|Jovan Jackson operated his storefront collective for years without incident until he was raided by law enforcement in 2008|
Medical marijuana patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Tuesday appealed the September 2010 conviction of San Diego dispensary operator Jovan Jackson in a case that has received widespread attention.
The case against Jackson has become a symbol of the effort by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and other prosecutors across the state to criminalize storefront collectives. Due to state jurisprudence, California Attorney General Kamala Harris will now defend Jackson’s appeal rather than Dumanis, who originally tried him.
The Americans for Safe Access appeal not only contests Jackson’s conviction and the denial of his medical defense, but it also challenges the prosecution’s assertion that “sales” of medical marijuana are illegal under state law.
“Jackson and other medical providers deserve a defense under the state’s medical marijuana laws and these are issues for a jury to decide,” said ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford, who authored the appeal brief filed on Tuesday. “The denial of Jackson’s defense was unfairly used to convict a medical marijuana provider who was in full compliance with state law.”