Little Justice: San Diego Seniors Indicted for Medical Pot Garden
March 10, 2013
David Downs, San Francisco ChronicleSan Diego law enforcement officials have written us that they’re only interested in criminals hiding behind medical marijuana law. So why are two, rural San Diego, CA residents in their 60s in court this week on drug charges for a pretty small pot grow in their back yard? San Diego Americans for Safe Access court support coordinator Terrie Best is organizing a turnout this week for Dennis and Deborah Little’s felony preliminary examination hearing on March 21, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in the Vista Courthouse, Department 5. The two Littles face felony cultivation charges for growing just 27 plants.
California state law says medical marijuana patients can grow as much pot as is medically necessary, lawyers say. And both Littles “suffer from debilitating and chronic illnesses one of which is terminal,” Best writes. Dennis had a doctor’s recommendation, and was growing in his backyard when in the fall of 2012, San Diego Sheriff’s Department helicopters working with the D.E.A. spotted the garden.
“No law enforcement ever contacted the Littles to ask if they were medical marijuana patients,” Best said.
Instead, on Oct. 17 at 5:30 a.m., grandma and grandpa Little got raided, handcuffed, and interrogated. Their crops were destroyed.
On Nov. 27, 2012, San Diego’s District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis – notorious in the medical weed community – filed felony criminal charges against them, Best states.
San Diego area law enforcement think all medical pot is criminal and exercise zero discretion, San Diego medical pot defense attorneys told us this January. This sounds like the tip of the iceberg.
Best is also planning a citizen call-in drive to the prosecutor, George Lloyd. More on this as information comes in.