|Photo Courtesy Eugene Davidovich|
|Marijuana hero Eugene Davidovich: In San Diego court today at 1:30 p.m.|
Medical marijuana patient, activist and provider Eugene Davidovich is scheduled to appear in court in San Diego today.
Davidovich is one of the victims of San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ war on cannabis patients and providers.
Eugene’s hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at 220 West Broadway, San Diego. If you’re in the San Diego area, in-person court support is much appreciated.
A military veteran with an honorable discharge, Davidovich started a legal marijuana collective in San Diego, carefully abiding by state law.
Eugene was arrested last February as part of Operation Green Rx (aka Operation Endless Summer). He told me that the chief investigative officer in his case testified on the stand that the officer based his expert testimony, as far as “medical marijuana training,” on a handout from something called the Narcotic Educational Foundation of America, “Drug Abuse Education Provider of the California Narcotic Officers’ Association.”
In this toxic little screed, with the title Use of Marijuana As A “Medicine” (the quotes are theirs), we learn right off the bat — in the first sentence! — that “Marijuana, a plant from the cannabis family, is illegal and highly psychoactive.” No mention of the fact that medical use of marijuana is legal, mind you — and this in materials used to educate law enforcement officers.
“It is actually scary what goes on in court,” Davidovich told Toke of the Town. “I realliy hope that somehow a stop can be put to this. This is one of the reasons I am so public about these hateful people. There are a lot of patients who are needlessly suffering here in San Diego.”
|Ed Rosenthal: “Unfortunately the district attorney has declared marijuana illegal in San Diego”|
”Unfortunately the district attorney of San Diego, Bonnie Dumanis, thinks that she not only should enforce the law, but make her own and has declared marijuana illegal in San Diego,” said activist Ed Rosenthal, the Guru of Ganja.
“Eugene is caught up in a vise and trap and was busted with a giant quantity of marijuana: an ounce wrapped up with his medical certificate,” Rosenthal said.
Activists say the DA’s office remains entrenched in the old-school law enforcement viewpoint that marijuana is inherently dangerous and should be illegal in all cases.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors, which controls the purse strings of the DA’s office, has held a consistently combative stance against the state on the medical marijuana issue, having refused for six years — until forced by the U.S. Supreme Court! — to issue medical marijuana I.D. cards.
In fact, the county’s stubborn intransigence caught the eye of the Bush Administration, which praised the actions of the Board of Supervisors in fighting the implementation of California’s medical marijuana law.