top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Thu Mar 18 2010
Medical Marijuana Activist Roger Mentch Prepares for Third Trial in San Jose
Thu Mar 18 2010
Founder of The Hemporium, a Compassionate Care Collective, to Face Third Trial
Roger Mentch, founding member of The Hemporium, a Santa Cruz County medical marijuana collective located in Felton, has been met with more resistance. Santa Clara County recently incarcerated Mentch, as well as Laura Eldridge, a disabled patient. Mentch spent five months behind bars at Elmwood Jail in Milpitas. Once bail was finally granted, it was set at the exorbitant price of $105,000, and then reduced to $55,000 after petitioning.

Mentch argues that he has been the victim of entrapment by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. He has been out of state custody since August 2009, and his next court date is scheduled on Friday, March 19th in San Jose.

Writing about the situation, Mentch says, "It really angers me that this government has been spending OUR money, OUR TAX dollars to destroy family units, destroying the pursuit of happiness, destroy our freedoms, making vague laws and making felons out of otherwise law abiding citizens. I imagine it has cost the state somewhere near $500,000 to a million dollars prosecuting this Vietnam veteran, father of two and a very supportive individual to others.

"After three raids in 2003, 2005 and 2009, they have broke me financially, to the point I can't even pay for bankruptcy. They haven’t broken my fighting spirit though!" Donations are needed and can be made to: Roger Mentch 7500 HWY 9 #2 Felton CA. 95018. imc_photo.gifRead more and view photos

Previous coverage: Medical Marijuana Provider and In-Home Caregiver on Trial in Santa Cruz || May 2 - Rally For Roger Mentch at County Courthouse || Letter to Judge Samuel Stevens Concerning Roger Mentch || imc_photo.gifRoger Mentch will continue the Hemporium, LLC. a Professional Caregiving Service || imc_audio.gifRockin' the Boat: Medical Pot Provider Gets Leniency || Medical Marijuana Forum Thursday; Roger Mentch on Trial Again || The Hemporium, LLC... Medical Marijuana Conviction Overturned || Updates from Attorney Ben Rice || Unwanted Raid yet again on Medical Marijuana
03/27/17 After Being Arrested by Miguel Masso, Hollister Man Feels He Barely Escaped with His Life Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | South Bay | East Bay | California | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/27/17 First They Came for the Homeless Calls Attention to the Plight of the Homeless Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | East Bay03/20/17 YARR Training Attracts Crowd of Santa Cruz Supporters for Rapid Response System Front Page | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/20/17 "Tech Stands Up" Rally Calls on Company Leaders to Speak Out for Diversity & Civil Rights Front Page | Labor & Workers | Peninsula | Government & Elections03/20/17 Threats to Native Bees Include Severe Habitat Loss and Escalating Pesticide Use Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | California | U.S.03/20/17 Community Support Remains Strong as Yuvette Henderson Lawsuit Goes Forward Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay03/14/17 Anti-Homeless Architecture is Widespread in Downtown Santa Cruz Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/13/17 Gender Strikes Organized Internationally as Follow-Up to Women's Marches Front Page | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | LGBTI / Queer | Womyn | Santa Cruz Indymedia03/12/17 Vallejo Cop Spencer Bottomley Assaults Person Who Had Sat Down and Surrendered Front Page | Police State and Prisons | North Bay / Marin03/10/17 Conference Aims to Build Anti-Racist Front Against Oppression and Capitalism in Bay Area Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | LGBTI / Queer | Womyn | San Francisco | East Bay | Immigrant Rights03/03/17 Janet Fardette of Leveelies Pushes the Idea that “Street Feeding” Keeps People Homeless Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: California | Santa Cruz Indymedia | South Bay | Drug War | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Police State and Prisons | Front Page
California Dungeness Crab Fishery Catches Record Number of Whales Center for Biological Diversity Wednesday Mar 29th 1:44 PM
Court Overturns Government Refusal to Protect Rare Coastal Marten Center for Biological Diversity Tuesday Mar 28th 1:07 PM
Miguel Masso Strikes Again JP Massar (8 comments) Sunday Mar 26th 7:02 PM
Judge Halts California Plan to Stop Oil Waste Injections Into Protected Aquifers Center for Biological Diversity Tuesday Mar 21st 5:15 PM
Berkeley: Violent Trump Supporters Are Merging with the Alt-Right Northern California Anti-Racist Action NoCARA (5 comments) Friday Mar 17th 5:06 PM
California regulators weaken proposed rules for pesticide use near schools via Californians for Pesticide Reform Friday Mar 17th 4:54 PM
Federal Plan Could Auction Off 700,000 Acres in California to Oil Industry Center for Biological Diversity (1 comment) Wednesday Mar 15th 1:02 PM
Californians Sue in Challenge to Latest Muslim Ban ACLU of Northern California Tuesday Mar 14th 2:58 PM
Fracking Foes to Target Hollister Hearing on Leasing Public Lands to Oil Industry Center for Biological Diversity Tuesday Mar 14th 2:29 PM
More Local News...
[ × close ]
Californians Against Fracking Responds to EPA’s Methane Regulation Announcement via Californians Against Fracking Friday Mar 17th 6:01 PM
Art of War : Executive Order K. Larmee Saturday Feb 18th 11:06 PM
UAW2865 UCB Workers Discuss J20 Mass Walk-Out and Trump Government Labor Video Project Friday Jan 20th 11:19 AM
Value Human Life Bill K. Harley (1 comment) Monday Jan 16th 10:15 PM
5-4-3-2-1-Revolution Fhyre Phoenix (1 comment) Friday Jan 13th 1:03 AM
Open Newswire...
[ × close ]