Damon Latzsche (pronounced Leach, like fetch) was arrested while eating breakfast on August 11, 2021 at his home in Chandler, Arizona when police raided his home and found psilocybin mushrooms, DMT, and a vial containing naphtha, a chemical used to extract DMT. At the time of publication, he was facing a possible 6 1/2 years in prison if convicted of possession and manufacture of dangerous drugs.
Latch, 44, says he uses tryptamines like psilocybin and DMT to treat cluster headaches, which are widely considered one of the most painful experiences a human being can have. DMT and psilocybin are highly illegal in Arizona, so Letzsch faces several years in prison for what he says is the only way to maintain his quality of life.
“It’s the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” Latch said. “Nothing helps a headache as well as DMT when I’m already having it. It will stop the headache right away. A small hit will abort the headache for an hour to an hour and a half. If I take a bigger hit it can last longer but some headaches last for a few hours so I’ll have to take a few hits During that episode. But I would be pain free. It wasn’t even a psychoactive amount I smoked to abort the headache.”
According to Laetzsch, a disgruntled ex-girlfriend told police he had mushrooms growing in the house. Between that and his previous arrest record, that’s all it took to launch an all-out raid. What is interesting here is that the ex-girlfriend who reported Laetzsch to the police was apparently at his home weeks later by the time the cops came.
“I had no idea man. My ex-boyfriend and I broke up because she started getting involved in fraud and shit. I found out so I kicked her out and she was furious for kicking her out. So, the next time she got in trouble, she was like ‘I got info on such-and-such.'” Latch said.
Despite its harsh irony, Latch is a very real issue in the criminal justice system. He’s a United States Army veteran who came home from two deployments with very real medical problems in which he used cannabis. He faced criminal charges immediately upon returning home, years before the raid in question.
That’s the first case [got] He got caught in 2001, so I wasn’t home from the military for a year when they fucking tried to send me to jail for a usable amount of marijuana,” Latch said, also noting that he was carrying a firearm at the time. “I know it’s up. They don’t care but my doctor told me, they tried giving me a combination of xanax and pain killers for my chronic pain and anxiety and Post-traumatic stress disorder And I told them I wasn’t really big on pills and he told me “Well, you can just smoke marijuana but it’s illegal.”
Latch spent two and a half years in prison for it, and if anyone is wondering why such a harsh punishment was given to a military man who had just come home, I just need to remind you that this was Arizona in 2001, and as Litzsch so kindly mentioned to me, people were They have a hard time obtaining evidence as insignificant as cannabis seeds.
As a journalist, it is my job to give all the necessary perspective, and while I personally may sympathize with this issue, Letzsch is not a portrait of an innocent freedom fighter wrongfully accused of crimes he did not commit and I want to make that clear. . This man has led a lifetime of questionable decision making. He later served another four and a half years in prison for running a chop shop, not to mention getting arrested for a DUI with his son in the car in 2013 and that would sound appalling to any state jury. It’s also important to note here that I’ve been friends with their entire family for a long time, so I’m more than a little biased here. I’ve been hearing stories about the guy for years, and they’re all a little weirder and messier than the last. That said, I personally don’t think Letzsch deserves to spend more time in a cell than the seven years he’s already spent simply using the means at his disposal to treat his symptoms according to research from peer-reviewed, documented scientific studies.
a a report Found from the National Library of Medicine, regarding cluster headaches: “These patients are so desperate and debilitated that illicit psychoactive substances are often considered a last resort. There appears to be little or no interest in psychoactive effects per se as they have been tolerated or avoided with use.” Primarily, psilocybin, lysergic acid diethylamide, and related narcotic tryptamines have been reported to be effective for both prophylactic and acute treatment of cluster headaches and migraine.”
several more studies Posted in ThemeThey all come to the same general conclusion: People who suffer from cluster headaches, about 1 in 1,000 Americans according to one of the aforementioned studies, will do almost anything to relieve or avoid them, so the drug appears to be effective. way to do it. Of course, since this is America and the vast majority of the country is still in the middle of Nixon’s drug war, people like Latzsche face two unimaginable choices: suffer through months of terrible pain year after year or take drugs and risk jail time.
Latch is currently negotiating plea deals and such, but as it stands, given his record, he could potentially face six and a half years in prison in a plea deal or go to trial later this fall where the consequences could be much larger in the future. A case the judge chooses to convict. Reasonable people can disagree about whether or not Damon Laetzsch was a good member of society. However, reasonable people could not disagree that Latzsche came home from the military, was locked up for a personal haul of marijuana, and had his life derailed from that point on by the criminal justice system like so many others for something 38 of the 50 states have. Since legalization in one form or another. Cannabis aside, narcotics like the one Litzsch was caught with are already being touted as miracle drugs by big pharma. Is it reasonable to say that maybe we should just cut the guy break at this point in time? This humble journalist says dammit, please let him go and thank him for his service on your way out.
Sympathizers of the cause who wish to advocate on behalf of Latzsche can send letters to:
Alcock & Associates PC Attn: Vernon Lorenz
2. N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004