[Ibogaine] More dana beal

Jeff G jeffgallop at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 23:12:41 EST 2012


God damn that !  The injustice in this country is sickening.
Thanks for the updates VV
Peace
Jeff
On Dec 11, 2012 6:51 PM, "Vector Vector" <vector620022002 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> http://www.omaha.com/article/20121210/NEWS/712109921
>
> Yippie activist sentenced gets prison time for hauling pot - Omaha.com
>
> WAHOO, Neb. — Marijuana legalization activist Dana Beal was sentenced
> Monday to prison for four to six years after being caught hauling 150
> pounds of pot in a van in Ashland, Neb., in 2009.
>
> WAHOO, Neb. — Friends of marijuana legalization activist Dana Beal came
> Monday from New Zealand, New York City and Oakland, Calif., to ask a judge
> to spare the 65-year-old Yippie a prison sentence.
>
> Beal, they said, was not a profit-seeking drug pusher but a caring
> “pauper” who lives out of a backpack and who hauled pot so that people with
> AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other diseases could reduce their suffering.
>
> “He has this problem: a conflict between the law and conscience, the law
> and helping people,” said Ed Rosenthal, a fellow advocate from Oakland.
>
> Their pleas didn’t work, even if they did make for good courtroom theater.
>
> Beal, who lives in the Yippie Museum in New York City, was sentenced to
> four to six years in prison after being caught in Ashland, Neb., in 2009
> hauling 150 pounds of pot in a van.
>
> With good time and subtracting time served in jail awaiting sentencing,
> Beal will spend at least 15 more months behind bars.
>
> Rosenthal said it could have been worse.
>
> Deputy Saunders County Attorney C. Jo Petersen had asked for a sentence of
> eight to 12 years in prison, and Beal had faced a maximum sentence of 20
> years.
>
> Petersen said Beal’s disrespect for the law — he was arrested for hauling
> another load of marijuana in Wisconsin in 2011, after being released on
> bail in Nebraska — and his lack of remorse warranted a long prison stay.
> Beal, she added, has seven other drug convictions besides those in the past
> three years.
>
> “We live in a society of laws, and Mr. Beal has chosen to violate those
> laws over and over and over again,” the prosecutor said. “At some point in
> time, he has to be held responsible.”
>
> Beal is one of the original members of the Youth International Party, or
> “Yippies,” an anti-establishment group during the 1960s. He is best known
> for launching an annual pro-marijuana protest called the Global Marijuana
> March, held in cities around the world.
>
> In recent years he has been advocating the legalization of ibogaine, a
> substance that Beal and his supporters believe can cure drug addiction.
>
> But according to those testifying on his behalf Monday, he has also been a
> lead cross-country courier for the past 15 years for loads of affordable
> marijuana that supply a “buyers club” in New York City of about 1,000
> people who use it for medicine.
>
> Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for
> medicinal use, and two states — Colorado and Washington — now allow it for
> recreational use by adults.
>
> But Nebraska and New York City are not among them, although one New Yorker
> said Monday that authorities there look the other way when it comes to
> using pot for medicinal uses.
>
> Beal may have broken the law here, his supporters said Monday, but he was
> doing it for people and pain relief, not profit. Several of those who came
> to Wahoo also attended his sentencing hearing last year in Wisconsin, where
> he was sentenced to 2½ years in prison.
>
> Marie Cotter of Auckland, New Zealand, said that Beal led the legalization
> of ibogaine treatments in her country, which allowed her son to end his
> addiction to methamphetamine and break his deep depression.
>
> Sheila Steinberg of New York City, using a walker because of multiple
> sclerosis, said marijuana does not cure her MS, but it helps her deal with
> the mood swings and concentration problems brought on by the disease.
>
> Michael Binkley, also of New York, said cannabis supplied by Beal has
> helped him survive AIDS since 1982.
>
> “If he’s guilty, then the 1,000 members of the buyers club should be in
> prison, too,” Binkley said. “We exploited Dana.”
>
> For his part, Beal said that he wants to continue his advocacy of
> ibogaine, and that he’s too old and unhealthy to haul marijuana anymore.
> (He had two heart surgeries while in prison in Wisconsin and says he needs
> hernia surgery now.)
>
> “What I was doing is as obsolete as the Titanic,” Beal said, because of
> the legalization of pot as medicine in several states.
>
> But Saunders County District Judge Mary Gilbride said Beal deserved to go
> to prison, citing his second marijuana trafficking conviction in Wisconsin.
> His sentence was slightly tougher than those received by two others who
> were arrested with him; they got prison terms of three to four years and
> two to three years.
>
> Beal’s sentence might be reduced by an additional 126 days. His attorney,
> Glenn Shapiro of Omaha, said he hadn’t been given proper credit for the
> days he spent in jail in Wisconsin on a hold for Nebraska.
>
> Petersen said Monday that she has already begun checking on that, and if
> it turns out to be true, Beal’s sentence will be adjusted accordingly.
>
>
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