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Michael Pelletier – Serving Life for Pot

Michael Pelletier is Serving Life for Pot – Please sign his petition on Change.org.

Paraplegic Michael Pelletier is serving LIFE for POTMichael Pelletier, #11109-036
Date of birth:
1/31/56
Age:
64
Offense:  Conspiracy to Import and Distribute Marijuana
Sentence: Life without parole
Incarcerated Since: 2006
Served: 14 years… Read the rest

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Diana Marquez – 1st Offender – 30 years for pot! Early release set for May 22 by BOP due to COVID-19

Diane Marquez

Diana Marquez will be going home on house arrest due to COVID-19 – we will still pursue her clemency but elated she will be safe during this awful pandemic that is ravishing the prison systems.

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Tynice Hall – 28 years received CLEMENCY on 2/18/2020

Please Sign Tynice Hall’s Change.org Petition
Name: Tynice Hall # 34596-177
DOB: 7/27/1983
Age: 36
Marital Status: Single
Children:  One son, Jonathan
Raised: Texas
Tried: Texas
Will Live: Lubbock, TX
Charge(s): Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute … Read the rest

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Posted in CAN-DO News Now Free

Aaron Sandusky – 10 Years for Medical Marijuana is NOW FREE! Early release due to First Step Act


Aaron Sandusky #63038-112
DOB: 01/08/1970
Marital status: Engaged to Darlene Buenrostro
Children: None
Raised: California
Tried: Los Angeles, CA
Charge: Conspiracy to manufacture and Distribute Marijuana
Sentence: 10 years
Incarcerated Since: 2012
Sentencing Date: 1/07/2012
Served: 7 years
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Posted in CAN-DO in the Media CAN-DO News

Aaron Sandusky’s medical marijuana nightmare – told by Reason

Aaron Sandusky’s case represents everything that is wrong with cannabis prohibition. Reveal’s video by Zach Weissmueller is a must watch for anyone working within the legal cannabis space. If this can happen to Aaron, it can happen to anyone.


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REVEAL’s “Pardon Me” featuring Charles “Duke” Tanner and CAN-DO

CAN-DO’s Amy Ralston Povah was interviewed for the “Pardon Me” episode on Reveal and connected the producer with one of our favorite clemency applicants – Charles Tanner. Listen to “Pardon Me” here.

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Amy Povah, Founder of the CAN-DO Foundation, Justice Through Clemency
Posted in CAN-DO News Education

Clemency and Pardon FAQs

As someone who has actually been through the process of filing and receiving executive clemency (I served 9 years of a 24 year sentence before being granted clemency by President Clinton),  I thought I would share some important Read the rest

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Posted in Activism

CAN-DO has a new petition on Change.org – PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!

We have started a new petition on Change.org seeking support for a reversal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions directive to escalate the drug war, seize more property, treat the opioid crisis as a criminal issue and allow the DEA to … Read the rest

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Posted in CAN-DO in the Media CAN-DO News

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah in New York Times

NYTsJanuary 26, 2015

Amy Povah, founder of CAN-DO; P.S. Ruckman, a pardon expert, and Sam Morison, former Pardon Staff Attorney for 13 years, who are both members of the CAN-DO advisory board, contributed to this NYTs online debate about “the … Read the rest

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Conspiracy Law Expert – Amy Ralston Povah

Amy Povah (formerly Pofahl) has devoted most of her adult life educating the public and media about the conspiracy law because her story was the first to appear in a major, Conde Nast publication that shocked not only the public, … Read the rest

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Posted in Activism CAN-DO News

CAN-DO Foundation has a Movement Page on Change.org!!!

The CAN-DO Foundation and Change.org have organized a massive clemency “movement” page, where many of our clemency applicants have an active petition on Change.org/clemency.  This has been an invaluable tool for anyone seeking support for a pending clemency petition.  … Read the rest

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Op Ed in Fusion Urging President to Pardon More Women by Amy Povah

When Amy Ralston Povah was escorted across the compound at FCI Dublin, after President Clinton granted her clemency, she told the women she would never forget them. Fifteen years later, Amy is still fighting to garner attention for the women … Read the rest

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Bill Maher Wants More Pardons – Thanks to CAN-DO

On January 20, 2015, CAN-DO sent a package to Bill Maher begging him to address the lack of Presidential clemencies for drug offenders, especially people serving time for pot on his show. This was the second time CAN-DO founder Amy … Read the rest

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America's longest serving marijuana prisoner, Antonio Bascaro, incarcerated since 1980!
Posted in CAN-DO News Now Free Pot Prisoners

Antonio Bascaro – Served 39 years for pot – NOW FREE!

Antonio was #1 on Top 25 men deserving of clemency because he has served more time for pot than anyone in the nation.  But, today, May 1st he walked out of prison and into the arms of his loving family!
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Cheryl Howard – Life – Received Clemency on 12/19/16

Fox News 13 in Tampa interviewed Cheryl’s daughter, Lavithia Howard and CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah – watch the video: 

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Message from Cheryl Howard to CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah: “WOW!! I am OVER JOYED right now!!  God said he would restore … Read the rest

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Pauline Kay Blake – 24 Years Received CLEMENCY on 08/03/16!!!

