GRUMBINE/BYRON GET THEIR DAY IN COURT

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www.the-human-solution.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2011
CONTACT: Joe Grumbine
951-436-6312

GRUMBINE/BYRON GET THEIR DAY IN COURT

LONG BEACH, CA – After enduring a traumatic legal ordeal that has dragged on for over 2 years, Joe Grumbine and Joe Byron are finally getting their day in court, as a jury was seated in the Long Beach medical marijuana case on Tuesday, November 29, 2011.

The case has had more twists and turns than a mountain road, including Judge Charles D. Sheldon disallowing a medical defense for the defendants, despite the fact they operated two legal medical marijuana collectives. The 2nd district state court of appeals subsequently ordered Sheldon to reverse that decision.

Through more than 20 hearings leading up to the trial, supporters and medical marijuana activists have staged protest rallies objecting to the injustice of prosecuting medical marijuana patients and providers as well as the state’s waste of funds in doing so.

Helicopters, drug sniffing dogs, and 120 armed SWAT officers took part in the raid on Grumbine and Byron’s properties, despite the fact that Grumbine went through a similar trial and was found to be in complete compliance with California’s medical marijuana laws just 5 weeks earlier.

Supporters estimate the state of California has spent well over a million dollars on this medical marijuana case, at a time of serious budget cuts. “Does the state really have nothing better to spend their resources on than prosecuting medical marijuana cases?” asks supporter Kathleen Zamanjahromi.

Zamanjahromi, a retired pediatric oncology nurse, and other supporters have vowed to stand by Grumbine and Byron during the lengthy trial and continue the protests outside the courthouse each day of the trial. They remain confident of the defendants’ acquittal, now that the California Appellate Court has ruled that the jury will be allowed to hear the truth that this a medical marijuana case.

“We know a jury will see that we operated a legitimate not-for-profit collective that helped sick patients and provided valuable services to the community including a food bank, clothing drives, and free wheelchairs for patients in need,” says Grumbine.

Those wishing to participate in court support, the protest rallies, or donate to Joe Grumbine and Joe Byron’s legal defense funds can do so through The Human Solution, a nonprofit cannabis education and advocacy group founded by Grumbine. Visit their website (www.the-human-solution.org) or phone 951-436-6312 for additional details.

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Grumbine/Byron Get Their Day in Court

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www.the-human-solution.org
November29, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Joe Grumbine
951-436-6312

LONG BEACH, CA – After enduring a traumatic legal ordeal that has dragged on for over 2 years, Joe Grumbine and Joe Byron are finally getting their day in court, as a jury was seated in the Long Beach medical marijuana case on Tuesday.

The case has had more twists and turns than a mountain road, including Judge Charles D. Sheldon disallowing a medical defense for defendants, despite the fact they operated two legal medical marijuana collectives. The 2nd district court of appeals subsequently ordered Sheldon to reverse that decision.

Through the more than 20 hearings leading up to the trial, supporters and medical marijuana activists have staged protest rallies objecting to the injustice of prosecuting medical marijuana patients and providers as well as the state’s waste of funds doing so.

Helicopters, drug sniffing dogs, and 120 armed SWAT officers took part in the raid on Grumbine and Byron’s properties, despite the fact that Grumbine went through a similar trial and was found to be in complete compliance with California’s medical marijuana laws just 5 weeks earlier.

Supporters estimate the state has spent well over a million dollars on this medical marijuana case, at a time of serious budget cuts.

“Does the state really have nothing better to spend their resources on than prosecuting medical marijuana cases,” asks supporter Kathleen Zamanjahromie.

Zamanjahromie and other supporters have vowed to stand by Grumbine and Byron during the lengthy trial and continue the protests outside the courthouse each day of the trial. They remain confident of the defendants’ acquittal, now that the court of appeals has ruled that the jury will be allowed to hear the truth that this a medical marijuana case.

“We know a jury will see that we operated a legitimate not-for-profit collective that helped sick patients and provided valuable services to the community including a food bank, clothing drives, and free wheelchairs for patients in need,” says Grumbine.

Those wishing to participate in court support, the protest rallies, or donate to Joe Grumbine and Joe Byron’s legal defense funds can do so through The Human Solution, a nonprofit cannabis education and advocacy group founded by Grumbine. Visit their website (www.the-human-solution.org) or phone 951-436-6312 for additional details.
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Edward Brown

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H.S.11360(a), H.S.11357(a), H.S.11358, H.S.11359, etc.
I am Edward Brown and I felt it was a great idea to grow my own medication, and also grow for a few family members that live with me. Then I added about 12 members to my coop garden over the last two years.  You may recall me as the only coop garden that I know of that gave away free medical cannabis for no donation for joining. Also free or super low cost clones to every member for joining so they can grow there own medical cannabis.

I tried to get every member in my coop to grow for themselves and also only worked with low income disabled people that greatly benefited from my services. It is sad and a slap in the face to all voters that a non profit garden that only tried to cut even and never did would be in this mess.

Unlike many, I did not see this as a venture to make a quick buck, or even hardly survive off of.
I have always been known to be a very hyper but very caring person whom takes in pets and people like my own.

I still to this day will teach any person with a valid prop 215 recommendation how to grow there own high quality medication , and will get you better pricing then any home garden shop due to me buying with a whole-sell license and not trying to make a hyper inflated profits off my fellow medical cannabis members..

