Medical marijuana: Rally supports Bob Crouse, MMJ patient charged after paperwork snafu

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Bob Crouse.
Last month, we shared the story of longtime Colorado Springs restaurateur and medical marijuana patient Bob Crouse, charged with felony cultivation and distribution after a doctor-recommended application that he be allowed to grow more plants was returned due to a technical error. Crouse is due in court tomorrow, and members of the local MMJ community plan to rally on his behalf as he pleads not guilty to the counts against him.

As we reported earlier, 63-year-old Crouse has chronic lymphocytic leukemia that causes him pain throughout his body -- especially in his neck and shoulders. On top of that, Crouse suffers from anxiety and sleep disorder, in addition to debilitating stress.

According to Crouse, medical marijuana provides him with relief from these symptoms, but it doesn't eliminate them. As such, he did research into alternative treatments -- among them Phoenix Tears, a cannabis oil treatment.

In order to make his own Phoenix Tears, he needed to exceed the six-plants-per-patient limit enshrined in Amendment 20, the measure that legalized medical marijuana in Colorado. That's allowable if a doctor determines that going beyond that number is medically necessary. Crouse's physician agreed that it was, and wrote him a recommendation to grow up to 75 plants -- "enough weight to be able to manufacture the tincture," Crouse explains.

However, the application for upping the total was returned because, Crouse says, "there was an address on one piece of paper that was different from the address on another piece of paper. So they needed to have it done again and submitted back as soon as possible." But before this could happen, police raided his home and arrested him. On top of that, Crouse notes, "they took my meds, and they haven't allowed me access to them since -- and it's hurting me. I can feel in my own body what's going on, and slowly but surely, I continue to go downhill."

At 8:30 a.m. tomorrow (the original version of this post said today: we regret the error), Crouse will be arraigned in an El Paso County courtroom -- and Colorado Springs-based Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights and Boulder's Cannabis Therapy Institute are encouraging his backers to express their solidarity.

Look below to see a CTI release about the event:

Defend Bob Crouse

Protect Cancer Patients' Right to Use Cannabis Medicine

Free Bob Crouse Protest
Thurs., Aug. 18, 2011
Protest: 7:30am to 8:00am
Court Hearing: 8:30am

El Paso County Courthouse
270 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs, CO
Courtroom of The Honorable Judge Tim Schulz, Division 9, Courtroom S503
Courthouse phone: (719) 448-7700
(If you are coming from a distance, make sure you call the courthouse to make sure the hearing has not been rescheduled.)

Protest the prosecution of leukemia patient Bob Crouse. Bring signs for the protest outside the courthouse. Then, attend Bob's arraignment with him at 8:30am. Stand proudly behind Bob as he pleads "not guilty" to show the judge and District Attorney that the community will not stand for prosecution of patients.


Bob Crouse is a 63-year-old leukemia patient being prosecuted by El Paso County. He is charged with two felonies (cultivation and distribution), even though the amount of medicine and plants he possessed was well within the limits recommended by his physician and allowed by the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII, Section 14 (Colorado's Medical Marijuana Law).

Bob was using cannabis medicine to treat the symptoms of his illness and also to attack the cancer directly. Numerous studies have shown that cannabis has anti-tumor effects. Bob was using a treatment called "Phoenix Tears", developed by a Canadian patient Rick Simpson (see This treatment requires several ounces of raw plant material to make one gram of medicine. Bob said that the Phoenix Tears treatment seemed to have a remarkable effect on his cancer. He said he could actually feel it attacking the cancer in his body like "scrubbing bubbles."

Please donate to the Bob Crouse Legal Defense Fund to help him hire a private attorney. Bob has not been able to work since he was diagnosed with leukemia 4 years ago. And he has also had to take care of his 90-year-old mother at the same time. The stress of his arrest and prosecution has drained his energy even further. Please help Bob stand up for all cancer patients in El Paso County and help him fight for his right to treat himself with cannabis, the safest therapeutically active substance known to man.

Donations to the Bob Crouse Legal Defense Fund should be made directly to Bob. Checks should be written to Bob Crouse and can be mailed to:

Bob Crouse
P.O. Box 97
Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Surgery success for Larry Shurtleff, who credits Phoenix Tears with whipping cancer."

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Colorado Springs: Overloaded Courtroom sends MMJ Cancer Patient Case to TOP of the docket.leukemia patient Bob Crouse now has a trial date of december 12, beingprosecuted for medicinal cannabis use. Bob's arraignment at 8:30am. as many patients and activists stood proudly behind Bob in and out of an overpacked courtroom where he plead "not guilty." "The day they came in, they charged me and convicted me, and took away my LIFE sentance in a matter of a few hours," said Bob Crouse.  "This serves to educate more people we are not Leppers.  These people work for be looked at and intimidated, is awful.  I talked to a lot of people and have met so many patients that without their medicine, it is a fight for life!"A motions hearing is set for October 20th 1:30pm in the case. To read more visit http://www.cannabistherapyinst...

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Dan May, the leadership of the CDPHE, the Colorado General Assembly, police chiefs, sheriffs, judges, and many other police operatives across Colorado are complicitous to varying degrees in systematically denying patients access to a medicine which is not just palliating, but lifesaving, and they are doing murder.  The People of Colorado should not support or accord any respect to anyone so determined to oppose the use of cannabis that they are willing to violate the supreme Law of Colorado.  We must stop them, especially when they dare to act under color of law.  May is a stain on the blot that is Colorado Springs.  Shame of the People of the 4th Judicial District for electing this monstrous parasite to office!

Suffering needlessly
Suffering needlessly

Every one of the evil scum bags with El Paso County should be on trial for crimes against humanity.  Bob Crouse is dying and will be suffering every last remaining day of his life and these monsters with El Paso County want to add to that suffering?  What the hell is wrong with the citizens of this state that we give authority to these wretched torturers?  No more!  You may not like medical marijuana now, but you or someone you love could be Mr. Crouse one day.  Think about it.


The medical marijuana registry is optional all he needs is a doctors recommendation.I don't know why the arrested him.


The DA in Colorado Springs has either not read the Constitution of the State of Colorado, or he has read it and is intentionally working against it.  Either way we need to get rid of Dan May.


If a man can have the police raid his home and arrested him and put him on trial, maybe this will show we are not fighting the actions of a system, protesting the treatment and prosecution of Bob Crouse, bon courage Bob, but we are fighting the system itself.

Because we will be fighting forever if we if we fight the actions of a corrupt system and cower away from fighting the system itself.   


This is SO wrong, both legally and morally.  Looks Like another Jason Lauve" trial.  I expect the same outcome.

Mark Montgomery
Mark Montgomery

The registry is optional if you only want an affirmative defense (which is what Bob is getting, hopefully, the right to argue medical necessity in court.) You need the valid Registry ID card to get an "exception" from criminal law, ie, to not get arrested.

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