Unconventional Foundation for Autism

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The mission of UF4A is three-fold: (1) to raise awareness and support for families afflicted with this mysterious and misunderstood condition known as Autism; (2) to raise funds for cannabis-based medical research and clinical trials; and (3) to campaign for a rescheduling of cannabis from Schedule 1 narcotic (no accepted medical benefits) to a lower schedule so that the appropriate research may be conducted, and so that all patients have access to medication without fear of prosecution.

Education and Services Cut While California Squanders Funds Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Providers

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Contact: Catrina Coleman, The Human Solution: 951-704-2594; www.The-Human-Solution.org

Education and Services Cut While California Squanders Funds Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Providers

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA – Outraged California citizens want to know why the state, in a time of severe budget cuts, thought it wise to spend upwards of a million dollars investigating, raiding, and prosecuting two legal medical marijuana providers.

In December 2009, just five weeks after a lengthy legal ordeal that culminated with a California court finding him in complete compliance with state medical marijuana laws, Joe Grumbine found himself staring down the barrel of a loaded gun during a terrifying SWAT style raid involving drug sniffing dogs, helicopters, and 120 armed officers storming 17 locations including homes, businesses and two medical marijuana dispensaries.  Fifteen people were arrested, but more than a year later only Grumbine and partner Joe Byron face actual charges.

Despite requests from the Long Beach City council and countless concerned citizens for an audit, no figures have been forthcoming on exactly how much the taxpayers are shelling out to prosecute these men  who have no prior convictions and whose only crime is supplying medicine to sick people as outlined under California state law.  Members of The Human Solution, a nonprofit grass roots cannabis education, advocacy, and patient support group founded by Grumbine estimate the tab at reaching upwards of a million dollars.

 

“Of course this is rough guess based on the limited information we have,” says Grumbine, “but when you start to look at all the time, energy, resources, and components that went into this prosecution, it’s mind boggling how much was spent.  I mean  a police helicopter  costs taxpayers about $400.00 an hour to operate, and the raid took 10 hours.  A fully outfitted police helicopter costs he taxpayers about $5 million dollars.  Is using them to chase medical marijuana patients really the best use we have for these machines?”

Included in the estimate is the cost of the actual SWAT raid involving 120 armed officers on hazard pay,  the helicopter and its  pilot and co-pilot traveling hundreds of miles to raid 17 separate locations, the cost of specially trained drug sniffing dogs and their handlers, not to mention the expense of arresting, incarcerating, and processing the fifteen people arrested that day through the system, only two of whom face actual charges.  Then taxpayers can figure the state spent a minimum of 600 man hours of pre and post raid investigation, not to mention the salary and expenses of the district attorney and his support staff.  Since charges have finally been brought against Grumbine and Byron over a year later, there’s also the cost of the two bail hearings that have already taken place in which taxpayers paid the bill for prosecuting attorneys, police witnesses, bailiffs, judges and other court personnel, as well as the cost to incarcerate the two men until they could come up with the exorbitant bails imposed on them (120K and 300K respectively, more than LA County recommends for rapist, kidnappers, and child molesters). 

The public can now look forward to opening their wallets again to pay for a preliminary hearing expected to last in excess of two weeks and after that a lengthy jury trial.  When it’s all over the likely outcome is that Grumbine and Byron will be found innocent of all charges.  But the burden of fighting the legal system to prove their innocence has already nearly bankrupted them. 

Long Beach resident Cheri Sicard finds the waste of resources taking place in her city shocking.  “I just read in the local paper that Long Beach is forced to lay off 429  teachers and close two schools due to budget cuts,” says Sicard.  “How many teachers salaries could have been paid with the money wasted on prosecuting these two medical marijuana providers?  No matter how you feel about the issue of marijuana, that just doesn’t make any sense.”

Citizens outraged over government waste as well as those supporting safe access for patients to medical marijuana overflowed the courtroom at Grumbine and Byron’s November 2009 bail hearings.  Many more are expected to attend the start of their preliminary hearing on February 7th in Long Beach Superior Court.  Members of the media and the public are encouraged to join them.

The Human Solution is a nonprofit, grass roots organization providing education and support to medical cannabis patients, providers, and the community at large.

 

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Medical Marijuana Patients Rally Support at Provider’s Court Heart Hearing

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Contact: Catrina Coleman, The Human Solution: 951-704-2594; www.The-Human-Solution.org

Medical Marijuana Patients Rally Support at Provider’s Court Heart Hearing

LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA – A normally empty Long Beach Superior Courtroom overflowed with medical marijuana patients and advocates during the November 2010 bail hearings of Joe Grumbine and Joe Byron, two medical marijuana providers scheduled to begin a preliminary hearing on February 7.  Many more supporters are expected to be in attendance at the beginning of the pair’s preliminary hearing on February 7, including seniors and homeless helped by the free food bank set up at Grumbine and Byron’s medical marijuana collective, and seriously ill patients, many in wheelchairs, helped by the medicine they provided.  

