Thousands push for imprisoned Missouri pot farmer’s freedom

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In this Jan. 1, 2018 photo, marijuana plants are for sale at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish without federal intervention across the country. That’s according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision. […]

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – More than 30,000 people have signed an online petition for the release of a blind, 79-year-old Missouri pot farmer in federal prison.

The Springfield News-Leader on Wednesday reported that the Change.org petition is in support of Charles F. White. White was sentenced in 2017 to 10 years in prison for growing more than 1,700 marijuana plants on his southwestern Missouri farm.

The newspaper previously reported that a federal judge denied White’s motion for compassionate early release. White’s attorneys argued that White’s vision impairment makes it hard for him in “an aggressive prison population.”

Federal prosecutors opposed his early release.

White is eligible for release in 2023. But White can apply for compassionate early release again if his condition worsens before then.

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