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Lynn Wood Loses Everything for One Gram

  1. PenguinPhreak
    Lynn Wood loses everything for one gram first offence

    by Marc Emery (02 Jun, 2005)



    Judge Murray Cain in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, sentences wonderful med-pot martyr to one year in grim jail.



    There was a very rigourous membership requirement at the HEMP NB
    Medical Marijuana store in Saint John New Brunswick. You needed a sworn
    affidavit before a notary stating you had a medical condition which you
    believed marijuana alleviated. Or you needed a section 56 exemption
    card issued by the Canadian federal government. Or you needed a signed
    letter from your doctor which HEMP NB verified by calling your doctor.
    One of those three.



    So although it was unusual when the club received its first underage
    application, the circumstances were compelling. A 15 year old said he
    had a pin in his arm from surgery and needed pot to deal with lingering
    pain. He even went so far as to swear before a notary public in a sworn
    affidavit that this was so. His application was then accepted.
    Apparently, he would sell some of that pot to his friends at school.



    When cops arrested the teen for selling, charges against him were
    dropped if he would provide testimony against HEMP NB. It would take a
    long time for the police to gather evidence though. All the other
    members of the HEMP NB Compassion Club were bona-fide, including four
    section 56 exemptees, and all others with confirmed and compelling
    doctor's endorsements. There was nothing odd about any other member
    that police could intimidate or abuse.



    So in order for Saint John police to get actual evidence, they would go
    undercover and make applications at the Compassion Club. Except, as the
    police on the witness stand admitted, their bogus applications were
    always rejected by HEMP NB. The police videotaped the front door of
    HEMP NB for months and could find no other anomalies. So then a police
    officer named Brian Hutchison came into HEMP NB and submitted an
    application with a letter from his doctor. His application was left to
    an employee to verify because, as Jim Wood explained, "we had an actual
    wedding going on in HEMP NB that day, and this guy wanted his
    application fast tracked, so I gave the application to an employee to
    verify. Normally I would check the doctor's name in the phone book and
    call their office. You typically talk to a secretary and you confirm
    the patient exists with that condition."



    But the employee was naive, and only called the doctor's office listed
    in the letter from the 'doctor.' A man claiming to be a doctor did
    indeed answer, but it was, in fact, Detective Bruce Hutchison's
    superior officer. And the 'doctor' did indeed write that letter and of
    course he could confirm the 'patient' had that condition, and was very
    co-operative. It's legal now, after the last revision to the Controlled
    Substances Act, for a police officer to lie in the course of an
    investigation.



    So Detective Hutchison was accepted as a member. He bought one gram of
    marijuana for $15 from a petite mother of three, seven months pregnant,
    Lynn Wood.



    Lyn Wood is a devoted believer in medical marijuana. This was her
    place, with her husband Jim. She knew all about the benefits of
    therapeutic marijuana during her pregnancies. Lynn saw the improvement
    in her husband, Jim, in the way his spinal damage caused by a car
    accident in 1992 was made bearable for him.



    So after purchasing this one gram packet of marijuana, enough to roll
    two joints perhaps, the Saint John police moved in on HEMP NB.



    On April 23, 2004, at 11.30 a.m., 16 to 20 police officers of the Saint
    John police violently entered HEMP NB. Jim & Lynn were not there,
    volunteer Dane Richards told Cannabis Culture that he was thrown on top
    of another co-worker during the arrest. He said of the police, "they
    took all our bongs, pipes, rolling papers, all our merchandise. Even
    our stamp pads and garbage. Plus all the pot for our members."



    Police even took all the store's books, literature and copies of Cannabis Culture Magazine.



    In total, several thousands of dollars worth of material was taken.
    Lynn Wood was charged with one count of trafficking. One gram sold to
    'patient' undercover cop Bruce Hutchison. He of the fraudulent doctor's
    letter.



