By Vivian McPeak Seattle PI
After receiving much attention by reform advocates all over the nation, the remaining defendants of the Kettle Falls Five case have received their sentencing. Rhonda Firestack-Harvey and her daughter in law Michelle Gregg were both sentenced for one year and a day after being found guilty of cannabis cultivation. Rolland Gregg was sentenced to 33 months. All three were released pending appeal.
The case stems from an initial arrest and raid conducted on the elder defendant’s property near Spokane Washington. The defendants were barred from mentioning in trial that the pot plants they were growing were for medical purposes.
“Jail time for the Kettle Falls defendants is an embarrassment to the judicial system,” proclaimed Americans for Safe Access Executive Director Steph Sherer. “We’re calling on President Obama to pardon all three defendants immediately.”
Larry Firestack-Harvey had charges dropped against him after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Jason Zucker cooperated with the prosecution and received a 16 month sentence.
This serves as a continuation of the scorched earth policy of prohibition which does little to protect Americans or serve our communities.