Oklahoma Veteran Faces Life In Prison For Treating PTSD With Marijuana

Kristoffer Lewandowski GERONIMO, OK –— A veteran of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now faces life in prison for his attempts to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder with medical marijuana. His wife is pleading with the courts and media for leniency, fearing incarceration will take a father away from his children. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kristoffer Lewandowski served three tours of duty, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like at least 13% of Gulf War war veterans, Lewandowski suffers from PTSD and, also like many other veterans, he’s used medical marijuana to alleviate his symptoms. But Oklahoma, where he originally lived with his wife Whitney and three children, has some of the harshest penalties for cannabis in the United States, and only legally protects limited use of CBD oil for medical purposes. The Lewandowski’s problems began in June of last year, when police were called to deal with an apparent domestic dispute that resulted from a flare up of his PTSD symptoms. When a search of his home turned up six marijuana plants, police and the local media treated it as a major bust. “With children present this is a bad situation gone worse for the whole entire family,” Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley told Oklahoma’s KSWO.

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.” Kristoffer Lewandowski, pictured with his wife Whitney and child. 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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    Bob Olynyk

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    GREAT SOLUTION TO SOLVE ISSUES SUCH AS THIS IS TO: TAKE ALL THE GOVERNMENT ELECTED PEOPLE, THEY BUREAUCRATS, LAW ENFORCING PEOPLE, LAWYERS, JUDGES AND SUCH……………PUT THEM ONE MILE IN FRONT OF THE FRONT LINES. LET THEM HOLD THIS POSITION FOR 10 MONTHS AND THREE DIFFERENT TOURS. IF THEY ARE LUCKY TO COME HOME ON THEIR IGNORANT ASSES INSTEAD OF A BODY BAG, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE THERE WILL BE SOME “MAJOR AND BETTER HELP OUT THERE. I HAVE MANY PERSONAL FRIENDS WHO RETURNED THE FIRST TIME REALLY CHANGED, FOR THE WORST LET ALONE THEIR OTHER TOURS. BELIEVE ME, IT IS “NO PLEASURE TOUR”. IT IS ONE OF “HELL AND BACK”. LET THE SLAUGHTERING PEOPLE WHO SIT IN A FANCY OFFICE AND SEND THESE PEOPLE OUT TO DIE GET A TASTE OF THE REAL LIFE, OF BLOOD, GUTS, PHYSICAL SLAUGHTERING OF CHILDREN, WOMEN AND COME HOME OF SOUND. MIND.

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