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I am writing to you on behalf of an amazing woman called named Renee Boje, who has made a rare application for refugee status, stating she fears she will suffer cruel and unusual punishment for her alleged involvement in a medical cannabis garden in California where medical cannabis is legal. If convicted, Boje's punishment will be a mandatory minimum of 10 years to life in a U.S. Federal Prison Boje was held for 72 hours at the Federal Corrections Facility for Women in downtown Los Angeles, during which time she was strip searched an astounding 15 times. Two of the searches were done in the presence of male officers who made lewd and threatening remarks.
Boje strongly denies any wrong-doing. The cannabis was grown for medical research under the protection of a California State law, Proposition 215. Proposition 215 ensures that patients and their primary caregivers, residing in California, who cultivate, obtain, and use cannabis medicinally, upon the recommendation of a physician, are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction.
Boje risks further physical abuse and humiliation at the hands of U.S. authorities.
Please do not allow the U.S. to extradite Renee. We are asking that Renee be granted Refugee Status so that she is able to live in peace, here in Canada, where she is safe.