Medical marijuana patient to get a felony for illegal stop?
George Hotz, who has a medical marijuana prescription in the state of California, was arrested at a Homeland Security checkpoint in the state of Texas. He was charged with having 1/2 a pound of marijuana. Quite a lot huh? Not really, he actually had less than 1/2 an ounce of marijuana. Some of it was in chocolate truffles. The sheriff who he was turned over after being arrested, had weighed the chocolate truffles, since it contained marijuana, as being all marijuana! He's being charged with a felony.
The checkpoint at Sierra Blanca is close to the border with Mexico, but not at the border. Hotz wasn't trying to cross the border, nor was he coming from Mexico. He was going to Austin, TX. He was a victim of the fact that the Constitution's 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizures only kind of apply within 100 miles of the border, or so the government now says.
That has been interpreted to include even Milwaukee (which I live), since the feds consider that part of the external border. Yes, Milwaukee. Homeland security can stop you before getting on the I-94 freeway and ask if you are a citizen. They can have drug dogs sniff outside your car, even though these searches are supposed to be about immigrants crossing and not drugs.
So a young man, who has a medical need for a drug that is much less harmful than alcohol, which most supporters of these anti-marijuana laws probably consume after a hard day of destroying the lives of people with a little marijuana in their possession, faces years in prison. Prison by the way costs at least $30,000 a year in most states. This by the way is why we need organizations such as the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. To end abuses such as this.
In another case involving marijuana and medical marijuana, the University of California San Francisco hospital kicked out a woman who is a cancer patient and who has a medical marijuana prescription. The hospital felt, in part, that it was forced to do so because of the federal government. So a woman suffers and gets sicker, because some idiots in Washington D.C. want to get re-elected being "tough on crime." If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny.
Indeed there is a case of at least one small child who needs a component of marijuana given to him, because of his epileptic seizures. Maybe the government should arrest the child? That would make our nation safer, huh? What an insane war.