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Disabled Iraq War Veteran Facing Life in Prison for Less than 1 Ounce of Marijuana

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Geronimo, OK — After serving three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kristoffer Lewandowski was medically and honorably discharged from the Marine Corps.

He is now a 100% disabled veteran because of the severity of his PTSD. Since he has gotten out, the VA had him taking up to 13 pills a day to treat his PTSD. The pharmaceutical treatment was killing him.

Early clinical research shows that medical marijuana is highly effective for treating PTSD, and it does not have the dangerous side effects of SSRIs.

After realizing that the meds were killing his liver, Lewandowski decided that it would be a good idea try marijuana as a treatment. He began growing 6 plants for his personal use.

In June of 2014, Lewandowski had a PTSD episode. His wife grabbed the kids and took them to the neighbors house where she called the police to get her husband some help.

However, as is the case in so many countless other incidents, police did anything but help.

After police showed up, they searched the Lewandowski’s home and found 6 tiny marijuana plants. Police then weighed all of the plant matter together and it did not total to a single ounce. However, because of Oklahoma’s draconian laws against growing a plant, Lewandowski was charged with felony marijuana cultivation.

Felony marijuana cultivation in Oklahoma carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

According to Whitney Lewandowski, Kristoffer’s wife, the police also pulled up their tomato plants and included them in the photo for the media.

[Police] made it look like he had this huge grow [operation] going,” Whitney said in an interview with Truth in Media.

But that was not the worst of their problems. Police then cuffed Whitney and threw her in the back of a police cruiser and told her their children were being taken by Child Protective Services. They were charging her with a felony too.

In order to make it look like a legitimate arrest, police told Whitney that if she pressed assault charges against her husband, they would not charge her and she could keep their children. She obviously opted to stay out of prison and to not have her children kidnapped by the state.

According to Truth in Media:

Whitney Lewandowski said that the domestic violence charge does not reflect the reality of her husband’s behavior, “They’re trying to use me as a victim and to make it look worse on his case. 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.

The Lewandowski’s raised enough funds to pay the bondsman and the family then moved, with the approval of the Oklahoma DA, to California, so Kristoffer could get the medicinal marijuana he needed, “legally.”

However, while he was in the care of a Veterans Administration psychiatric hospital, Lewandowski inadvertently missed a court date. With guns drawn, and in front of all the children at his child’s daycare, undercover cops swarmed Lewandowski in a dramatic raid.

He currently remains in police custody in California and is awaiting extradition to Oklahoma.

This man’s life has been turned upside down. He has been taken from his family, unable to see his children, and is facing the idea of spending the rest of his life behind bars — he harmed no one.

The Lewandowskis are in dire need of proper legal defense. They have setup a GoFundMe Campaign here. Please share this article so this man’s life is not taken by the very country he gave his life to defend.

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    • Always at war if it is good fur the sheep.

    • This was an old ass story that you rly didn’t read into. Just keep clicking that share button.

  • What a joke

  • Brent Flaherty

  • complete and utter assholes

  • My Marine buddy went through the same thing.

  • i say again u gobshites ,buy a bottle of cop on,ffs change yur stupid stupid laws

  • he might of also played a part in killing loads of mid east people!!!!! butt rape!! Ican’t even feel it!!!

  • Awful!! Poor family

  • No words, except….Disgust.

    • Thanks for sharing this

    • Bro, you just ruined this pages attempt to redirect to their site where they get rich off affiliate marketing links…niiiiiice.

    • sarcasm? actually when I read or hear stuff (aka news) that just seems outrageous I always check all of the viewpoints (aka facts)

    • To be charged in the first place is pretty ridiculous though don’t you think?

    • Yeah it blew my mind

    • Had it not been for people spreading it on social media, this guy probably would have done life in prison. Fucking shit ass hole predetor government.

  • Time for a revolution. The government shouldn’t have this much power over citizens. Ruin a mans life for taking care of his health after being traumatized sending him overseas to fight for greed. Makes me sick.

    • Well past time.

    • I agree…the government needs to get out of personal affairs

    • They had no business geting in it, in the first place, I agree with all three of you, , , , LIFE , LIBERTY, HAPPINESS Should be our FREEDOMS,

    • Well he agreed to go. He signed the contract. Jokes on him sweattea

    • The government is controlling all of us to some degree. Some of the poor suckers just haven’t figured it out yet.

    • Dhivash Bouillon >> when did you leave Somalia?

    • Might be karma, for the people he murdered over seas.

    • I’ll sign up for a revolution!

