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Title: Doctor Gets 18 Years for Healing Son With Cannabis - Cop Gets No Time for Raping, Urinating on Woman
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/co ... s-says-prosecution-railroaded/
Published: Aug 10, 2017
Author: Jack Burns
Post Date: 2017-08-10 10:19:15 by Deckard
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The daughter of a doctor who was sentenced to 18 years in prison after he was reported for using cannabis to help his autistic son, is now speaking out about how the state went after her father and ensured that he received the maximum sentence.

To highlight how corrupt the system is, around the same time the doctor was sentenced to 18 years for helping people with a plant, a deputy who admitted to despicable acts against an innocent woman received no time behind bars.

Former deputy Robert Retford, with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, was arrested last November on charges of sexual assault. His alleged victim was apparently seeking help from the deputy when she said he beat her, raped her and defecated on her, and then made her drink his urine. This month, Retford pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman and will not spend a single day in jail.

The blue privilege plea deal was negotiated last May, and for admitting to the heinous crimes against his victim, he was only sentenced to six months probation — no jail.

The Free Thought Project first reported on the story of Dr. Gordon Piland III in March. He was arrested after a school social worker reported that he was giving cannabis-infused goat milk to his autistic son. When conducting a follow-up search of Piland’s home, police found marijuana plants growing in the backyard, two bottles of decades-old prescription pills, and a small bag of poppy seeds, which was a gift from a horticulturist.

In an exclusive interview with TFTP, Piland’s daughter Lucy Snow claimed the prosecution used the fact that Piland was in possession of his deceased parents’ prescriptions, and his property’s proximity to an unmarked daycare, as impetus to charge him with trafficking in heroin. As a result, Piland was sentenced to 18-24 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

As we previously reported:

“Monroe Gordon Piland III (69) has lived an amazing life according to some estimates. In the late 1960s early 70s, Piland served as a naval officer, during the Vietnam war. Upon his return to the states, he earned a degree in nutrition from The University of California – Berkeley, and later a medical degree from the prestigious Wake Forest University, formerly a Southern Baptist university. He completed his medical residency in Elizabeth City, NC, and was a board certified medical doctor from 1979-1984.”

While Piland has managed to keep his love for cannabis under the radar since in the 80s, he going through a tenuous custody battle over his autistic son. His son’s mother was not a cannabis advocate, yet Piland would offer his son goat’s milk infused with cannabis as treatment for his behavioral and cognitive deficits. When the school’s social worker discovered the fact, she sent police to his home to investigate.

That home visit led to the medical doctor’s arrest and conviction in March. At trial, Piland didn’t stand a chance. Snow said her dad’s first mistake was to represent himself in court and take on Assistant District Attorney Alex Bass head-on.

“He was super content to go to court to share his knowledge of medical cannabis and let the chips fall where they may,” Snow said. “But, unfortunately, he couldn’t find a lawyer that wasn’t intimidated by Bass’s trumped up charges and that was willing to fight for him, so he resorted to representing himself, which had disastrous consequences.”

Snow said that instead of charging Piland with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor in the State of North Carolina, Bass decided to charge him with trafficking heroin. Here is what Snow said was found by police when they searched Piland’s home:

“What was found: A 2009 half-full bottle of Percocet/Oxycodone in my grandmother, Lillian Piland’s name, that my dad had failed to dispose of/recycle properly. A single full bottle of Duramorph, belonging to my grandfather, but this wasn’t a charge or used in court as the bottle was full. A few poppy seeds were gifted from my uncle, my mom’s brother, who is a landscape architect and gardener.”

According to Snow, Bass used the Percocet belonging to Piland’s deceased mother and the fact that a home daycare was located nearby to throw the full weight of the law against her father. She said the fact that he was in possession of several pounds of marijuana was never presented in court, making the cannabis activist seem like a heroin dealer and not the curative shaman that he was.

