After spending millions on a marijuana investigation that involved phone wiretaps, bugs in his home, and a GPS tracker in his car, RCMP found no marijuana in his home, no marijuana in his car and no marijuana on his person. Regardless, in 2000, Nova Scotia resident Mike Patriquen, holder of a medical marijuana exemption, was bullied into pleading guilty to conspiracy to traffic in marijuana and convicted.
Mike Patriquen is a well-known cannabis activist who founded and lead the Nova Scotia Marijuana Party, and helped found the Federal Marijuana Party. His wife, Melanie, also ran as a candidate with the Marijuana Party.
On September 10, Mike Patriquen appeared before Supreme Court Justice Hood, to argue that provisions should be made for him to use medical marijuana in jail before he was sentenced. Justice Hood denied his request, saying in her ruling that there was no proof that he would be denied his medicine until he was actually in prison. Then she announced a six-year incarceration, and Patriquen was sent away. He now languishes in jail without cannabis.
Get the next issue of Cannabis Culture for a more detailed story of how RCMP, judges and prosecutors conspired to arrest and imprison Mike Patriquen with flimsy and circumstantial evidence, tarnishing the already blackened reputation of Canada’s justice system.
Contact: Melanie Patriquen – (902) 865-8606
See also Letter writing campaign to free Michael Patriquen