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FL cops raid home of wheelchair-bound Rx-marijuana activist who's to have legislation named for her

@MarcACAputo

Just after our story posted on the polling numbers and popularity of medical-marijuana, the following coincidentally happened to an activist mentioned in the piece:

by Richard Dymond of the Bradenton Herald

The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act will come before Florida legislators in 2013 in honor of a wheelchair  Parrish woman who has fought for the past 16 years for the legalization of medical cannabis in Florida.

But, Cathy Jordan’s celebrity in the area of medical cannabis, including her conviction that the herb has helped her battle her Lou Gehrig’s disease, does not insulate her from existing marijuana laws.

Jordan’s husband, Robert, told the Herald that his Parrish home in Beck Estates on 98th Avenue in Parrish was raided shortly after 2 p.m. Monday by deputies and detectives with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office drug intervention unit who wore ski masks.

No arrests were made Monday but a total of 23 marijuana plants, including two waist-high nearly mature plants that Cathy Jordan uses for her treatment plan, and a crop of seedlings, were confiscated by authorities, Robert Jordan said.

When reached Monday night, Dave Bristow, a sheriff’s office spokesman, could not confirm the raid or whether arrests were made.

Robert Jordan said no arrests were made, but charges are pending.

“My wife is not happy,” Jordan said. “It really upset her. I am very protective of my wife. She can’t feed herself. She got really upset and started crying. None of this should have happened.”

Cathy Jordan told the Herald in 1998 that she lights up a marijuana cigarette and smokes it before going to bed each night.

“I regained my appetite after I started smoking,” she said at the time. “It helps the pain and helps me to relax.”

Florida Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, is proposing the Senate bill after proposing a constitutional amendment in 2011 and 2012 that would allowed Floridians to vote on the issue of legalization of medical marijuana.

Clemens said Monday he was angry about the raid on the Jordan house.

“Do we want to be the kind of state that raids the home of a woman in a wheelchair in order to enforce outdated laws?” Clemens said Monday night.

Clemens said his bill would establish the framework for the legalization of marijuana in Florida for very serious diseases, like Lou Gehrig’s disease, MS, cancer and others.

“It would not be for a sore elbow,” Clemens said.

It would also lay out details on how many plants a person may be able to grow personally and gives structure to how medical cannabis farms would operate, Clemens said.

Robert Jordan, 64, said he had just awoke from a nap in his easy chair when he saw two deputies approach his house with drawn guns.

“I ran out and said, ‘What are you doing here?’ ” Jordan said. “They said, ‘We have probable cause. You are growing marijuana.’ I said, ‘It’s medicine for my wife. I know people use that as an excuse, but this is true.’ “

Jordan said he came at the deputies hard verbally and they gave back hard.

“I’m no saint,” Robert Jordan said. “I’m a 100 percent disabled Viet Nam veteran with a bit of an angry streak. We went at it but just verbally.”

Jordan said he finally agreed to sign a document allowing authorities to walk through to check if they were operating a “grow house” but there is no indication what might occur next.

“Once they turn the information in, I am subject to arrest,” Robert Jordan said. “We have a sign on our front porch indicating that we support Cannabis Action Network, which is a Florida organization to bring public awareness to change marijuana laws. we are trying to do this the right way. Many people use medical pot as a phony thing. But, with my wife, if she doesn’t have marijuana in five or six days she goes downhill.”

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Snoop Lion

We know what Caputo wants.

Kathy - ActivistCat

As Raphael Mechoulem, the man who originally discovered THC in 1964 and has been studying cannabis ever since, whose team discovered the endocannabinoid system in 1987, states, "There is barely a biological or physiological system in our bodies in which the endocannabinoids do not participate". Our bodies run on cannabinoids, some people don't produce enough, like a diabetic with insulin. When the body's own endocannabinoids are diminished, this causes a function issue within the body's systems.

seabourne

In addition to American Medicine we currently have Chiropractic, Holistic, Herbal and Ayurvedic medicine being practiced here. There is room for cannabis medicine, the practice of medicine based on the endocannabinoid system and using cannabis to treat it.

