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Reaction on Legal Marijuana in Colorado from a Federal Prisoner

The hands of a prisoner leaning on the bars who is in jail for marijuana possession.


Reaction on Legal Marijuana in Colorado from a Federal Prisoner

On New Year’s Day, I walked into the TV room to find inmates watching the news about the first recreational marijuana sales in Colorado.

My friends were all laughing at me and wanted to know what I was still doing in here. For a moment I wanted to cry, but then I realized what a huge victory it really was for us all and how very proud my old partner Jack Herer was sitting up in the clouds enjoying the sacred planet with the Little Bitty Pretty One [my late wife Linda].

Could the world be changing? Could I have been right all along? It looks like just maybe I was and the world is changing, and for the better I do believe. With the news coverage of what is going on in Colorado, many must be scratching their heads and thinking about this thing seriously.

I have been thinking about what my life would be now if I wasn’t so far ahead of the times. Would I and so many other tortured souls be sitting in Federal prison for trying to help the sick and dying?

I was recently asked if I was optimistic. About what, the future? Of course I am, but then I always have been. Sadly, that is a large part of why I am in here. We believed that the world was ready for change, for what could be the biggest economic and social changes since the Gold Rush, the Transcontinental Railroad, the First and Second World War and the Beatles.

I have spoken since to many people in here, both inmates and staff, and with only one or two exceptions they all agree whole-heartedly that we are now past the tipping point because Colorado and Washington are showing it can be done and that states can profit from it. The federal government will have to change their policy, I just hope and pray that as they do they free the medical marijuana POWs and send us back to where we belong, with our families.



  1. Hugh Yonn

    February 21, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I agree, Mr. Lepp…

    ANY time in prison for a plant is wrong. Whether it’s 20 years or 20 minutes…it is wrong.

    I spent 5 years in Federal Prison for a cannabis offense. When I was in, the Federal Prison population was 28,000…53% were drug offenders.

    Today that number has risen to over 200,000…48% drug offenders.
    What we are seeing today are crimes against humanity…

    I wish you the very best, Sir…

  2. Mikegoulet

    January 19, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Legalize God’s Medicine NOW!

    • Faye Lott

      February 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      I think weed should be legal for the mental ill and cancer patients

  3. veronica

    January 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I love weed lol!

  4. John Adkins

    January 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    It is a fight were winning, I know Jack and Linda are very proud. All of us back here at home are.too.
    Grow in Peace my brother

  5. Karla

    January 16, 2014 at 7:23 am

    i have been suffering from depression since i was 7 and a pinched nerve in my back from a car accident in my early teens i have been smoking marijuana since i was 11!! and i thank God for it cause it really does help!! Especially suffering from traumatic events!!

  6. Sam

    January 16, 2014 at 3:23 am

    I hope Eddy will be able to read my message:
    Hi Eddy! I am a 25years old guy, livinig somewhere across the ocean, in Europe. I do not know you but your story shocked me. I feel very sorry for you, people and life are often unfair and seldom understanding, your situation is a clear example. Nonetheless I admire your courage, your reasons and the positive way your facing an outragous punishment. I think your story, same as the decision to legalise Marijuana in Colorado, will give us the courage and strenght to fight for what we stand for in these difficult times. We must fight Hypocrisy, we must fight for our beliefs. Eddy thanks for your outstanding example and I hope you will be released at once and I wish you the happiest return to your family.

  7. Donna

    January 16, 2014 at 2:18 am

    I hope that our federal government does change it policy on marijuana. There are way to many victims of this “war on drugs”. I whole heartily agree that the non-violent marijuana users and growers should be free and at home with their loved ones.

  8. Gary Cooper

    January 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I have chronic back pain from a car accident that happened to me in 1990. I have been going to the doctor, have had numerous MRI’s done all 4 of my lower vertebrae in my back are bulging,authorize has set in ,and all they can do for me is continue to pump my body full of pills that I have gotten tired of because the side effects have started to take effect on my life and my family and my ability to make a living. My doctor once told me that I must take my health into my own hands.I am a believer in Jesus Christ the King of glory and the Word of God declares that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and when he spoke all of the plants that are on the earth appear.I believe that when the purpose of a thing is un known then abuse is inevitable.The Word says in all of your getting get understanding and so I have and so I support this initiative to supply all who are hurting and in pain with a natural remedy that was sent from above.

    • Jim Beam

      January 16, 2014 at 3:57 am

      ^^^^* Amen Gary! I wish I could provide my own father more if the medicine esp through growing it for his back pain.

    • steve

      January 16, 2014 at 6:38 am

      Give it a rest Gary. i dont think people like you realise that when you say all this shit about ‘Jesus Christ the King of glory’ you sound fucking ridiculous/slightly insane. what has your religious views got to do with any of this? nobody gives a fuck about the word of god except for your clan, the rest of them have their own bullshit to be going on with so dont type like we are all with you

    • David Nelams

      January 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

      I was against the use of marijuana for anything up until a few yrs ago!I was diagnosed with liver/spinal cancer,right away they began treatments along with multiple pain medications.I eventually lost so much weight I was down to 123lbs fron 175lbs.After a friend convinced me to try MJ I was shocked at how much it helped with pain and esp nausea.After a few months of smoking I was back in the 170’s and not totally pain free but much less than before!

      • Jimmie McBride,Sr.

        November 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm

        I hope you get out soon,Mr. Lepp! It’s stupid how so many criminals morally much worse than what you were convicted for have shorter sentences!

    • cliff

      January 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      sounds like we have a lot in common. God Bless 🙂

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