Ken’s Comments:

 

You know, some laws are just made to be broken. The government is not always right, and too often they are seriously wrong, as with most of our marijuana laws. The only two which I see as legit are keeping it from youths [because their brains still are developing] and prohibiting driving or operating equipment while high!

It is hard to believe that witnessing the epic failure of the war on drugs, we still fight it!

 

 

Excerpts from the Article:

 

In some circles, Jessica Andreavich is known as the Robin Hood of Delaware’s medical marijuana community. But to law enforcement and others, she is a drug-dealing felon who gamed the system. For years, the activist and medicinal marijuana cardholder turned the plant form of the drug into edible candies, oils and creams for Delawareans with ailments like cancer, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder. State law permits those with cards to share marijuana.

Experts and physicians say ingesting marijuana in a food form can make it more potent and last longer than smoking it. Occasionally, Andreavich would give her candy to military veterans struggling to get into the state’s program.

Only recently did the 45-year-old – who uses marijuana to treat her depression, anxiety and arthritis – start charging people the cost of processing marijuana into an alternative form, making little to no profit, she said.

But the minute money and drugs were exchanged with those not permitted to have it, Andreavich broke Delaware law. She was found guilty Wednesday of one count of drug-dealing and one count of conspiracy after selling five marijuana gummy candies and one bottle of tincture (plant extract) for $60 to an undercover New Castle County detective. She was sentenced to one year of probation and community service.

“I’ve always known that if they (the state’s medical marijuana program) decided to turn me in, I’d go to jail over this,” said the former employee of First State Compassion Center, which operates the state’s two medical marijuana dispensaries. “But it was not designed to make money.”

Andreavich believes the state dispensary charges patients too much for the product, and she has made it her mission to make medical marijuana more affordable for the poor.

“This sounds like somebody who has a real humanitarian spirit,” said Dr. David Bearman, a clinical medical cannabis expert. “And indeed, cannabis is very expensive. … Frankly, I think that law enforcement has better things to do with their time.”

Under state code, those who are afflicted with specific ailments such as cancer or multiple sclerosis can obtain a medical marijuana card to ease their pain. But the marijuana must be purchased at one of two state-approved dispensaries.

 

Andreavich’s case raises questions about the access to the state’s medical marijuana program and the high cost of marijuana once patients are accepted into the program. These issues have been debated since a law allowing the sale of medical marijuana was approved in 2011. Patients complain of paying high costs for small amounts of marijuana at the First State Compassion Centers – one outside Wilmington and another near Lewes. Many say the cost makes it nearly impossible for low-income patients to afford the drug prescribed to them by a doctor.

 

 

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