Pounded in San Bernardino

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October 2013, Octavio Gonzalez called and told me about his case. He mentioned that he had reached out to “all the other orgs” and that no one even returned his calls. I told him of the origins of our group and that this is what we do… I asked him to sign up as a member and send a version of his story. He did and I asked him to join us at a meeting. He did call into a work meeting and explained the case..
It was one of the simplest ones that I have encountered and should have been a slam dunk…
A small informal collective… no documents, no records, only 3 qualified patients that collectively agreed to cultivate their medicine together… sound familiar?
I have been personally attacked by so called “purists” that see this as the only legitimate way to comply with California law…. it’s not of course but they sit on high horses and look down on my “dispensary case”………  and you still wonder why we are still getting our asses kicked
I digress….
a “Knock and talk” turned into a “safety check” and entry into the residence without permission..   occupant was detained and later a warrant was issued and the raid conducted. The “roommate” ended up taking a deal and agreeing to testify on the state’s behalf but turned out to be a tweaker and picked up more charges and taking him out of play….
I spoke with Octavio from time to time since that first contact and he was relocating to Florida to be with family as soon as this mess was over. He was offered a misdemeanor but refused as he didn’t do anything wrong. ……
Last Thursday during a regular Thursday work meeting, I received a call from Octavio, the message stated that he was about to go to prelim and again, he had reached out to every group without any response….. I’ll admit I was a little irked as I had given a formula to rally support and like so many others… last second “help me”
So I did what I could and mentioned his case on the radio show and posted court details on calendar etc, and Octavio showed up at Victoria’s trial on Friday to show support with Tabitha his sister
Kathie Z and I arrived to see Tabitha sitting in the hallway outside the courtroom preparing to testify at the hearing. I walked in hoping to see a strong show of support but instead saw a mostly empty courtroom with the exception of an expert witness and “Mom.”
What happened next was deeply disturbing…. I witnessed not one prosecutor but two and they had convinced the judge that this case was held to the same standard as a dispensary, requiring licenses, and organizing documents etc….
the judge denied the medical defense and furthermore denied the attempt at bringing the recommendations of the members as they were not considered to be “business documents”
Finally, the judge denied the motion to quash the warrant ruling that the “Knock and talk” entry was OK as the occupant didn’t do what he said and a “strong odor of marijuana” got stronger as they got closer to the house…. the case was bound over for trial and Octavio must return to answer charges May 5th at 1:30pm.  (see Calendar)
We left the courtroom with little fanfare and a devastated Octavio walked past us and down the hall…… he returned a few minutes later trembling and on the Virge of tears. He thanked us for being there. We told the family that things would end up OK and that there were still many steps to take before trial. Also that the trial judge would rule on the affirmative defense for trial. I also assured him that we would do everything to rally more support
We have many members from San Diego to Los Angeles and many of you could easily be sitting in Octavio’s place…… we would be there for you……..
Please when you see a court support date posted either make a point to attend or find someone to take your place…. there is no reason why every courtroom in California or anywhere in America for that matter….
as you make your plans for the “420 event” or other entertainment please make the choice to match your time being the solution and supporting one of our Canna warriors that heroically take a stand instead of “taking the deal”
A reason, a season, or a lifetime…… where do you fit in?
thank you for being a part of the solution


Blessings

Joe Grumbine

Kristin Flor heads to Oregon to unveil Pow wall and launch new chapter!

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Imagine, a beautiful piece of plant art, on a wall, in a dispensary with our prisoners names, honoring their sacrifices!  Yes, good dreams are coming true!  On Saturday, April 26th,The 45th Parallel is revealing the masterpiece!  They have invited me at 1:00 to be part of this amazing grand opening event.  I can’t explain the tremendous warming feeling in my heart because I am too excited!   If you are an OMMP cardholder, I would love to for you to visit the masterpiece and honor our prisoners with us!  The address is 16631 SE 82nd Drive, Clackamas, Oregon  97086.  We are also launching a Human Solution chapter, making Jared’s safer shirts (bring a t-shirt) and BBQ-ing, it will be a day to remember!