    • ^^^thom h. Pean sr When Tom hanks came over

    • “Richard John Wershe Jr. is a political prisoner in America. The political component of his ordeal is local, it’s harsh and it’s vindictive.

      Wershe, who grew up in Detroit, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a non-violent drug crime committed when he was 17. The law was eventually changed to allow parole but that hasn’t made a difference for Wershe. He is Michigan’s last remaining juvenile non-violent drug offender, still behind bars after 27 years. Wershe, who has been described by a prison official as a near-model prisoner, was never charged with any drug-related violence, he was never charged with ordering any drug violence, he never operated crack houses, he was never charged with conspiracy because he never had a gang, he was never named as an unindicted co-conspirator in any narcotics case and he was never called as a witness in any drug trials. Yet, he’s been labeled a drug lord and kingpin.” – http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/29/is-cocaine-legend-white-boy-rick-serving-life-for-busting-crooked-cops.html

    • He was a government douche bag.

  • The charges were dropped after they brought him back to Oklahoma. This was earlier this year. Old story guys.

  • I thought charges were dropped.

  • Good. …now he knows he wasn’t fighting for anyone’s freedom on someone else’s soil.

  • But it was fine for him to Protect & Harvest Opium for Heroin and Big Pharma !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • US law is ridiculous.

  • That ain’t right

  • and the police walk away free with paid vacation

  • Call up all the hitters that were at that Bundy dudes ranch and form a tight 360 around him and let’s get this shit poppin’.

  • Sad state.

  • This is how he is “thanked” for his service.

  • Horrible

  • ridiculous

  • Silly!!!

  • Government is abusing citizens and making them hate illegal immigrant .Either way they are making great money.its sad how hilly Billy and talibans won’t get along and make the world a better place

  • Conor McGlynn

  • the prosecutor should get life in prison…and the police officers involved should get 10 year minimum. So tired of seeing people lives ruined because of archaic “laws” against cannabis, which, the feds verbally state has “no medical benefits”, yet hold a patent for “medicinal benefits”. Sick of the hypocritical, lying, corrupted, bullshit system of destruction against humanity.

    • It kills me how the police always try get the maximum yield out of these arrests ..no pun intended. Like when they find a pound of brown dirt pot worth 400 bucks, the take the dime bag and do math making it worth 6k or some dumb shit.

    • As I left my eyes read “charges dropped”

    • “Richard John Wershe Jr. is a political prisoner in America. The political component of his ordeal is local, it’s harsh and it’s vindictive.

      Wershe, who grew up in Detroit, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a non-violent drug crime committed when he was 17. The law was eventually changed to allow parole but that hasn’t made a difference for Wershe. He is Michigan’s last remaining juvenile non-violent drug offender, still behind bars after 27 years. Wershe, who has been described by a prison official as a near-model prisoner, was never charged with any drug-related violence, he was never charged with ordering any drug violence, he never operated crack houses, he was never charged with conspiracy because he never had a gang, he was never named as an unindicted co-conspirator in any narcotics case and he was never called as a witness in any drug trials. Yet, he’s been labeled a drug lord and kingpin.” – http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/29/is-cocaine-legend-white-boy-rick-serving-life-for-busting-crooked-cops.html

    • What should be illegal are the mind altering drugs they rx’d him that are more addictive than crack

  • and y’all just gonna still read and do nothing about it…. abt time y’all stand up and revolutionize yourself… too much power was given to the government and now they fucking everything up as if this world belongs to them,,,

  • Wow!!!! soooooooooooooo wrong on sooooo many levels! What a fucked up world we live in. Fuck the government!

  • Don’t believe this. It’s bull shit.

  • And the court gives a rich teen a slap on the wrist for killing 4 people while driving drunk. Sure. Makes sense to me.

  • I really don’t understand kidnapping people because they did something you don’t like.

  • This is bullshit!

  • Wow couldnt think of any better treatment than this natural euphoric plant….smh so sad

  • This is just ridiculous!

  • Just WRONG!

  • Clorice you hit on the head, come home sick and the war mongers stay behind, and reap the profits,, shame on our government///

  • Luise Elsing

  • THE INJUSTICE SYSTEM

  • Donald Trump has many flaws – no doubt. But he could be the man to solve this one.

  • This is a travesty to protect the legal drug cartels (pharmaceutical profits and all the connections bought with them). What a nightmare America has become.

  • abolition of police

  • Got to do something about this folks.

  • Falling victim to the injustices of the same system you murdered people to uphold is Cosmic Justice.

  • Sad for this veteran and family, He’s fucked, big pharma owns the US government and politicians.

  • Guess he was fighting the wrong people for all that freedom.

