US Marine Corps combat veteran Kristoffer Lewandowski, who served in three tours of duty overseas including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, reportedly faces up to life in prison for pot charges connected to a June 2014 raid on his Geronimo, OK home that occurred after his wife and neighbors called police to get him help for a post-traumatic stress disorder flare-up. However, rather than providing mental health resources, police responding on the scene searched Lewandowski’s home for contraband and found six marijuana plants, weighing in at less than an ounce of plant matter in total, and charged him with, among other offenses, felony marijuana cultivation, which, under Oklahoma’s unusually-harsh marijuana laws, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Truth in Media obtained an exclusive interview with Kristoffer Lewandowski’s wife Whitney Lewandowski in an effort to get their family’s story on the record.

Whitney Lewandowski said that her husband, a loving father to three children who was honorably medically discharged from the Marines and is 100% disabled due to severe post-traumatic stress disorder, was growing the marijuana for personal use, “He was just using it… He couldn’t get any, and, of course, we’re a military family, we’re very poor, we couldn’t afford to buy it anyway. So he was just growing it for himself. He was on his way out of the military and just wanted to see if it would help with [his mental health issues]. He was taking 13 pills a day, and it was just killing his liver. He was having all these issues with his body and he just wanted to try something more natural to just see if he could do without that many pills a day.” She called his medical marijuana treatments “absolutely effective.

On that day in June of 2014, Kristoffer Lewandowski had a PTSD episode and Whitney Lewandowski left and took their three children to their neighbors’ house to “diffuse the situation.” When their neighbors called police in an effort to get mental health help for the struggling war veteran, officers responded, searched the Lewandowski’s home, and began a drug investigation instead. Whitney Lewandowski said that she was initially handcuffed under investigation for the same charges, placed in a police car, and told that her children were going to be taken by Child Protective Services. However, authorities offered her the opportunity to remain free and keep their kids if she pressed charges against her husband for domestic violence. In an effort to keep the children, she agreed to do so and later discovered that she could not rescind those charges without re-activating the felony marijuana cultivation charges against herself. Police arrested Kristoffer Lewandowski and charged him with felony marijuana cultivation, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a domestic violence offense. Whitney Lewandowski noted that, though police were originally called to help Kristoffer, “the kind of help he got was being tossed in jail.”

Whitney Lewandowski said that the domestic violence charge does not reflect the reality of her husband’s behavior, “They’re trying to use me as a victim and to make it look worse on his case. My husband has absolutely never laid his hands on me ever. He is not an abusive man, ever… quite the opposite. He is extremely doting.

She noted that, at the time of the raid, police included tomato plants that were also growing in Kristoffer Lewandowski’s home while weighing his personal-use cannabis which she said “made it look like he had this huge grow [operation] going” in media reports on his arrest.

After the arrest, Whitney Lewandowski pulled together funds to pay a bail bondsman to cover his $20,000 bail and their family moved and continued their life in California, where Whitney has family ties. While in California, Kristoffer Lewandowski was prescribed medical marijuana to deal with his crippling post-traumatic stress disorder and began treatment legally.

Meanwhile, the Lewandowskis’ attorney quit the case over a dispute over money, and, as a part of the bail agreement, Kristoffer no longer qualifies for a public defender, leaving him without legal representation.

Whitney Lewandowski said, “We tried to work with the DA’s office to see if he could do, like, a drug court or a mental health court, but he was denied both of those.” She said that Kristoffer does qualify for an alternative sentence through a drug court, but that the district attorney chose not to allow it.

Earlier this month in Laguna Beach, CA, despite the fact that the Lewandowski family remained in contact with authorities connected to his Oklahoma criminal case, undercover police apprehended Kristoffer by surprise in a dramatic, guns-drawn raid while the Lewandowskis were picking up their children from pre-school, as he had unknowingly missed a prior court date while in the care of a Veterans Administration psychiatric hospital. Whitney Lewandowski, who noted that the undercover officers who picked him up had been following them since earlier that day and could have chosen a different time to make the arrest, said, “To be picked up like that, we’re all blown away. Especially in a pre-school parking lot where all my kids’ friends are, their parents are. Everyone’s witnessing this, and it was horrifying.

Kristoffer Lewandowski currently remains in police custody in California awaiting extradition to Oklahoma where he will face his charges. The medical marijuana groups Weed 4 Warriors Project and Patients Out of Time have stepped in and are attempting to generate publicity for him. Also, his supporters have launched a Facebook page and a petition to raise awareness to his plight and a crowdfunding page to raise funds to help support the Lewandowski family throughout this ordeal.

Though his felony cultivation charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, Whitney Lewandowski said that her husband told her that other inmates familiar with Oklahoma sentencing policies said that “most people were doing at least 2 to 4 years per plant in their house. So Kris having six plants doesn’t look good for him.” She urged his supporters to spread the word about the serious charges that he faces.

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  • Todd Warmbrodt

    Makes sense to me let’s just fill up the prisons with people who grow pot in their house 6 plants is a crime wave and he actually deserves life in prison the police should have turn there head but since when do police have common sense or don’t have a problem enforcing any and every unconstitutional law

    • Richard Bear

      George Washington grew hemp he should’ve been Lynched for his crimes

      • livefree1200cc

        Practically everyone used marijuana until 1938 (it was available in medicines) when the big corporations pushed to have it banned because it was cutting into their profits

  • whysenhymer

    This is one case where the state’s legislators get it right, literally nobody in Oklahoma can handle the pot.

