Necessity

Necessity Defense for Medical Marijuana Patients – 2015 Minnesota Bill Redux

Trial by jury limits the power of the government to enforce laws in ways that violate the conscience of the community. Yet when a chronic pain patient using marijuana as medicine is charged with a marijuana crime, but is not permitted to have their physician testify, or to testify about it themselves; there is no meaningful jury trial. When the court prevents the jury from hearing defense evidence, excluding the defense, her right to present a defense is violated.

Medical Marijuana: Minnesota Stalls Inclusion of Intractable Pain

According to a recent Associated Press article No quick decision on medical marijuana for pain Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s Commissioner of Health has decided to postpone adding Intractable Pain to Minnesota’s new, legal medical marijuana program.  Apparently, Dayton administration officials are setting expectations at the delay being potentially for years.  The reason they cite is their fear that …

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