Also love to give advice to any one who is willing to ask and that wants to learn how to grow any food or medicinal plant.
http://www.facebook.com/edward.alex.brown add me

My next day in court is 12-08-11 @dept 11 8:15am San Diego superior court for prelim………….. . so I decided to have a thanksgiving pot luck for any friends , supporters ,or any ex or active members in my coop. if you wish to come please message me I’ll send you the address to the location , I will be serving vegetarian and regular food items.. Also I would love to see if any one can help …donate… funds or even hire me for odd jobs, like building repair, garden repair, or grow room installs. I need to raise funds for gas, parking and fees that will occur from my court case; also to pay off my attorney would be great… I will not back down ,but I will need court support services, and some one to take pictures and maybe do some video work… hear is your time ASA and Norml to prove you really back your city’s people… lets stop this war on medical cannabis users ….

Any donations should be sent to [email protected] via pay pal I set up an account…

Hope to see some of u guy on thanks giving I have a good sized place that could host up to 60 people.

High Court Orders Judge Sheldon to Reverse Decision

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www.the-human-solution.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Joe Grumbine
951-436-6312

LONG BEACH, CA – On November 23, 2011, the California Appellate Court (2nd Appellate District) ordered Long Beach Superior Court Judge Charles D. Sheldon to reverse his ruling denying two medical marijuana defendants the ability to present a medical defense against the 13 felony counts facing them.

Joe Grumbine and Joe Byron, the former operators of two legal medical cannabis collectives in Long Beach and Garden Grove have been embroiled in a legal battle that has been dragging on for nearly 2 years, stemming from a December 2009 raid involving 120 armed SWAT officers, helicopters, and drug sniffing dogs. Ironically a Riverside judge found Grumbine to be in complete compliance with California’s medical marijuana laws just 5 weeks before the raid took place.

The two were confident they did nothing wrong, and consequently refused all plea offers the prosecution tried to convince them to take. “We knew a jury would see that we operated a legitimate not-for-profit collective that helped sick patients and provided valuable services to the community including a food bank, clothing drives, and free wheelchairs for patients in need,” says Grumbine.

But then Judge Charles Sheldon ruled that the jury would not be allowed to hear a word about medical marijuana, meaning the defendants would be presented in court as ordinary back alley drug pushers and not compassionate medical marijuana providers. Prospects looked bleak for the Joes.

That’s when defense attorney Allison Margolin stepped in, filing a writ appealing Sheldon’s outrageous decision with the court of appeals. In an unusual move, the appeals court wasted no time and returned a ruling just in time for the defendants to have a Happy Thanksgiving: Grumbine and Byron will be allowed a medical defense, unless Judge Sheldon opts to go before the court to explain himself and his ruling.

The defendants return to court on Monday for the start of jury selection with a trial expected to last approximately three weeks beginning immediately after. Supporters are planning to be at Grumbine and Byron’s sides in the courtroom, as they have during the twenty-plus court hearings the pair has already attended.

Those wishing to participate in court support, or donate to Joe Grumbine and Joe Byron’s legal defense funds can do so at The Human Solution’s website (www.the-human-solution.org) or phone 951-436-6312 for additional details.

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High Court Orders Judge Sheldon to Reverse Decision

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www.the-human-solution.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Joe Grumbine
951-436-6312

High Court Orders Judge Sheldon to Reverse Decision

LONG BEACH, CA – On November 23, 2011, the 4th District Court of Appeal ordered Long Beach Superior Court Judge Charles D. Sheldon to reverse his ruling denying two medical marijuana defendants the ability to present a medical defense against the 13 felony counts facing them.

Joe Grumbine and Joe Byron, the former operators of two legal medical cannabis collectives in Long Beach and Garden Grove have been embroiled in a legal battle that has been dragging on for nearly 2 years, stemming from a December 2009 raid involving 120 armed SWAT officers, helicopters, and drug sniffing dogs. Ironically a Riverside judge found Grumbine to be in complete compliance with California’s medical marijuana laws just 5 weeks before the raid took place.

The two were confident they did nothing wrong, and consequently refused all plea offers the prosecution tried to convince them to take. “We knew a jury would see that we operated a legitimate not-for-profit collective that helped sick patients and provided valuable services to the community including a food bank, clothing drives, and free wheelchairs for patients in need,” says Grumbine.

But then Judge Charles Sheldon ruled that the jury would not be allowed to hear a word about medical marijuana, meaning the defendants would be presented in court as ordinary back alley drug pushers and not compassionate medical marijuana providers. Prospects looked bleak for the Joes.

That’s when defense attorney Allison Margolin stepped in, filing a writ appealing Sheldon’s outrageous decision with the court of appeals. In an unusual move, the appeals court wasted no time and returned a ruling just in time for the defendants to have a Happy Thanksgiving: Grumbine and Byron will be allowed a medical defense, unless Judge Sheldon opts to go before the court to explain himself and his ruling.

The defendants return to court on Monday for the start of jury selection with a trial expected to last approximately three weeks beginning immediately after. Supporters are planning to be at Grumbine and Byron’s sides in the courtroom, as they have during the twenty-plus court hearings the pair has already attended.

Those wishing to participate in court support, or donate to Joe Grumbine and Joe Byron’s legal defense funds can do so at The Human Solution’s website (www.the-human-solution.org) or phone 951-436-6312 for additional details.

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Cynthia Johnston
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