    • Rick Schwartz

      are they injecting it wrong? :/

      • Richard Bear

        Everyone knows you snort it injects marijuanas will cause you to die or you can put it in your bum pot is leathal 100% of its users and check this strange new one Water, every one who uses water or marijuanas at some point in their life die yeah it’s pretty scary

  • Layla Godey

    If he’s suffering from PTSD, and the circumstances under which he was arrested were due to his mental health, is there any way charges can be dismissed as a mental health breakdown?
    (Also, why did the police search the house anyway? He was the home-owner, and the police were called in response to his mental health issue. It wasn’t a break-in, they weren’t there because of suspicion for any other crime, so why did they search the house when called to assist with a mental health patient having a break down?)

    • HenryR

      They should have called an ambulance. Calling these small town cops was an enormous mistake.

      • Layla Godey

        I’m wondering if it was an illegal search, in which case, they can’t use any “evidence” against him.

        • HenryR

          As long as they were called out under emergency circumstances with a violence in progress, then they are at liberty to search the house for potential causes. Some drugs do cause violent behaviour. The fact that these Kounty Kops found only marijuana will not make any difference insofar as the laws of Oklahoma go.

          There are numerous localities that think of all drugs as “evil” and are eager to punish those who use them, no matter what their record of service is. Lewandowski should have moved out of Oklahoma before he tried raising marijuana for his own use.

          He WILL go to jail over this. All that remains to be seen is for how long. Should he misbehave in prison, and how can he not given what he has been through, he will be inside for a long time.

          • HaveYourCake

            Hopefully his Attorney will get the Prosecutor not only disbarred but thrown into prison…

            “However, authorities offered her the opportunity to remain free and keep
            their kids if she pressed charges against her husband for domestic
            violence. In an effort to keep the children, she agreed to do so and
            later discovered that she could not rescind those charges without
            re-activating the felony marijuana cultivation charges against herself. ”

            Suborning Perjury is a felony in most states, and is a technicality worthy of throwing an entire case out of court with prejudice.

          • HenryR

            Consider the context of this case and ask yourself, “Do I dare advise my client to bring up this charge? What will a jury think?” Bear in mind that we are talking about the heart of the Biblebelt. People tend to favour the cops no matter what.

            Not being intimately familiar with this ordeal, I would advise playing the best odds rather than claiming to have the truth. The Lewandowskis’ best interests will be served by relying on his service to the nation rather than making vile claims about police behaviour in this matter.

          • g.johnon

            didn’t you mean “righteous claims about vile police and political behavior”?

          • HenryR

            I was trying to look at what the jury might think, not what I believe. I would never have prosecuted this brave man at all.

          • HenryR

            What are the odds of that approach working in Oklahoma? Think long and hard about that because if it fails, things will go very badly for the accused.

        • James M

          If they had permission to enter the house and the plants were in plain sight then yes it was legal.

          • g.johnon

            according to the article: the “police searched the house for contraband”…so, the question of search warrant does seem to be in order here.

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  • darryl

    It is illegal to cut the pharmaceutical industry out of ones self healing .

    • g.johnon

      totally true Darryl, and very obvious that this is all that is at play here. this man I guilty of refusing to let big pharma destroy him. what a wonderful country we have become eh?

  • teeleef

    People need to come together and make a real life plan. We need to do everything that is humanly possible to take the power away from the top.

    • teeleef

      All it would take is one small self sufficient peaceful community to start doing everything themselves and reap the benefits back to the people who pitched in. The rest of the country would see their example and follow suit. There is millions of brilliant minds in this country who help could make this happen easy. Growing their own food making their own textiles and machinery. Starting their own service providers with local artists, actors, and musicians providing content. There is so many possibilities of clean living if you just remove all the bullshit.

      • g.johnon

        sounds a lot like the leftist utopian dream to me. some parts are good, but mostly I doubt that peace is going to set any one free these days.

  • MikeParent

    Since witch burning is illegal, this will have to do. I hopevtheresxa special place in hell for that prosecutor

    Let’s hear what the government experts, the DEA said; In 1988, DEA Administrative Judge Francis Young wrote in his ruling;
    “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care.”

  • helenofpeel

    This is sickening. My gawd.

  • visibleunderwater

    Welcome to Oklahoma! Never call the police for anything like this. They are not mental health professionals, all they know how to do is arrest people. He’s lucky he didn’t just get shot. Governor Fallin will die before every allowing “the evil plant” in this state.

    • g.johnon

      sounds like a fair trade.

  • James M

    Which is why you NEVER call the cops for anything related to mental health issues. They are there for one thing only. And that is to find some way to arrest you and throw you in jail. That’s all they care about in this country.

  • Quincy Johnson

    The fact that hes a veteran is irrelevant. That shouldn’t give you or
    anyone a free pass to commit crimes. Veterans aren’t the only souls who
    suffer from PTSD. He did everything wrong. You don’t leave the state
    when you’re out on bail facing felony charges

    • Denny Parkstone

      This is bs !!!!and it is relevant !!!

