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We are at a point in our nation’s history where cannabis marijuana has taken 2 roads.  The first road, in the State of Michigan, is the legalization of medical marijuana.  The second road recognizes the legalization of medical marijuana but smothers its legalization by any means necessary in order to maintain some sort of a status quo.  I content that I am a victim of the second road.

Law enforcements characterization of me, or at least my impression, is that they do not think I am a very good guy. I want to tell you about my life over the past five years.

At moment I am being prosecuted, still, for my involvement with other state-licensed and local government approved medical marijuana provider, Clinical Relief in Ferndale, MI.  An organization licensed by the State and granted approval by city and county officials.  Clinical Relief was raided and my home searched.  My assets were stolen and my important documents and receipts were taken (without providing copies).  My home was literally torn apart with holes smashed through walls.  To add insult to injury, our county Sheriff, through a live press release, called me Cheech and Chong.  Clinical Relief was on the cover of both the Free Press and the Detroit News.  I was a target.

We have discussed the law in Brooks Patterson’s office (Oakland County’s CEO) prior to entering into a medical marijuana business relations; educated and collaborated with local law enforcement and city officials as they created ordinances; and most important, helped our patients to enjoy a greater quality of life.

And, over the years I have been harassed and raided by rogue police departments without warrant or approval. The disbanded Detroit police department drug unit, the disbanding of the unit resulted in several convictions and one officer’s suicide,  broke into my property and took documents and assets, and, on several occasions.  I have videotape of some of the robberies.

My life again has been turned upside down this year, including an IRS audit and two arrests (more document taking) since I came in possession of a videotape. Footage with audio show a uniformed officer, while around his superiors, disparaging a class of people that he says are attracted to marijuana and the problems that it then causes.

If you are watching the local news in Michigan then you know about Jessica Cooper and other prosecutors abusing their power to (by) alter(ing) lab results and testimony in order to charge individuals with additional crimes.  I was most recently charged in a matter where I had no involvement, and worse yet, evidence seized was also classified as K2, or ‘spice’. Mrs. Cooper’s abuse of the Michigan State Police crime lab will hopefully prove criminal, however, I doubt her actions will result in the sentence I was given five long years ago.

It seems inevitable that the long arm of those in government that take the second road will always win, at least for me. After the birth of my first child and some encouragement from my wife, I am choosing to work in a different industry altogether.  Mrs Cooper and I both have the same passion for what we do, but Jessica does not have the same obligations and can take greater risks as she can hide behind government immunity to persecute, unless she breaks her oath.

I am a good citizen, I do my share civically, financially, and discretely.  My life as a commercial real estate broker over the past five years would have been far more lucrative, but maybe not as exciting

To target me when I have been placed in a position, by those taking the second road, where I can not defend myself seems, well it seems a little un-American.  And, if I am a criminal then it’s just a matter of time.


Lon Swanson
Lon Swanson
Working to end cannabis prohibition through action.


  1. Avatar Leah says:

    We had no idea you were going through this. I can’t say as tho I am surprised. I’ve seen this currupt system up close. I so appreciate your efforts against what we call our government. You are an upstanding individual and again I appreciate all of your efforts to stand tall and strong against this issue. I am truly sorry to hear that you and your family have had to endure this. – Leah

  2. Avatar Carl says:

    I really like reading articles like yours and can appreciate everything you have,said both ends of the spectrum.

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