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Local Medical Marijuana Provider Gets a Year in the Pen--Call Bob Lee and Ask Why!
The Sentinel reports today that Edwin Hoey got a yar in jail for being caught with 100 pounds of pot and $500,000 in cash in a storage locker. According to the story he was adamant it was for medical marijuana. Prosecutor Bob Lee is using the toxic theory that any marijuana club or seller is illegal unless he is a close caregiver. Unless people speak out about this, we can expect an expansion and continuation of the Drug War here, probably to keep his government grants rolling in.
The Sentinel's Hoey story and comments can be found at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2007/November/01/breaking/stories/02breaking.htm
Hoey got his sentence based on D.A. Bob Lee's theory that any medical marijuana sales, even to those with valid cards, if not a part of a close "caretaker relationship" is illegal.
Worse, Lee selectively applies this, ignoring clubs in the City of Santa Cruz, but going after growers and sellers in the County.
While the courts and the law may be ambiguous about this, Santa Cruz County's public opinion is not. After all, we voted overwhelmingly for Measure A in 1993, even before Proposition 215 passed in 1996. Lee should be censured and recalled if he continues to prosecute people under this abusive interpretation.
That, of course, would require some activism. Like getting our local Measure K Commission (meets 11-14 6 PM at City Hall) to pass a resolution regarding the issue.
Or demanding the Board of Supervisors pass a set of guidelines binding the D.A. and the Sheriff's Department.
As the three previous comments indicate, the entire drug war is [expletive]. Indeed claiming they can go after marijuana providers because they aren't "caregivers" and selectively doing so (avoiding political hot potatoes like Greenway) is both hypocritical and anti-democratic (i.e. violates the voters' mandate).
Call Bob Lee at 454-2400 and ask him what gives.
"Hoey admitted had September that he augmented his income with sales to a few friends and associates in other states,"
"he remained adamant that MOST of the marijuana was destined for medicinal users."
By his own admission, twice, in the article you linked; he's a dealer selling to non-medical patients.
You're claim that he's adement that it was for medical marijuana is an obvious fabrication.