You can learn more about Michael Pelletier’s case here. But we also thought it would be nice to let the public get to know the real men behind these horrific Draconian sentences for nonviolent marijuana offenses. So we asked a series of questions designed to do just that!
What do you most want people to understand about being incarcerated that you don’t think they understand?
When a paraplegic or someone confined to a wheelchair is incarcerated, we are confined to our cells. We can’t work in the kitchen, on the outside crew, in maintenance, etc. We can’t play basketball, baseball, handball, or any sport. Our time is twice as hard! Having a life sentence is a feeling of dying every day. It’s worse than death that happens one time. It’s a living death.
What meal or food do you crave most that you will want to eat when you get out?
I miss my grill BIG TIME so t-bone steak, baby back ribs, and of course, as I am from Maine, Maine lobster!
What are your favorite books or who are your favorite authors?
Julia Cameron, Rhonda Byrne, Meera Lester.
Prefer winter or summer?
Nocturnal or morning person?
Coffee or tea?
Football, baseball, soccer, boxing, Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Exit Wounds with Steven Seagall and Blood Sport with Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Favorite TV show(s)?
American Idol, Everybody Loves Raymond.
What is your favorite color?
If you could walk out tomorrow and go anywhere – where would it be and why?
To Madawaska, Maine to see my 89 year old father before he passes away!
If you could travel to any country – where would it be and why?
To the Netherlands because it is a country that has common sense about cannabis!