After a few legal orders and a failed stay of proceedings, leukemia patient Bob Crouse finally received his marijuana back from the Colorado Springs Police Department on Friday.
In June, Crouse was found not guilty of felony cultivation and distribution of marijuana. But police originally declined to return his plants, as required by law. Crouse and his attorney, Clifton Black, sued; they won, but that ruling was appealed at the request of CSPD's police chief, Pete Carey.
While the appeal was being sorted, a judge again mandated the return of Crouse's marijuana. It's unclear if District Attorney Dan May's office will proceed with the appeal at this point.
Taken with the recent passage of marijuana decriminalization measure Amendment 64, and the failure of the DA's office to obtain convictions in high-profile jury trials of MMJ patients, what the Crouse saga portends for future local law enforcement action is unclear.
Last week in this space, we quoted DA spokeswoman Lee Richards as saying that May is "going to re-evaluate and look at some of the cases." Days later, though, May expounded on this to the Gazette: "We are not going to be blanket-dismissing these like they did up in Boulder."
Also, after multiple prolonged interactions with members of CSPD and city government, the Indy received this statement from the chief (which fails to address anything asked about except the new amendment): "We will continue to follow our current policies involving marijuana related offenses until the Governor certifies the results of Amendment 64 and it becomes law in the state of Colorado — or until the Federal government provides clear guidance."
If you're the type of dresser who thinks going green has more to do with the style of leaf on your jacket than the kind of cotton it's made of, we've got a clothing line for you: First to Legalize (cafepress.com/firsttolegalize). The product line's been launched on CafePress and features a variety of items featuring the Colorado state flag with a cannabis leaf over the center and the text "First to Legalize, Colorado 2012."
Interestingly, the logo's almost exactly like that of a failed rival initiative to Amendment 64, the Cannabis Re-Legalization Act. It was backed by the Colorado marijuana advocacy group Legalize 2012, who often fought with the amendment-supporting Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. Further, the CafePress site redirects to legalize2012.com.
The new harmony makes sense, as the legalize2012 site explains: "Now that the initiative has passed ... it is the duty of all cannabis activists to make sure the law is implemented in a way that endangers as few people as possible."