By "Radical" Russ Belville
From Eugene Davidovich, himself an acquitted defendant in the crusade of San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis:
Jovan Jackson a US Navy Veteran and medical marijuana patient was denied a medical marijuana defense in State Court.
After the decision came this morning, Steve Walters, Dumanis’ #1, celebrated the Judge’s decision with high fives and congratulatory hugs to Linbergh and the other DA’s gathered in the courtroom to witness the Judge’s decision.
According to Judge Shore, all 1600 members of the Answerdam collective would have had to participate in the cultivation of marijuana. The Judge maintains that sales of marijuana are not legal and that dispensaries are not legal. The only thing legal according to the DA and Judge Shore, is a community garden, where all members associate only for the purposes of cultivation.
Lance Rogers, Jovan Jackson’s attorney said after the hearing that today’s decision will be appealed.
High fives and hugs? They’re not celebrating hard work to put a dangerous criminal behind bars; they’re applauding a legal precedent that may allow them greater power to destroy Prop 215 in the courts. Fourteen years later and we’re still having cases to decide whether medical sales are legal and what collective cultivation means. Apparently Judge Shore believes that paralyzed folks wheeling into the dispensary are supposed to be on their hands and knees helping to plant seedlings.
Yet a tiny minority of Prop 215 supporters would vote against Prop 19′s explicit rights to buy and sell granted to cities and counties for fear they’d lose these vaguely defined and apparently unprotected dispensary / collective operations. Somebody tell Jovan Jackson marijuana’s already legal in California!