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Nov-14-2012 12:21printcomments Video

The Government Lied, And This Law-Abiding Father Got 80 Years In Prison

80 years for growing a natural plant legal under state law.

Chris Williams
Chris Williams

(HELENA, MT) - The heartbreaking story of Montana resident Chris Williams combines the absurdity of prohibition, the abject failure of the war on drugs, and the outrageous implementation of mandatory minimums all in one.

If there was any doubt in your mind as to whether or not our nation's drug policies are completely broken, this should settle them.

Special thanks to Upworthy.com

upworthy.com/the-government-lied-and-this-law-abiding-father-got-80-years-in-prison?c=upw1

ORIGINAL: By Rebecca Richman Cohen for "The New York Times." Read the full editorial here.

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