greenbuddha Posted November 5, 2012 Report Share Posted November 5, 2012 US CO: Despite Court Order, Police Hold On To Pot Get Active Subscribe Support Us URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v12/n559/a05.html Newshawk: http://www.facebook.com/EFSDP Votes: 0 Webpage: http://www.gazette.com/news/police-146787-held-pot.html Pubdate: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 Source: Gazette, The (Colorado Springs, CO) Copyright: 2012 The Gazette Contact: http://www.gazette.com/sections/opinion/submitletter/ Website: http://www.gazette.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/165 Author: Matt Steiner DESPITE COURT ORDER, POLICE HOLD ON TO POT Authorities held on to a Colorado Springs leukemia patient's stash of medical marijuana Friday, even after a court ordered its return. Bob Crouse, who was acquitted on felony drug charges in late June, and his attorney Clifton Black went to the Police Operation Center on Friday and were greeted by news of a possible appeal by the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office. "They said they were sorry we were told one thing yesterday and another thing today," Crouse said after a police officer explained the situation to him behind closed doors. "They said they were just following instructions." According to the court order signed Tuesday, the 6 pounds of refined marijuana and more than 50 plants seized from Crouse's home in May 2011 must be returned to Crouse "within 10 days from the date of this order." Crouse was arrested after police said he was using the plants to make pot-infused barbecue sauce. The man said that the large amount of pot was needed in order to extract crucial parts of the marijuana to fight off his disease. His case has become a rallying point for the pro-marijuana community who say that his case shows how authorities treat users of legalized medical marijuana. Lee Richards, a spokeswoman from District Attorney Dan May's office, addressed the failure to return Crouse's pot. "The Colorado Springs Police Department asked the DA's office to send it to our appellate attorney for review to see if it's something that should be appealed," Richards said. Crouse's attorney argued that holding the evidence is unconstitutional. Black cited Colorado Constitution Amendment 20, which states that marijuana seized by law enforcement officals "shall be returned immediately" upon acquittal. "It just drives me crazy to see us waste taxpayer's money attacking a cancer patient," Black said. About a dozen supporters of Crouse and the medical marijuana industry gathered outside the police department building Friday. Among those present was Howard Wooldridge, a former police detective in Michigan turned activist for marijuana rights. "Today I came to essentially apologize for law enforcement for the way they've treated the leukemia patient Bob Crouse," Wooldridge said, sitting atop his brown and white horse and wearing a T-shirt that read "Cops say legalize pot, ask me why." Jason Warf of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council joined Crouse supporters on Friday. Warf and Crouse both expressed concerns that even if the DA's appeal fails, they do not believe Crouse's pot will be in usable condition after months in an evidence locker. "After a few months of laying around, it's useless," Warf said. MAP posted-by: Matt Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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