Code of the West - A film by Rebecca Richman Cohen
Additional Video



Reason.TV
4/19/2013 Reason TV Interviews Filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen

_



Check out our New York Times OpDoc
11/8/2012 We made a short video to update the story of Chris Williams, one of the medical marijuana growers profiled in Code of the West. And make sure you check out the accompanying article we wrote for the Times as well. www.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/opinion/the-fight-over-medical-marijuana.html

12/18/2012 UPDATE: Helena IR, Most of Chris Williamsí marijuana convictions to be dropped. "In a highly unusual move, federal prosecutors have agreed to drop six of eight marijuana convictions for Christopher Williams in exchange for his agreeing to waive his right to appeal. In addition, the government has agreed to ask U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen to dismiss the criminal forfeiture awarded to the government by a jury earlier this year."

_



Chris Williams Found Guilty on 8 Felony Counts: Williams Talks with ABC 5
9/27/2012 From KFBB.com: "It's been a volatile year for Williams and his Montana Cannabis co-owners - Richard Flor died in federal custody. Then, through a plea deal, Tom Daubert was sentenced to five years probation and Chris Lindsey reached a plea deal similar to Daubert's and will be sentenced later this year. Williams is the only one who chose to go to trial and is charged with marijuana manufacture, possession, distribution and firearms charges, all federal charges. 'For me, I feel like itís a personal responsibility to stand up for what we were doing and to have a jury look at the facts,' says Williams." This report claims that Chris Williams now faces a minimum of 45 years for his role in the medical marijuana business. That is incorrect. We heard directly from Chris' lawyer that the minimum sentence he is facing is 92 years for these charges.

_



Kristin Flor on ABC 5
9/16/2012 ABC 5 Exclusive: "Daughter of Montana's First Medical Marijuana Caregiver Remembers Her Father" Richard Flor was a partner at Montana Cannabis, the medical marijuana business featured in Code of the West. Richard was sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in the medical marijuana business. He died in federal custody in August 2012. ABC 5 explores the tragic circumstances of his death.

_



Kristin Flor at Missoula Hempfest
9/8/2012 Richard Flor's daughter, Kristin, speaks at Missoula HempFest less than two weeks after her father's death.

Richard Flor died in federal custody on August 30, 2012. Richard was one of the four partners in Montana Cannabis, the medical marijuana growhouse profiled in Code of the West. He had a long history of health problems and was being held in a private prison in Montana without access to adequate medical facilities. For months, federal authorities delayed his transfer to a federal prison where he could have received appropriate medical care - and denied his attorney's request to release Richard while he appealed his five year sentence for growing medical marijuana. U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell wrote in his Aug. 7 order that it was "unfortunate" that Flor's transfer to a Bureau of Prisons medical facility was delayed, but "it is not factually or legally significant." Our thoughts and prayers are with Richardís family Ė and we hope the injustice of his story inspires outrage, activism, and ultimately a change in criminal justice policies. Read more about Richard's story here.

_



Tom Daubert Growhouse Tour (2010)
Tom Daubert's criminal defense lawyers referenced this scene from Code of the West in their sentencing memorandum. Daubert had been a drug policy reform activist with a long history of work for humane medical marijuana laws. In 2011 federal prosecutors indicted Tom for his involvement at Montana Cannabis, a medical marijuana business that Daubert managed. Those charges carried a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Daubert's lawyers submitted a Code of the West DVD to the federal judge, who watched the film in its entirety. The following paragraph is an excerpt of our press release that went out immediately after Tom's sentencing:

Tom Daubert received 5 years probation and $50,000 in federal forfeiture fines in a decision reached by a federal US District Court on Sept 6, 2012. "I'm grateful for the judge's leniency but I will never stop believing that patients deserve to live under a law that recognizes true science," says Daubert. Daubert's former business, Montana Cannabis, was raided by federal agents in March 2011. Despite having worked closely with state and local law enforcement leaders throughout his involvement in marijuana production for state-legal patients (as seen in this clip from the film), Tom was prevented from submitting a defense under federal law that his company complied with Montanaís medical marijuana law. Tom was facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Read more about the sentencing here.

_



Theatrical Trailer
Speaks for itself, right?

_



War Don Don Trailer
If you liked Code of the West, we thought you might also be interested in our previous film, War Don Don. It's not about medical marijuana, but it is about justice. For more info check out our other website at www.wardondonfilm.com


Supported by