Pennsylvania Governor Pardons Doctor Convicted For Growing Medical Marijuana For Dying Wife

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The governor of Pennsylvania on Wednesday pardoned a doctor who was arrested, prosecuted and jailed for growing marijuana that he used to provide relief for his dying wife. The daughter of 65-year-old Paul Ezell also faced a conviction and lost her license to be a nurse because she was at the house when police seized the plants in 2014. The state Board of Pardons will vote on whether to make her eligible for gubernatorial clemency next month. “Here’s a doctor of 30 years who had not so much as a speeding ticket, and then his whole life is ruined for giving his wife medicine that’s now legal in Pennsylvania,” Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who helped bring attention to the case, said in a press release. “This is a prime example of the destructive power of reefer madness.” Next month, his daughter comes before the board with similar charges that ended her own medical career. Not one more life damaged by this awful prohibition. The power of a 2nd Chance. Apply today. The only thing you have to lose is your record. https://t.co/ni3ihX0qPX — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 26, 2021 While the pardon could help Ezell, who said he grew the cannabis to give his wife an alternative to prescription opioids, get his own license restored, he told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the most important thing for him is to ensure that his daughter has her record forgiven. “He lost his wife, his career, everything,” Fetterman said. “Today, Dr. Ezell can start to rebuild his life. Cases like his illustrate why we must end marijuana prohibition before it destroys one more life.” Cases like his illustrate why we must end marijuana prohibition before it destroys one more life. https://t.co/AL2S3Cxdth — Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (@FettermanLt) May 26, 2021 Gov. Tom…

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