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Urgent: POW Jerry Duval is Going Blind from Neglect

Medical Cannabis patient Jerry Duval is serving a 10-year sentence for cultivating cannabis under Michigan’s medical cannabis laws. While we all know 10 years is a ridiculous sentence for a medical cannabis patient, unnecessarily losing his eyesight because of neglect is inhumane.

When Jerry was a young boy he was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. This later forced him to undergo a dual organ transplant (kidney-pancreas) and left him with diabetic retinopathy which is a condition related to his eyes. He also has heart problems and glaucoma as a result of the damage done by juvenile diabetes.

Within a month of his arrival at FMC Devens, supposedly a medical prison that was capable of dealing with serious health issues like Jerry's, he was denied his anti-rejection medication and his eye had hemorrhaged from lack of care. It's been five months since Jerry arrived at FMC Devens. When his eye first hemorrhaged, he was told he would be sent to an outside doctor because they did not have the proper facilities to treat his eye. He has not seen that doctor yet, four months later.

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Let's Get Jerry Out of Prison!

Jerry Duval (left) with his son Jeremy

Last month, on June 11th, Michigan medical marijuana patient Jerry Duval surrendered to federal authorities to serve a whopping 10-year prison sentence, even though he was never in violation of the state's medical marijuana law. Jerry is a kidney-pancreas transplant recipient who also suffers from heart disease and glaucoma. Nevertheless, the Obama Administration saw fit to arrest, prosecute, and imprison Jerry at a cost of more than $1 million.

This is not just a tragedy for the Duval family, though they were hit hard (as a result of the same case, Jerry's son Jeremy is serving 5 years and the Duvals lost their family farm to forfeiture), it's also an outrage that we have to foot the bill.

However, two other milestones recently occurred that give Jerry and the rest of us hope for his release sooner than planned. Before Jerry even began serving his sentence, attorney Andrew Greenlee of Brownstone filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on behalf of Jerry and his son Jeremy. We'll be watching that one closely.

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