    But Lynn Wood was no ordinary advocate. She had been doing this since
    early September of 2003, almost nine months now. When she worked,
    husband John looked after Celine, born Dec. 15, 1999, Tom, born Dec.
    27, 2001 and youngest Izetta, born Dec. 4, 2003, while operating HEMP
    NB. It was quite a juggle, but both parents were always looking after
    the kids, whether it was Jim or Lynn. All three were breastfed, Celine
    for three years, Tom was only just weaned off when Izetta was born.
    Lynn was a full time nursing mother and med-pot advocate since HEMP NB
    opened in 1999, and she wasn't going to let one gram in the wrong hands
    deter her.



    She re-opened HEMP NB immediately after getting released on bail. She
    continued to sell to all her members. She still did not know who had
    bought the pot that lead to the enormous police resources being poured
    upon her store & Compassion Club, so all members were still members.



    Including member Bruce Hutchison, who's real purpose & identity
    still remained hidden from Lynn Wood. He came in and bought one more
    gram one day in May.



    On June 3, 2004, a dozen police came and raided HEMP NB again, once again taking any inventory with them.



    A second charge of trafficking was laid against Lynn, along with two
    possession with intent to sell charges for the one pound of pot in the
    med-pot safe from the first raid, and 8 ounces in the safe at the time
    of the second raid.



    After being found guilty of the two trafficking charges of one gram
    each, Judge Murray Cain was left to consider sentencing. The judge did
    not think Lynn Wood was a bad person, merely one who was determined to
    keep selling, and for that she would have to be restrained and
    punished. Despite the judge's belief, there was no claim that Lynn Wood
    had sold any pot after the June 3, 2004 raid on HEMP NB, virtually a
    year ago to the decision Judge Cain brought down on June 1st, 2005.



    Lynn Wood was 7-months pregnant, with three children, this was her
    first offence ever. The court was only able to show one patient had
    resold small amounts of marijuana bought at the club, and that a police
    officer posing as a doctor-approved med-patient had tried on several
    occasions to buy pot. Other testimony centred on the many desperate
    Section 56 exemptees like Patrick Hardy who claimed that HEMP NB was
    the only qualified place for him to buy marijuana in all of New
    Brunswick, as he had rejected the Canadian government pot agency's
    marijuana as inadequate. Patrick Hardy has sinced moved to Montreal
    because New Brunswick became too difficult a place for a med-pot
    patient to live. Yet the Judge did not think it unreasonable in the
    least that Lynn Wood would be torn from her three tightly bonded
    children for up to a year, or that she would give birth in jail, and
    that her baby would immediately be taken from her and given to her
    husband John, motherless for 6 – 10 months. The judge did not think it
    unreasonable that Lynn would pump breastmilk while in prison so it
    could be shipped home for husband Jim to bottlefeed to little Jimmy.
    (It's a boy, they checked.) The judge sentenced her to one year in a
    grim jail. Lynn was led away to jail after the sentence was imposed.



    Lynn Woods remains extraordinary by any account. She is the first
    med-pot Compassion Club owner in Canada to be sentenced to jail. She is
    the first pregnant activist of our movement to be ordered into jail and
    to have a child in prison, then to have it wrenched from her. This is
    the first known instance where undercover police posed as med-pot
    patients with the complicity of their superior officers, to the extent
    that police would pose as a doctor, issue letters as a doctor. After
    repeatedly trying to join the club, the undercover police applications
    always went rejected until the police themselves posed as doctors and
    patients.



    If you wish to offer support to the fine Lynn Wood and Jim Wood, you
    may call Jim at 506-657-4769 or 506-333-6808. Lynn is right now at:



    Lynn Wood, Saint John Correctional Centre,

    930 Old Black River Rd.,

    Saint John, New Brunswick E2J 4T3



    And you can write to her at that address. She will serve a minimum of
    eight months of the 12 month sentence. She will, godspeed, give birth
    there in the first week of August to a healthy Jimmy, Jr.

Comments

  1. anj0vis
    that is unbelievably harsh sentence considering the circumstances. They seemed to take better care of selling only to qualified people than real pharmacies do.
  2. unico_walker
    The "investigative techniques" are absurd, how about sending undercover
    cops into a doctors office complaining of back pain then busting the
    doctor when he writes a prescription for vics? Its crazy.