Pauline Blake – #15 on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women, received CLEMENCY from President Obama on August 3, 2016.

On Sept. 1st, Milena Nelson Blake of the Stanford Project picked Pauline up, took her shopping and then took her to … Read the rest

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Congrats to Donna McDaniel – 30 years – RECEIVED CLEMENCY on 11/22/16

Angels are singing because Donna McDaniel has received JUSTICE THROUGH CLEMENCY!  Congrats to all her family, mother Sue Barrow, brother, Joe Jackson who already received clemency on the same case!

Please sign Donna’s clemency petition.

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Paul Free – Serving Life For Pot – Received Clemency on 12/19/16 – NOW FREE!!!

Best news ever – Paul Free walked out of prison on April 29, 2019. Congratulations Paul!  Halfway house is not exactly “free” but it’s a great step and Paul is grinning from ear to ear!

“OK FOLKS STAY TUNED –

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Carol Denise Richardson – Clemency Recipient on 3/30/16

Carol Richardson was #8 on the CAN-DO Top 25
Name: Carol Richardson – 16753-179
DOB: March 27, 1968
Race: Black
Age: 50
Children: 4 children
Grandkids: 2 grandkids
Charge: Two counts of possession and two counts of conspiracy to distribute … Read the rest

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Mandy Martinson – 15 Years – Received Clemency 12/16/16

Congratulations to Mandy Martinson who received clemency from a 15 year sentence!

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Mandy Martinson
Age: 37
Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Meth
Priors: First Offense
Sentence: 15 years
Served: 12 years
Sentenced: 2005
Release Date: 10/21/2017 – due for release to … Read the rest

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How to Enhance Your Chances for Clemency

Executive Clemency Petition in Malibu, CA

Tips Prisoners Can Use to Enhance Chances at an Executive Clemency Petition in Malibu, CA.

If you are going to file a clemency petition please do not re-hash the particulars of your case. This … Read the rest

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Posted in Pot Prisoners Top 25 Marijuana Offenders Top 25 Men

Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda – serving Life for Pot – has sadly deceased!

Leopoldo passed away in prison – he is at peace and we honor his memory!

Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda

NAME: Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda 81659-071
SENTENCE: Life Without Parole
AGE: 80
SERVED: Over 23 years
Sentenced: 1993
INSTITUTION: FMC Butner, PO Box 1600, Butner, … Read the rest

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Michael Montalvo – LIFE without parole

Michael MontalvoName: Michael Montalvo #87224-012
DOB: February 9, 1946
Marital Status: Single
Age: 74
Children: Two daughters, Alexis, Rebecca – both have children making Michael a Grandfather
Grandchildren: Three Grandchildren
Raised:  Los Angeles, CA until 10, then Wash DC
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Luke Scarmazzo – 21.8 years for Medical Marijuana

Luke’s co-defendant, Ricardo Montes received clemency. They were charged together and are co-defendants.   Please sign this petition supporting Luke’s clemency on change.org 

Luke Scarmazzo # 63131-097
DOB: 1980
Age: 39
Race: White
Raised: California
Tried: Went to trial in the … Read the rest

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Corvain Cooper – Life for Pot

Please sign Corvain Cooper’s change.org petition

Corvain Cooper, #643011-112
DOB:
11/2/1979
Age: 40
Children: 2 daughters
Residence: California 
Charges: Distributing Marijuana; Money Laundering;
Trial/Plea: Trial
Tried: Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte
Sentence: Life Without Parole
Incarcerated Since: 2014
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Clemency for William Underwood – Life Without Parole

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Please sign the Change.org petition to free William Underwood. 

Name: William Underwood #04849-016
Age: 66
Children: 4 children, 3 grandchildren
Charge: RICO, RICO Conspiracy, 21 USC §846 (he completed this part of his sentence in 2008) and Life without … Read the rest

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John Knock – Serving Life for Pot

John Knock is serving Life for Pot!
Please sign his change.org petition to raise awareness

John Knock #11150-017
First time offender

http://www.johnknock.com
http://www.lifeforpot.com

Raised: Nebraska
Tried: Florida
Will live: Philadelphia
Offense:
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Billy Dekle – Serving Life for Pot Is Now Free – Clemency

Former Marine, Billy Dekle was serving Life for Pot

Billy Dekle has called several times since his release, the last time was on February 29th
to talk about his half-way house woes.  We remember the days when clemency recipients did
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Charles Fred Cundiff is serving Life for Pot
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Charles “Fred” Cundiff – Received Clemency – 12/18/2015

We are happy to announce that Charles Cundiff serving life for pot won the clemency lottery.  On Jan. 12th, he arrived at a half-way house and could use financial assistance and clothes to start a new life.   Thank you Pres.

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