Feds threaten to send Robert Platshorn back to prison / by rakontur

Robert Platshorn in Wall Street JournalWe chronicled the story of Robert Platshorn and the Black Tuna Gang in our documentary Square Grouper.

Now, after serving nearly 30 years in prison, the longest sentence for a person convicted of a non-violent marijuana offense in US history, the federal government is threatening to send Robert Platshorn back to jail:

When he got out four years ago, Platshorn -- a weed warrior through and through -- didn't take the easy way out and opt for a quiet retirement. Instead, he took up the cause of medical marijuana, launching The Silver Tour to bring the good news about cannabis to senior citizens.

Platshorn did his time, and when he got out, he started trying to make the world a better place and to help sick people. Now, even though he's been officially released from the jurisdiction of the U.S. Parole Commission, the federal government is trying to silence him, ordering travel restrictions -- which would effectively end The Silver Tour -- and forbidding him to associate with fellow Silver Tour director, federal medical marijuana patient Irvin Rosenfeld.

After getting home from a book signing tour (he wrote an autobiography, Black Tuna Diaries) and an international medical cannabis conference hosted by Patients Out of Time and the University of Arizona, Platshorn got a surprise visit from a new parole officer. The stranger demanded a urine sample and made it clear to Robert and his wife that Platshorn could be returned to prison if he refused. 

Platshorn maintains that a May 6, 2011 letter from the United States Parole Commission certifies his release from the supervision of the federal goverment:

Platshorn filed a federal lawsuit against the Parole Commission last Friday and is seeking an emergency hearing: 

Ironically, the Miami New Times named Platshorn Best Local Boy Made Good in its Best of Miami issue last week.