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Serving Time With Your Child: One Mom's Prison JourneyMindi Hall, Salem-News.com Cannabis De-Classified
73,818 people are currently serving Federal time for drug offenses.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - As the cannabis industry presses on throughout the country, people such as 41-year old Lance Gloor #44270-086 continue to endure lengthy sentences behind bars for engaging in what many are making millions from, cultivation of marijuana.
The lines of legality regarding cannabis can be blurry. In a time when state law and Federal law does not match, many people like Lance continue to fall through the cracks.
His “crime” occurred in Washington State where regulations for the cannabis industry are ever changing. Currently, Lance is four years into a 10 year Federal sentence and is housed in Oregon, also a state rolling in cannabis currency.
In the meantime, Lance Gloor is not the only one serving time for his so-called crime. His mother, Tracie, is serving that time right along with him. Lamenting to followers on social media, her pleads for her son's safety and freedom are unmatched.
She is going through her own personal hell and in her heart is every bit as trapped by the legal system as her son. Standing alongside her is her husband and her grandchild, Lance’s daughter. They too mourn the passing time without their loved one.
Be that as it may, the grief of a mother under any circumstance is incomparable. Tracie speaks up on behalf of her family in hopes that their story may help others find peace within their own trials of life.
While reading the following words, please keep in mind that currently 73,818 people are serving Federal time for drug offenses, that is 45.4% of all prisoners, according to the BOP (bop.gov/about/statistics/statistics_inmate_offenses.jsp).
A significant number of these people are nonviolent and/or have a mental illness. Some are cannabis related, although it is unclear the exact numbers. What we do know is that approximately 73,818 American mothers are crying into their pillows at night because the system has unfairly deemed their child un-salvageable.
In Her Own Words:
MH: Tell us what it felt like to be sitting in the courtroom waiting for someone else to decide his fate.
Tracie Gloor-Pike: I actually did not think my son would be taken away from us any longer. I actually thought he would be coming home with us. To this day, I still can’t believe it!
MH: What went through your mind the moment you realize your son will be taken from you?
Tracie Gloor-Pike: I was trying my hardest to WAKE UP! Wake up from a terrible nightmare! I could not wake up! I had to stand in this cold, heartless Federal Court room crumbling inside with my heart racing out of control as I watched my son being taken out of the room. I could hear the painful shackles and heavy chains being put back on him!
MH: Can you describe the experience of visiting a loved one who is in federal prison?
Tracie Gloor-Pike: My broken heart was so blessed to be able to visit my son in prison so I CAN SEE FOR MYSELF HE IS OK, at least OK on the outside. I know he is hurting and wasting away on the inside just like I am.
MH: How do you feel knowing your son is serving Federal time in a state with a billion dollar cannabis industry?
Tracie Gloor-Pike: I am extremely angry & hurt. I feel completely let down by Washington State. SHAME ON YOU WASHINGTON STATE, SHAME ON YOU!! Around every corner there is someone making a profit on marijuana. Several people, from start to finish, who had a hand in putting my son behind Federal Prison bars are making a profit one way or another in this industry while my son is locked up. SHAME ON YOU WASHINGTON STATE!
MH: Your fierce dedication does not end with your son. What compels you to fight for strangers while you are living through your own version of hell?
Tracie Gloor-Pike: I was born with the spiritual gift of compassion/mercy. I was shocked to find out (that) there are so many people in prison for cannabis, some serving LIFE. The more fiercely we fight for Lance’s freedom the more I find out.
MH: How do you cope?
Tracie Gloor-Pike: It is only by the grace of God that I cope! He provides me with his strength... He provides me with HOPE! I trust the Lord with my son. Hard to believe he loves Lance more than I do, but he does!
MH: In light of all that you and your family have been through, what does the word ‘Justice’ mean to you?
Tracie Gloor-Pike: Nothing! I am still living a HORRIBLE NIGHTMARE!
As do numerous families in America, Lance’s family maintains hope he will be freed by President Trump. An online petition on behalf of Lance is circulating requesting a favorable decision in his quest for clemency. To sign this petition, visit: www.change.org/p/dear-president-trump-free-lance-gloor.
Support in these matters is greatly appreciated. Public outcry and advocacy is a crucial component to the process as to stand out among the crowd of applicants. According to the Department of Justice (www.justice.gov/pardon/clemency-statistics), President Trump is facing a stack of 11,510 petitions.
To this date, he has granted six clemencies and denied 98 petitions.
The clemency process is daunting and open ended. One never knows if or when their petition will be reviewed. Seemingly, there is no rhyme or reason for how some are accepted and others denied, leaving prisoners and families waiting on the edge of hope indefinitely.
If you would like to learn more about nonviolent drug offenders, becoming an advocate, or more information about Lance’s cannabis case visit: www.candoclemency.com/lance-gloor.
Here you will find details about what Lance has gone through along with many others who hang onto the hope of someday reuniting with their loved ones and proving they can make a positive difference in their communities.
Mindi Hall, Writer is Co-founder at Voices Of The Cannabis War, Volunteer at Freedom Grow and Volunteer at CAN-DO Foundation - Justice Through Clemency. She has been a KBOO Community Radio Volunteer and Cchi2016 RADIO, Voices Of The Cannabis War Show. You can reach Mindi Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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