The following allocution was delivered by Arlin Troutt at his sentencing Feb. 15, 1996. After hearing these words, Federal Judge Jim Rosenbaum refused the prosecutors pleas to give him a life sentence and sentenced him to 97 months in Federal Prison.
The words of Arlin Troutt:
I was charged and convicted of conspiring to sell a plant that grows wild in this region and once provided legal jobs for Minnesota. This plant is the oldest, safest source of food, fuel, fiber, and medicine on earth, and has infinite industrial and medical value to society.
The government used this plant as an excuse to invade my home, seize my property, take my freedom, and terrify my family. I challenge the logic of the laws that permitted this.
Under oath, the government’s witnesses lied and the prosecution knew they were lying. The government distorted, fabricated, and concealed evidence. They tailored reports, statements and testimony to fit the charge, mislead the jury, and manipulated the justice system.
My Trial took place during the verdict stage of the O. J. Simpson trial. The acquittal of Simpson created pandemonium in America. When Simpson’s verdict came down, this court announced his acquittal to the jury while my trial was in session. O. J. Simpson hysteria had no place in my trial.
Fear and ignorance guided by greed and blind ambition created the prohibition of hemp. I am morally and intellectually compelled to resist these forces. When the American people find out what hemp is and why it’s really illegal, may they deal with this government as harshly as it has dealt with me.
U.S. Hemp served over 7 years in Federal Prisons and jails before he was released from the custody of the Justice Department in 2002.