I know from first hand experience that some of the best cannabis growers on the entire planet live in Grants Pass. I spent a decent amount of time in GP, and it’s a beautiful place to live. However, there are some harsh rules being enforced there. A legal battle is being waged, and a legal fund has been setup. Please donate if you are able. Below are the details, via the effort’s GoFundMe page:
Judge Wolke ruled against us and for the city. We will appeal. Please donate and encourage my attorney, Andrew DeWeese, who was kind enough to take this case without a retainer. He has been paid what has been raised here and personally; I still owe $2000 before the appeal.
There is plenty of error in Judge Wolke’s ruling to appeal. He sent his ruling on a pdf, printed in gray, so I took the liberty of transcribing it onto my blog, with a link to the original document at the beginning for comparison. It was not easy to get it all exactly right. In the end, I went over it by partial sentences, reading it aloud and comparing it to the printed copy piece by piece, finding little errors and one big one. You can read it here: http://gardengrantspass.blogspot.com/2016/03/judge-wolkes-ruling-in-my-lawsuit.html
Then I took that copy and built my answer all through it, interjecting my comments refuting his errors of logic and law: http://gardengrantspass.blogspot.com/2016/03/answering-judge-wolkes-ruling.html
It’s more like notes than a legal brief, the writing of which I am happy to leave to Mr. DeWeese. These notes are for his benefit and yours.
Below is a message that Andrew DeWeese posted on Facebook earlier today:
We sued Grants Pass to overturn an ordinance prohibiting home growers from growing their four plants outside, within the city limits. Yesterday, the court granted summary judgment against us, reasoning that home growing of four cannabis plants disqualifies home grown cannabis from being considered “nursery stock” under Oregon law.
We believe that how a particular plant is used or grown – i.e., commercially, medically, or non-commercially – is not determinative of that plant’s classification under Oregon agricultural law, and we intend to appeal the Court’s ruling.
Now we need your help to free up the weed in Grants Pass. As of today, the amount of money raised is a fraction of our anticipated fees and costs through appeal. If you are interested in contributing, Rycke has put up a GoFundMe site, here: https://www.gofundme.com/HomegrownDefense. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed, and feel free to share this post.