When it comes to crimes for which you could spend years in prison, did you think making herbal remedies could get you six years?
Neither did Amish farmer Sam Girod – and yet that’s exactly the sentence he was just handed by a federal judge – for the crime of making and selling herbal products that weren’t “adequately labeled” and obstructing a federal agency.
According to TheDailySheeple.com, the farmer, one Samuel A. Girod of Bath County in Kentucky, was convicted last March 13 for growing, manufacturing, and selling herbal supplements without approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Girod was even charged for threatening a person who attempted to provide relevant information regarding his illegal activities to a grand jury.
The FDA had been watching Girod since 2013, and he had even been ordered by a federal court in Missouri to stop distributing his products until he allowed the FDA to inspect his operations, among many other conditions. When two FDA agents attempted to inspect Girod’s family farm, however, they were barred from entering the premises by Girod and others before they were made to leave.
Girod represented himself in court, noting that he didn’t believe his herbal remedies – as they are not drugs – fell under the jurisdiction of the FDA. Additionally, he noted that requiring FDA approval – a government agency – violated his religious freedoms.
Girod’s products include treatments for skin ailments and sinus infections. As stated in an indictment, one particular product, TO-MOR-GONE, is notable for having a corrosive, caustic effect on human skin due to it containing bloodroot extract. Another product by Girod is an extract that he claimed could help cure cancer.
Jurors decided that TO-MOR-GONE lacked the appropriate warnings regarding its usage and that the dosage and manner of use that is recommended on the package is hazardous to health.
After serving his six years, Girod’s sentence will include three years of probation, during which he cannot produce or distribute his products.Additionally, he must pay more than $15,000 in fines and fees.
Girod’s supporters were upset by the ruling. Speaking to Kentucky.com, Arizona native Richard Mack called it a “national disgrace and an outrage”, noting that he used Girod’s Chickweed Healing Salve without experiencing any ill effects. The former sheriff and political activist said that the judge and jury had “created a felon today out of a good, law-abiding citizen” and that Giron was “being punished for being stubborn.”
As the judge in the case himself said, Girod brought all this onto himself “because he steadfastly refused to follow the law.”
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