The police arrived on MS-Sufferer Lynn Harichy’s front step in London, Ontario on August 29, looking to uproot the medical cannabis patch in her back yard. “I grow a year’s supply during the Summer,” Harichy said. Lynn Harichy has a legal medical exemption that that her MP, Sue Barnes, tells her is “in the mail” from the Department of Health. Harichy is shocked that police raided her home.
“I’ve been on radio shows and television saying I use cannabis. They knocked on the door, carrying one of those big metal battering rams [they didn’t use it]and when I answered they asked, ‘Do you have any pot here?’ Well of course I did. Are they stupid?”
Then the police ripped up all of her plants and stole her bagged medicine. Police spokesperson Constable Ryan Holland told the local London media that they had torn 58 grown plants from the ground and found 2,300 grams of cannabis, worth a whopping $71,000. According to Harichy, however, there were only 30 plants, and the “2,300 grams” were just a big bag of shake to cook into pot food, which is a common way to prepare cannabis medicine.
“See how rich I was and I didn’t even know it?,” chided Harichy. “You don’t make any money providing yourself with medicine. The only people that are making money here are the narcotics officers.”
London police are waging a war against Harichy. They raided and destroyed her and her husband Mike’s Cannabis Compassion Centre in ’97 after paying at least one informant to testify against the couple. Mike took the rap and pled guilty to spare Harichy from going to jail, which could easily have been a death sentence for her. Police regularly fly over their home with helicopters and planes, and now they have deprived Lynn Harichy of her medicine.
“I’m down to 83 pounds, and I need cannabis,” explained Harichy. “I’m on disability, I’m losing my house and everything else, and I can’t afford to buy my medicine on the street.”
Police didn’t even check with the Minister of Health to see if she had an exemption. The day after the raid, the London Free Press quoted Constable Holland, as saying that “None was turned over to police or was found last night,” raising the question of whether medical exemptions are like drivers’ licenses that must be produced for officers on demand. Yet no such rules exist for holders of medical exemptions.
“I think that busting me was the most ridiculous thing that they have ever done,” Harichy complained. “They want to make a point of me. I think they have plans to put me in jail, just to prove that it doesn’t matter who you are, that they can make you suffer.”
Lynn and Mike Harichy will faces charges of cultivation on September 27 at 9:30, and would like to pack the courthouse with supporters. All are welcome to attend.
* See the live interview with Lynn since on Pot-TV made since her arrest on Rene Boje’s Healing Herb Hour. (Click on Archives)
* Lynn Harichy; phone: (519) 642-1138; email: [email protected];
* London Cannabis Compassion Center website: www.drugsense.org/lccc
* Story in the London Free Press about Lynn: www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1273/a11.html
* More articles about Lynn: www.mapinc.org/harichy.htm
* Letters by Lynn: www.mapinc.org/writers/Harichy