Posted: Dec 11, 2012 9:15 AM by MTN News
Updated: Dec 11, 2012 9:15 AM
WASHINGTON D.C. - A groundswell of support for convicted Montana medical marijuana provider Chris Williams has surfaced in a petition for a Presidential pardon.
This weekend, the White House petition to pardon Williams became the first of its kind to reach the 25,000 signatures required for a response from the Obama Administration.
In September, Williams was convicted of eight federal felonies connected with his Montana Cannabis business.
Williams is one of only four marijuana caregivers in the country who has refused all plea bargains with federal prosecutors.
Previous requests for clemency have been made via the "We the People" petition site on WhiteHouse.gov., but until now, none have exceeded 10,000 signatures in the available 30-day time frame.
The petition to pardon Williams collected that amount of signatures in the first 24 hours it was on line.
Williams faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 92 years for his conviction on federal drug charges.
He has been denied release pending appeal and is currently in federal custody awaiting sentencing on January 4, 2013.
Advocates believe Williams is being targeted for his refusal to buckle to federal intimidation and for his role in suing the U.S. Government over its medical marijuana policy.