The Pharmaceutical industry provides chemical compounds to treat symptoms. Cannabis is not a medicine in the same sense as pharmaceutical medicine. It does not treat the symptoms, it treats the cause. The cause of various ailments, disease, disorders, boils down to one thing, the ECS (Endocannabinoid System) is not working properly due to a deficiency of cannabinoids. Science has proven exogenous (external) cannabinoids, which only cannabis produces, act identically to endogenous cannabinoids, those our bodies make naturally. No amount of pharmaceuticals can boost the ECS. Only cannabis can do that by means of the cannabinoids.

By continuing to keep cannabis illegal the government is denying citizens an essential nutrient for health, causing health problems for many people, putting the citizens as stake on the plates of the stakeholders, the pharmaceutical industry, the medical profession, the FDA, the insurance companies, and all their stockholders. While we are a capitalist society, to create diseases for an industry to feed on by maintaining an illegal status of a plant that science has proven repeatedly to be a necessity for homeostasis is unacceptable by any government and no different from feeding the Christians to the lions. It is a genocide.

mack

Over and above the police state quality of life now apparent in the Sunshine State in not just this case but in many daily life situations, the obvious attempt to silence this very ill woman with the courage to advocate for others suffering the ravages of conditions often made worse and more expensive (or profitable if you are the Rx manufacturer) is just despicable. Instead of stepping forward to be a model for the country on humane reformation of outdated, not supported by science or statistics , laws against a plant that has killed NO ONE (unlike Rxs), Florida chose to take the low, ignorant road.
On a separate issue. Our state budget and the corruption inherrent in same is in dire need of a better source of revenues than milking the state's residents for all their worth through holding them hostage to lobbyist tax schemes, shameful court & law enforcement piggy banks disguised as laws, and more. When Florida sees the revenue and budget benefits that OR, CO, WA and other more forward thinking states enjoy, they will realize what fools they have been in this pointless effort to stop people from using a plant that helps ease peoples suffering, harms no one, and is kept illegal and ill-classified as Sched 1 by a greedy, corrupt pharmaceutical industry so they can push their expensive, often deadly man-made concoctions at the expense of patients. If you are trying to keep your current residents hostage to this state, as well as attract new victims to the Sunshine State facade, this was not the way to do it. You had the chance to be a model for other states, a beacon for patients rights & best care, and you blew it.

Revraygreen

stories like this will scare Iowa patients from coming forward in public...

5/4 IOWA HEMP FREEDOM RALLY + picnic
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Ken Unger

Fight them Lady fight this injustice don't take any deal don't give up the liar's will be forced to give up! All my pray's

Mike Parent

Is there any doubt this action was pure spite work? This Goon Squad action is a direct result of the morally bankrupt policy and a reason why it's morally bankrupt!

tLouise

this is the very thing that makes people hate law enforcement- this was totally uncalled for and unwarranted.. and completely wrong and people are getting tired of these local law cowboys behaving like mentally challenged jackasses.

definitely time for a change...

THX1138

Florida does have an existing "Medical Necessity Defense". Though rarely used. If I were a Lawyer, I would take this case "Bro Bona". It's a no brainier and free publicity for any lawyer. Dear Lady, hang in there, don't cop out to anything. You have out lived your own Doctor. That's proof enough and I am sure there are Doctors waiting to back you up.

"Medical Necessity Defense"

Kevin Hunt

Tips for becoming a stealth juror: If you are called up to perform jury duty in a marijuana case, you will be asked by the prosecutor if you would convict someone for a marijuana offense. Say "Maybe if the prosecutor can make a good case". During jury deliberations, vote not guilty. Do not give a personal reason for voting not guilty; just say that you don't think that the prosecution proved its case. Your vote will result in a hung jury which will force the prosecutor to offer the defendant a better plea deal or drop the charges altogether. If enough marijuana cases end in hung juries, prosecutors will not bother to try these cases. This strategy helped end alcohol prohibition.

