and land force of police who have no warrant just appear .. as the Indian once said to me its sometimes a good day to die ,