  • Marijuana being illegal is a joke. We are supposed to live in the land of the free yet we cannot grow and smoke a plant which does no harm to others and has proven medical benefits. Thanks big pharma!

  • disgusting

  • To me it doesn’t matter if this is a old story or not because BS like this still happens everyday. When will we take a stand? Can you imageing what kind of life our children are going to have if we don’t stand up now…scares me beyond words.

  • Horrible, absolutely horrible, marijuana is a natural drug, couldn’t be better.

  • LIFE in prison for a bit of grass yet ETHAN COUCH kills 4 people and violate probation and all he gets is a slap on the wrist.. America is fucked!!!!!!

  • The Gov. has no brains. The word assholes comes to mind. and do not swear.

  • Only in America. ……

  • My Heart go’s out to you and your family.. May god Bless you

  • Yet Josh Duggar raped 4 of his underage sisters and gets sent to a therapy camp. The justice system is messed up.

  • demons into human sacrifice!

  • While gangster bankers destroy America, they are arresting people for pot… Come on…

  • Ridiculous!

  • Our government cares about our troops as much as the people they send them to kill.

  • I can’t believe this is the world/country/reality we live in.

  • That’s stupid but he is white so fuck him right?

  • mighty sad

  • Leave him the hell alone!!!!!!! He’s a hero for Christ’ssake. Good God in heaven.

  • now that’s supoorting the troops right there.

  • a lot is this not only the government one has to make a case against the drug companies they are the ones paying off the politicians to keep pot illegal. It has been known for more than 40 years that pot is not harmful and has medicinal purpose but the drug companies just keep buying the legal system. time to put an end to this insanity. I myself suffer with ptsd and have used the meds prescribed for more than 30 years until 3 years ago then I just stopped taking them. I was always sick from the drugs and they made my illness worse. I lost my teeth thanks to dry mouth and I have other problems that are the result of the drugs my doctors gave me. time to put an end to the bullshit

  • No Way…messed up…no wonder we have Trump running for president…he’s sounding like he’ll fix some things; were just getting worse and worse and will become like a 3rd world country if drastic changes do not occur.

  • OUTRAGE!!

  • Who are the neocons going to support?

  • No doubt some Judge will get off on passing the sentance.

    • And the system will continue to torture the poor fellow, with their drugs and psychopathic psychology.

  • There is no bottom to depth of American hypocrisy.

  • ONLY IN AMERICA

  • WHAT A BUNCH OF BULL SH*T

  • fucking bullshit.. free him NOW !!!!! ptsd is harsh enough with out being arrested for a god damn flower…

  • The Hood…Has Diagnosed the Justice department Employees as having AmeriTard Syndrome

  • wake up usa

  • This is a travesty.

  • Thankfully all the felony charges have been dropped…

    • This nonsense has GOT to stop. Cannabis is one of the most useful plants on the planet. Anyone who has ever tried it knows that it will help relieve stress and can turn anger or depression into a sense of peace and calm. it is the IDEAL treatment for PTSD. It should be available FREE to returning battlefield veterans.

  • the country gratitude for your service

  • Ridiculous!

  • Cynthia Salarizadeh

  • when convenient, veterans are important!

  • One big fuck you to those who served. As long as private prisons and banksters get their dirty money.

  • that is how fucked up the laws are. We need real people making the laws, not the idiots that made them up in the past

  • How sick has America become? This sick.

  • But…….he’s white

  • This is shameful ; free this Man.

  • Congress just made it legal for VET’s to use the stuff.

  • Smh

  • Peggy Daugherty Nina Gonzales Kandy Gomez

  • No words.

  • Old news. Charges dropped

  • Insanity

  • Time for jury nullification!

  • Fucking scumbag pieces of Shit…government got their head so far up these rich cocksuckers asses, the only way to change this place is to hog tie all their asses and stone them like Mussolini.

  • murica

  • Fuck the government completely

  • Mark Jamieson this shit fucks me off

  • Come on people we can help this guy and his family I’m sending to that account $100 after this message please do the same whatever you can afford

  • The government and police forces across both countries Canada and the United States stick together like glue we should do the same let’s show them that we’re not here to be messed with they work for us not the other way around

  • This is US Capitalisam

  • NO!!!! This is WRONG!!!!

  • These are the thing we talk about, they go and fight for your freedom and when they come back from fighting in the war the government wants to take their freedom away for a little pot that today everyone is smoking, Now you tell us who is doing the wrong thing? the Government or the guy who fought in the war to give you freedom?

  • It’s Throwback Thursday and New Year’s Eve and this story is old, the man in the article has been Cleared for several months and living happily with his family and is getting the Right Medication (Marijuana) for his PTSD.

