John Knock

Don’t Be a Turkey President Obama, Pardon Prisoners Not Birds

Don’t Be a Turkey President Obama, Pardon Prisoners Not Birds

Every Thanksgiving since Abraham Lincoln began the tradition back in 1865, the US President pardons a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys. Instead of ending up on the receiving end of an ax, the birds get to live out the remainder of their lives in comfort down on the farm. I have nothing against the White House […]

1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Serving Life Sentence for Marijuana

1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Serving Life Sentence for Marijuana

Racing fans might wonder whatever happened to one the world’s most exciting young stars, 1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Randy Lanier.  These days Lanier can be found at Coleman Federal Prison in Florida where he is in his 26th year of incarceration serving a sentence of life without parole for a first time, nonviolent, […]

The Most Obvious Place to Start Prison Reform: Cannabis POWs

The Most Obvious Place to Start Prison Reform: Cannabis POWs

Photos Courtesy of Cheri Sicard In the course of my job as a cannabis activist I regularly say a lot of things that surprise the general public.  Since they’ve been subjected to decades of government sponsored brainwashing, most people are not up on the real facts which often run counterintuive to what’s expected: smoking marijuana […]

Life in Prison For Pot: It’s Past Time for Presidential Pardons

Life in Prison For Pot: It’s Past Time for Presidential Pardons

UPDATE: On 3/5/15 Larry Duke was granted an immediate release from prison, after serving 26 years for a non-violent cannabis-only offense. Larry believes that his successful sentence reduction process could set a new precedent for releasing others incarcerated for similar offenses. Click here for more information.  The world is changing, and cannabis activists are celebrating […]

To Give or Take a Flower: Life in Prison

To Give or Take a Flower: Life in Prison

The tension was high and the air stale, somehow this all seemed very ritualistic and business as usual, likely because it was. An average height man with shaggy hair and an unkempt face sat still and anxious as the defendant; the room, in agony, awaited the jury’s consensus. Their deliberation: Guilty A sick and gruesome […]