Getting To Know Marijuana Lifer Craig Frazier


Craig Frazier was Granted Clemency August 2016

You can learn more about Craig Frazier’s case here. Craig Frazier is serving de-facto life for marijuana. 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 crimes.  So we asked a series of fun questions” designed to do just that!

What meal or food do you crave most that you will want to eat when you get out?
Campbell’s Tomato Soup and a Grilled Cheese Sandwich of all things!  Pizza and a root beer flavored milkshake are a close second. McDonald’s will certainly be my first fast food choice.  Sure, I can do better, but it was my last free world meal and I am making a statement.

Who are your favorite authors? 
Michael Connelly, Sidney Sheldon and Carl Hiaasen. I love all the Lincoln Lawyer series and pretty much all of Connelly’s work.  Basket Case by Hiaasen and Doomsday Conspiracy and Masters of the Game by Sheldon are also favorites.

Prefer winter or summer?
Depends on where I am living.  Winter in California, but fall in Montana, where I am from and where I am going back to if granted clemency.

Nocturnal or morning person?
Nocturnal is where it’s at!.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee, however I did not drink coffee daily until I turned 40 years old in federal prison.Before that, three or four times a year was all.

What is your favorite sport?
Personally, I cannot stand sports at all.  Period.

Favorite team/athlete?
See above.

Favorite movie(s)?
Dirty Mary and Crazy Larry; Jacob’s Ladder; Fight Club; Goodwill Hunting; My Girl; The Thief (James Caan and WIllie Nelson); Dear John. I pretty much will take a good story line over all that fake CGI special effects.  And I like chick flicks! That’s about the only time I feel emotions in here.

Favorite TV show(s)?
(Current or past?) We have a saying around here, “You can tell a lot about a person by what TV shows he watches.”  I enjoy Mythbusters, Forensic Files (true crime), How It’s Made; 60 Minutes; Family Guy; Breaking Bad; Seinfeld, and Family Guy.

What is your favorite color?

Favorite song(s) and/or musical artist(s)?
Nickelbeck is my current favorite band.  I like Fine Fine Day by Tony Carey; Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve.  I mostly listen to 80s butt rock, as they like to call it these days, or classic rock, which for me is 70s. until about 1982.  Anything without autotune!  But I prefer to listen to NPR and free speech radio over music.  Coast to Coast radio at night.

Craig Frazier is serving de-facto life for marijuana.

Craig Frazier is serving de-facto life for marijuana.

If you could walk out tomorrow and go anywhere – where would it be and why?
Home.  Great Falls, Montana, for obvious reasons, to see friends and family and to Butte, Montana to see my oldest son.  Next would be Seattle, Washington, just to walk around and see how the place has changed since my teenage years.

If you could travel to any country – where would it be and why? 
Iceland.  I would just like to check it out.  A close second would be the beaches of Normandy, France.  I hear there is a lot fo energy left there, and knowing the price American’s paid there, I would like to go.

What do you most want people to understand about being incarcerated that you don’t think they understand?
Well, “Inside” I don’t like hearing about the problem. We all know what the problem is.  Next, I don’t like the comparisons to other sentences.  Sure, good for the public to hear and dwell upon.  However, us, we know that the justice system is not fair, and that life isn’t fair either.  We also know that mandatory minimums are not applied across the board, and neither are 851’s (career offender enhancements).

I would rather they imposed a mandatory death penalty for drug crimes rather than support the system we currently have that allows for one group to profit while others languish in prison for the exact same conduct.  Nothing brings about instant change and makes a point like death!

Next, legalization isn’t the end of the war.  They could make it legal today and we would still sit in here.  Without retroactive language, legalization doesn’t cure the problem.  This exact thing, “no love,” happened when they repealed alcohol prohibition.

While I love getting mail, instead of writing to us (first), please take that stamp and put it to better use.  Write to your representatives.  A letter to me telling me you are camped out stalking (metaphorically) your Congressmen, and forcing them to take a position on marijuana; and/or telling me how you educated some outsiders on the plight; hearing stuff of THAT nature is what really makes my day!


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