Ex-Medical Marijuana Provider Dies in Custody
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Ex-Medical Marijuana Provider Dies in Custody
Posted by CN Staff on August 31, 2012 at 04:30:26 PT
By Matt Volz,  Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Helena, Mont. -- A Montana medical marijuana provider with a history of serious illness died Thursday after his transfer to a federal prison that could give him proper medical care was delayed for months. Richard Flor's death came weeks after a federal judge denied an attorney's request to release the 68-year-old Miles City resident while he appealed his five-year sentence. U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell wrote in his Aug. 7 order that it was "unfortunate" that Flor's transfer to a Bureau of Prisons medical facility was delayed, but "it is not factually or legally significant."
Lovell sentenced Flor in April after Flor pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises. Flor previously was diagnosed with dementia, depression and numerous medical conditions, and Lovell recommended that he be evaluated by federal prison hospital officials to determine what facility would be best suited for him. Flor had been held at Crossroads Correctional Facility, a private prison in Shelby, while awaiting the Bureau of Prisons' decision on where he would serve his sentence. He was removed from the Shelby facility Tuesday and was being temporarily held in a Las Vegas jail Wednesday when he suffered two heart attacks, renal failure and kidney failure, said his attorney, Brad Arndorfer. Flor was hospitalized and placed on life support while still shackled to his bed, Arndorfer said. His family decided early Thursday to take him off life support. Arndorfer said Flor's death was a failure of the federal justice system at all levels. "I can point the finger at everybody," Arndorfer said. "The fault is in prosecuting a man like this. The next fault is sentencing a man like this to prison. Then you've got the Marshals Service taking him to a place like Crossroads, which has no medical facilities capable of taking care of him." Arndorfer said Flor was being held in the Las Vegas jail as a layover en route to a destination that he did not know. Lovell released a brief statement through his staff Thursday afternoon saying, "I was sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Flor. Judicial ethics prohibit further response." Neither the Bureau of Prisons nor the U.S. Marshals Service returned calls for comment. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Fehr confirmed that Flor died Thursday in a Las Vegas hospital but said she had no further comment. The Great Falls Tribune first reported Flor's death. Steven Owen, a spokesman for Crossroads owner Corrections Corporation of America, said in a statement that staff there "are firmly committed to the health and safety of the inmates entrusted to our care" and the facility is regularly inspected and audited on its "processes for delivering care." Arndorfer asked Lovell in July to release Flor while he appealed his five-year sentence, which Flor believed was too harsh. Flor had fallen out of a bed at Crossroads and broke his clavicle and cervical bones. He also reinjured the ribs and vertebrae hurt in a fall in detention the year before, Arndorfer said. "He is in extreme pain and still is not being given round-the-clock care as is required for someone with his medical and mental conditions," Arndorfer wrote in his request. "It is anticipated he will not long survive general population incarceration." Lovell denied the request Aug. 7, saying he checked with Bureau of Prison officials and Flor had recovered from the injuries. "Defendant's medical requirements have been reviewed by the Bureau of Prisons, which is able to provide any medical care needed by the Defendant," the judge wrote. After initially saying CCA did not know of any injury Flor suffered while housed at Crossroads, Owens later acknowledged there was a report from June that Flor fell out of his bunk. He said medical privacy rules prevented him from speaking any further about the fall or Flor's injuries. Flor was one of the co-founders of the now-defunct Montana Cannabis, which provided marijuana for about 300 people from locations in Helena, Missoula and Billings, and from Flor's Miles City home. It was one of the largest medical marijuana operations to be raided by federal agents in March 2011 in a crackdown on large providers. Three of his former partners are either facing or have pleaded guilty to similar federal drug charges after protesting that they were operating in compliance with state medical marijuana laws.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Matt Volz,  Associated Press Published:  August 30, 2012 Copyright: 2012 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #11 posted by The GCW on September 01, 2012 at 17:49:00 PT
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on September 01, 2012 at 16:18:13 PT
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on September 01, 2012 at 15:37:12 PT
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Comment #8 posted by museman on September 01, 2012 at 09:27:34 PT
I still have to take on the VA. I'm going to have to employ methods I despise, like enlist the aid of my 'congressman' and likely piss off some VA personnel.I've already found that the Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that the federal intimidation of doctors to force them to deny the efficacy of cannabis is unconstitutional. And the forcing me to take a UA -without charging me with a crime, is a violation of my privacy, and the privacy of the 'doctor' patient relationship.Fortunately, I can deal with their 'threat' and just allow them to stop prescribing me opiates, because cannabis IS A WONDER HERB!! But I cannot in good conscience just 'roll over and take it' like they expect so many of us to do, because they have convinced so many that they 'have no choice.'I don't want to be a martyr for any cause, I like living and liberty too much, but I'm not going to sign of on lies and deception because the government threatens me.That seems to be what the government does well, make threats, and if that fails, make war.Benevolence only exists in government to get politicians elected.The only reason I am voting this year is because of OCTA. Otherwise they can take my 'voters registration' and stick it where the sun don't shine. I'm gonna write in RP just because I can't in good conscience vote for the Oreo we voted in last time, and I'm sure not gonna vote for MR (also short for 'mental retard').I realize people still want to believe in this corruption of 'weights and balances' and it's probably going to take a lot more injustice and suffering before enough americans realize they've been taken for a ride, but it has to start somewhere."Imagine they gave an election, and nobody voted?"LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on September 01, 2012 at 09:03:37 PT
You prevailed, Museman! I'm so glad.Biking and dancing? That makes me so happy.Way to go, Museman! Way to go!
