By Johnny Dank
Serenity travels across the air as night has taken over El Paso County, Colorado. Bob Crouse’s slumber is interrupted when police stormed into his home and seized his garden of medical marijuana. Arrested and confused why a cancer patient would be going through this. Do authorities hassle other terminally ill patients – or does MMJ get the blunt end of the stick?
14 months later and a felony charge of possession with intent to sell looming over his head, Crouse was found innocent of all charges. This Leukemia patient swore behind his innocence the whole time, believing his actions were not malevolent. He had a substantial marijuana cultivation set-up to assist him in his medicinal needs. With a copious amount of cannabis, he could always have a steady supply of phoenix tears, which is extracted from the marijuana plant. “It’s basically a marijuana slushy,” which he takes a gram a day to alleviate pain. Due to high cost, this Leukemia patient has to make it on his own.
This case extracted a lot of sympathy and unity from the public and from medical marijuana supporters, being the 2nd case acquitted in less than a month against marijuana patients cultivating their own medication.
Crouse said this should be a message to the 4th Judicial A.D. Dan May to halt such witch-hunts. “There’s a sigh of relief from patients. We’re not criminals. We’re sick people,” said Crouse. The DA and his prosecutors don’t see medical marijuana users as actual medical marijuana patients. “We are seen as criminals in the legal sense and they never looked at the patient end of it.”
It’s well documented that medical marijuana is legal in Colorado – however the police enforcement, including Colorado’s A.G. John Suthers, scoff at the legality of the medicinally proven plant. Coloradans are allowed up to 6 plants for medical use, with “terminally ill” patients being allowed more – which Crouse had. He was detained for having over 6 pounds of marijuana and over 50 plants last year in the cold frigid night.
This terminally-ill patient who needs medical marijuana for medicine and didn’t go the un-natural prescription route – could have faced numerous years behind bars. Cultivating thoughts about all the tax dollars wasted on trivial cases to send a medical marijuana patient into a cell with a psychotic killer just for smoking pot to ease pain. Crouse hopes authorities will cease the open hunt on medical marijuana cases.
The President of Coloradans for Cannabis Patient Rights, Audrey Hatfield said, “It seems to myself and to a lot of other people in this town that they’re wasting a lot of resources going after people who are well within the laws. It’s a waste of time and it’s a waste of money.”
Hopefully Bob can sleep without being awoken by a barrel of an AK-47 pointed at him – but only time can tell…