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Taking One for the Kids: Activist Arrests Continue

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Taking One for the Kids: Activist Arrests Continue

Bobby Moulton devotes his life to helping pediatric cancer patients with cannabis oil. Unfortunately, one kid stole the medicine and now Moulton faces jail.

By all accounts, Bobby Moulton is a nice guy. The soft-spoken, Indiana native loves kids and a few years back he found his calling when he learned how effective cannabis oil could be in the treatment of cancer, particularly pediatric cancer.

“I was a sick lil’ one myself,” he recalls. “Ear infections, pneumonia, seizures and a bleeding ulcer that perforated when I was 13. I became involved with sick kids at birth.”

Inspired by his own experience, Moulton decided to devote his life to helping pediatric cancer patients. He estimates helping 35 patients directly and countless others with advice and guidance. Last summer, he was helping a child who lived in New York and decided to move to a nearby legal state, Rhode Island, to be closer to the boy. That fall, Moulton was arrested for marijuana.

His arrest was the result of a betrayal by a 20-year-old Michigander whom Moulton refers to as “the kid” and whom he agreed to help by giving the young man a new start in Rhode Island. While Moulton was away in Ohio the kid stole Moulton’s cannabis oil and sold it to some real kids in the town of West Warwick.  A 13-year-old girl became ill and police arrested the kid who copped a plea and turned in Moulton.

The police seized 4-5 ounces of trim, 4-6 plants, 60 grams of oil, syringes and empty capsules. But what really nailed Moulton was the “still” that he used to manufacture the cannabis oil.  He was charged with manufacturing with intent to sell. He faces ten years in jail.

Bobby’s story is indicative of a new class of “drug offenders,” idealistic activists who learn the hard way that not everyone accepts the medical utility of cannabis and that doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean you get treated right.

“I drove back from Ohio to turn myself in thinking I would go in and out fast. I have a very good legal team. “Moulton explained.  “That was not the case. They held me two weeks.”

When Moulton finally was released on bail he returned to an eviction notice at his apartment and everything of any value was gone.  His case will come to trial later this fall and the best case scenario, according to Moulton, is a hung jury.

Rhode Island is one of 23 states that recognizes the medical utility of cannabis. The law was passed in 2005 and allows possession of 2.5 usable ounces and up to 12 plants for patients. Moulton hoped to become a registered caregiver in the state which would have allowed up to 5 ounces and 24 plants but he had not yet fulfilled the residency requirement for the state. Regardless, Moulton was in clear violation of the state medical cannabis regulations.

“If I have to take it for the kids,” he says with a mixture of bravura and resignation, “Then, that’s what I’ll do.”

Sadly, Moulton joins a rapidly increasing number of individuals who learn the value of medical cannabis and then embrace the lifestyle of activism the way some embrace the fundamentalism of religion. The conversion is so complete, so enthusiastic that it often blinds the converted to the realities of the quagmire into which they wade with such high hopes and good intentions. The cynical axiom, “no good deed goes unpunished,” can be very real.

Bobby Moulton is a good soul. His Facebook page is filled with pediatric cancer stories, gold ribbons and comments from dozens of family members of Bobby’s kids. There is no mention of his arrest, no ranting against the system, no pity-fest.

“I hate to ask for the help and was quite embarrassed to do so,” he said of his “Love and Care for Bobby Moulton” post on YouCaring, a Compassionate Crowdfunding site. Even in that public setting, his modesty is obvious.

“I am fighting a very serious battle right now. I have run into some bumps in my journey and need immediate help,” he wrote.

For Bobby Moulton those bumps could become insurmountable.

Do you think children should have access to cannabis for medical treatment?

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Daryl

    February 10, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Delete

  2. Daryl

    February 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Mike boutin is a internet troll he and Tawni are not welcome in southern Oregon that’s why they live in California I would kicks mikes ass in a minute Bobby is a good guy.

  3. Mike Boutin

    August 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    “By all accounts”? I haven’t weighed in, but here is my “account”.
    Bobby is D I R T Y.
    He doesn’t tell the truth.
    He is a serial user of people.
    Anyone who calls him out will be lied about to cover his transgressions.
    Believe me when I say he is no good and not to be trusted.
    If I could beat his ass without going to jail I would have.
    Bobby doesn’t go to jail for a reason, but people in his wake do. Watch yourselves. Alice has been taken in by this con.

    • Daryl

      February 10, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Mike doesn’t have contact with his kids deadbeat dad internet troll google it

  4. Lisa

    October 29, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Bobby Moulton isn’t as great of a guy as he’s being portrayed in the article. ive known him for many years and caring about children isn’t necessarily the truth, even his own. If this isn’t the Bobby Moulton from the south side of Indianapolis who is about 40 years old, I apologize. The similarity seems too much to not be, or I wouldn’t have commented. God bless the people truly trying to help children, the others should be terribly ashamed.

    • Bobby Moulton

      November 7, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Not sure who u are Lisa and obviously your story is very mislead. I believe all that stuff is public record with my son…and your sister…

    • Michele

      November 7, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Yes, I have confirmed this is the same Bobby Moulton from Indianapolis Indiana who walked away from his only son pawning his sons things. How about his Go fund me account go towards his at the time 12 year old son whom he adhonanded and has had no positive contact since.

      • Bobby

        September 25, 2017 at 10:21 pm

        You or our son was abused by u and your husband remember that? I had him for 7 years without any help from u…and u were prosecuted for brain washing him and putting him in danger…remember that??? And I was a felon at the time…and still was the better parent…in Indiana…that’s unheard of…but I did it…cause u were in the wrong…not me…u…

    • Paula

      May 14, 2017 at 5:39 am

      I will butt my nose in here for a second. Unwanted as it might be. Lisa, you may have reasons that warrant ill feelings or resentment. Those reasons need to be kept out of any public forum when it comes to children and family. Even if your convictions are strong, it is ill advised. Even if others may agree with you, don’t ever do it! It’s cruel and had no other purpose than to cause someone else pain. Your own pain can not be healed in this manner. We all need love, understanding, forgiveness. In these things is true healing. Your nephew would benefit more from you setting that example instead.

      • Bobby

        September 25, 2017 at 10:24 pm

        Thank u…I took my son away from these people for 7 years because they were abusing him…they tend to forget all of that…and they both have been married so many times it’s not funny…and attack everything I’ve ever done…it’s public record…and easy to find…

    • Bobby

      September 25, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Ya and that is why I took custody of my son from ur sister…Who had him taken away from child abuse…and I was a felon then…says a lot about you and your sister…now doesn’t it…

  5. Bobby Moulton

    October 7, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Very good job Alice…love it

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