Grumbine is founder and director of The Human Solution, a nonprofit grassroots cannabis education, advocacy and patient support group.  When he started the organization to help others, Grumbine  never know he would one day be the one most in need of help.  Ironically, he was arrested and prosecuted on similar charges once before.  Just five weeks before his current ordeal began, a California court found him complete compliance with state medical marijuana laws.  Nonetheless, in late 2009 California law enforcement executed a SWAT style raid involving drug sniffing dogs, helicopters and 120 armed officers.  

Human Solution members not only showed support for Grumbine in court, some actually dipped into savings and retirement accounts to bail their leader of out jail.  Others are organizing fund raising efforts to help offset the massive legal fees Grumbine and Byron will incur even if found innocent of all charges, which is the likely outcome of this case.

Those who support safe access to medical marijuana for patients, those outraged at the waste of public resources spent investigating and prosecuting legally compliant medical marijuana providers, as well as the members of the media are encouraged to attend the preliminary hearing, predicted to last two weeks, on February 7, 2011 in Long Beach Superior Courthouse. Look for supporters wearing The Human Solution’s signature green “Solidarity Ribbons.”

The Human Solution is a nonprofit, grass roots organizations providing education and support to medical cannabis patients, providers, and the community at large.

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Protesters Expected at Long Beach Medical Marijuana Trial

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Contact: Catrina Coleman, The Human Solution: 951-704-2594; www.The-Suman-Solution.org
Protesters Expected at Long Beach Medical Marijuana Trial
LONG BEACH, CA – On February 7, crowds of medical marijuana patients and concerned citizens are expected to protest at the preliminary hearing of Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, co-owners of two medical marijuana collectives in Long Beach and Garden Grove. Despite being found in complete compliance with California law just 5 weeks before their current ordeal began, law enforcement felt the need to conduct a SWAT style raid in December 2009 involving drug sniffing dogs, helicopters, and 120 armed officers. Grumbine and Byron were arrested along with all of their employees, working or not, including an independently contracted air conditioning repair man. Over a year later only they face actual charges.

Marla James, a disabled medical marijuana patient and president of the Orange County chapter of Americans for Safe Access says, “ The collectives did a lot for the community. They had food banks, clothes for patients who couldn’t afford them, wheelchairs and durable medical equipment for any patient who needed them. They even donated medicine to patients who couldn’t afford it, The city of Long Beach lost valuable community services that helped a lot of needy people when they decided to prosecute these men.”

Members of the media, those who support safe access to medical marijuana for patients, and anyone outraged at the waste of public resources spent investigating and prosecuting legally compliant medical marijuana providers, are encouraged to attend the preliminary hearing. Predicted to last two weeks, the hearing starts on February 7, 2011 in Long Beach Superior Courthouse. Look for supporters wearing green “Solidarity Ribbons,” provided by The Human Solution, a nonprofit, grass roots organization, founded by Grumbine, that provides education and support to medical cannabis patients, providers, and the community at large.

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Medical Marijuana Patients Sought to Aid Provider’s Defense

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 Medical Marijuana Patients Sought to Aid Provider’s Defense

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Contact: Joe Grumbine, The Human Solution: 951-436-6312 ; www.the-human-solution.org

Christopher Glew, Attorney for Joe Grumbine: 866-648-0004; www.glewkimlaw.com

 

LONG BEACH, CA – Medical marijuana patients who used the services of 4th and Elm Natural Health and 2200 collective from May 09 till Dec 17 09 are being sought to aid in the defense of the Collective’s founders, Joe Grumbine and Joe Byron, as the pair face serious criminal charges in a preliminary hearing scheduled to start on February 7 in Long Beach Superior Court.

 

Grumbine and Byron were arrested in a terrifying SWAT style raid involving 120 armed officers, helicopters and drug sniffing dogs over year ago.  Ironically, Grumbine had been cleared of all charges in a similar case just 5 weeks before the raid took place, with the court finding him in full compliance with California law.

 

Nonetheless, the pair now face charges of illegal sales of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and tax evasion. Lead attorney Chris Glew remains optimistic that, just as in the first case, the charges won’t stick because his clients have done nothing wrong.  However, he does need the help of patients who were helped by the collective in order to defend Grumbine and Byron.

 

“While we helped many patients with low and no cost medicine, transportation, food, and other necessities,” says Joe Grumbine, “all our records were seized in the raid and we have no way of contacting people who could now help us beat these ridiculous charges.  It’s another way the system tries to keep medical marijuana providers down.”

 

Grumbine and Byron are pleading for any of their former collective members to step forward and tell and their story.  The importance of input from collective members who were helped by Grumbine, a man whose attorney has dubbed “The Mother Theresa of Weed,” cannot be overstressed.  Anyone wishing to help should call Joe Grumbine or Chris Glew as soon as possible as an effective defense against the State of California  is being prepared as this release goes to print.

 

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