Drug Law

Court Makes Man Take Drugs So He Can be Tried for Pot

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The state Supreme Court of Connecticut ruled that a 30 year-old man should be forced to take psychotropic medication in order to be fit to stand trial of possession of more than 8 pounds of marijuana.

Christopher Seekins of Torrington Connecticut had been ruled incompetent to stand trial due to his bipolar disorder. The high court ruled in a stunning 7-0 vote that his possession charge is a serious enough crime to warrant forcing medication on the defendant.

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Before now, Seekins had refused medication but now can be involuntarily medicated due to a state law that says a defendant can be forced medication if the crime is serious enough and there is an overriding law enforcement interest in determining whether the defendant is innocent or guilty.