10 Years to Life for Medical Marijuana: The Trial of Aaron Sandusky
In 2011 Reason.tv was profiling Aaron Sandusky, the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Upland, California, in the midst of the federal crackdown on medical marijuana. While they were making the video, Sandusky’s dispensary and grow house were raided, his assets seized and his product destroyed.
Undeterred, Sandusky joined a lawsuit with several other dispensary owners, challenging the right of city governments to outright ban dispensaries. After a favorable ruling from an appellate court, Sandusky re-opened, and the city of Upland could do nothing to stop him. But the Feds were not happy with this turn of events.
And what do the feds do when they are unhappy with something? They do their best to eliminate the source of their unhappiness.
Sandusky was arrested and charged with six counts of drug trafficking, some of which could carry a life sentence. He's spent the last seven weeks in a county prison, just awaiting a bond hearing. He finally was granted bail last Friday and is now out on house arrest, where he awaits an October trial to decide his fate. Reaon.tv interviewed Sandusky after he was released.
He vows to fight on, for himself, and for medical marijuana patients everywhere.
Public Hearing on Denver Medical Marijuana Ad Ban Held
A public hearing was set to take place Monday night in The Denver City Council to discuss a proposed ban on medical marijuana advertising in the city. The proposal would ban billboard, bus-bench and sidewalk sign-twirler advertising.
On one side of the issue is the Cannabis Business Alliance, which denounces the proposal by saying it creates too many uncertainties for the industry.
On the other side is the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, which supports the proposed ban by arguing that it is a show of neighborliness for an industry that is not always embraced in communities.
While outdoor ads would be banned under the proposal, dispensaries would still be able to advertise in newspapers and magazines and would also be able to put their logos on items for charity events they sponsor.
"I think this is in the best interests of our children across the city," City Councilwoman Debbie Ortega said of the ban.
Not telling children that marijuana can be used for medical purposes is in their best interests? Mommy and daddy have their pills and the beer in the fridge and the liquor in the cabinet, but we can’t tell kids that some people use cannabis for medical reasons?
Alcohol companies now have TV commercials for candy-flavored vodka that can easily be seen by children all over the country, but medical cannabis cannot be discussed and must even be hidden from public view.
Here’s an idea. Instead of banning billboards, why don’t parents tell their kids the truth about things? Is that an extreme of fringe idea? The Medical Marijuana Industry Group wants people to know dispensaries can be good neighbors, and that is a noble cause, especially in this dismal political climate, but things can be taken too far.
When will marijuana just be treated like what it is: a non-toxic substance with amazing medical and recreational properties?
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