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Comment #6 posted by museman on September 01, 2012 at 08:30:59 PT
Hemp World #1
The resemblance is there because the 'people' who financed Hitler begat sons and daughters to take over the family business. Those 'families' have been embedded in American politics since the Civil War.I just received word a few weeks ago by the VA, that if I use medical 'marijuana,' then I can't be prescribed any other kind of pain medication!This after I somewhat belatedly realized that the government -through the VA- was once again trying to kill me, like they originally did in their bio-experimentation on me when I was in Boot Camp.Every medicine but one that they prescribed to me made my condition worse by adding new problems into my health. The diabetic med 'metaphormin' -taken by every veteran diabetic that hasn't had to start taking insulin- is a destroyer of organs; kidneys, liver, -the ones they admit-.I originally had another medication that was considered safer, but the VA considered it a 'designer drug' and too 'expensive' to give to me, so I went to their pharma choice. I find out 3 years after taking it every day -when they send me new meds, there is this thick folded piece of paper, when unfolded, lists in very very fine print, all the side effects, and who should not be taking the medication.I should not be taking it, yet the VA 'doctors' prescribed it to me anyway. And then there is the blood pressure meds...OMG! I've tried every damn one that there is I think, and each one had horrible side effects from depression to genital deformity!And then I get this phone call from the VA saying I have toi come in and take a UA.I'm saying, "What?"Yes they said, it so they can make sure that I am taking my vicodin -because of the 'drug problem.'"So," I say, "this is to 'make sure' I'm taking a 'controlled substance'"?"Yes they say."Well, that's a switch I say."And then they get to the meat of the matter;"I will level with you Mr. Hubbard, this is about marijuana.""Oh so it's really to check to see if I have cannabis in my system?""Correct."Well we discussed corrupt government, incompetent doctors, and their pharmaceutical sugar daddies, and I made the point about how us vets swore an oath to defend the people and the constitution against just such 'crap as that' and the lifer vet on the other end of the phone actually agreed with me.Now it just so happens that by this point I had stopped all of my meds except my thyroid because of the damn side effects, and guess what happened?Within days, I began to have energy and drive that I haven't experienced in over a decade (since I began taking all those meds) my pain threshold went down to levels I can manage, and i haven't had to take their crap vicodin laced with tylenol for a while. I've had a half of a 500 mg twice last month compared to the 4 a day I was taking before I got my medical card.When I went to get my card renewed, standard procedure got my blood pressure taken. I was dreading that, expecting them to call an ambulance because I was 'stroke imminent.' But my blood pressure was the lowest its been since they started 'treating' me for it.To be fair, I've changed a lot of my habits. I do a lot of outside physical work now that I had nothing to apply that to when I lived in town. I ride bikes, and I dance. And I smoke a lot of cannabis.10 years ago my children, and some of my friends thought I was dying.Last week every one I meet remarks on how young I seem to look now. No one believes that I am over 60.So damn the government, damn the VA. If you want freedom, health, happiness, or anything else we came to this life to experience, stop thinking this corruption known as government is going to give it to you and seize the frackin day!LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on August 31, 2012 at 14:52:11 PT
What were they so afraid of?
"... placed on life support while still shackled to his bed".
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on August 31, 2012 at 14:49:50 PT
Political intimidation, persecution, imprisonment, and murder.I think its murder.Murdered by the government. Murdered by a wicked and merciless judge. Killed, like so many others, by an obscene prohibition.Murder."U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell wrote in his Aug. 7 order that it was "unfortunate" that Flor's transfer to a Bureau of Prisons medical facility was delayed, but "it is not factually or legally significant.""He might be wrong about that. I hope so.
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on August 31, 2012 at 09:51:36 PT
Paul Pot #2
"Register to Vote!!!"Yes, yes & yes.Where possible, as in my state, check the case history of Judges running for re-election or election too. They are directly responsible for sentencing and any delays or suppression of the truth in their courtrooms. Vote out the prohibitionist judges and the haters. Vote out Attorneys General for their cruel attacks on medical cannabis patients, families and communities.The Torch of Freedom is lit. Those who stand in its way are "gonna get burned."Bob Marley & The Wailers - Slave Driver - alternate version
Grupo de Musicos no Parque Guell em Barcelona.
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Comment #2 posted by Paul Pot on August 31, 2012 at 06:57:54 PT:
Register to Vote!!!
This is unquestionably political persecution resulting in death and as such it qualifies as a crime against humanity. So many people are suffering without their medicine and many don't even know it because of all the lies. On top of that anyone who does know and does something about it ends up abused to death. The state has committed serious crimes and those who made the decisions and carried out the orders have to be called to account for their actions.
Unfortunately they have the upper hand with the law on their side which is why it is so important to register to vote for any ballot initiative or politician in support of drug law reform this year.
Innocent people are in prison while we put up with incompetent politicians running the country and massively funded criminals and terrorists waging war in the streets across the world. The social and economic cost of the drug war is hard to calculate it's so huge, almost every modern war in the world can be traced back to the drug war. Every police force in the world has been corrupted. It is such absurdly incompetent policy that it warrants criminal prosecution and lengthy sentences. These people know what they are doing and must not get away with it. When the war is over, there must be trials.
Legalize! Apologize! Compensate! Prosecute!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on August 31, 2012 at 05:35:40 PT
If, you are involved in the medicinal marijuana
business,WE WILL GIVE YOU DEATH!Brought to you be the same people who financed Hitler!Can you see the resemblance?
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