Every week, we at the Marijuana Policy Project confront extreme government abuses like the ones you'll read about below, as the war on marijuana users rages on. This war is littered with casualties — and even fatalities.
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Michael Saffioti was twenty-two years old when he turned himself in to Snohomish County, Washington. He had received a misdemeanor charge for marijuana possession earlier that year, but missed the court date, so he voluntarily turned himself into the Police Department in July of 2012. According to his family, Saffioti used marijuana to cope with anxiety he suffered as a result of food allergies. His allergies were so severe that one small mistake could cause his death. While in jail, he suffered a serious reaction during a meal, but was ignored by guards. He was found dead an hour later.
The Naulls Family
Ronald Naulls already had two successful careers when he established the Healing Nations Collective in Corona in 2006 to save fellow patients the hours-long drive to Los Angeles for medicine. Although it was widely considered a model medical marijuana dispensary, DEA agents invaded the Naulls family's home and businesses on July 17, 2007. They arrested Ronald and turned his three young daughters over to county child protective services, which charged him and his wife with child endangerment.
On May 16, 2003, 57-year-old Alberta Spruill died of a heart attack shortly after police mistakenly raided her Harlem, New York, apartment for drugs. The office of the city medical examiner attributed her death to "the stress and the fear that she experienced" during the raid.
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