2105 N. Citrus Rd
Paula Huff, ADC #285234
San Carlos Unit
P.O. Box 3700
Goodyear, AZ 85395
RELEASE DATE: 6-2013
Oct 2 just before noon, Larry rolls into Willow Creek Springs with his RV and Liz, Kyle, Steve and I load up. We affixed a new solidarity ribbon magnet to the front bumper and took a picture for posterity and our most recent “Freedom ride” begins. Our destination: Tucson AZ for Paula Huff’s sentencing. She has been convicted and held in custody for the past 2 months and faces years in prison for “Production” of more than 2 but less than 4 pounds of cannabis and the possession of paraphernalia. The Human Solution feels that it is unacceptable to put ANYONE in prison for a plant and this is no exception.
We traveled down to El Cajon to pick up Dennis, Adela, and Jon before heading out on the 8 eastbound. The trip went smoothly; as we headed across the dessert I received a call from a defendant in Nevada interested in becoming a member and starting a chapter to foster local support for her case and other cannabis warriors. We’re officially 10 chapters deep and growing all the time and it is always easier and more effective to get folks to help provide support locally. Fortunately, we received some funds for fuel as the RV was a hungry one… hopefully one day travel will not be so much of a burden and the ability to mobilize the willing will be a reality every time one of our warriors is in need.
I was able to call into a radio show from Canada where I joined Maria Green from Michigan THS and talked about court support, plea deals, jury nullification and how to help end prohibition. The trip was otherwise uneventful except a close brush with a crop duster, a border check point and a colorful grasshopper.
We pulled into Tucson after 10pm and met our local chapter leader Robert Clark for the first at the waffle house where we planned shared ideas and ate. After, we pulled into an RV campsite and bed down for the night.
We awoke, got a bite and arrived at the courthouse around 9:30 where we grabbed our rally signs, brochures, and set up in a central courtyard area. Almost immediately people came up asking questions including a woman facing charges with her two sons for cultivating cannabis. A few went off to canvas the area and were approached by some folks asking questions about jury nullification. Some cops came over and told them to leave or they would be arrested…… as they walked away, several cops actually made disparaging remarks and booed with a thumbs down sign.
We entered the courthouse and the security had the screening machine turned up and searched purses and effects. As usual we were not carrying any contraband. The judge was the same that tried the case and removed supporters and ribbons. This time we entered 25 strong all proudly and filled up more than half of the courtroom. Prosecutors sat in the back on the left side…..
Defense council mentioned the community support as he look out at the room of supporters and mentioned all the obvious points: no previous criminal record, no victim, etc…. The judge handed down the sentence of 1 year for the cultivation charges and 4 months for possession of paraphernalia. As soon as the sentence was handed down, the prosecutors all got up and left. Later when Paula was led out we all stood up as a sign of respect and she smiled as she walked out. A few loving remarks were made and she disappeared from sight.
We met outside the courthouse for our usual picture for posterity and met across the street for a chapter meeting. Where we spoke about membership, court support, prison outreach as we wrote some letters to our pow’s.
Journey for Justice ~ Paula Huff