Update to previous e-mail: After further thinking on what had just happened I came to realize that the officer that detained me failed to read me my Miranda rights.
To whom it may concern,
My name is Sean Crystal and I am writing today to get some legal advice an help in a situation where my rights were violated under the constitution. In end I wound up abiding to avoid injury to myself. I am not currently working so an attorney is not going to be an easy thing for me to obtain. In attempt to use my freedom card the officers refused to hear or read it. The officers also continued to ask questions, and refused to honor my decision of no consent to search my vehicle The officer would not allow me to close my door as I stepped out of my vehicle, all answers and consent given were under protest and duress. Please NORML this would be a big case for the state of Idaho if you would help me win it. In order to legalize we must stand together, and I need you to stand with me.
Webmaster: http://www.hemp4victory.com <http://www.hemp4victory.com/>
I am afraid we are not in short supply of victims of the marijuana laws, with more than 850,000 marijuana arrests nationwide last year. So you should focus on getting through this experience with the least amount of harm, and leave the political work until you have this behind you.
Let me suggest that at your arraignment, you advise the judge that you cannot afford to hire private counsel, and ask the court to appoint counsel for you. That is not as good as having private counsel, but it is far better than nothing.
R. Keith Stroup, Esq.
NORML Legal Counsel
I understand where you are coming from, however, big wins mean big change. 1966 Miranda vs. the State of Arizona caused our Miranda Rights to finally be upheld properly. The officers that arrested me failed to read me my Miranda’s before any questioning or interrogation. I thought NORML was about making change to the marijuana laws. NORML has become just like every other large group (DRCNet, MPP, and DPA). It's become about the money; if the groups were really there to make change NORML would help win this big case to help restore our constitutional rights. Idaho is a lot closer to legalization than many think. NORML's assistance in winning a case that was in direct violation of constitutional rights would help push this along. Tom Trail (R-Moscow) is planning on introducing a medical marijuana bill to the Idaho Senate later this year that could legalize medical marijuana for Idaho by January.
Unless NORML is willing to change their mind and help win a big constitutional rights case, then NORML has failed me, as well as the hundreds of thousands of pot smokers that are being arrested every year. NORML, put down the money and go back to fighting for what you started for.
As the webmaster of http://www.hemp4victory.com I know that there never needs to be a charge, or a donation made to make something move up. I've spent less than $100 on my site, and have made it on to Google’s first page for Hemp Homes Organization. I've never paid Google a single cent to get my site ranked anywhere near the first page. I haven't put a single penny into SEO...Every penny spent on my site went to domain registration and domain certification. As of this moment NORML has lost my support and unless changed future links to NORML may be removed from my site. I can't be associated with a company that's changed what they claim to believe in. I believe that NORML understands that the longer prohibition continues, the more money they make in donations, and the richer they become off of a constitutionally incorrect failed war against the American People
P.S. I really hope this awakens NORML directs, founders, and officials and pushes them into fighting for what I thought they believed in.
Watch for updates regarding this. I will be posting with NORML's response soon!