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Prosecutor Defeated by Glaring Stupidity of Pot Laws

During voir dire, my almost all white, middle-class, middle-aged jury went into full rebellion against the prosecutor stating that they wouldn’t convict even if the client’s guilt was proven beyond a reasonable doubt — almost all of them! They felt marijuana should be legalized, what he does with it is his own business and that the jails are already full of people for this silly charge. Then, when the potential jurors found out that the State wanted him to pay taxes on illegal drugs, they went nuts. One woman from the back said how stupid this was and why are we even here wasting our time. A “suit” from the front said this was the most ridiculous thing he’d ever heard. The prosecutor ended up dismissing the case. Judge gave me a dismissal with prejudice.

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27 comments to More of this, please

  • darkcycle

    I truly LOVE this!

  • Dante

    This is how We The People will save America – outright rejection of the stupidity that is the War on Drugs.

  • claygooding

    When I was busted for growing 3 years ago the charges were dropped by the DA regardless that they had the plants and lights/equipment needed for a successful prosecution,,,in Texas,,,I think it was because I was claiming medical use from the first words with police while they were searching my house/property and the DA did not want to take the trial in front of a jury and chance a jury nullification.

    • thelbert

      did you get any of your goods back? seems the word “medical” has great power in the minds of the superstitious police. it must cloud their minds or cause unnamed fears. damned uncertainty. the police sure don’t want people to know there is anything good or medical about cannabis.

    • claygooding

      I got my computer and sisters hunting rifle back but not the lights,air pump,etc,grow equipment,,,I could have sued them and probably won a decision,since no crime was proven but that could have possibly forced action on the DA’s part..I let it go,,took me 3 days to rebuild my lights,,,,,,

      I would bet that some friend of the police now has my high dollar led’s growing his marijuana,,or one of the cops.

      • Plant Down Babylon

        Led’s are the BEST for the vegetative stage! After that it’s all outdoors here in the islands.

        I wish for the day when everyone can do it outdoors without fear of ripoffs and Kops in their stupid copters.

        Glad to hear it worked out for you, Clay!

        • War Vet

          Yes, one day it will be good to grow your green outdoors? But when that legal day comes, hemp will have arrived and you may not want to grow your green goods outside for the hemp pollen will snatch your precious faster than a Hobbit stealing your ring in a dark cave: outdoor hemp is said to turn pot into not within serveral kilomoters (3 or 30 kl radius -cannot remember what the law of botany said about that). I guess it depends on where you live and how many hemp farms are near you . . . but if all else fails, your White Widow will make a great pair of hemp socks.

        • claygooding

          War Vet,,smoked some excellent seeded weed,,and producing seeds will only lower it’s thc content a very small percentage,,probably unnoticeable to most peoples pallets,,,so if your crop seeds and you are going to throw away any White Widow,,please call.

        • darkcycle

          Yeah. And most of the growers I work with wouldn’t know what to do with a seed if you included complete instructions. They are all clone only. Clones will live very happily, generation after generation. I ahhve clones over twenty years old that have suffered no loss of potency or vigor that you could notice. And there are wonderful, new ways to restore lost genetic vigor now too, all you need is access to a lab, and the know how.

        • War Vet

          Clay: the LG of Kentucky, Jerry said it would decrease pot potency each year and he’s not the only one claiming this . . . he’s pro-hemp. Don’t worry, I’ll give you some -I’ll keep mine in the house . . . we’d have too many hemp farmers in our area if it was all legalized . . . I ain’t smoking anymore of that Cherokee and Choctaw ditch weed that grows everywhere (strains from the 5 Civilized Tribes industrial hemp farms). They say cross pollination will ruin outdoor pot over a few years -I’ve never tried . . . its bassed on the argument: legal hemp will allow pot growers to hide their stash on legal farms -therefore hemp should be kept illegal . . . but they said smoking the best weed grown near or in a hemp field is like smoking a cheesburger (And I don’t me Dutch cheese or BlueCheese -but the food itself) to get the best weed high: impossible, therefore hemp should be legal and that’s what the AG of Kentucky is saying -that hemp makes pot into not. Why: because a grower will always grow more hemp than weed, thus destroying any chance of the weed to survive as weed -more hemp pollen in the air . . . what will that do to indoor grows near a farm if this is real? Would a simple door and window block out the majority of the pollen, like it blocks out most of the wind and birds? Would indoor growers have to grow their indoor dro inside another set of ‘indoors’ . . . a room inside a room maybe -something set up to block all hemp pollen if your weed grower lives near a farm that has hemp. I don’t know. I’ve never grown.

        • Duncan20903

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          All I’ve got to say is that back in the ’70s Panama Red, Columbian Gold, Oaxacon, Acapulco Gold all came seeded so you’re never going to fool me into believing that seeded cannabis can’t be top shelf shit.

          You know, from time to time when I hear that today’s super incredible this is not your granny’s merrywanna is double to 200x more potent I wonder if back in the 1970s when they busted a bag of cannabis and tested the potency if they excluded the seed weight. Because if they didn’t just the transition to Sun-Maid style would nearly double the average potency of a bag. The authorities wouldn’t fudge like that, would they?

        • darkcycle

          War Vet. Your AG is wrong (but that’s okay, HE’S decided it’s real enough to base his argument that hemp should be legal on). One simple rule, if you follow it, you will never have to worry. Don’t plant the seeds. If you use random pollination and grow from seed, yeah EVENTUALLY you will run into problems. But ANY uncontrolled breeding will cause the same types of problems.
          Grow from clones. Stay indoors with filtration (like me), and select your fathers and mothers carefully. Remember, these plants USED to be growing everywhere, and heavily farmed, yet they still had potent strains to make tinctures and salves out of before 1937.

