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Function of Juries & Jury Nullification | 18 Feb 2014

-Disabled Vet Seeks Jury Nullification in Medical Marijuana Case


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Cannabis Training University / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

We’ve previously brought you news of the Bellingham 3 in the state of Washington who are being prosecuted for offenses related to providing medical marijuana. Even though Washington has since legalized marijuana even for recreational use, they are still being legally pursued by prosecutors. Their case is coming up in April.

Across the country, there is another medical marijuana related case involving jury nullification. Disabled veteran Robert Dorr of Union County, North Carolina grows marijuana for his own therapeutic use. In an unusual move, Dorr called the police on himself, reporting his activities because he knew he wasn’t doing anything wrong and didn’t want to hide it. He has subsequently requested a jury trial. Perry Parks, veterans’ outreach liaison of the North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network, says they are hoping for jury nullification in this case. Dorr’s next scheduled court appearance is currently April 8 at the Union County Courthouse.

Disabled vet fighting for NC medical marijuana appears in court

Robert Dorr, who said he’s willing to face jail time, did not show up at the Union County Courthouse alone. Other veterans who are also fighting for North Carolina to legalize medical marijuana came to show their support.

Dorr said he wants North Carolina’s law banning marijuana for medical use to change.

“This is something that’s unfolding around the country. It’s not about a person trying to make a point or prove he’s right,” said Dorr, “It’s essentially this is how justice unfolds when there’s been legislative error.”

“We hope for jury nullification,” said Parks, “Jury nullification has happened a lot across the country. It’s when the jury looks at the facts of the law and says yes he violates the facts of the law but he’s not a criminal and we refuse to prosecute him.”

Follow-up story:
Army vet calls police on himself; turns over marijuana stash