      • Quincy Johnson

        but yet, you failed to explain how it is relevant.

        • J. Sargent

          Its relevancy can only be seen through the non-biased eyes of those who DON’T Believe the “guvment” is their “god”…

          Look, in the 1920’s alcohol, a more dangerous drug than marijuana, was banned by Constitutional Amendment. Since there is NO NEW AMENDMENT permitting the prohibition of marijuana; then really, it isn’t legal. So, relevancy is not in question. What’s in questions is WHY DO YOU TRUST YOUR guvment?

          Not only this, but from the Declaration of Independence, and many, many other words of the founders; we find that dissent ins the American way. Therefore not only was he WELL within his legal rights, but he was also being patriotic.

          Now its relevancy has been explained for you; (it being that you’re just plain wrong…) so.. Time to reject the truth!

          • Quincy Johnson

            The logic you’re presenting is flawed and can be refuted. There’s is no amendment saying states CAN’T prohibit the possession of marijuana. Also if his action were patriotic, his status as a veteran is still irrelevant cause any citizen can “dissent” in the same manner regardless if they served the military or not. So save your political propaganda rhetoric if it’s going to be full of fallacies.

          • Michael Langley

            Until our country decides to treat its veterans, compassionately, we will likely see many more people like him, being imprisoned at a cost of $40,000 a year. When a country uses a known medical treatment for a disease that we, the people, caused, it is not compassionate for its veterans. Since, it is felt, we all break laws that add up to three felonies a day, are you ready to go to prison for any laws that you break? (You seem self-righteous and lacking Christian principles.) Probably not. Yet, you come across with such harsh judgement, for a man with a disease as a result of giving freely of himself in service. I would rather see this soldier free and you locked up! You don’t show much gratitude. Maybe you need to go to the Middle East and fight that thankless battle so rich men can become richer! We would not have ISIS to deal with if our government had not meddled so much in the Middle East, for decades!

          • Quincy Johnson

            I do not commit felonies on a daily basis. His veteran status is irrelevant. You do not need to fight a war to develop PTSD. Therefore having PTSD should not allow anyone to illegally grow marijuana. By that logic EVERYONE that has been a victim of a traumatic event should be growing marijuana. But they don’t, they seek legal treatment and manage to get better. You’re painting him as a victim, as if he had no other choice, but to grow marijuana illegally. He had choices and he made the wrong ones.

        • Sagebrush

          How many tours did you do or do?

          Three overseas tours with duty in at least two combat zones caused his PTSD and when you need help with a serious mental health issue, you have to do what you can to get that help. He tried to help himself and Oklahoma’s leaders and law enforcement, who obviously have some mental issues themselves that need dealt with, made Oklahoma the place where Kristoffer Lewandowski cannot get the help he needs. He had to go where the help is and that ended up being California.

          • Quincy Johnson

            He went to California, AFTER he got caught, AFTER he fled the state while on bail. He knew that growing marijuana was illegal. Why didn’t he go to California to begin with, when it was aware that the state of Oklahoma could not fulfill his medical needs?

          • Sagebrush

            You sure seem to know what he did wrong and what he should have done right to avoid his present problems. Bail or not he still needed medication that actually helped instead of slowly killing him. Oklahoma made it perfectly evident it was not going to be there. He is the only one who knew how quick he had to get to those meds.

            So once again I ask, did you serve your country in action as he did. If so I am amazed you do not show more compassion and respect for a fellow veteran who may have seen things no one should ever have to see. If not I find your criticism as meaningless as it is arrogant. These people deserve better treatment then they are receiving from the country and the people they served by putting their lives in danger. It is outrageous that he is facing felony charges for less then an ounce of marijuana in his own home, I’ve heard Oklahoma is backward and behind the times but this is ridiculous.

          • Quincy Johnson

            My criticisms is not at him. My criticisms is at this article painting him as a victim, as if he had no other choice, but to grow marijuana illegally. He had choices and he made the wrong ones.

          • Sagebrush

            You and I are going to have to agree to disagree. have a good evening.

    • g.johnon

      bad law is bad law. for you to defend bad law is the very definition of doing everything wrong. a government that usurps power from we the people instead of accepting, happily, the responsibility we the people have vested in them, is a government of treason. if you are a friend of such a government, you are not a friend of we the people quincy. may your chains not chafe so much.

      • Quincy Johnson

        I’m not defending bad law. Just because you may not agree with a law doesn’t mean you have a right to break it.

        • Layla Godey

          [If a law is unjust…(Quotation)

          Quotation: “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”

          Variations: None known.

          Sources checked:

          Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Digital Edition

          Thomas Jefferson retirement papers

          Thomas Jefferson: Papers and Biographies collections in Hathi Trust Digital Library

          Other attributions: None known.

          Earliest appearance in print: undetermined

          Comments: This quotation has not been found in Thomas Jefferson’s papers. It has been suggested that it is a paraphrase of Jefferson’s statement in the Declaration of Independence, “…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…,” although such a paraphrase would seem to be taking some radical liberties with the original version. The quotation bears a much closer resemblance to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s comment in his famous letter from Birmingham Jail: “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”1

          1. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963. African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania.]

