After many months of delay, the trial of medical marijuana patient Bob Crouse began this morning with jury selection. Crouse is a leukemia sufferer who used a tincture of cannabis to treat the side effects of his cancer, and is the latest in a string of MMJ patients to take their case to trial. The strategy has been fairly successful for some.
In our September profile of the longtime Colorado Springs resident, we looked at where his legal troubles began, writing, "Then in May, Colorado Springs Police Department officers knocked on his door, suspicious of his peaking utility bill, among other things. Crouse couldn't produce up-to-date patient renewal paperwork; he'd only recently been notified that the state had rejected it, because his recommending physician listed one address on one form, and a second on another."
For those interested in attending, the trial continues at 9 tomorrow morning at the El Paso County Courthouse. Meanwhile, Audrey Hatfield and her Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights have protested almost every court appearance Crouse has had to make, and this morning's 8 o'clock meet-up was no different. The following are some photos of the protest taken by Independent intern Wyatt Miller (with one noted exception).