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Action Alert: Amish Farmer in Jail for “Selling Drugs” #FreeSam

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farmer in jail for selling drugsThe FDA is cracking down on false and dangerous product claims, and in its zeal to protect consumers, it’s targeting a small herbal products company run by the Amish (those purveyors of illicit activity).

Fifty-six year old Kentucky farmer, father of twelve, and grandfather of 25–Samuel Girod is not who you’d expect to find when you look at a hardened criminal.

However, he’s facing 68 years (essentially a life sentence) in federal prison for charges related to his herbal products, including a chickweed salve he’s been making in his kitchen for the past 20 years.

Learn more and watch the local news story here. 

FDA Steals Natural Salves Off the Shelf

Back in 2013, a local health department official saw Girod’s products for sale in a convenience store, and reported them for “false labeling claims”. He included testimonials from longtime users of his chickweed salve on his labels, who said that it “cured skin cancer”, among other things.

The FDA seized his products from the store, saying they were mislabeled drugs.

He changed the labels to say “Chickweed Healing Salve”, but the FDA later said that use of the word “healing” on his products was also illegal.

According to the FDA, only registered and FDA-approved drugs can claim to “heal, treat, cure, or prevent” any disease. So in order to keep selling his chickweed salve, Samuel Girod would need to pay many hundreds of thousands of dollars and wait years to go through the arduous process of FDA testing and approval for his “drugs”.

These laws mean that apple farmers would face the exact same charges if they tried to market apples by saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

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Girod Tried to Comply

Girod changed his labels many times. He tried to peaceably cooperate with the authorities on many occasions. FDA representatives and the deputy sheriff came to his farm in late 2013 and agreed not to bring cameras, but they broke their word.

After that, Girod declined their request to inspect his home, (correctly) citing that they did not have a warrant and therefore had no right to be there.

The deputy sheriff agreed, and escorted the agents away–but the FDA didn’t like that.

Over three years later, the FDA finally decided to formally press charges.

In early January 2017, 56-year old Girod was handcuffed and arrested at his Kentucky family farm, and is right now in jail without bond, awaiting a federal grand jury trial at the end of February.

He is facing over a dozen criminal charges, to include distributing misbranded drugs and conspiring against a government agency.

The Amish are a self-sufficient people, and also an easy target for governmental institutions to make example of, due to their dislike of conflict and lawyers.

There is only one single consumer complaint on record in the 20 years since Girod has been making and distributing his products, which is a significantly better track record than many FDA-approved products!

Let’s Take Action!

If you think the FDA is wasting time and resources prosecuting a “drug distributor” like Samuel Girod, here’s five things you can do to make your voice heard:

1. Sign this petition to issue an immediate Presidential pardon for Samuel Girod. http://bit.ly/freeamishsam. His trial is in just 3 weeks.

2. Email President Trump directly, here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

3. Email the Attorney General too: https://www.justice.gov/contact-us

4. Call or email your legislators, both Federal and state, even if you don’t live in Kentucky:
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

5. Donate to Samuel Girod’s legal fees here: https://www.gofundme.com/supportsamnow

 

 

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Wayne
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Wayne

What a bunch of nonsense!

There are REAL criminals and fraudsters in this world. This guy is just a farmer selling natural products.

FDA is a bad joke…

Ramona Voight
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Ramona Voight

Google “healing salve” and there are endless pages, like this, a well known brand.http://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=DChcSEwjLz8jS147SAhXZusAKHb4gBTcYABAZ&sig=AOD64_3TQ2AIPx8YP2BT1o_ZQaXcwtNUYw&ctype=5&rct=j&q=&ved=0ahUKEwi-n8bS147SAhUL4IMKHdRsDys4FBDDPAh5&adurl= and they are going after HIM?! Ridiculous.

Shawn Northener
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Shawn Northener

Tar & feather party for bureaucrats anyone? It’s time to run these fascists out. They’re worried about this while ignoring the polluted products pouring in from China?

Marilyn Clark
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Marilyn Clark

How ridiculous!

Little Samuel
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This article needs to be edited since chickweed is not a drug

Catherine Bleish
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Thats why it is in quotes….

Jary Lynn Storm
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Jary Lynn Storm

They are targeting the Amish because the Smish are starting to vote now! The Left hate conservatives!

Lloyd Miller
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You got it

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Crystal
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Crystal

Can someone help me verify if this story is actually true? Can’t be too safe with all the fake news out there these days. Are there court or arrest records that are public that we can access?

Catherine Bleish
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We have been speaking directly with one of his good friends, that’s how we found out about the story! Sally Oh on facebook knows him in real life and has been advocating for him, AND was at his pre-trial hearing. Her facebook update from court was shared to our facebook page at the time.

cj
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cj

Unfortunately this is real news.

Mike Ewald
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…………….. What an absolute sickness. Did this “salve” ever state on its’ label that it was a cure or treatment for anything ? Every vitamin, etc., I have ever used states clearly somewhere on the bottles’ label that: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” Per FDA guidelines. Meanwhile, I am reading from a plastic (HDPE #2 bottle) of Vaseline “Intensive Care” non-greasy lotion “aloe soothe” that states it “heals and soothes dry skin”…….. but without any disclaimer or that it is… Read more »