          “Laws” and “rights” are not the same thing. So, a person would not be obligated to follow an unjust law if it violates a right. They may be responsible for dealing with the “legal” headaches that come from breaking it (as the government would still attempt to punish them), but they are morally justified in not following it.

        • Ashlee Mae

          It used to be legal to kill a black man. It used to be illegal for blacks to vote or step foot in some establishments. When you stand up for what you believe in than some laws will be broken. This plant is not a drug and shouldn’t be treated like one. It’s is safer than any pharmaceutical drug and can help millions. Should not be wasting and ruining lives of people that choose this over a pill that some pharmacuitical company pays out doctors to prescribe in order to make billions for them. This case is wrong and wrong to take a man that served this country away from his children. What is justice anymore? Just for people who don’t step on the toes of the greedy

          • Quincy Johnson

            The fact of the matter is it’s not legal everywhere. No matter how hard you wish and believe is should be legal, it’s not. And don’t kid yourself, this man wasn’t smoking and growing marijuana in protest against an unjust law.

        • Dana King

          You couldn’t be more WRONG. Bad law precisely REQUIRES us to “break it”. What the couple should have done was greet the fascist jack boots, forcing these tyrannical laws on us, while armed.

          • Quincy Johnson

            I should of been more clear. My point is, yes, you can break a law that you feel is “bad” or unjust, but by no means are you immune to punitive action. This man should accept all consequences coming to him, but he chose to flee on bail. Why flee if what he was doing was “Morally” right?

            “fascist jack boots”? It’s painfully clear you do not know what a “fascist” or what fascism means.

        • livefree1200cc

          You have an OBLIGATION to resist Unlawful, immoral, and unconstitutional laws

        • g.johnon

          you are right that disagreement with a law is not, enough of a reason to disobey or break that law. if the law does not pass muster with the constitution, or if the enforcement of that law leads to draconian results for those it is enforce upon (against), then you not only have the right to break it, you have a duty as well
          and by the way, we do have the right to break any law we desire as long as we are willing to accept the consequences.

    • travtw

      That’s just it Quincy, smoking grass shouldn’t be “a crime”, Especially when alcohol is legal. It’s an ancient law that was put into effect based entirely around a political agenda. The Feds don’t like the fact that anyone can grow it because it makes it harder to tax. It’s ridiculous that someone can spend life in prison for smoking/growing weed when you have child molesters,rapists and even murders who do much,much less time. Don’t play the “it’s a crime” card when right is right and wrong is wrong. Just because it’s the law doesn’t make it right. That ludicrous law needs to be overturned yesterday

      • Quincy Johnson

        There’s a big grey area between right and wrong and is dependent on who you ask. The politic and the issues of legality is not the point I’m arguing. His status as a veteran should be irrelevant. This article asserts that since he’s a veteran he is somehow a victim of his own crime and he deserves special treatment. And to give him such treatment is morally wrong. Whether you agree with the laws or not, he should be held accountable for those laws just like anyone else would if they broke those same laws.

        • travtw

          I understand what you’re saying and in actuality, you’re correct. However, veterans experience things that the rest of the world just can’t comprehend. Things that haunt them for the rest of their lives, depending on how severe their experience was. I think you have to take a step back and sympathize with their situation a bit. I’m not saying let veterans get away with murder. But smoking weed to deal with shellshock? Come on now. I see the argument you’re making but this issue goes much deeper. Fining him is one thing but life in prison? That’s absolutely out of line and deep down, you know this

          • Quincy Johnson

            I can agree life in prison is out of the question, but understand the tactic this article uses to inflame your emotions. He’s being brought up on felony charges, and by definition, if convicted of a felony, it is punishable up to life in prison. The headline asserts as if he’s already going to get the maximum punishment when these charges will probably be reduced (maybe not since he fled on bail) or receive a sentence less severe than life. I feel it’s misleading.

          • travtw

            Very true. I see where you’re coming from. The headline is misleading and it’s not the first time we’ve seen that from this site(or every other one for that matter).

          • g.johnon

            quincy there is no constitutional directive that gives the federal government permission to be involved in a citizen’s choice of personal mind alteration. there use to be, but it was specifically for alcohol. it was repealed. there is not an amendment for pot or any other drug. so no constitutional basis for this to be a felony. what is misleading is a government that attempts to convince us it has power that it does not.

          • Quincy Johnson

            Who told you that crap? His crime was a felony, against the STATE of Oklahoma not the federal government. Did you even read the article? Have you not been paying attention?

          • g.johnon

            SUPREMECY CLAUSE Quincy, do you pay attention?

            ARTICLE 6 CLAUSE 2 OF THE CONSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED STATES: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.
            no constitutional permission at any level, federal state, county or civic.

          • Quincy Johnson

            Do you know the difference between “prohibitive” and “permissive”? The Constitution dictates what is PROHIBITED and not necessarily what’s permissive. Furthermore there is no Constitutional Amendment saying a state CAN’T prohibit the possession of marijuana.

        • livefree1200cc

          Unlawful, immoral, and unconstitutional laws MUST be ignored

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  • Danny Sampsel

    Use ém up and throw them away. Get this guy some help!

