Drew Carey on absurdity of DEA medical marijuana bust of Charlie Lynch

March 30, 2009

(ChattahBox) — What will become of Charles Lynch, A California man who ran a medical marijuana dispensary in Morro Bay, who faces years in prison for a dubious crime, could tell us a lot about the Obama policy on drugs. He could be the first medical marijuana dispenser sent to prison on President Obama’s watch or the last man federally prosecuted even though he adhered to state law. Watch the video below from Reason TV, featuring Drew Carey telling the true story about Charlie Lynch.

Lynch’s story involves a frustrated sheriff who called in the DEA to arrest and prosecute him under draconian federal marijuana laws, after being frustrated by California’s state law that should have protected him. During a week-and-a-half-long trial in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, federal prosecutors sought to depict Lynch as a common drug dealer who sold pot to teenagers and carried a backpack stuffed with cash. The kid he provided medical marijuana to? A high school athlete who had lost a leg to cancer and had a prescription from a Stanford-trained doctor. And oh bye the way, Lynch only dealt with the boy’s parents. Lynch’s defense team was not allowed to inform the jury that medical marijuana was legal in the state or that Lynch was compliant with state law.  Lynch was convicted in federal court in 2008 on five counts including distributing marijuana through his dispensary, and could face up to 100 years in prison.  A federal judge Judge George H. Wu  in Los Angeles on March 23rd, postponed the sentencing Lynch, saying he wanted additional information about a reported change in the Justice Department’s policy regarding such prosecutions. Specifically he asked prosecutors for a written response from the Justice Department about its position on medical marijuana prosecutions in light of recent comments from Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.  So really the ball is now in Obama’s court.


Comments

7 Responses to “Drew Carey on absurdity of DEA medical marijuana bust of Charlie Lynch”

  1. David Patterson on March 31st, 2009 8:34 pm

    We need to organize a Free Charlie Lynch concert. It worked once for John Sinclair. John Lennon played a free concert to raise awareness. Sinclair was released within days.

  2. ©2008 Stacy Taylor | Spikeorama Web » Blog Archive on April 1st, 2009 6:42 pm

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  3. terri on April 19th, 2009 11:44 am

    OMG! Every time I hear something like this is makes me wanna scream at the top of my lungs!!
    What is wrong with some people!! 100 years in jail!?!?! WTF?

    The federal government needs to disappear COMPLETELY!! We don’t need their meddling and violent ways.
    I’m 44 years old and I support Medical Marijuana.. Really, in general, I support FREEDOM. This means I can put whatever I want in MY body without having the government involved.
    I blame a lot of this way of thinking on religion. I think religion keeps science down. Just imagine all the things we may have discovered earlier if it wasn’t for religion thinking that god is the answer and not science.
    It’s religion that thinks that marijuana is a “sin”
    I live in Iowa now, for about 1.5 years now, but I grew up in Los Angeles California. ANd I believe that Obama has said NO MORE to the federal government and they are to stay outta the states business regarding marijuana. So good for him! It’s about time someone put the federal government in it’s place!

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  5. myself on November 30th, 2009 1:41 pm

    if marijuana will fix his problem let him use it.. its kinda funny how everyone said obama is for medical marijuana use, he still hasnt done a thing about it and wont because he isnt going to, just like the economy, if he was intending on working to get it fixed he would. and im talking about every one in office. these people are college educated, even princeton and harvard graduates. they know what they are doing, if they had the intention to fix the economy they would get it done. i think the federal govt in a whole is a hoax. there isnt a country anymore, just a world and the people in it to be controlled. HELL WITH THAT!!!

  6. The American Conservative » Status Quo Going Up In Smoke? on February 5th, 2010 8:50 pm

    […] Lynch’s case symbolizes the legal perversions resulting from dueling state and federal laws — he was operating legally under California law, he even had the blessing of the mayor and town — but the federal jury was not to hear of any of this. He was charged with selling to a batch of minors, but federal law considers anyone under 21 “a minor” (in California, it is under 18). One of these minors was a high school student with bone cancer who had his leg amputated and, accompanied by his parents, was given a prescription for medical marijuana by a Stamford oncologist when all other prescribed pain killers failed. Owen Beck’s full story never made it into the court record. A good profile by Drew Carey, here. […]

  7. The American Conservative » Status Quo Going Up In Smoke? on February 5th, 2010 8:50 pm

    […] Lynch’s case symbolizes the legal perversions resulting from dueling state and federal laws — he was operating legally under California law, he even had the blessing of the mayor and town — but the federal jury was not to hear of any of this. He was charged with selling to a batch of minors, but federal law considers anyone under 21 “a minor” (in California, it is under 18). One of these minors was a high school student with bone cancer who had his leg amputated and, accompanied by his parents, was given a prescription for medical marijuana by a Stamford oncologist when all other prescribed pain killers failed. Owen Beck’s full story never made it into the court record. A good profile by Drew Carey, here. […]

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