Green Weed, Red Tape and The Man

Green Weed, Red Tape and The Man
Posted by CN Staff on March 10, 2005 at 07:55:48 PT
By David Harsanyi, Denver Post Staff Writer
Source: Denver Post
The last time I visited with Thomas Lawrence and the Colorado Compassion Club, they were busy resuscitating an operation decimated by an unwarranted DEA raid. Impressed by these mad pot agriculturists, crossbreeding strains of cannabis under artificial lights in their basement, I decided to keep an eye on them.
Trust me, you would have been impressed, too. Lawrence attacked his cannabis enhancement with a cerebral vigor typically associated with the likes of Stephen Hawking.Admittedly, at a radically slower pace.I proceed with this disclaimer: Please, don't try this at home. Growing "Himalayan Gold" or "Purple Haze" isn't a frivolous pursuit.Leave it to the professionals.And CCC members are pros.Since Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing medical use of marijuana in 2000, the club's membership has grown to almost 70 patients. It sustains its business operation purely through donations.Legitimately assisting many patients in serious pain, the club has an impressive array of products, which now include salad dressing, peanut butter, fudge and the classic brownie.Snipped:Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: David Harsanyi, Denver Post Staff WriterPublished: Thursday, March 10, 2005 Copyright: 2005 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on March 10, 2005 at 18:02:06 PT
This is a better title: "Pot from the police"
Pot from the police On Friday, Feb. 4, Thomas Lawrence walked into the Denver Police Station, picked up a phone in the lobby and said to a police officer, "Hi. I need to pick up some property." It wasn't just any old property. It was a baggie full of pot, and when the Denver police handed it over, it was the first time they had ever released drugs to anybody. Rewind two months. On Jan. 11, Lawrence was pulled over by Denver police officers, who confiscated marijuana they found in his car. Lawrence tried to explain that the wacky tobacky was medicinal, as is allowed under a Colorado law passed in 2000. But since Lawrence had left his pot-smoking permit at home, the cops copped the kind bud. A month later, Lawrence went to the police station with a court order to get back his weed. No way, said the 5-O. The order had been improperly signed. Wow, it sure seemed like a lot of hassle for a bag full of dried plants. Finally, on March 4, the police stopped playing keep-away and returned the Mary Jane to Lawrence. Lawrence said the cops were polite and apologized for the misunderstanding (yeah right, the fuzz were probably just confused after sneaking a few puffs of Lawrence's nuggs). But while Lawrence's lawyer said the cops probably faced a "learning curve" trying to understand Colorado's relatively new law, we're not too impressed. How hard can it be: If someone needs to puff for medical reasons, let them puff. Now, thanks to police meddling, one man's chronic had to get all dry and shit. Total buzzkill.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on March 10, 2005 at 17:45:31 PT
Notice the title hides the one significant fact!!
"According to the Denver Police Department, this was the first time illicit drugs had ever been returned in the city."The media should have chosen a title that jumps out with that fact!!!Example:*DENVER POLICE RETURN CANNABIS TO CITIZEN*GOVERNMENT GIVES BACK STOLEN PLANT MATERIAL*DENVER POLICE RETURN MARIJUANA; A FIRST.THCUThe title they used will not communicate that fact for the masses that gloss over titles when reading the news... to decide even what to read. Often titles give away all I need to know... but this one conveniently is lost in spaceeee.The Denver Post missed a service to its readers.They owe Us a Bud.And that's the right Bud.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on March 10, 2005 at 11:26:59 PT
Thank you.
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Comment #2 posted by Taylor121 on March 10, 2005 at 11:10:52 PT
HB 254 Committee Hearing rescheduled
It will be on March 15th, next Tuesday. Mark your calenders and try to attend if you can. I will not be around on Tuesday, will be out of state. I encourage everyone that can attend to do so. your letters in and get everyone you know to do the same!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on March 10, 2005 at 09:29:10 PT
Related Article from The
Man Gets Apology From Police As They Return His MarijuanaThomas Lawrence Has Permit To Use Marijuana For Medicinal Purposes March 9, 2005DENVER -- A man who was stopped by Denver police and had his marijuana confiscated received an apology recently because that man was allowed to smoke the pot for medicinal purposes.Thomas Lawrence is among the first to take advantage of Colorado's law that allows marijuana to be used like a prescription drug. Lawrence, who has chronic back pain and rheumatoid arthritis, got his marijuana back along with an apology from police."It's more of a victory for the people who actually voted for it, and the rest of the patients to know that the law actually worked. They don't have to be as concerned about what's going to happen if a cop pulls them over. Tell them you're a patient, show them your ID, show them your permit," said Lawrence.His case was a first for Denver officers."This is the first time that drugs have been released to anyone" by the Denver Police Department, Detective Teresa Garcia said last week.Because marijuana possession is illegal, except in this case, officers suggest medical marijuana users keep their permit with them at all times.Distributed by Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc.
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