Major medical marijuana advocates need immediate assistance in important court cases in California and the US Supreme Court.
Jeff Jones, founder and director of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative (OCBC), is facing a Supreme Court case that will be heard before next summer. At issue is whether the “medical necessity doctrine” justifies OCBC’s distribution of medical marijuana.
“This is a chance for us to have the nation’s highest court rule that compassion and law allows us to distribute medicine to sick and dying people,” said Jones. “We are fighting the US government, which uses its endless supply of taxpayer’s money to war against us. OCBC’s lawyers are valiant and underfunded. We need everybody who cares about marijuana to send donations to our legal fund.”
In an Auburn, California courtroom, Libertarian politician and cancer patient Steve Kubby and his wife Michele are fighting for their lives as Placer County Prosecutor Chris Cattran attempts to convince a jury that their medical marijuana garden was a sinister, commercial grow operation.
Cattran’s tactics have outraged jurors, Kubby supporters, and Kubby lawyer David Nick, who was fined $200 by the trial judge after he harshly criticized Cattran’s surprise announcement that vicious DEA nark Mick Mollica would be called to rebut Kubby’s expert witnesses.
“This trial should have gone to the jury this week,” Kubby said in a December 7 interview. “Instead, the prosecution wants to hold the jury hostage by retrying the entire case because they presented such a worthless case when they had their chance. My wife has been driven from the courtroom in tears due to Cattran’s tactics. By bringing in Mollica, who has been totally discredited and should have been under indictment for perjury, Cattran has shown that he is waging a war against medical marijuana defendants.”
Kubby asked that marijuana advocates travel to the Auburn, California courtroom next Tuesday, December 12th where he and Michele are on trial.
“Let’s show Mollica, Cattran, the judge and jury that good citizens of all races and orientations are united against the police state and in favor of this healing herb which was legalized for medical use by California’s voters four years ago,” Kubby said.
The February, 2001 issue of Cannabis Culture magazine will contain extensive information about the Kubby and OCBC trials.
DIRECTION TO KUBBY COURTROOM: Coming from Sacramento and the Bay Area, take Interstate 80 through Auburn and exit at the Bell Road exit. Turn left on Bell Road and go about 2 miles down Bell Road. At about the 2-mile point you will approach the intersections of Highway 49 and Bell Road. Continue going straight through that intersection for about 2 more blocks until you find First Avenue, then turn left onto First Avenue. Go down First Avenue to B Avenue and take a right. The Courts are located about in the middle of B Avenue on your left-hand side. Parking is available on the right hand side of that street, directly across from the Courts. Detailed map of DeWittCenter at: www.placer.ca.gov/maps/dewitt1.htm