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Texas family confronted with police scare tactics after trip to Colorado, are forced to leave the state

Fight or flight is an automatic response to threats of survival. When a threat is perceived, the human nervous system kicks into overdrive, allowing the adrenal cortex to release endorphins and stress hormones. We all have a level of familiarity with this automatic response, as it is natural.

Activists for the reform of marijuana laws in Texas, Copperas Cove residents Sheena Marie and Minister Mike were faced with a situation triggering their fight or flight response. A recent vacation to colorful Colorado proved to be the catalyst.

Like many activists from Texas, a vacation to Colorado is an educational opportunity to discover the practices of the legalized marijuana industry. Not only is it educational, but some call it spiritual as well.

In Colorado, any person over the age of 21 is allowed to purchase and consume marijuana in a safe manner. Usually this occurs inside a hotel room, a private residence, or at a private party, like the High Times Cannabis Cup. All activists in Texas understand that driving under the influence of marijuana is a serious no-no in Colorado. Other serious crimes related to Colorado’s legalization of cannabis include taking Colorado marijuana over state lines into a state that prohibits the plant.

Sheena, a US Army Veteran, is a proud member of multiple NORML chapters, and is one of the face-forward, tall-standing women of the NORML Women’s Alliance. The NORML Women’s Alliance is an organization that helps people, though mostly women, find the fine line of balance between personal / home life and activism. Sheena has spoken publicly about the benefits of Colorado’s legalization, and the dangers that Texans may face as a result. Her most recent speech was the ‘do’s and don’ts of traveling to Colorado.’

Minister Mike, partner in business and life with Sheena, is a full time employee in his trade, as well as an activist and business owner. His business, Grow Your Own, is designed to bring environmentally friendly products and healthy alternatives for the folks in their home state. As an activist, Minister Mike appreciates the opportunity to challenge the thinking of Texans, and Texas law makers.

As everyone is aware, April 20 is a holiday among cannabis culture. 4/20, as it’s often referred to, was celebrated in Denver in a way America has never seen before. Sheena and Minister Mike took a short vacation to Colorado to celebrate this historic event. In the company of over 30,000 other cannabis believers, they made the legalized choice to participate by using cannabis.

Upon their return from Colorado, they spoke at the Killeen NORML Alliance meeting on April 23. The very next day, plain-clothed officers driving a mustang greeted them at their home. The officers said they had reports that Sheena and Mike may have brought illegal substances back from Colorado.

Sheena was quick enough to respond in the same way that is always encouraged by our activist friends. She politely refused to allow them to search the home, since there was no warrant.

The threats and intimidation by the officers began.

Sheena reports that the officers responded by saying, “well, we can come back with a warrant, and CPS.” Sheena and Minister Mike were obviously shaken by the threats, intimidation and scare tactics. They made the decision to seek legal advice, let the weekend pass, and reassess the situation in the coming week.

The following Monday was the impetus for seeking exile. The family’s neighbors came running to tell the Sheena that police had just left their residence. The neighbors claim that at least three police cars, and a car that looked to be CPS were rummaging through a closed and latched storage shed, and had left moments prior. This is the moment that their fight-or-flight response kicked into overdrive. The decision was promptly made to withdraw their son from school in Texas, and pack up the family car for an overnight drive to Colorado.

After contacting friends in Colorado, swift arrangements were made for temporary housing. Sheena, Minister Mike, and their son were able to take over a basement apartment at their friend’s house.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

Many people would see these events as panic-inducing, fear-laden, and beyond acceptable stress. The story of tragedy for the family doesn’t end here. The first morning at the friend’s residence turned sour quickly. Upon return from the grocery store, the family vehicle, a Toyota Prius, was totally destroyed.

An uninsured driver made the choice to take to the road that day. Following the decision to drive with no insurance, this driver made the choice to drive dramatically over the speed limit while chatting on the phone, and these decisions led to the wreck of the family car.

Threats of taking their child, seeking exile in Colorado with little to no help, the total destruction of the family vehicle, and withdrawing their son from his favorite teacher are too much to deal with.

Since the move, their pets were kidnapped by animal control in Copperas Cove. One of their three dogs is a Chihuahua who has been missing an eye for over ten years. A vet treated the dog at the time of the injury a decade ago. Family in Texas had taken on the task of watching over the pets while Sheena and Minister Mike are in Colorado. When the family members went to animal control to collect the animals, there was another attempt to gain entry to the family home.

Animal control and local police claimed to have seen a kitten through the window, and said entry would be necessary to evaluate the level of care for the pet. They also claimed that the dog had been neglected, and a warrant was allegedly issued for Mike because of said neglect.

Let’s sum this up. Police claim illegal products MAY have been brought to Texas from Colorado. Police make threats involving CPS. Police and CPS seem to violate the privacy of the family by searching a storage shed without permission. Swift packing and driving to Colorado lead to the total destruction of the family vehicle. Police realize they don’t have enough substance to fulfill their threats, and involve animal control to remove the pets.

This story is the perfect example of the unnecessary destruction of property, lives, and families as a result of failed prohibition policies. Unfortunately, this story is not uncommon. Similar stories are arising all over Texas and other states. The State of Colorado is the refuge for these families. Until Texas steps up to protect Texans, we will continue to see this destruction.

If you would like to help assist this loving family, please share this information, dig into your pocket and make the best donation your heart allows by visiting http://www.gofundme.com/8u5ysc.

