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Oregon Police Harass Federal Medical Marijuana Patient Elvy Musikka

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Elvy MusikkaBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town

Elvy Musikka, one of four surviving patients in the federal medical marijuana program, was detained by Oregon State Police early Thursday morning following a town hall meeting on medical marijuana.

Musikka was detained along with other registered Oregon medical marijuana patients after a state trooper staked out the co-op 45th Parallel and harassed cardholders as they left the building, reports Russ Belville in the Examiner.

Several members of the patient cooperative were detained by the trooper, who issued citations including a $1,000 ticket to a grower for “residue” left behind on an empty pipe by a patient.

Musikka was in town for the 45th Parallel’s Town Hall Meeting, which had occurred earlier Wednesday at the Clarion Hotel. At the hotel, an Oregon State Trooper parked just down the street from the public entrance to the parking lot.

“[I] cannot verify (but strongly suspect) it was the same trooper,” Belville said.

Cop With WeedAccording to 45th Parallel clinic manager Joey Nieves, Musikka, who is in her mid-60s, was detained for more than an hour in a squad car as the ignorant trooper did not believe Musikka’s federal paperwork authorizing her to possess and use her federally produced medical marijuana anywhere in the U.S.

The encounter was videotaped by patients on the scene, but the videos were seized by state police.

The trooper “got much more polite” once Nieves identified himself as a former soldier, reports Belville; Nieves was a counter-narcotics specialist in the U.S. Army. However, the trooper denied requests for the video and the state police are reportedly giving Nieves the runaround regarding the paperwork needed to get it back.

Musikka told Belville that the police took her ID and her prescription and gave her a court summons for October 5.

State troopers in Oregon are allegedly being ordered by the federal Department of Justice to seize medical marijuana and harass state-registered, legal patients, according to Belville.

Article From Toke of the Town and republished with special permission.

 

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  1. Due to the tyrannic and mindless actions of prohibitionists, tens of millions of people world-wide (both users and non-users) have been either killed, maimed, incarcerated or had their lives very seriously disrupted. Prohibitionists are solely responsible for an immense increase in violent organized crime, an AIDS Pandemic, the undermining of international development and security and a grave abuse of human rights on a scale barely witnessed in human social history.

    Corporate greed and individual bigotry have accelerated us towards a situation where all the usual peaceful and democratic methods needed to reverse the acute damage done by prohibition no longer function as envisaged by the Founding Fathers of our once great and free nation. Such a political impasse coupled with great economic tribulation is precisely that which throughout history has invariably ignited violent revolution.

    In order to avert what will surely be a far more violent situation than we are all presently experiencing, there appears to be just one last avenue left to us – Jury Nullification.

    Jury Nullification is a constitutional doctrine that allows juries to acquit defendants who are technically guilty, but who don’t deserve punishment. All non-violent drug offenders who are not selling to children, be they users, dealers or importers, fall into this category. If you believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy, then you don’t have to help to apply it. Under the Constitution, when it comes to acquittals, you, the juror, have the last word!

    The idea that jurors should judge the law, as well as the facts, is a proud and vital component of American history.

    The most shining example of Jury Nullification occurred during the shameful period in US history when slavery was legal. People who helped slaves escape were committing a federal crime – violation of the Fugitive Slave Act. Jurors would often acquit, even when the defendants admitted their guilt. Legal historians credit these cases with advancing the abolition of slavery.

    No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safer; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution? – When called for Jury Service concerning any non-violent prohibition-related offense, it is your moral and civic duty to VOTE TO ACQUIT!

    “To function as the founders intended, our republic requires that “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
    ~ THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787.

    To avoid such carnage and turmoil on a scale not seen in this land since the 1860s, we may have just one last chance.

    If you wish to see ‘legal regulation’ (prohibition is an insane free-for-all) based on science, public health and sound principles of human rights that will ensure a safe future for your children and grandchildren, PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!

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