The Plant War Rages On
By Kerry Cannon
House Bill 523 was signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich in 2016, legalizing Medical Cannabis.
Citizens of Ohio obtained cards from their doctors and felt protected by the new law when choosing to treat their medical conditions with Cannabis. Unfortunately, the law hasn’t protected a husband and wife in Mercer County Ohio, who are both facing over 50 years each behind bars for medical Cannabis.
On Halloween night 2017, law enforcement showed up at the home of Peggy Kimmel and Glenn Keeling. They were there to take their Cannabis. Peggy and Glenn both had current recommendations from a medical doctor to use Cannabis. The officers disregarded their recommendations. Glenn was arrested that night. Peggy was later indicted by a Grand Jury. The multitude of charges against them both, ranges from possession to trafficking, to child endangerment.
I first became aware of this injustice on The International Cannabis Patients Wall on Facebook. Peggy Kimmel had written a post asking the public to help. Feeling inspired to do so, I reached out to Peggy.
She was more than willing to answer all of my questions and provide documented proof to back up her family’s story. What I discovered, are good people, community leaders, who were positive assets to their community. Now they are living a nightmare, going on for over 2 years now, that shouldn’t ever happen to anyone.
Using Cannabis to improve your health and well-being, in a legal medicinal state, while having authorizations from a doctor shouldn’t be a crime. Technically it isn’t, because there is no victim. No Victim No Crime. Yet, Mercer County Prosecutor Matt Fox persists with his persecution and prosecution of a wife using Cannabis to treat her MS, and a husband using Cannabis to treat his Crohn’s disease. A 16-year-old young lady is at risk of losing her home and family, despite the fact that CPS closed the case in under 1 month, ultimately deciding that the best place for her, is in her home, with her parents.
Legalization isn’t what most people think it is. It isn’t stopping prosecutions, even of people who are following the law. Peggy Kimmel and Glenn Keeling, are facing over 50 years each in prison for something they are still allowed to do per bond condition – use Cannabis to treat their health conditions. Prison would be a death sentence for Peggy. Her attorney, Eric Allen, has informed her that one of the pharmaceutical drugs she uses alongside Cannabis, would not be available to her in prison, because of it’s cost. Without it, her health and life would quickly decline. The ongoing stress of this injustice is taking its toll on both Peggy and Glenn. This is madness.
They need our help.
A question I’m frequently asked – If they were following the law, what would the prosecutor have to gain in the prosecution of Peggy and Glenn?
While I cannot say for sure, I do know that Ohio has private prisons. These prisons have contracts with the government, to keep occupancy at a certain percentage. If the contract is breached, the prison will sue the state. I do wonder if this may be a motivating factor for Mr. Fox. The prosecution would also result in asset forfeiture. Peggy’s home she purchased years ago, along with an antique collection Glenn owns, would be taken upon the prosecution.
I spoke with Ohio Activist Amy Wolfinbarger about Cannabis injustice in her state of Ohio. Here is what she had to say:
“We in Ohio and across the nation need better drug laws. All cannabis is medicine and we have the right to safe and effective medication. A person’s zip code should not determine their punishment for possession of cannabis. We the people of Ohio fought to change these unjust laws. It’s time for our elected officials to stop allowing the unjust prosecution of our citizens.” -Amy Wolfinbarger
No family should be torn apart over a healing plant. Together we can & we will put a stop to this, and every Cannabis injustice.
How to Help
- Call Mercer County Prosecutor Matt Fox’s office (419) 586-8677
- Politely ask that he drop all charges against Peggy Kimmel and Glenn Keeling.
- Or send him an email email@example.com