Killer Bud

Florida has a notorious reputation for not caring about the severely disabled. A couple of years ago they jailed a quadriplegic in Tampa for utilizing cannabis for his symptoms.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/quadriplegic-faces-jail-time-for-using-medicinal-marijuana/1089332
Governor Rick Scott is an opportunist and will not change the laws. The first thing he did when he became the governor was to try and have people on public assistance conduct pass urinalysis to be eligible for benefits.
The company that was going to make millions administering the tests was his company he gave to his wife before he ran for election.
He almost caused a tuberculosis epidemic in Jacksonville when he closed down the main clinic treating people with TB. They were homeless and put out on the street. He has quite a track record for not caring about the health of Floridians.
Florida shows time and time again just how dependent they are to the teat of federal money for cannabis convictions.

Tom Reynolds

Dude you are an idiot for signing a paper allowing the cops into your home !

Citizen

"Jordan said he finally agreed to sign a document allowing authorities to walk through to check if they were operating a “grow house”"....


Why on earth would you actually grant the cops access to your house against your better judgement? If they had a warrant, they would not need to ask him if they could come in.. They would just step on his neck while they cuff him and break the door down as they usually do!

Do not consent to any police searches (period)!!!

Sam

Lou Gehrig’s disease also known as ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord...

The US Dept of HHS owns a patent on Cannabinoids for that!!!

US PATENT 6630507- Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants
Assignee- The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services

"...The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia."

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN/6630507&RS=PN/6630507

weedman

Sounds to me, they didn't have a warrant in the first place.

But Robert signed thus letting them in.

"Jordan said he finally agreed to sign a document allowing authorities to walk through to check if they were operating a “grow house” but there is no indication what might occur next."

Sign nothing folks

Jon

NEVER EVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ALLOW ANY COP IN YOUR HOUSE WITHOUT WARRANT!!! THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO ENTER OR REQUEST SIGNATURE TO ENTER WITHOUT WARRANT ?

nicholas

hey lady we are behind you 100% out here in california, bottom line you can not spell health care without thc and cbd, thats a fact..Im so sad for this, but at the same time the world has to see what is going on with the sick of america…Where it is a crime to be sick in america and heal without chemicals..

nicholas

btw jon is right never allow any form of law enforcement in you house or vehicle or life for that matter without a valid warrant signed by a judge..any help shoot me an email…weed country is very where

Dr. Milton Byrd

I sincerely hope that the medical defense position is the way to challenge this abuse of authority over the citizens rights. The fact that the federal government has medical patents on cannabis should be recognized in court (that this is bias and prejudice), is unconstitutional. The justification is here... now and "We The People" demand the recognition of "our authority" via the U.S. Constitution and state constitutions. It is time for such organizations as ACLU, Pre-paid legal, and many others to show their true alliance to "We The People"! Dr. Milt

shane

Nothing more than Babylon trying to take away what god has given us for health, happiness and love!

John Porter

It may be the law but it is still unlawful to deny someone a medication that is obviously working for them, at the very least extremely immoral. Life expectancy for ALS is about 5 years not 20+. Cathy Jordan and Stephen Hawking are of but only a few to beat the odds. Cathy Jordan's ALS has not nearly been as debilitating as Stephen's and you can see the benefit this plant has had in her life.
The government is all about putting profits in front of people. It has been known to the government that cannabis is effective against cancers, in fact their own NIDA study in 1974 shows progress against virus induced leukemia, lung, and breast cancer. If you have ever lost a love one to cancer and were not given the option of including marijuana as a treatment either by its self or in conjunction with traditional surgery, chemo, or radiation, then you have been cheated. Cheated out of possibly saving their life, extending their life, or easing their pain, suffering, and unhappiness on the road to eventual death. Think about that next time you take a march for breast cancer.

