From Below: “It was a death threat. Not to me—it was a death threat to the receptionist. …..”
My wife and children answered hundreds … no; probably thousands of phone calls over the decades; the anonymous and malevolent sounding voices were filled with expletives and threats. Coming home to the recorded threats were the norm, not the exception!
My wife was panicked and insisted I get a gun and a permit to carry. She wanted me to stop my speaking in public. I didn’t, but wish I had, only to attempt to save my marriage – we divorced 10 years ago, after a separation of 5 years. The truth be tole, these drug users care about nothing but getting high and they don’t care whom they hurt, obviously, even children ! ! ! !
The calls came in because of my high-profile anti-drug statements. TV, radio, and other media would seek me out when there was pro pot news and they wanted an opinion from the other side. I’m a former user.
Because I spoke out, our home and vehicles were vandalized, and I was assaulted 5 times in Eugene, Oregon over the years. None were serious, but the twisted nails under the tires of my work van could have killed me.
Recently when implied and implicit threats began again (because I was published online) and it became apparent that druggies were again, searching for where I lived, ….
They’d found and described the current tenants of my former home, …. even though they were frustrated that they couldn’t find me, to carry out whatever plans they had, (see Portland’s Examiner.com), …. (when they were trying to become established, I wrote an online column for them). I made a police report, …. just in case. I was obligated to, in case the current owners were thought to be me and injured somehow; I wanted a “paper trail”!
I work with Drug Watch International and any one of us who takes a public stand or heads up an anti drug organization, has experienced the same thing.
It’s rare though, that these criminals threaten Federal Officials, but that’s what happened recently …..
I got the following, 2nd hand, but it look likes the article below, came from the credible paper, “The Willamette Weekly”, one of the state’s best; it’s out of Salem, Oregon.
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U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton’S office received a string of critical calls and one death threat last week after he put out a strongly worded warning to Oregon medical-marijuana dispensaries.
Immediately following Holton’s June 3 warning that businesses selling marijuana “will not be tolerated,” he says his office in Portland received calls in support of his stand.
The letters sent out to dozens of Oregon medical-marijuana businesses, and their landlords, were also signed by 34 district attorneys.
But about five days after his statement was publicized—and after medical-marijuana outlets had received the letters in the mail—Holton says his office began getting calls from people critical of his stance.
Some asked where they should get their marijuana if dispensaries close.
“The majority of them were perfectly pleasant, several were nasty, and this one person was way over the line,” Holton says.
“It was a death threat. Not to me—it was a death threat to the receptionist. That’s what was remarkable about it. Who’s going to threaten a receptionist?”
Holton says several callers told him their dispensaries were closing. But Donald Morse, who helps run the Human Collective clinic in Tigard, says he’s not aware of any medical-marijuana outlets that have shut down.
“A few places closed for a couple of days [after Holton’s warning],” Morse says, “but they have since reopened—I assume after talking with their attorneys.”
Holton’s warning came two days after WW published a story about tensions between medical-marijuana businesses and law enforcement. People who have opened dozens of dispensary-style cannabis outlets statewide tell WW they believe those establishments are allowed under Oregon‘s medical-marijuana laws.