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Medical marijuana patient Bob Crouse acquitted: Another wasteful prosecution?

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On Thursday, we updated you on the trial of Bob Crouse, a medical marijuana patient with cancer who faced cultivation and distribution charges for going beyond the state's plant limit despite having a doctor recommendation to exceed it. At that time, activist Audrey Hatfield felt things were going Crouse's way and predicted a positive verdict the next day, and she was correct on both scores. Late Friday afternoon, he was acquitted of all charges against him.

Not that there wasn't some drama along the way. On Friday morning, according to Hatfield, president of Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights, who was among the advocates protesting throughout the week at the courthouse where Crouse was tried, prosecutors with 4th Judicial District DA Dan May's office "tried to get the judge to make it so Bob wouldn't be able to use the affirmative defense."

This tactic would have prevented the jury from considering a doctor's recommendation for Crouse to possess 75 plants needed to make Phoenix Tears, a cannabis-oil treatment that appeared to be having a positive effect on his chronic lymphocytic leukemia. At the time, Crouse, a longtime Colorado Springs restaurateur, had not received his medical-marijuana red card from the state due to a paperwork snafu -- meaning that without the doctor's recommendation, his entire case might have collapsed. But, says Hatfield, "the judge wouldn't have it."

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Dan May.
Crouse's supporters interpreted this move as, in Hatfield's words, "a last ditch effort" on the part of desperate prosecutors -- and they felt the same way about courthouse personnel refusing to allow entry to Jason Lauve, acquitted in his own landmark marijuana case, because he had medication in his possession. In the end, though, these Hail Marys didn't seem to have much impact on the jury, which cleared Crouse after just four hours of deliberation -- a significant portion of which was taken up by lunch.

Immediately after the not-guilty verdicts were read, Crouse burst into tears -- an understandable reaction not only because his legal ordeal was finally at an end, but also due to his having been evacuated from the house he shares with his ninety-year-old mother after the Waldo Canyon fire roared into Colorado Springs. Fortunately, the two of them were allowed to return to their home yesterday, Hatfield says.

As Crouse was flooded with emotion, a celebration broke out in the courtroom among his supporters, with Hatfield decrying the resources wasted by targeting a cancer patient simply trying to follow his doctor's recommendation.

Indeed, May's office has been on quite the losing streak when it comes to high-profile marijuana prosecutions.

Page down to read more about Bob Crouse's acquittal and see a video shot after the verdict.



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Ricky Hollywood
Ricky Hollywood

Jesus, what the hell was that?  Periods and commas are your friend.

Dartfrog37
Dartfrog37

well i think its sad that he has cancer. i must honestly say. beings i worked in a pharmacy. and know theres other drugs that can help you cope with pain and emotions thay this gentlemen was wrong with what he did. even if he was told he could go over the limit by his doc he still needed to go through the same system everyone else has to go through. there were other options that could have been precribed for him that are just as effective if not more that could have been used until everything was sighned and dotted. and when things are delayed you do have every right to complaine even if its everyday and his doctor would have been able to do the same. and have alot more of a impact when he did. i think because he possibly "may"be dying. because not everyone does but emotionally im sure its a heavy weighy to carry. hes taking care of his elderly mother and its not a crime where he murdered or molested anyone jail would have been unappropriate and fines may have took a finacial toll beings hes helping his elderly parent and his cancers medical cost may not be fully covered. so by the way hes holding that sign and passing out cup cakes he seems to be feeling some what ok. i think a little community service may have helped other people out. working maybe at a soup kitchen or food pantry something not to strenous would not only have helped the community but could have helped him as well by giving him a destraction from his own cancer fears worries ect. and im not saying all day maybe a few hours a day or week depending on his health and how hes feeling...

Missy Wright
Missy Wright

You could have 6 giant plants, or 75 6" tall ones because you don't have space.  Your name must be donkey because you are an ass just like all of your comments on Westword.

Mark M.
Mark M.

Show me a license, retard. If they exist, why can we not find one instance of them in real life?

Midnight run
Midnight run

If u werent some fat ass cunt id say you.like it in the ass. Oh wait you are!! Oh so ur a lesbian that likes it up the ass. You are so obviously a self imortant cunt its laughable. Why dont you back to caregiving uh er living with your parents miss laura k

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

You pathetically daft dipshit. This was your SECOND attempt, you auto-corrected your first erroneous response, then fucked it up again! "2/3 x 25 = 50/3 = 16 1/3 = 16.333...When describing a collection of discrete things (such as political points or persons), either rely on such adjectives as "many" or "most", or make sure that the fractions you apply result in positive integers." http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2012/06/plastic_bags_ban_denver_fees.php#comment-568167134 999 Society? ... ROTFLMAO !!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The source is the Colorado Bar Association -- ever heard of them?  It's not my immediate concern that they cannot spell.  See:  http://www.cobar.org/opinions/opinion.cfm?opinionid=7372&courtid=1.  None of your ridiculous expostulation impugns anything I wrote.  As for not being able to calculate 2/3 of 25, you must be confusing me for Josh Biggs -- and really losing it!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

You = FAIL again. You cite a unnamed source that DOESN'T EVEN SPELL the Defendant's name correctly.  Fact = Stacy CLENDENIN *was* allowed to present -- and did present -- an affirmative defense under Amendment 20. For the actual patients whom she had met and had Red Cards for. She was DENIED her claim to "unmet" phantom patients whom she fabricated after the fact in an attempt to justify her excessive plant count. You = an idiot too stupid to calculate 2/3 of 25 ... twice!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Wrong!  Your reading comprehension is deficient -- People v Clendenin was decided long before HB10-1284 -- what's your point?  "The case of Stacey Clendin first provided the legal precedent for denying a caregiver an affirmative defense ..."  before HB10-1284 -- duh!  From the apellate decision:  "Defendant contends the trial court erred in limiting her ability to present the "primary care-giver" and "end user" affirmative defenses provided under Colorado Constitution article XVIII, section 14(2)(a), and section 18-18-302(3), C.R.S. 2009, respectively. We discern no error".  The trial court denied her an affirmative defense.  Your reply is not only non-responsive, it demonstrates that you do not know the Law.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Perhaps they can "tax the shit out of" red-headed women ... to help pay for his medical treatments.

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