  • Karma

  • Terrible

  • This is how your government thanks you. People, don’t join the military. The gov’t gets many killed for their power and money hunger. This is how the politicians and judges thank you.

  • they better let him out

  • Land of the free!

  • Idiots

  • shouldn’t have enlisted in the 1st place..

  • Jim N Nancy Carver

  • OMG, who is making all the money from our jail system? Cause this is freakin ridiculous.

  • Terrible!

  • Not cool. Its his body and his life. He can eat and smoke uranium, what is it to do with Govt.

  • Dispicable.

  • the VA Administrators are most certainly on the payroll for the pharmaceutical industry. There’s no other explanation for a soldier to be on over a dozen pills a day to treat an illness that WW2 vets handled with NOT A SINGLE PILL – EVER.

  • Where is the justices for x service personal…. NOWHERE

  • Home of the free, land of the brave, is that the way it goes, whatever, it’s a JOKE when it comes to Bull Shit like this. I’m sorry to say your once great and well respected country is becoming the laughing stock of the world.

  • Elle C Jay see this bullshit? OxyContin is a ok but a veteran uses marijuana suddenly it’s blasphemy!

    • This is really heartbreaking. They target people who just want to live a better life without suffering. How can you jail someone for wanting to improve their health naturally?

    • Because it’s for “their own good”.

    • I hope he beats this. First PTSD, now being arrested and jailed. What a slap in the face.

    • Yep that’s how we treat our folks in this country.

  • That is the dumms thing I ever hear

  • Over one measly ounce, drug dealers, pedophiles get way less than that, wtf. I really hate the justice system, so very messed up. I hope he gets probation or house arrest.

  • Facing isn’t convicted…..

  • Asses…stop the war on drugs..on people

  • He should move to Colorado or California?

  • Maybe its time you earn that Nobel Peace Prize, you sorry ass President. Or maybe you should ask Bruce Jenner if he would donate his balls to you, so that maybe you can start acting like a #POTUS who has some.

  • No problem, jury nullification.

  • Any idiot, with half a clue, could see that this treatment is sickeningly wrong.

  • “I like war veterans who don’t get PTSD” — Donald Chump.

  • this is so wrong …………

  • Doesn’t make sense does it?

  • america is a F@%& horror show

  • You’re gonna try to imprison a man that fought for YOU. YOU sent him over to some god forsaken land to risk his life so you could pursue your selfish goals at no cost to yourself. This government needs to be ashamed of themselves.

  • No! This is crazy, we don’t help Vets as we should and when they do what they are trained to do; survive, we punish them.

  • Life?!?!!!!

  • that is so stupid

  • That is so stupid get real

  • Murica,

  • TCM

  • this is about as fucked as it gets.. so wrong !!!!!

  • Oh my, absolutely heartbreaking and unbelievable!! :'(

  • This is a f..ing joke, how they can still do this crap to people..
    It’s a plant!!!

    It has a lot of medical applications, where normal medicin doesn’t seem to work or work with a lot of negative side effects…
    Why not let people use this instead ?!?!?!

  • But the serial rapist down the street gets five!?!?! Wtff

  • Release this man! He has done nothing wrong! #decriminalize

  • Every vet that needs weed need a to pour into colorado and Washington. That way this idiots have to get on board. If masses move then shit would change quick.

  • So wrong

  • This is very common with the VA . TAKE these pills and when something happens and you get in trouble with the police VA washes their hands of you As soon as you are convicted you get nothing you are basically dead and gone to them True fact

  • They must don’t know he’s not black lol

  • Only in America, where you get served for your service. SAD…

  • Jury Nulification is in order!!

  • “Richard John Wershe Jr. is a political prisoner in America. The political component of his ordeal is local, it’s harsh and it’s vindictive.

    Wershe, who grew up in Detroit, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a non-violent drug crime committed when he was 17. The law was eventually changed to allow parole but that hasn’t made a difference for Wershe. He is Michigan’s last remaining juvenile non-violent drug offender, still behind bars after 27 years. Wershe, who has been described by a prison official as a near-model prisoner, was never charged with any drug-related violence, he was never charged with ordering any drug violence, he never operated crack houses, he was never charged with conspiracy because he never had a gang, he was never named as an unindicted co-conspirator in any narcotics case and he was never called as a witness in any drug trials. Yet, he’s been labeled a drug lord and kingpin.” – http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/29/is-cocaine-legend-white-boy-rick-serving-life-for-busting-crooked-cops.html

  • Bullshit

  • This is so wrong I swear the United States of America does not love their people . Why do US soldiers continue to fight for a uncaring corrupt country come live in Canada we will give you your Marijauna without any trouble . If this happens I hope the citizens of the US riot for this young man ❤️

  • I hope he uses the “F&%$ you I served my country and gave all I had” defense in court.