Cannabis with its medicinal and industrial uses is the most beneficial plant we have found to date. The deaths and suffering that could have been avoided to date is staggering. The broken families left behind and the children who suffer the support of only one parent due to non violent use of a plant is criminal. Overall the banishing of such a useful plant, and especially its usefulness against cancer and other life threatening diseases is criminal negligence. The families of victims that this plant could have helped, had it been legal, should be legally compensated for their inability to access this plant's medicinal value.

The fact that our own government holds a patent (patent #6630507) proves that cannabis has medicinal value. The fact that drugs like Marinol (dronabinol) and Sativex (Nabiximols) exist
PROVES that the government, the FDA, and the pharmaceutical companies are in partnership together to deny the citizens of the world a natural medicine for their own ill gotten gains and that their priority is money, money made off the backs of the elderly, sick, and dying.

James Dawson

This insanity must cease. Any rational human being can clearly see this illusion. All about money. This whole War on Drugs is no different than the alcohol prohibition. It cannot work. Governments should not concern themselves with controlling something much harmless than legal alcohol by the criminalization of millions of mostly minorities, immigrants, and the poor. The racism of the War on Drugs is obvious. Anyone who denies this reality is delusional. Spread the truth: Marijuana is SAFER than Alcohol. Then why the War on Cannabis? No propaganda full of obvious lies, foolish myths, or frightening exaggerations permitted. Just solid facts and scientific evidence please. I'll be waiting for the truthful answer. Good luck to you Cathy, We are pulling for you!

sadday

It is well known that the will of the people is not being represented by the government. But what can anyone do about it?

Alvin Mites

If this offends you then write your representatives, make a phone call if you can, and/or donate to FL CAN. http://www.flcan.org

While Cathy's home was being raided at least 1 representative from FL CAN was already in Tallahassee lobbying to keep this from happening again.

Can't take anymore

If you want to see the laws on cannabis changed just arrange for a series of raids by hooded cops armed with M-16's of the people that smoke dope in their homes in The Villages. They will have Rick Scott and Pam Bondi on their speed dials and bills will be filed and a hundred RPOF co-sponsors rounded up overnight. Just once maybe the Teabaggers could do something positive.

Susan Kemman

When you live in a legal state allowing cannabis to be grown in your own dwelling and you can partake of the plant in a plethora portage; it delivers peace, comfort and relief for humankind. Florida needs to release its Citizens from the grip of BIG PHARMA!

Anthony

Terrorizing patients with ALS fits right into my preconceived notions of why police will forever be called pigs. They exhibit little conscience and follow orders so well. I wish that the media focused on the insanity of this drug war as a whole more often.

MPMarch57

Shameful. A failed experiment, and too many people profiting from it to allow it to end. So what happens? We allow lives to be ruined because no one wants to admit it has failed.

john

Why are they afraid for a American citizen to have a 5' area to grow in? ...is it because they depend on addictive substances to provide tax revenue?

It is not like anyone needs for public possession to be legal in any form. The Feds can tax or require a permit to grow and if they go outside the 5' pull the permit yank the crops and make them wait a year to start a new crop.

...regulate it don't prosecute it.

and to think we vote them in and they cant even balance a check book! ...and then they take 6 months to decide women are NOT equal and must wear shirts in public LOL

MarkD

Thank you Florida police. I feel so much safer now...

Phillip Dodge

Both the national and regional viewpoint on medical marijuana has been changing. If you saw the latest Intelligence Squared debate on PBS you see that former DEA head Asa Hutchinson clearly lost to Reason editor Nick Gillespie among a neutral audience indicated an overwheming agreement to legalize. In Florida, former die hard Republican Roger Stone has placed heavy emphasis on legalization in his potential gubernatorial run. Among other qualities, Stone is a veteran pollster and can smell the change in the
wind. With heavyweights like John Morgan in favor of legalization, too, one senses that the passage of medical marijuana legalization is a slamdunk in 2014.

Burtnbrown81

This is absolute bs and an injustice. Cathy Jordan needs mariujuana - for medicinal use. I'm all for complete legalization but targeting the sick and arresting them makes me disgusted. If Rick Scott were smart he would support legalization - pot is safer then the heavy medication the drug companies are pushing.

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