“I don’t know why my dad kept the old pharmaceutical pills, but he tended to be kind of a pack rat or just not be bothered by the little things,” Snow said, noting that one of the key pieces of evidence used against her father was something he didn’t realize he had. “Dad says he didn’t even remember having them as they were found in the back of a drawer.”

Snow said Dr. Piland was naive when he went to trial thinking, that if he just told the truth about his cannabis activism, no jury would convict him.

“After the search and seizure of his house, I think my dad really thought he had a chance to lay his life’s passion and work all out there. I think similar to say, Caitlyn Jenner, somewhere inside he just didn’t want to hide anymore, knowing what he knows and being the ripe age of 70. He was super content to go to court to share his knowledge of medical cannabis and let the chips fall where they may.”

After the prosecution presented its case, and without his own legal representation, the jury took less than 30 minutes to convict Dr. Piland of trafficking heroin—presumably due in part to his possession of 58 grams of poppy seeds. Here’s what about twice that amount looks like:

Snow told The Free Thought Project that she wishes her father had been given a plea deal, but said the prosecutor knew he could easily get a conviction, due to the fact that the senior citizen was choosing to represent himself. As a result, the physician’s daughter now views her father’s conviction with disdain, and especially resents ADA Bass who she says lied about her father and mischaracterized him.

“DA Alex Bass stated my dad had ‘a large cache of dangerous and highly addictive opioid drugs for sale and distribution’ and he knows this is a lie. The truth is only a SINGLE nearly decade old forgotten pharmaceutical bottle belonging to my deceased grandmother and the happenstance of living near an unmarked daycare was used as evidence for sending my non-violent father to prison for life.”

The teacher and daughter of a marijuana activist now accuses prosecutor Bass of sending an innocent man to prison and says he knew full well Piland was no heroin trafficker.

“Bass’s decisions were not only immoral, but go against many standards that Prosecutors are sworn to uphold,” Snow said. “He knows good and well, without a doubt, as does anyone who looks at the evidence, that opium or heroin selling, trafficking, or usage was not occurring.”

Snow said the punishment does not fit the crime, and she pointed to other cases where people were convicted of trafficking in heroin but received much softer sentences.

Piland’s life story might have been written differently had he resided in a state other than North Carolina. To date, there are 29 U.S. states that have legalized medical marijuana in some form. In fact, in some of those other states, Piland may very well have been able to serve as a certifying doctor for medical marijuana, given the fact that he once held board certification as a practicing MD. But he chose to live in the state he loved, and now has to pay a heavy price for dabbling in marijuana.

Looking at the bigger picture, Piland’s case may serve as an indictment of a justice system and a pharmaceutical industry that will go to great lengths to ensure the truth about cannabis is never told. After all, Piland is a medical doctor who gave up his medical practice to pursue a lifetime of research into cannabis. Unfortunately, anyone who may want to glean from what he knows will have to go and visit him in the Marion, NC Correctional Institute. (1 image)

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

The blue privilege plea deal was negotiated last May, and for admitting to the heinous crimes against his victim, he was only sentenced to six months probation — no jail.

Well, he resigned and was given 6 years probation and no jail for 3rd degree sexual assault (which he claims was consensual). And the woman was satisied with the plea deal.

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During the second week of September 2016, Shanna says, two Johnson County deputies showed up at her home for a domestic dispute. Shanna says she was arguing with her boyfriend and a neighbor, when someone called police.

She says Deputy Robert Retford offered to take her away from the situation. She says she got into his patrol car and they drove away. She told investigators that while they were in the car, he put his hands in her pants and made her touch him over his pants.

After that happened, she says Retford took her to a hotel in Clarksville. She said he didn’t stay at the hotel with her, but gave her his card with his name and number on it and told her to call him. The next morning, she called him from the lobby.

She told officers that Retford picked her up while he was on duty and took her to her friend's house.

That's where she says Retford assaulted her with either a flashlight or his police baton. Then, Shanna says, the deputy raped her and urinated on her.

