Your right to nullify as a juror to veto unjust prosecutions
I am writing to remind my fellow Americans about jury nullification. It is a reminder to citizen jurors that they don't have to be a rubber stamp for the government in an unjust prosecution. Even before we were a nation, under common law, the right for jurors to reject unjust laws/prosecutions was recognized. This principle is extremely important when it comes to the drug war, especially in regards to marijuana. The fact is that individuals in severe pain have been prosecuted and sent to prison for marijuana offenses.
Juries have been denied information on the reason defendants grew marijuana. One of these individuals who needed marijuana for her illness is Patricia Smith of New Hampshire, a nurse who was given a 2-4 year prison sentence. What good does it serve to put her in prison? None, none whatsoever. As jurors, we are a check on abuses by the government. We are the final say to determine if the government is abusing their authority. The government has lied and covered up information on the ability of marijuana to treat diseases such as cancer and to reduce pain. We should not stand for this anymore.