Purple Heart Recipient Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Medical Marijuana

Carlos Miller

A pit stop in Gordo, Alabama during a multi-state road trip turned this couple's life into a living nightmare.

Army veteran Sean Worsley was dancing and playing air guitar outside an Alabama gas station to the amusement of his wife sitting in the driver's seat of their car when a local cop confronted the couple, accusing them of violating the town's noise ordinance by playing their music too loudly.

The Worsleys turned the music down but then Gordo police officer Carl Abramo claimed to smell marijuana and asked to search the car.

Believing he had nothing to hide, Worsley informed Abramo that he was a disabled veteran with a valid medical marijuana card from Arizona. The cop told him Alabama does not recognize such a card and placed him in handcuffs.

Worsley's wife, Eboni, directed the cop to the legally purchased cannabis in the back seat and she was also placed in handcuffs.

The couple, who were on a multi-state road trip to visit family in North Carolina, spent six days in jail on felony charges after the cop claimed in his report the marijuana was for “other than personal use."

The incident took place in August 2016 but he was sentenced to 60 months in prison in April of this year after he violated probation when he was arrested for medical marijuana a second time. He uses the cannabis to treat his traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder, according to the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, which posted an in-depth article earlier this month.

Worsley ended up accepting a plea deal where he was placed on probation for 60 months as well as pay thousands of dollars in fines and court costs. He accepted the deal on the condition they spare his wife the same felony marijuana charge.

But the arrests took a serious toll on their lives, causing his wife to lose her job and making it difficult to maintain housing. They ended up spending several months homeless. Things got worse when Eboni Worsley needed heart surgery.

Like many veterans, Worsley, who earned a Purple Heart for a traumatic brain injury he suffered in the Iraq War, used marijuana to ease his symptoms. He also suffered from PTSD which he also treated with the weed.

But earlier this year, he was unable to pay the $250 to renew his medical marijuana card so when he was pulled over in Arizona, he was arrested again.

He was extradited back to Alabama where a judge in April revoked his probation and sentenced him to 60 months in the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Eboni Worsley has launched a Go Fund Me petition drive to help pay for legal expenses to continue fighting for her husband's freedom. It has raised almost $17,000 at this time.

My name is Eboni Worsley, the wife of Sean Worsley. Sean is a Veteran who became Disabled and awarded a Purple Heart as a result of his service of this country we call home. Sean has been prescribed many various medications to treat his ailments of which were to no avail. As a result he had been prescribed Medical Marijuana that had been very helpful along with therapy, acupuncture and many others forms of treatment. We made the mistake of traveling with his medical marijuana on our way to attempt to visit family and assist them after the Hurricane in 2016. That mistake has cost us upwards of $80,000, loss of a child, our home, vehicle, education and ultimately my husband's freedom. We fully understand we broke a law but could never be prepared for how that law has broken our lives.

Worsley is currently incarcerated in the Pickens County Jail awaiting an opening in the Alabama prison system, according to the Washington Post.

“I feel like I’m being thrown away by a country I went and served for,” Worsley wrote in a letter to Alabama Appleseed which also reported that Black people are four times as likely than White people to be arrested for marijuana in Alabama.

Sean and Eboni Worsley during happier times.

Comments (11)
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Hilter
Hilter

I'm a veteran. I served when i was young and still had silly ideas like patriotism and that service actually meant something. Fortunately I didn't serve in a war - and seeing how our grateful country, just dumps all over the millions of war vets, and sometimes even mocks the sacrifices of people who served in combat, makes me glad of that. It isn't worth it, that is very obvious, and eventually more and more Americans will just refuse to serve regardless of the (usually manufactured) conflict they need warm bodies to go and fight it.

sharky777
sharky777

WE IN THE U.S.A. ARE IN A COUNTRY THAT DEALS IN DRUGS, AND THIS HAPPENS TO THIS PERSON LIKE THIS, PEOPLE THIS IS HOW THEY CONTROL US. WHEN WE PUT UP WITH SHIT LIKE THIS, THERE IS NO EXCUSE! TIME FOR REVOLUTION I THINK, WELL, PERHAPS PAST TIME!!! AND WE DOING THIS BLM SHIT, AND ALLOW OUR GOVERNMENT TO GET AWAY WITH CRAP LIKE THIS, WE ALL NEED TO HAND OUR HEADS IN SHAME, THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT US IN THE U.S.A.! THIS MAN NEEDS A MEDAL, NOT TO BE DEALT WITH IN THIS MANNER! SAD....VERY VERY SAD DAY IN THE U.S.A.! [black lives matter is bullshit, and never was anything more then that! time to get real!]

Beaver Brownlee
Beaver Brownlee

He most definitely had something wrong in his brain.
How many times would he jump in the deep end not knowing how to swim before he would know better?
Willful ignorance.

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Allison L Shaw
Allison L Shaw

He had a prescription for medical marijuana - issued by the VA - to treat his PTSD and traumatic brain injury. THAT should have been more than enough for any civil authority. But no - Alabama, being the racist, backwards state it chooses to be, arrests the man and his wife because they need as many black bodies in prison as they can to get money from the federal government.
What's insane is that pot is illegal to start with. It's less harmful than alcohol, non-addictive for the vast majority of people, and has proven medical benefits... with few to no side effects (unlike most prescription and OTC drugs).

E Q U A L I Z E R
E Q U A L I Z E R

Give SEAN the same benefit of a doubt you will get in a court of law when you are charged with a crime.
He did serve in the military to afford you that right. As many others that have suffered injuries and ultimately gave their lives to keep the tradition of freedom guaranteed to all by the constitution and USC uniform code of law. It exists for all citizens and also for the military.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/chapter-21 __civil

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/subtitle-A/part-II/chapter-47 _military

Zel00
Zel00

seriously

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

welcome to the drug war! where the government don't care! and the piggies just want to keep the prison complex full! never mind if it destroys a family, we have to keep keep you safe in the nanny state of TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT!
fuck all these pathetic band-aid fixes! time to go to war! and take OUR country back!

RabbleRouser
RabbleRouser

This country needs to turn it's militia on the municipal terrorists, before it's too late. Time for it to become open season on revenue extortion agents.


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