“Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” ~ DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young
Hey Francis…tell that to the Medford Police Department and the federal government…
By the stroke of midnight this Sunday evening, Lori and Leland Duckworth, the couple that runs SONORML (Southern Oregon chapter for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) will be kicked to the curb from the building they have rented for the past four years, without incident. Evicted… no longer welcome.
Their crime of helping the sick…was not appreciated by local law enforcement.
Whether spurred on by fear of federal retribution for maintaining pot friendly tenets, or just ignorance and intolerance. The unfortunate couple have been notified by the landlord of their building, located at 332 W. 6th St. in Medford Oregon – it was time to go. Not interested in waiting for an outcome on their pending case, the landlord for SONORML have tried, convicted and now penalized SONORML.
“We’ve already been convicted for something that hasn’t even been to court on yet,” Duckworth said. “But it’s OK. We are going to stay in Medford and keep providing our clients with a safe, legal place to receive their medicine.”
The SONORML location has facilitated a communal meeting place for the medical marijuana community in Medford Oregon for the past four years without incident. Not hiding from anyone – sitting directly next door to the US District Court building, SONORML was raided on May 23, and the couple arrested for marijuana distribution.
Adding insult to injury, the Medford Police Department have recently piled on an additional racketeering and money-laundering accusations; in addition to the 11 counts each of conspiracy to deliver and cultivate marijuana within 1000 feet of a school.
Destitute, and scrambling for new office space, the Duckworth’s were perplexed when the Medford PD elected to pursue these additional charges after reviewing their last several years of tax filings.
“You know, I just shrugged it off,” Duckworth said. “At this point what can I do? What did they possibly find in my tax records? I’m not a millionaire drug dealer. I hope they saw that I’m a taxpayer paying my own way.”
The Medford PD confiscated approximately 12 pounds of pot and 94 cannabis plants from the SONORML office suite, in addition to nearly $3000 in cash, documentation, and computers with their entire database of client information. As if being busted with 12 pounds of weed, and nearly 100 plants growing was not enough of a headache… Medford’s
sleaziest finest also claimed to have found an additional 22 pounds, stashed at the Duckworth’s home.