  • Come on folks lets all get up, and salute the flag that treats our kids like dirt to be thrown away once they have used them up. This breaks my heart !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This is insane they go out there to come home to this

  • Shoulda moved to colorado

  • That ‘s crazy. It doesn’t make any sense. War on what? on sick people? It must stop.

  • Fucking backward society…Get less time for murdering someone.

  • WTF!!!!!!!

  • Shameful

  • Just what was this guy fighting for……….obviously not freedom

  • This is so wrong.

  • Thought it was legal in mahority of the the states now

  • more bu@#$%^&

  • I say OH WELL– maybe his military brother in arms should put down or point their weapon in the right direction for once coming to his rescue- Doubtful since a majority of those type of sheep still don’t know anything about false flag operations- war for profit – just like the war on drugs was is still today.. And they say they’re fighting for our freedoms- I CALL BULLSHIT.

  • May we all get what we deserve.

  • Oklahoma is a classic example of an electorate that is guided by the American Taliban!

  • If you look at a map in NW Oklahoma the is a piece of Oklahoma that borders Colorado. Along that imaginary line on the south side of it you can get life in prison for growing a plant, One the other side of that imaginary line you have a right to grow the same plant! How can anyone explain how this could be??

  • Remember to educate the Jury on it’s Absolute Right of nullification!

  • Crazy legal system. Prison for a minor infringement. Walking free if you’re a policeman who murdered a black child.

  • Absolut complete horse shit fuckery. fuck that.

  • fact check anyone?

  • That is so f#^king ridiculous.

  • I should think so too! How dare he!

  • “Support the troops.”

  • Let him go

  • Ha it’s insane no matter who you are..

  • Good thing the charges were dropped back in July.

  • You may as well kill some enemies before u go to jail.

  • MJ works to minimize my PTSD – drugs did nothing except plague me with side-effects.

  • just stupid and hard to believe

  • Why is it wrong to use something as natural as weed when if you start taking medication prescribed by the doctors the meds usually turn being more harmful for you than the natural stuff? Now no matter who you are but this guy is 1 of our vets because he has PTSD and the VA is doing nothing for our Vets anymore why is it so wrong for this 1 Vet to turn to something more natural and nothing more damaging than stopping the pain? My God man this is used for meicinal purposes don”t forget that PTSD is a disease just like cancer or any other illnesses of the body and mind so why is it so bad for someone such as this to be wrong when all he wants is peace and happiness in life? I know people have read heard and witnessed the stories of some of our Vets with service dogs that help with such life diorders as this and the dogs have been shot! Taken away from them for WHAT reason? Yet they’re expected to live the rest of what life they have left without treatment of somekind other than medication which in the long run stands a chance of hurting them more?Even damaging them worse than they are now!Why not let the man a Vet be with his life to live it as best he can with whatever means possible for a healthier happier life? To me this is wrong! just saying our Vets should be more appreciated than what they are and to face life in prison just for THIS? is absolutely insane! He’s a VET MY GOD let him be with his medicine.

  • Don’t volunteer to murder people and you don’t get ptsd

  • More money In death that is the life Sanders vote for me and I am Irish

  • We need to be like Belgium and forget the war on drugs it is a waste of time and money!

  • Insane!

  • Absolutely criminal.

  • No , crime was committed .let him go.

  • I work as a therapist in healthcare and the majority of my clients are overly medicated. This is not shocking. All these medications just make people even more sick and in a trance state. Meanwhile doctors and the medical facilities are receiving financial kickbacks for administering a lot of drugs.

    This is why I tell my clients that they need to be advocates of their on health! Just because someone has the “proper” credentials does not mean that they are qualified, ethical, nor moral.

    When a person is prescribed all of those medications and they’re not on their death bed, that should already be a red flag!

    As for the government taking over a man’s freedom for a little pot is not shocking at all either! I was in the military and they’ve ruined many lives over non-sense! The fact of the matter is… The military only sees its soldiers as a number that can be replaced. The military was one of the most abusive environments I’ve been in, right next to the ghetto inner city I grew up in!

    The government doesn’t care about their people. They’re in the business of destroying lives. I swear, America is an evil ass nation!

  • aghd334

    People get PTSD from car accidents, explosions, being robbed, or even kidnapped. How is it they’re fault? Furthermore, how do you know he killed anyone? You can get PTSD from witnessing traumatic things. You’re clearly clueless, aren’t you?