"After that he made me drink his urine," Shanna said."He told me to enjoy being covered in his ****, that's what he said."

"I think he's scary, it scares me just talking about him,Shanna said."

Shanna tells 40/29 News she was on drugs when the assault happened. She does not remember if she told the deputy to stop.

"I don't know, I guess I just kind of froze up,"Shanna said. "I don't think I said anything, I don't think I could speak,I don't know."

The following day a friend took her to the hospital. The report shows that Fort Smith police were called by hospital staff and later,state police were called to handle the investigation.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-08-10   12:54:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard, misterwhite (#0)

As we previously reported:

“Monroe Gordon Piland III (69) has lived an amazing life according to some estimates. In the late 1960s early 70s, Piland served as a naval officer, during the Vietnam war. Upon his return to the states, he earned a degree in nutrition from The University of California – Berkeley, and later a medical degree from the prestigious Wake Forest University, formerly a Southern Baptist university. He completed his medical residency in Elizabeth City, NC, and was a board certified medical doctor from 1979-1984.”

TFTP failed to mention that naval officer Piland applied to get out as a conscientious objector but his request was denied.

TFTP also failed to note that doctor Piland (claimed 1979-1984) was found guilty of the offenses of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana and, by judgment entered on 28 February 1981, was sentenced to a jail term of one year, suspended upon compliance with certain conditions.

TFTP also failed to mention that Piland was the subject of a Notice of Charges and Allegations of 13 November 1982 by the Board of Medical Examiners, and the state of North Carolina revoked his medical license 16 December 1983.

TFTP failed to mention that this was Piland's SECOND FELONY CONVICTION for marijuana.

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA

IN RE: MONROE GORDON PILAND, III, M.D.
Respondent

ORDER

THIS MATTER came on for hearing before the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of North Carolina ("Board") on March 16, 1984 upon a certain "Notice of Charges and Allegations" dated November 3, 1982. Respondent and counsel for respondent appeared at the hearing. Based upon evidence presented at the hearing, the Board makes the following:

FINDINGS OF FACT

1. That respondent was found by a jury in the Superior Court of Dare County, North Carolina to be guilty of the offenses of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana in violation of N.C.G.S. § 90-95 (a) (1), both offenses being felonies;

2. That respondent, by judgment entered on February 28, 1981, was sentenced to a jail term of one year, with such sentence suspended upon compliance with certain conditions;

3. That the trial court's judgment was affirmed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals by an opinion filed on July 6 , 1982, and the respondent’s petition for discretionary review by the Supreme Court of North Carolina was denied on August 25, 1982;

4. That the respondent admitted that the cancer patient for whom he was allegedly growing the marijuana had never asked him to obtain or provide marijuana for her and had never indicated a desire to have him do so;

5. [...] marijuana or to attempt to use it for treatment purposes with the physician with whom he practiced;

6. That the respondent never made an effort to have the patient transferred to an available, experimental program at Duke University Medical School in which marijuana was being legally administered to cancer patients in an effort to control nausea caused by chemotherapy;

7. That the respondent personally brought the marijuana seeds which he planted in 1980 from Canada nearly a year before he conceived the idea of growing the marijuana to use in the treatment of the cancer patient;

8. That the respondent attempted to conceal the growing marijuana plants because he knew that growing marijuana was illegal;

9. That the respondent did not know how to extract the active ingredient from the marijuana plant, nor how much of the active ingredient to administer to the patient.

CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

That the above Findings of Fact constitute grounds, pursuant to N.C.G.S. §§ 90-14(a)(7) and 90-14 (a) (6), for the revocation of the respondent's license to practice medicine in the State of North Carolina.

NOW THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, that respondent's license to practice medicine in the State of North Carolina is hereby revoked and respondent is ordered to surrender the same forthwith to the Executive Secretary of the Board.

SO ORDERED.

nolu chan  posted on  2017-08-11   3:09:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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