Oklahoma Veteran Faces Life In Prison For Treating PTSD With Marijuana
But Whitney Lewandowski painted a very different picture of her husband in an exclusive interview with Truth In Media’s Barry Donegan.“They’re trying to use me as a victim and to make it look worse on his case,” Lewandowski told Donegan. “My husband has absolutely never laid his hands on me ever. He is not an abusive man, ever … quite the opposite. He is extremely doting.” According to his wife, Kristoffer Lewandowski has never been offered domestic violence treatment or even drug rehabilitation by the state, but only jail time and a potential lifetime prison sentence. He sought out cannabis as a way to cut back on his ingestion of pharmaceutical drugs. “He was taking 13 pills a day, and it was just killing his liver. He was having all these issues with his body and he just wanted to try something more natural to just see if he could do without that many pills a day,” she said.
Research shows that marijuana smoking is safe for the lungs, and recent federal changes even allow Veterans Affairs doctors to prescribe medical pot for PTSD, but only in states that already have laws in place recognizing the plant’s anxiety-reducing and other healing properties.Free on bail, the family moved to California where Kristoffer easily obtained access to legal, medical marijuana. But last month, undercover police surprised Lewandowski with a guns drawn raid at his children’s preschool, leaving him in a cell awaiting extradition to Oklahoma. Supporters of the Lewandowski family created a petition asking for Kristoffer’s freedom and a Free Kris Facebook page, but GoFundMe recently shut down a crowd sourced legal defense fund. Lewandowski’s struggle echoes another case highlighting the outrageous charges marijuana users and producers can face. Last year, 19-year old Jacob Lavoro, a resident of Round Rock, Texas, faced life in prison for making pot brownies, but ultimately accepted a plea deal for 7 years probation after protests and a global outcry on social media forced the state to reduce his charges.
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