        • darkcycle

          Oh, and pot pollen grains don’t fly well. It takes quite a wind to move them. They can travel about a mile from their source on a stiff wind, but they are the bowling-balls of the windblown pollen scene. A mile is pathetic in the world of pollen and spores.

        • Plant Down Babylon

          OH SHIT! How did WarVet know my strain?!

          Now I’m super paranoid!!?

          Is that you in the copter???

          Big mustache & angry glare….

  • Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crimes… to those that are REAL crimes.

    I spent 5 years in Federal Prison for a marijuana offense. While I was there, I watched armed bank robbers come and go in as little as 20 months.

    After 3 years ‘behind the wall,’ I pointed this out to the parole board. Their response: “You must understand, yours was a very serious offense.”
    How do you respond to that mentality?

    I laughed about the parole panel’s comment for 2 more years (as I still sat in prison), then wrote my book:
    Shoulda Robbed a Bank

    No, it is not a treatise on disproportionate sentences, but a look at what the ‘marijuana culture’ is really about.
    People pursuing happiness in their own way. Harming no one…nor their property.

    That’s my contribution to helping point out just how ludicrous our pot laws truly are.
    I hope you check it out.

    • John

      I did check it out on Amazon. It is fiction, is it not?

      • B.Snow

        IDK, But I’ve definitely seen it here before, I’m fairly good with visual-recall of print/texts… I may have read it elsewhere as well – though I think it’s been awhile.

        I’m getting older and not so great with the recall in school it was pretty awesome if the tests came from the texts book, all I had to do was read the text book once at the start of the year, and then again about a week before the test. And teachers often told me ‘hush’, as I was known to “spoiler” the upcoming chapters and stuff… or correct them mid-lecture about details & knowing the page to find the answer (often without even opening my book) really ticked a few of them off — HA!

  • kaptinemo

    The Rebellion has begun.

    I would wager that just most of those on that jury panel were under the age of 50…which would go a long ways to prove that the long-awaited generational shift between the ‘Greatest Generation’ (which saddled us with the Cold and Drug Wars) and the Boomers is almost complete. And that that is being reflected in more and more of these instances taking place (there may be others we have not heard about).

    I forget which one of the Founders (Franklin, I believe), who described governments and laws like clothing; you have to change clothes as you grow or as they wear out. Needless to say, governments that resist that find themselves facing resistance.

    And that in essence is what’s happening, with the generational attitude of GG authoritarianism (and its’ blind trust in government) being replaced by Boomer pragmatism (and their inherent distrust of government, courtesy of Viet Nam and Watergate). And close on their heels are the X’s, Y’s and Millennials (who have even less tolerance for BS, from any quarter, and are genuinely suspicious of ideologies).

    From these attitudes comes a Rebellion which is gaining force, as the people are learning just how rigged the game that the 1% want to force them to continue to play is. And the drug laws play no small part in that rigged game, and not only for minorities, but everyone. For we are all, each one of us, regardless of being ‘straight’ or ‘hip’, vulnerable to attack by The State and it’s insane Juggernaut of a DrugWar…as the Memorial Page here shows.

    The Rebels are coming…and with them comes true change. And those DrugWarriors who think they are defending the ramparts of decency in their wrongheaded defense of the indefensible, should dig up and watch the old movies on Nuremberg, and ask if they want to have the same experience as those who were judged then. For a multitude of sins have been committed on their watch, by them…and the Rebels will only extend an olive branch for so long…

    • divadab

      “But the man is wise, you are still an outlaw in his eyes”

      -These prohibitionists BELIEVE that cannabis is evil. They may have individual breakthroughs but they are not going away. Fuck them for their ignorance. Deliberate ignorance, the worst kind. For their sake, I hope their is a hell. A special hell for people who exercise dominion without justice, authority without mercy, force upon the harmless.

  • Servetus

    A large marijuana grow operation has been busted in Rome. The growers were using a tunnel once constructed as part of Mussolini’s subway system:

    http://tinyurl.com/9beuptj

  • Oh god in heaven…!!…There is some justice in the world afterall.

  • Francis

    Here are a few (modest) reforms I’d like to see. A description of the jury’s right to nullify unjust laws should be a mandatory part of the jury instructions in all criminal cases. Prosecutors should not be allowed to question prospective jurors on their views on jury nullification or the wisdom of particular laws. They should certainly not be able to strike prospective jurors on the basis of those views. (After all, you can’t say that jury nullification is a “right” while permitting the state to make it effectively impossible for jurors to actually exercise that right.) In addition, defendants should have the right to urge the jury to nullify as part of their defense. Finally, plea bargaining, which is an inherently coercive system that operates to effectively deny the vast majority of criminal defendants their constitutional right to a jury trial, should be eliminated.

  • I need to check the timeline on this, but Plea bargaining and Nixon’s war on drugs (namely marijuana) were both recent additions to our justice system in America.

    One to fill the prisons, the other to handle the overload from overcrowded courts.

    There went truth and Justice in America.

  • Servetus

    An inability to get convictions was how the witch trials finally ground to a halt in Europe in or about the year 1680.

    Seems by that time everyone knew someone or was related to someone wrongly accused of the bogus crime of witchcraft. The advances of science and public morals didn’t stop witch prosecutors from initiating trials, however. Instead, the witch hunters simply ran out of public cooperation in their attempts to criminalize innocent people. Today, we’re seeing the same effect take place regarding marijuana prosecutions.