  • Stephen Ponsiglione

    Living in CA is expensive. Moving is expensive. If the family was truly poor then wtf should they move for? They should stay put, grow pot and smoke it. It is a bad law and he should be allowed to break it. Throw him in jail now, then release him in 5 years when the supreme court makes it legal. Go to hell

    • Quincy Johnson

      They ended up in California anyway. How did they get there if their finances was an issue? “It is a bad law and he should be allowed to break it.” That is the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard.

      • Stephen Ponsiglione

        we live in an asinine world. if you think this person is guilty and deserves life in prison then you’re brain washed. Law is law but it doesnt mean it’s morally right. Gays couldnt get married until this week, does that mean it was morally wrong before? depends on your view.

        • Quincy Johnson

          How is he not guilty when he actually committed the crime and he plead guilty? Law is not always morally correct, you’re right, but if those laws are against your morals and you chose to disobey them, you’d still be held accountable for that disobedience.

      • Stephen Ponsiglione

        Sorry.. its a bad law and it should not exist. America should have let the south become the confederation. we dont need those shitty states anyway they bring the country down

        • Michael Langley

          Was Oklahoma part of the Confederacy? Or did i even exist at that time?!

          • Tim

            It was a territory. I think the land rush was in 1917 or some such. The used to honor it in schools but stopped since no one can be here before someone else in the new Come one, Come all America…

          • Michael Langley

            My remembering that was a fluke! I was not much of a history buff. My area was science and math! But the actions on this veteran are nothing less than torture! But we know so many in the US are into torture, nowadays.

      • joe

        Yea I’m sure people felt the same way about Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, and countless others who broke the laws in order to enjoy the freedom everyone else has.

        • Quincy Johnson

          You see whats wrong with what you just said?
          “freedom everyone else has”.
          No one in the state of Oklahoma has that freedom. Furthermore this man wasn’t illegally growing marijuana in protest of it’s legality. So that comparison is not accurate.

          • joe

            People outside the state of Oklahoma have that freedom which was the case with the civil rights movement. Not all states had those laws. Your right he was growing marijuana for a reason much greater than it’s illegality. He was growing it for his own health and safety of his family. These guys have killed people before because the PTSD becomes to much.

          • Quincy Johnson

            Incorrect, those laws applied to ONLY black people in those states, while the prohibition of marijuana applies to EVERYONE in Oklahoma.

          • livefree1200cc

            Prohibition itself is unlawful and unconstitutional. The 18th amendment was needed to prohibit alcohol in the 30’s. No such action was taken against marijuana. The Prohibition itself is illegal. It is our duty to IGNORE unconstitutional laws

          • Quincy Johnson

            That’s not how it works and you know it. Congress does not need to make amendments to the constitution to label something prohibited.

          • livefree1200cc

            Then tell me government troll, why did we need an amendment to prohibit alcohol?

          • Quincy Johnson

            Making it a constitutional amendment meant it would illegal for all states, regardless of it’s legality in that particular state. Since marijuana is not prohibited by the constitution, individual states can make legislation on its legality. How do you not know this?

          • livefree1200cc

            We were talking about the federal level – not state. The states can do what they want – BUT they had been strong armed by an overreaching federal gov’t and its UNLAWFUL prohibition of marijuana. I will not argue on the state issue as I agree with you on that one. The Federal prohibition was unlawful. How could you not know that?

          • Quincy Johnson

            That’s where you’re wrong. Marijuanna remains on the Schedule I list of controlled substances under U.S. federal law. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Gonzales v. Raich that the Commerce Clause and Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution allowed the federal government to ban the use of cannabis (including medical use). By SCOTUS ruling, the prohibition of marijuana is not unconstitutional.

          • livefree1200cc

            That SCOTUS ruling is unconstitutional in itself. We know those judges can’t wait to rewrite the constitution (look at legal gay marriage). More to the point is that a substance can not be a schedule 1 drug unless:
            1) It has no medical use whatsoever (in 1999 the US government filed 2 patents for pot’s medicinal use)
            2) the substance lends itself to being abused and is highly addictive (neither is true – marijuana is NOT addictive and no one has ever died from it)
            In short, you must be some kind of government troll to be pushing your radical ideas on the rest of the thinking population. You might like being pushed around by tyrants and criminals put in high offices – but I don’t. I will fight back whenever there is a wrong to be righted

          • Quincy Johnson

            You keep saying things are Unconstitutional “In-itself” when that’s not possible. For something to be unconstitutional, what ever that something is, it has to break one of the amendments. Now explain to me what amendment was broken by that ruling?

            You greatly embellished on what qualifies as a schedule 1 drug. This is the qualifiers, verbatim, from the DEA:

            1.The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

            – Not addiction like you stated. Marijuana is largely used as a means to simply get high rather than as a medical treatment. That’s abuse.

            2. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S.

            -Sure, marijuana can treat symptoms of pain, but no medical authority has accepted it as to be effective for medical treatment

            3. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or substance under medical supervision.

            -Simply there is no conclusive study to show the effects, or side effects, of short or long terms use of marijuana. Nor is there a conclusive study that shows its effectiveness as a medicinal treatment. So your point is now moot.

            How dare you try to claim I’m pushing my “radical ideals” on people, when you know damn well YOU, and everyone else here engaged me into discussion to challenge my view point. Get real man.

