Tuesday April 22, 2014
A Family's Struggle for Justice!Eric Salerno Salem-News.com
An army of advocates exist, ready to help patients, get their story out to the media and newspapers. Like Daisy... never stop pushing for justice.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - These past few years have been very tough for medical marijuana patients in California. Some Cities and Counties have attempted to ban or restrict growing that is clearly allowed under state law.
Nothing however compares to what one tragedy a family in Butte County has been facing. Jayme Walsh and Daisy Bram along with their two young sons, Thor and Zeus, were raising their family in a quite outskirt of Butte County, within the serene mountain area know as Concow.
Daisy Bram is a mother who believed in holistic medicine as opposed to western science.
Jayme Walsh, father of her two children, was a farmer tilling the soil to make their way to a fulfilling life. Daisy had birthed their sons while at home in a comfortable setting as women for centuries have done.
Both Jayme and Daisy used medical marijuana for its healing and medicinal properties, this was their right under California Law Proposition 215.
One summer's eve a group of Butte County Sheriffs deputies came to their home for a "Compliance Check".
Jayme greeted the officers and welcomed them to see the garden which he had prepared himself by hand earlier that spring.
After a brief inspection and verbal confirmation from deputies that all paperwork and plant counts were in order the deputies told the couple to have a good harvest and they were in compliance.
Little did this happy family know that this was the beginning of a nightmare for them, and would change the course of California history for all families.
Within two weeks the Butte County Deputies reappeared with guns drawn and swarmed the home search warrants in hand. The Butte County Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) was at the lead, forcing their way into the garden and cutting plants.
The agents handcuffed Jayme Walsh and arrested him that morning on charges of cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and child endangerment. Walsh was charged additionally with manufacturing a substance — an alleged “honey oil.”
Charges against Daisy Bram for child endangerment were subsequently dropped, and the child endangerment charge against Walsh was later dismissed.
Daisy, who was breastfeeding both young boys, was interrogated harshly and during what can only be described as a kidnapping, agents waited until she was setting the children down, to snatch them and race the children to a waiting van at the end of he driveway where a CPS worker, Desiree Vance, was waiting in the shadows to take them.
An audio clip of this horrific kidnapping by (BINTF) was obtained, you can hear Daisy cry out for her boy as the narcotics agents attempt to calm her screams. (http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?
Soon after, Jayme was in Jail and Daisy was fighting for his release, I came upon her story two weeks after her ordeal. Daisy had posted on a website to beware of BINTF in Butte County.
I saw her post and responded to it and asked how I could help and get her family's story out for the public to see. Over the next few weeks we spoke and met at a rally in Chico 11-11-2011 and she was already calling medical Marijuana attorneys. She was dismayed however that all of them wanted 5-10 thousand dollars to assist her family. She did not give up though, and a blessing soon came.
Michael Levinsohn www. mylawyermicheal.com, one of the attorneys she called, her heard her plea for justice.
When all other attorneys failed to see that her need was real, Michael acted with haste.
Pro Bono, he agreed to take her case and fight the criminal charges that were sanctioned against her. Jayme represented himself pro se and had Michael as a sounding board for advice. During his preliminary hearing, like a surgeon removing a cancerous tumor, he sliced away at the falsehoods Deputy DA Jeff Greason and BINTF agents were perpetuating.
After a lengthy court battle, a seldom used action was taken by head DA Mike Ramsey, one usually reserved for extreme cases with overwhelming merits.
The Butte County District Attorneys Office refiled the criminal charges against Daisy and Jayme.
Meanwhile, her children had been returned and all of Daisy's child abuse charges are dropped. CPS has no hold on their lives anymore.
It seemed as though the law of the land was blind to the truths of the case and is simply a sore loser in every sense of the word.
After nearly two years of court battles, children in CPS and every mother's nightmare, this cruel DA Mike Ramsey, wanted more of their blood to be drawn out.
But hope is still with her and now people are talking, Daisy had been speaking with local newspapers and her story is being published.
In a recent interview, I explained her tragedy to Casper Leitch and Ed Rosenthal on Freedom Radio's "Time4Hemp".
Soon after, Ed Rosenthal's Green Aid organization stepped up to foot the bill and assist with the legal costs for her case. Ed came to Butte County for court support and helped to show he truly cared for her plight, and was in the fight!
As one of America's most respected authors on cannabis and a true pioneer in the medical marijuana movement, his participation in her case was epic in the battle we all faced to see this family free.
www.Green-Aid.com is involved with many cases where situations of egregious unlawful violations by law enforcement agencies both State and Federal occur.
If ever there was an organization to donate to, this is it! This past October, with her attorney Michael Levinsohn at her side, Daisy received the Women's NORML award for freedom.
Today Daisy is still fighting her criminal charges and court support is still needed, donations to Green Aid are helping save people like this from tragedy in their lives. If you are in legal trouble or know a person who is, don't call just anybody. Call a legal professional who cares and will fight or your rights.
Most importantly of all, don't ever think you are alone, there is an army of advocates ready to help you, get your story out to the media and newspapers, and like Daisy....never stop pushing for justice.
Be Well, Eric L. Salerno
Eric Salerno is a Salem-News.com writer from Butte County, California. His background is with State and Federal Agencies assisting in recovery efforts in disaster stricken states.
In 2008 he began advocating for medical marijuana in his home state. This journey began after the supervisors in his district of Butte County enacted a moratorium on legal Prop. 215 patients rights to access and grow their own medicine. He was one of only 10 people to show up at the meeting and voice his concerns with their actions.
That year a coalition of mores than 300 residents was formed and a Vote NO on measure A campaign began. These residents of Butte County united to stop the interference of the county.
This campaign was successful with a large voter drive initiative and media campaign securing 55% of the voters saying NO on measure A.
Today Eric works endlessly from Southern California to Northern California advising and implementing political tactics, to ensure every Californian has the right to access legal safe medicine under the law.
You can write to Eric at this address: Ericsalerno@sbcglobal.net
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