Call to Action in North Dakota for Jason Miller

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– Jason Miller and his wife (Terri) contacted me recently about a trial Jason is getting ready to face in Williston, North Dakota.  Jason has a medical card from Arizona and got caught with his medicine in North Dakota where there are no medical laws.  The frame of mind regarding our plant in North Dakota has him and his wife extremely worried.  The risk of taking his case to trial is wearing on them, and the consequences are already unbearable.  The government has encouraged Jason to accept a plea deal, but Jason stands strong, even though he is facing 20 years, he does not want this on his record.  Jason and Terri’s courageous sacrifices has left them homeless and beyond!  They live in Idaho, and if he takes his medicine, then travels to North Dakota for a drug test  he is in risk of breaking his bond and an internal possession charge, which North Dakota is one of the few states that harbors this charge.  Terri tells me that Jason is a man of God with his credentials in ministry and they have always worked in the community helping people.  Jason and Terri would like court support, but that is hard to find in North Dakota!  They have been traveling back and forth from Idaho to attend court hearings, so they have had a hard time finding support.  Terri and Jason have been in contact with New Jersey Weedman, and feel comfortable using his defense, but this city is desperate for education and they are desperate for support!  Their trial is April 23rd – April 25th, 2014.

Defendant Cindy Farnsworth

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Being charged with production. I had 11 plants inside of my green
house. Another person threw seeds on my land. Then turned me in to the
police saying that I was not legal.

What city and State were these filed? Case #? Who is your legal
representative?
Holbrook Az. A court appointed attorney.

Case status? Arraignment, Jury Selection, Pre-trial, Charges not yet
filed? Include your next court date.
trial date is set for the 28th of May
I am a medical patent of Cannabis . After helping the Cannabus I drove
my car during the 420 gig last year . To be a support car for the bus.
This person was going to go back east with the Cannabus after Denver.
When they all got to Oklahoma city. This man got thrown off the bus.
As he was posting on Facebook that he was going to get arrested for
even being on the streets. Feeling that I might be able to help him. I
sent a bus ticket to get him back here. Long story short he got upset
with me when I wouldn’t allow him to grow on my land. When I asked him
to leave. He called the police and led them to believe that I am the
biggest dealer in north eastern Az. I have never been in any kind of
court for me. It’s a very scary thing to have to go through. I face a
year and one half of I lose. I would never have been put to this if I
had not gotten involved with activism. The big green bus has changed
my life. I must help change the world.

Fredrica Ballard needs our help!!!!

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nearly 2 weeks ago, The National THS work meeting wrote letters to newly imprisonned Fredrica Ballard.

most of the time we write to offer personal contact to the outside world but sometimes we can truely be a lifeline… this is one such case…. You can be this lifeline for Fredrica…

Please write to Fredrica and help if you can

Fredrica Ballard #00933322

Clark county detention center

330 S.Casino Center Blvd   Las Vegas Nevada, 89101

 

Dear THS family
I love you and miss you all soooo uch. Thank youi for the letters of encouragement. That meant so much to me. Hug everyone for me. I also write to ask for your help. I cannot reach my children :( My personal cel is the only # that I know and it does not accept collect calls. I don’t have anyone’s address or #s or any $ on my phone acct or commisary. I am i medical unit due to my diabetes and it is 23 hours a day lock down. Someone tried to visit but I couldn’t get to them due to a medical emergancy lockdown that evening. Please help me. I need moey put on my phone acct. ICC solutions. I believe please. I will be done with my sentence April 9 but my bond on another mj case has expired and I am now being held on that 50k bail. I need my children to know this. I need bail. I can’t reach anyone please help me. Daniel put 50 bucks on my commissary initially but it is now gone.know I will repay you no problem. please I need help. Please contact my phone, my children, Adam and all the Las Vegas Human Solution members. I hope that someone will have my children’s phone #s Call, Text, please don’t give up! I need my bond paid by April 9th
My Atty on this case is Scot Eichorn 702-382-8278  (call him) My atty on the mj case that you came to court for is Gary Madafferi (702) 474-4222.
Tell Kathy Z her letter made me cry and that I LOVE HER TOO!! Thank Lori and Debbie and Jul? too. Sorry communication is so horrible here like the food lol.
I pray you are successful in reaching my family. All I do is read all day. Please can you update Las Vegas Human Solution Chapter facebook page? I have time to write now but lack the paper,envelopes and addresses. If you would like to forward me some inmate addresses. Kieth Patton and his mother need to know where I am as well. Tell him to let Rolando of the Las Vegas Tribune know as well as where I am and to come and visit me. Please and Thank you
I pray this gets to you quickly.. Love and Solidarity
                                                    Namaste
   No one Should                                  Fredrica
 Be in Jail for a plant

– fredrica1