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NORML assists successful medical marijuana defense in Florida court | The NORML Stash Blog

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5 responses to “NORML assists successful medical marijuana defense in Florida court”

  1. Brent in KY

    I have to say Russ is right, again, we can not take plea deals we have to push these cases to Jury and I say this knowing first hand what that means. Here in east boo fo KY, even here Juries are sick of this drug war and more so sick of the corruptness of seeking out and wasting money on marijuana arrests!

    So the story is this, man in home had lots of “traffic” in and out, big deal lots of friends, well his lovely neighbors had made a report about this. The cops come out and as they approach the home they see through a window, the man run into the kitchen out of view, so he had to shit. Cops bust in the door and run into home and then kitchen, hes standing in the kitchen next to wood burning stove, the cops open the stove and whats there a bag of pot, burning in the fire. They pull it out and stomp it out, at last half of it was gone burned up I bet, But cops said it was 2oz , so they then found a pipe and rolling papers, searched the home I guess but found no scales nothing more.

    So it comes down to the Grand Jury to bring forth charges and or take it to court or not. Hes up on 4 counts, Possession of pot, Possession of paraphernalia, Intent to distribute and something else, just as bad. So my wife is on the Grand Jury and the prosecutor goes through the case and leaves so the 12 jurors then have to vote, at least 9 out of twelve in order for them to bring charges, anything less than 9 they cant prosecute! SO my wife was just sitting there and some start saying well this is easy I vote guilty blah blah blah, well she stepped up and said no I will not vote yes, I can not, this is totally out of line for these cops to bust in a home without a warrant or even knocking, what are we doing to this nation, we are talking about our rights here. Before she even got done saying it, another very old man starts in with the same thing but even more saying that cops are not doctors and have no right to tell people what plants we cant use, about wasting money over a plant and everything. Then 3 more people step in and start saying they too feel about the same way, why are cops not catching meth dealers and pill dealers, that part is so great!

    So they vote, and they get 7y-5n on Selling, 8y-4n on paraphernalia and the last charge, I cant remember, then some how the Possession it was a 9-3 so only one charge passed. I think it was they couldn’t get past that its “just illegal” and yes the law needs changed kinda thing but that isn’t their job, I guess? But still 4 dropped to 1 charge was great. BUT even better was later that week, in the local newspaper, the prosecutor dropped the single charge saying it would be difficult to win in court! YES a Victory!

    I know that many that take a pleas their case has been through the Grand Jury and now face court but in that court room remember one thing, out of those jurors only one of them has to vote Not guilty to hold up the verdict. Then comes a hung jury and your free, even mark emery took a deal, i know to save others, hes a good guy to do so. Im just saying if he had fought it, do you think that being from another country and only doing what was legal in his own country, dont you think one if not more people would say, wait why are we in a USA court for this guy? I do, I think he would have won but he had to do what he had to, many dont have to save others they just think they are getting a good “deal”. But in reality you may win, a very good chance you will be free. Listen if it can happen here in the bible belt and the anti gay and abortion but love of Guns, beer and bigots are the way of life then I have to think it can anywhere and this Florida story proves it.

    They want us to plea out, then it doenst cost the system as much, but if we start to tie up the courts with the real number of pot cases, then they will be in trouble. The conviction rates will fall so fast yet the costs will rise even faster, it wont makes since to keep doing it. Juries are sick of it, citizens in a whole are sick of it. We are all becoming sick of the drug war and we need to start making these cops and judges and everyone in the loop, make them pay to true cost and let them see the true feelings of the Americans that are sick of this. Make them struggle to put juries together and have to drop case after case while spending billions to do so, this is how we can win without having to change any laws.

    I dont know, Ive always said no matter what I would demand a trial and the more time that passes I feel better and better about that choice. We keep gaining support year after year and if it does happen so day I know that my chances are better than they have ever been before and Im all good with that!

  2. Brent in KY

    @ Donetookadeal; I would say you need to start calling around for a lawyer there has to be at least one willing to talk with you and just see if your right and the way your conditions are stated they cant make you do that. I would want a lawyers take on the whole thing first, before you start pushing it back on them.

  3. donetookadeal

    I took a plea bargin for four years probation in Florida. I am on disability for PTSD. I also have many injuries including my back. I couldnt afford a real attorney so I was stuck with a public pretender, thats what the guards at the jail I was in refered to him as. I am almost two years in and transfered to Ohio. I just tested positive on a uring test for cannabis at the beginning of April 2011. My probation officer told me I had to tell him the who, where and when of how I got the cannabis. I asked him if I had to and he said “yes”. That violates my probation agreement. I am not allowed to be a confidential informant or aid in any investigations as part of my probation conditions. Is there anyone out there who could give me some advise. Anything would be greatly appriciated.

  4. The Bluzguy

    It’s a shame I feel the need to congratulate Mr. Kennedy for getting through a mess which should never have happened in the first place. Nonetheless, I’m happy he is a free man, though I’m sure he went through hell and lots of money to survive the process.

    As long as the legal system can take what, for them, is the easy way out…dropping charges, it will allow them to sidestep the issue altogether. It’s similar to bills which never make it into or out of committee. Ignore the beast, and it will eventually go away.

    Unfortunately, the majority of cases like this cause defendants to cave in to plea deals out of fear. One can’t really fault folks for doing so.

    Fear is the strongest weapon our lawmakers have, and they are experts at utilizing it.

  5. fishcreekbob

    Just why I’ve been trying to get old med records :bongin: Uh :nsmile: lawyers have payment plans ? :rotflmao: :stoned:

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