            The legality of marijuana isn’t even what I’m trying to argue about. So I’m going to disregard your little “Legalize it” speech here. Just understand my contention was with how his status as a veteran should be irrelevant. This article asserts that
            since he’s a veteran he is somehow a victim of his own crime and he deserves special treatment. And to give him such treatment is morally wrong. Whether you agree with the laws or not, he should be held accountable for those laws just like anyone else would if they broke those same laws.

            Now that you have been defeated, good day to you. I enjoyed the discussion.

          • AtoZ

            Rosa Parks didn’t refuse to change seats to refuse the protest of it’s legality man, what are you reading? She did it for the fact that it’s a human right not to be told to go to the back of your bus due to some arbitrary reason such as the color of your skin.

            Why are you going out of your way to be so pedantic on his statement when the real issue is the insanity of this article?

          • Quincy Johnson

            Rosa Parks wasn’t the only example he used to imply civil disobedience as protest.

    • Greg Geitner

      stick your head where your brain is.

  • setemfree

    Allowed queers to marry, get out of jail free if your an illegal alien. Can’t even keep them in jail if they are convicted murderers or rapists. Long Jail time for veterans, am i missing something.

  • travtw

    If this doesn’t piss off just about the entire planet, Especially veterans then nothing will. they can shove pharmaceutical drugs with insane side effects down the throats of veterans, no problem. However, consuming a plant that grows out of the ground with minimal side effects(much less the pharmies) then it’s bad? This is absolutely ludicrous. The war on pot is so retarded. The way I see it, veterans can do just about whatever is neccasary to cope with the side effects of war so long as they don’t hurt themselves or anyone else. Especially smoking a little grass. Give me a break. This is about as asinine as the gay marriage debacle. I’m so tired of the hypocrisy in this country. Alcohol good. Pot bad. Pharmaceutical drugs good. Marihuana bad. Let’s put things in prospective for the ones who just don’t get it. What kills more people, pot vs alcohol/pharmaceutical drugs? Exactly. The argument stops after that simple but appearently misunderstood fact. Can you say a#% backwards…….

  • Wade Dewell

    ive told you OVER AND OVER AGAIN, police are above the law and are enemies of the people and america is a facist country whom all politicians and judges are bought and owned by corporations and the rothschild bankers. the people in power are our enemies and do NOT work for the 99% no amount of holding your hands up or holding a sign will change anything in facist nazi america! clive bundy shown that armed protest and a willingness to fight and die for what you believe in WORKS

    LET IT GO, it is not a sin to fight for the right cause, there are those that words alone will not reach,the evil 1 %, global elite, corrupt governments and coprorations are such beings, i know we the people are peaceful and gentle and dont want to hurt others, but it is because we cherish life that we must protect it. our pacifism will kill us and the whole earth. we must drop our restraints and get angry, let it go, fight back only then will we gain freedom.

  • Patricia P. Tursi

    Yes, the drive to patent and “own” this herb makes keeping it illegal a necessity. This is nothing short of criminal. He should be supplied with free medicinal cannabis. I am a retired psychologist who has specialized in PTSD.

    • Wade Dewell

      i suffer from ptsd and i smoke cannabis, the fascist corporate government can eat my shit/

      • Quincy Johnson

        I do not think you’re using the word “fascist” correctly.

        • Mr. Wrestling III

          He’s using the word correctly.

        • livefree1200cc

          fascism is when the corporations actually make the laws and run everything. Have you seen the corporate heads that now work in the Obama administration?? Definitely fascist in nature

          • Quincy Johnson

            You guys have no idea what you are talking about.

            Fascism comes from Benito Mussolini, the
            founder of fascism, in which he outlines three principles of a fascist

            1.”Everything in the state”. The Government is supreme and the
            country is all-encompasing, and all within it must conform to the ruling
            body, often a dictator.

            2.”Nothing outside the state”. The country must grow and the
            implied goal of any fascist nation is to rule the world, and have every
            human submit to the government.

            3.”Nothing against the state”. Any type of questioning the
            government is not to be tolerated. If you do not see things our way,
            you are wrong. If you do not agree with the government, you cannot be
            allowed to live and taint the minds of the rest of the good citizens.

            The use of militarism was implied only as a means to accomplish one
            of the three above principles, mainly to keep the people and rest of the
            world in line. Fascist countries are known for their harmony and lack
            of internal strife. There are no conflicting parties or elections in
            fascist countries.

      • i suffer from ptsd and i smoke cannabis, the jeeew ish corporate government can eat my shit/… is more accurate.

  • Susan Eldridge

    Just legalize across the board .. all of it , recreational or medicinal!! … who the hell are they to tell us what we can and can’t do with our own bodies??!! Oooooohhh the privatized prisons for profit, where they are guaranteed prisoners, might lose business. This is sickening … when is everyone gonna wake up and realize the federal govt is our enemy???

    • Mike Santarella

      They won’t prison poulation will be cut by 60 %

  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    The whole “justice” system is a fraud, and unbiblical. Everything this man signs is contract, so he needs to quit signing things pertaining to this and other offers (indictments, citations, other muni-corp fines/charges/etc). This also includes Bonds for getting out of jail. If there is no contract, there is no authority or jurisdiction, which includes the physical kidnapping/arrest.
    Most want/need to “live to fight another day”. I don’t. Send me home to Heaven, if you can.

