Letter to District Attorney Stan Garnett Regarding 420 Prosecutions

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 420 Prosecutions
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 14:36:43 -0600
From: Cannabis Therapy Institute <info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com>
To: Garnett, Stanley <sgarnett@bouldercounty.org>

Hi Stan:

Congratulations on your candidacy for Attorney General. As a lifelong Democrat, I look forward to an active campaign.

As you know, medical marijuana will be a large issue in the AG's race. Suthers has a long history of antagonism to cannabis. Your record started out poorly with the prosecution of patient Jason Lauve. It improved when you dropped the charges against patient Sherri Versfelt.

The 4/20 acts of civil disobedience on the CU Campus in Boulder are yet another challenge for your office. The Daily Camera reports that at least 11 people were ticketed for marijuana possession. As you know, this is a petty offense punishable only by a $100 fine. If these 11
people pay their fines, the County will get $1100 in revenue. However, if these 11 people chose to take their case to trial, that will cost the County thousands of dollars. There are several attorneys ready to take these cases on pro bono.

I sat through the entire jury selection in the Jason Lauve case. I saw firsthand how soft on cannabis those jurors were, from all parts of the County. I think you will have a tough time convicting anyone of the 4/20 offenses. These were acts of civil disobedience aimed at protesting
marijuana prohibition. The cannabis re-legalization movement has built support for cannabis through events such as these for over 40 years. Even though the focus was not "medical" marijuana, I believe that Boulder jurors will still acquit these defendants of these acts of civil disobedience. Boulder County citizens are very well-educated and don't like to see their tax dollars wasted on pointless prosecution of otherwise law-abiding citizens.

If you want to be the most progressive DA in the state on cannabis issues, then I hope that you will drop these cases swiftly so that we can move on to getting Suthers out office.

Thanks for your attention.


Laura Kriho, Director

Cannabis Therapy Institute
P.O. Box 19084
Boulder, CO 80308
Phone: 877-420-4205
Web: http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com
Email: info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: 420 Prosecutions
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 14:47:19 -0600
From: Garnett, Stanley <sgarnett@bouldercounty.org>
To: Cannabis Therapy Institute <info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com>


Thanks for your email. You make some good points.

My staff will review the facts of the cases and make disposition
decisions depending on the facts.

Stay in touch,

Stan Garnett