This is not the first time this family has run into problems with local officials. Originally they simply wanted to start a community garden, but due to their involvement in the cannabis movement, they were constantly harassed.

You can read about that story here.

By: By LC Smith
This story was contributed to and edited by Stephen Carter.

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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. troy
    May 6, 2014 at 9:19 am

    *rough draft BECOME INTIMATELY FAMILIAR!!!

    4th Amendment right as a U.S. citizen to be secured in my person, papers, effects and property.

    Chief Justice Warren for the Court wrote that the Fourth Amendment was applicable to the situation, applicable “whenever a police officer accosts an individual and restrains his freedom to walk away.”

    …”the Court ruled that the search must be reasonably contemporaneous with the stop, so that it was not permissible to remove the vehicle to the stationhouse for a warrantless search at the convenience of the police.”

    Because the object of the “frisk” is the discovery of dangerous weapons, “it must therefore be confined in scope to an intrusion reasonably designed to discover guns, knives, clubs, or other hidden instruments for the assault of the police officer.”

    The master ask the questions and the servants answer, right!!?!? Police are the servants for the citizens of which they represent!!! PUBLIC SERVANTS

    REMEMBER THEY ARE THE SERVANTS WE ARE THE MASTERS, YOU DONT HAVE OR HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO SIGN INTO A CONTRACT WITH THEM:
    ~3 Forms of Identification if they choose to want to and you will review it, but right NOW I CHOOSE NOT TO DO SO.

    They ARE UNDER CONTRACT WITH THE PEOPLE, whom COLLECTIVELY as the people elected their principal (sheriff deputy/sergent, judge, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, lawyer, acting as a government official) whom they are under direct order. Therefore work FOR THE PEOPLE. And were ELECTED TO KEEP THE PEACE. and represent us THE PEOPLE. So the principal therefore delegated you to represent his authority for him, I’m assuming. Who are operating as a legal entity. Of which I’m not obligated to contract with if I don’t choose to do so. I feel threatened seeing __?__ armed and assertive individuals and I fear for my life right now…

    TITLE 18 – CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 
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    CHAPTER 13 – CIVIL RIGHTS

     § 241. Conspiracy against rights
    If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any inhabitant of any State, Territory, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
    If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured -They shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results, they shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life.

    § 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any inhabitant of any State, Territory, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such inhabitant being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years and $10,000, or both; and if death results shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life.

    • May 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Have you ever by chance read Delaware v. Prouse and look in the Texas Trans. Code and seen who that code and “Rules of the Road” are applicable to?

  2. May 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Well heck, I’m scared I may get targeted just for this email, but I’m not
    all that smart some times. I only hope Texas gets their mind right before I die so my son can be proud to be a Texan.I’m sorry about not being able to donate anything but my well wishes to all that have to go through this kind of mistreatment from a place where they pay
    taxes too.

  3. Fat aby Jesus
    May 7, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I wish people writing these articles wouldn’t automatically assume we know every single achronem out their. Not having any children, I had to look up CPS

  4. Not Buying It
    May 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I am sorry this happened. The cops overstepped their boundaries on this one. If this really happened, I will agree the cops were in the wrong. This is what I am having a hard time understanding. I am a NORML member as well. We are suppose to be marijuana activist. We are suppose to be fighting for our rights to partake in this great herb. We ALL learn what and what not to do when confronted by cops, especially when they do not have a warrant, and they do not have any evidence such as it is in this case. First off, why did they run at all? They are activist right? We don’t turn tail when cops harass us, especially when they have no evidence. This especially isn’t something I would expect a military vet to do Second, how did the cops know that they even went to Colorado, and how did they know they had got back home? Third. If someone really is that scared of the police, you would think any sensible person would just flee a few cities over, possible a few hours a way if that. I just find it really convenient they went on an awesome trip to the cannabis cup, and it just so happens that this happened when they got back. On the outside looking in, it seems to me they went on the trip, loved Denver a lot (cause god knows I love Denver myself. It’s a gorgeous city), and decided they want to move there. But how will they afford to do so? Ohhh yes, donations and a sob story that is apparently working. So much of this story cried scam to me. I don’t know these people, and maybe I don’t know the whole story. I am just going by what I have read, and I have read quite a bit about this on NORML’s Facebook wall, as well as a lot of Shoreline Sheena’s wall. Are they worried about CPS drug testing their kid and him coming up positive for marijuana because they smoke around him? Not saying that is what happened by any means, but generally when CPS shows up regarding the welfare of a child, people generally don’t just flee so quickly to another state unless the have a REAL reason to do so. None of this makes any sense to me. I am sure these are good people, but in my opinion, there is a big piece of this story missing somewhere. I couldn’t fathom asking a bunch of kind hearted people like there are in NORML to pay for my moving expenses to a marijuana friendly city, especially right after I just came back from vacation there when nothing major really happened. These cops and the cps could have been easily dealt with with a few phone calls and nothing more. They had no evidence what so ever, and it was all hear-say.

    I do want to make it VERY clear that i am not accusing these people of anything. I just think all this sounds really fishy to me, and it surprises me NORML would even get involved in this. Getting involved with what the cops did, yes. I welcome any and all comments on this.

  5. May 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    This story doesn’t surprise me at all, I have lots of friends that have had their rights violated by small town Texas Law Industry Officers

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