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  • the apology this lowlife jeew ish gutterment owes this country is too big to make & I would not accept it anyway.

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  • livefree1200cc

    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, Call the POLICE!!!!! You put yourself and your family at GREAT risk every time you do. You or your family is likely to be arrested or killed whenever you call the police. Now for all these recent Oklahoma incidents….why don’t these people move to more pot friendly states BEFORE they get caught?

  • Tony T

    i know this isn’t the way, but i wish contact information was availble on everybody that was making this guy’s life a living hell…. i just wish that was available to the general public…

  • Mike Santarella

    Oklahoma, were muslims behead American women and they worry about a Vet growing an ounce of pot. Toss out those idiots and MAKE POT LEGAL. To much mony and lives wasted on a natural plant possession.

  • Al Schwartz
  • Michael

    These are the stories that make me the saddest 🙁

  • Mark Beard

    BULL SHIT!!!

  • Carolyn Wheeler

    For crying out loud, get the soldier help he needs and stop berating him. You people have no idea what this young man went through. Get off your high horses and do something good for a change. We will pray for you Whitney Lewandowski.

  • Carolyn Wheeler

    We should all get together and go protest in front of their courthouse.

  • NewsJunkie1112

    As someone who lives in Denver and can grow/buy an ounce of pot safely and legally by walking less than two blocks from my house, this is completely shameful. We need to end the failed ‘war’ on drugs NOW.

  • Laura W

    A massive BOYCOTT needs to be organized against the entire state of Oklahoma for putting this Hero and his family through this Travesty…They are persecuting this Hero for a substance that will soon be legal in every state and for what purpose. This Hero was injured after serving three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan
    protecting the freedoms we enjoy every day. Hit them in their pocket books which seems to be their only interest…no visitors to fill their restaurants, theaters, music halls and everything else they have to offer. When their constituents start feeling it then maybe it will motivate them to stand up for this Hero and against their antiquated laws. Governor Mary Fallin should be ashamed of herself !!! Neither you or the police officers employed in the state of Oklahoma deserve the freedoms that Hero has fought for…. I am including every police officer because it is a state law.
    Governor Mary Fallin how does it feel destroying this Hero and his family, including their children…How do you sleep at night? I truly believe in KARMA and can only hope KARMA takes care of everyone involved in this Travesty. And with any luck Karma will be caught on someone’s camera and shared for the world to enjoy….
    The Moral of this for that Hero and his family and to everyone reading and following this story is ‘ DO NOT CALL THE COPS FOR ANYTHING’ —they can not be trusted and are not here to help you…they have their own agendas and you are kidding yourself it you think any different. Arm yourself to protect your home and family and work closely with your neighbors to protect each other…unless your neighbor is a cop of course.
    These police states have to be stopped because the police are becoming the civilians terrorist —terrorist that we the people are paying for. Well I want a refund!!!
    HAPPY 4TH to the family of Kristoffer Lewandowski from the Office of Governor Mary Fallin and the entire state of Oklahoma’s police dept.

  • Freedomrequiresresponsibility

    Another case of stupid relative calling 911……..

    Also, with two (now three) states with legal weed, he was dumb to do it in a state where it was outlawed still and had harsh fines.

    As to the domestic, she needs to sue the department. Forcing you to do something under threat is still a felony in this country.

  • Dan C

    Semper fi, brother, let’s hope we can save you from the stupidity of the state…and your wife.

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  • Brenda Norris

    My God, he put his life on the line for his country, was injured (PTSD), and is being treated like a criminal? God help the world if this is the way our vets are being treated. Take the good advice offered by the people below. Contact your Congressman, and the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, and draw as much publicity as you can. Good luck and God bless you all. BTW, I am married to a retired vet, and please thank your husband for his service.

    • Corey Terceira

      He also used drugs while in the military, transported drugs across state lines, was growing weed, and was threatening his wife with a knife. Not exactly man of the year all around.

    • Jon Doe

      He may be a veteran, but I don’t recall there being any sort of draft in recent years. It was his job that he got paid for. Him being a veteran makes no difference in this story.

  • rogerrramjet

    THERE IS a legal way around this but it is the same as winning the lottery.

    The feds can file a superseding indictment TAKE the case away from Oklahoma as pot actually falls under federal laws due to what they call interstate commerce laws, use FED law which in this case would be pretty lenient considering the amount involved, give him probation and allow him to move back to CA..

    AND on top of that THEN Obama could pardon him. The prez can ONLY pardon federal convictions which really sucks as he should be allowed to pardon anyone he damn well pleases.

  • Jason Hamlin

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    Domestic disturbance turns into pot bust
    Posted: Jun 02, 2014 6:29 PM CDT
    Updated: Jun 09, 2014 01:36 PM
    GERONIMO, Okla._What started out as a call on a domestic disturbance complaint for Comanche County Sheriff’s deputies, turned into a major pot bust in the county.

    Deputies responded to a home on Arapaho Street in Geronimo around 10:00 p.m. Sunday after 32-year-old Kristoffer Lewandowski was seen chasing his wife with a knife. After barricading himself in his home, he ultimately surrendered. That’s when nine marijuana plants were found growing on the property.

    “This is a rare deal. Usually you just go out to a domestic and you just take care of the situation,” explained Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley.

