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Benefit For Jamie
$80 raised
2% of $5k goal
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4 Years running

Another captive in the "War on Drugs", James Eakins is looking to raise enough money to retain legal counsel to represent him at his cannabis trial. James has multiple medical conditions which he was growing his own cannabis to treat, however he is not allowed to grow his medicine. On July 5th 2014 the police came to his house, told his wife to take the kids away "for a few hours" and then charged and arrested him, taking everything.

Shortly after his family left the house, the children's aid then contacted his wife and told her that if she did in fact return, that they would come in and remove the children too. They told her the house would be condemned and that they would probably never be able to go back. When she tried to verbally defend the health of her home and the safety of her children she was threatened with removal of the children that very night. Since she has a full time technical computer job and requires special child care arrangements for their special needs children, she had to travel back to her family in another province just to have the child care and support she needed to keep working her job albeit remotely.

Their family has been ripped apart to satisfy the CAS and soon James will face his charges and sentencing alone.

James has been active in the punk music scene since he was a teenager. Whether playing bass, drums or vocals, James has been a key member of many bands. In adulthood he was working for companies like Nasco and Westbury providing show services in venues such as the ACC, Skydome and others. James had to retire from that work when he was diagnosed with Sleep apnea, no longer able to meet the rigorous demands of the variable sleep schedule. Since then he has been providing studio services at low costs to Independant bands all over Canada.

His support of yearly festivals like "Punkfest/Spiderfest" is vital to the show, providing everything from the stage itself up to the lights, boards, amps, drums and mics depending on the year. He is a good friend to many, a big shoulder to cry on when times are tough. If a friend is hurting, they know they can call on James for support. Recently his band, and others, played a benefit show for a friend who had passed away at an early age. Together the bands were able to raise enough money to provide their friend's family with support for his funeral. James himself lost two brothers at an early age and appreciates how tough it can be to get through the sadness and depression that comes with an untimely death.
Now he finds himself battling his own sadness at the separation of his family and needs all the support he can get.

Paul Lewin is one of Canada's leading cannabis lawyers. He was responsible for the Matt Mernagh case, is a leading voice in NORML, James is hoping to retain his legal advice in order to defend himself in court and reduce the time that he is parted from his wife and kids.

James has also received other offers of legal counsel and is greatful for their services. Cases like this usually cost $5000 and up. Any additional monies collected will go to the family to help normalize the lives of the young kids.

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