    So much for moving to Canada to get away from this shit eh?
  3. transit
    It isn’t a war on drugs, it’s a war on
    people. </span>That really, really sucks.</span>


    I noticed that the article was written by
    Marc Emery. </span>If I ever find myself in
    such a situation, I hope that I have someone like Marc offering support. </span>He is an amazing activist in support of
    freedom.</span>
  4. Chaote
    Its wuite a comparison to how the law is carried out on the other end in vancouver, when i started reading it i thought ti was about how strict this place is with its background cheks so iwas amazed to read the end
  5. Mezza
    Im beginning to the think the government and general public's views on punishment for non-violent drug crimes will, in a few hundred years, be viewed as an inquisition of sorts. It's kind of like some sick mental disorder. It IS like some sick mental disorder.
  6. sloppo

    Hopefully a lot less than a few hundred years. Many people today already see it as "an inquisition of sorts".


    I remember reading something about how the U.S. was breaking some basic civil rights guidlines (don't remember what organization said this, something international) because the U.S. had so many people per capita incarcerated for non violent crime.





    Sloppo
  7. Motorhead
    Compassion Club Argument Fails for Canadian Mother
    by CBC New Brunswick (23 Feb, 2006) Court dismisses 'compassion' argument on pot appeal
    [​IMG][SIZE=-2]Lynn Wood in June 2005[/SIZE]The New Brunswick Court of Appeal rejected Thursday a Saint John woman's argument that she was running a "compassion club" for medicinal marijuana users.

    However, the province's high court will still consider Lynn Wood's appeal of her marijuana trafficking conviction, albeit on other grounds.

    Lynn Wood was convicted in February 2005 of trafficking marijuana, and was sentenced to a term of one year in prison.

    The trial judge said she was running a sham compassion club because she sold marijuana to a teenager and an undercover police officer.

    Wood's lawyer, Margaret Gallagher, appealed on the grounds that there are no rules for compassion clubs in Canada.

    The three judges of the appeal court threw that argument out Thursday.

    The judges said the lawyer for the Crown did not even need to respond to it.

    The federal justice department was so concerned that the appeal could have an impact on medicinal marijuana laws that it sent a lawyer to intervene.

    The judges' decision meant the federal lawyer did not even have to put forward an argument.

    The judges, however, will consider another aspect of Wood's appeal: that the trial judge failed to give sufficient reasons for convicting her of trafficking.

    The judges will also consider whether she can serve her one-year sentence out of jail.

    Wood has been ordered to reappear before the appeal court on June 20.

    Wood remains free on bail.

    Previous article from www.cbc.ca


    [​IMG][SIZE=-2]Medical marijuana user Jim Wood with wife Lynn[/SIZE]N.B. appeal court reserves decision in marijuana compassion club case

    FREDERICTON (CP) - New Brunswick's Court of Appeal has reserved judgement in the case of a woman who claims she was a compassion club operator, not a drug trafficker.

    Lynn Wood of Saint John, N.B., has had her bail extended until June when she will find out whether her efforts to stay out of jail on a drug trafficking conviction have been successful.

    While the decision was reserved, Chief Justice Ernest Drapeau made it clear the court does not accept the argument that Wood's Cannabis Cafe was a compassion club where marijuana was sold and used by patrons for medicinal purposes.

    Drapeau says arguments about medical use of marijuana do not apply in trafficking cases. He says the trial judge in Wood's case found that she was selling marijuana to all comers for profit.

    Wood, a marijuana activist, was convicted last year of trafficking in marijuana and sentenced to a year in jail despite her claim that the Cannabis Cafe was a compassion club that sold pot only for medicinal purposes.

    She served 29 days in jail before being released by a Fredericton judge so she could give birth to her fourth child at home.


  8. Micklemouse
    And all because some little oik took advantage of a fantastic and forward thinking idea for his own gain. Idiot.
  9. Alfa
    29 days in jail while pregnant. Together with all the stress of the court case, the stress of that jailtime will hurt the baby. I wonder if judges ever realise that?
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