    Sheriff Stradley said it was clear from the get-go that Sunday night’s call was anything but typical.

    “The individual supposedly chased his wife with a knife and she went next door to a neighbor. They went to the door, he was inside the house, he first wouldn’t come out. We thought he had a gun,” said Stradley.

    Once Lewandowski surrendered and came out of this house, that’s when sheriff’s deputies went inside. All it took was one look around the home for officers to realize they were dealing with a more serious situation.

    “When we get there and we find out we have marijuana there that’s being grown, it seems to get worse. And then with children present this is a bad situation gone worse for the whole entire family,” explained Sheriff Stradley.

    The entire ordeal was witnessed by Lewandowski’s two young children. Both were taken into DHS custody before being released to their mother.

    In all, nine marijuana plants were found, along with growing equipment and two guns. Lewandowski now faces charges of cultivating marijuana, paraphernalia and domestic assault in the presence of a child. It’s a situation that Sheriff Stradley says has no winners.

    “Probably one of the things that bothers me is that you’ve got kids in the house and you’re growing drugs in there. Kids are precious. If you don’t have enough for yourself, you should have enough for your kids to not have it around them. This was a situation that was bad…that went from bad to worse,” said Sheriff Stradley.

    Lewandowski is currently enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He sits in the Comanche County Detention Center to await further investigation by military police.

    • DinoBeliver

      The Officers were called to the scene by the wife and admitted to the house and shown the plants by her. No warrant needed, she is an occupant and owner of the property. When admitted by a person with authority overt the dwelling no probable cause is needed. Also, she told the Police that he was growing marijuana and using it. Instant Probable Cause. Maybe you need to have your lawyer teach you about warrantless searches. Jackass.

  • Ken Deemer

    Most think that 95% of the time, women are the victim of domestic violence….but look at this: “Whitney Lewandowski said that she was initially handcuffed under investigation for the same charges, placed in a police car, and told that her children were going to be taken by Child Protective Services. However, authorities offered her the opportunity to remain free and keep their kids if she pressed charges against her husband for domestic violence”
    Notice he was NOT abusive to his wife but they want her to accuse him of such. If they are doing this to her, I contend that thousands of other women are being told the same thing. We can thank the Violence Against WOMEN Act for this because the used radical feminist to help write this law. The VAWA pays police when men are charged with domestic violence and possibly because of the war on drugs, for drug arrest so this is more about MONEY than anything else.
    Many prisons are run by for profit corporations and thus I wonder, are kick backs involved to help make sure arrests and convictions are made to keep the prisons full?
    Yes this man is being railroaded but it is for MONEY more than anything else.

    • Corey Terceira

      You may want to reread that, he was chasing her around with a knife so she fled to a neighbors house. That is menacing, terroristic threats, and assault with a deadly weapon. How was he NOT being abusive?

      • DinoBeliver

        Rule number one. Don’t screw with your husband’s weed plants.

  • Marc Hayburn

    This guy would have rather gave his life for his country then be locked up like an animal for trying to help himself with a “PLANT” that’s all it is …….A PLANT!

  • CoolTeeO1

    No one should ever see one second in a jail cell for marijuana. It is more safe than alcohol even. This man is innocent and should not have to go through this . Our law is unjust .

  • Mufasas_Ghost

    Never talk to a cop. They are trained to lie and will twist anything you say into an admission of guilt. They are not your friend, they will not help you, so just call a lawyer even if you have to spend a night in jail. Keep in mind that state laws may require you to identify yourself, but make no other statements.

    • DinoBeliver

      Go screw yourself doosh.

      • Mufasas_Ghost

        Go sodomize your mother. Again.

  • Benjamin Carlyle

    No offense, but what was she thinking calling the Cops on her husband in the first place? Do you think Cops even have an option to “be cool”? No. They are supposed to enforce laws, which means any they think are broken. I understand she probably thought there would be “help” but this is a mistake people make calling the Police when they don’t really mean it. Often times the “help” is worse than the “hurt”. Keep that in mind.

    • Brook Jolley

      Says the neighbor did. Stupid unless you want your neighbor hurt or locked up.

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  • justmyopinion

    If you are going to get police involved, you should know enough to move things that will get you arrested. That’s like dealers who call cops to complain that someone shorted them in a coke deal or something.

  • syl1969

    Typical prosecutor’s office – only interested in the “win” column and no where near the “common sense” column, or “compassion” column. Gotta get those convictions, come hell or high water!

  • Raymond Felton

    According to Comanche County court records, Kris Lewandowski’s wife called the police on him. From court records: “Whitney stated that they started to argue about him staying out all night (the night before). Whitney said that Kristoffer then got into the shower (wink wink). Whitney stated that after Kristoffer got out of the shower, the two began to argue again. Whitney stated that they were arguing about Kristoffer growing marijuana in the house. Whitney said that she then went to the back yard of the residence and found more plants growing. Whitney stated that she began attempting to destroy some of the plants (cuz she’s a good Christian) and that, when Kristoffer noticed her destroying the plants, he became enraged.” I’m sorry, but own up to what you did. Don’t lie about it …

  • DinoBeliver

    Shame on the Officers who felt the need to notice the pot plants and make an issue of them. Now every other family with a family member in need will be reluctant to call the Police for help wondering what kind of search they are going to conduct.