Jul 24, 2008
Jury selection has begun in the trial of medical marijuana dispensary operator Charles Lynch, reported here on Tuesday. In a lengthy cover story on the medical marijuana battles on California's Central Coast, New Times San Luis Obispo mentions a small fact from the trial that sums up these federal medical marijuana prosecutions in a nutshell.
Not only have federal prosecutors successfully barred introduction of evidence showing that the marijuana Lynch provided was for medical purposes, they actually filed a motion to keep "sick looking" people from being allowed to testify. Fortunately, the judge turned down that request, but the jury will still never be told the basic facts of the situation. And that says more about the morality of this case than I ever could.