Medical marijuana advocate home raided

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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:36 pm | Updated: 9:28 am, Thu May 9, 2013.

MANATEE COUNTY - The fight to legalize marijuana has been highlighted in our culture for many years, and Tuesday that fight came knocking on Robert and Cathy Jordan's door.

"Two police officers came around the corner and started coming up my driveway.  They didn't have their guns out but they had their hands on their guns," said Robert.

The Jordans say the Manatee County Sheriff's narcotics unit entered their home and began looking for and then seized 25 cannabis plants used to treat Cathy's Lou Gerhrig's Disease.

"This is life and death for us. They came here and took Cathy's medicine! They took her medicine! It's no different than taking medicine from a cancer patient," added Robert.

Cathy was diagnosed with ALS back in 1986. At that time she was given a maximum of 5 years to live.  Cathy says she surpassed those expectations with the help of cannabis.  "I know what we are growing is good for me. It wakes my brain up, it makes me think, it relaxes my muscles so I can eat, and calms me down when I get upset, " said Cathy.

She is also the president of Florida Can, an organization fighting to legalize medical marijuana and with the help of Florida Senator Jeff Clemens the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act was introduced and will be voted on.

But regardless of the legal fight Manatee County Sheriff Office says they have to follow the law.  "We received a complaint, we responded, we confiscated the illegal marijuana plants and gave the case to the State Attorney's Office," said Dave Bristow from the Sheriff's Office.

In the meantime the Jordans say they are stuck between a rock and a hard place.  "I don't care who you are, if you love somebody and they're dying and you can grow something in your back yard that can help them, you're going to grow it. I don't care who you are", said Robert.

Now that the case has been turned over to the State Attorney's Office, they will decide if and when to file charges.

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  • tim posted at 8:42 am on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    tim Posts: 106

    dirt-bag, dog-shooting cops never saw an un-american law that they didn't like as long as it makes them MONEY.

  • SRQ Tad posted at 9:17 pm on Sun, Mar 3, 2013.

    SRQ Tad Posts: 2

    Let's hope Ed Brodsy & Co. can figure out how to make this noise go away. It's high time (no pun intended) to put and end to prohibition, especially for medical purposes.

  • tim posted at 10:30 am on Sun, Mar 3, 2013.

    tim Posts: 106

    the fed-gov pays local cops to violate their rights. it's policing for dollars. cops are un-american FILTH.

  • Jack D Ripper posted at 1:36 am on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    Jack D Ripper Posts: 1

    If the Drug Warriors admit they were wrong about marijuana, they would have to release thousands of incarcerated people.

    Private Prison Industry does not like that....

    All the Drug Warriors say they are "enforcing the law." But they know that the law is unjust and they don't care. That makes cops sociopaths.

    Our only defense against the Drug War is Jury Nullification.

  • knowa posted at 11:36 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    knowa Posts: 7

    What we have lost in America
    this is an excellent video

  • david james posted at 4:18 pm on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    david james Posts: 1

    There is a level of obsenity here that is beyond foul. The excuse that it is against the law is in itself indecent. The number of crimes that are committed and passed over in all jurisdictions is beyond count. Informants, daily skate minor charges. Warnings instead of tickets. Verbal threats to life against some police officers passed over because of the age, sobriety, ect of the perp. This is something based on "Reefer Madness". It was in their perview to leave the offending plant in the custody of the grower to see that it was in good condition to present to the courts if the prosecutors decide to charge. There is no evidence they were dealing, she was staying alive. Now you or the state, will create criminals because they will obtain the medicine she needs to stay alive.

  • Crashfistfite posted at 9:41 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    Crashfistfite Posts: 1

    BS the sheriffs office received a complaint. They saw the name of the proposed legislation and figured out she lived in their county. Guess they have cleaned up all the serious crime in the county.

  • Duganz posted at 9:05 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    Duganz Posts: 1

    Who can we contact to donate funds to this poor woman?

  • Stel2112 posted at 8:42 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    Stel2112 Posts: 1

    This is absurd. Marijuana should not only be legalized for medical purposes, but for recreational use by adults as well.

    It is past time to end the insanity. Due to marijuana prohibition, shortsighted, self-righteous lawmakers have inadvertently caused the deaths of countless people involved on all sides of the "war", including law enforcement and bystanders, they have wasted 100's of billions of our dollars, invaded our civil liberties, helped fuel tremendous multinational criminal networks, and have generated a public mistrust and disdain for our legal system, all without any significant reduction in usage or availability. Don't be fooled, the overwhelming majority of problems associated with marijuana are a result of it's prohibition, just as it was with alcohol prohibition.

    Marijuana prohibition is truly a case of the "cure" being worse than the "disease". Marijuana must be legalized, taxed and regulated similar to alcohol before more damage is done. Let's end federal marijuana prohibition now.

    LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition - - Cops say legalize
    NORML - National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws -
    MPP - The Marijuana Policy Project -
    DPA - Drug Policy Alliance -
    Regulate marijuana like alcohol -

  • DiscoDJ posted at 7:55 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    DiscoDJ Posts: 1

    I, for one, feel so much safer knowing these CRIMINALS are off the street.
    Oh, except they aren't. This WILL lead to the end of America as we know it.
    Lock them both up and throw away the key. Next they'll be killing people and smoking them. Don't you realize where this will end?


  • tim posted at 7:35 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    tim Posts: 106

    the police are the greatest threat to freedom america faces.

  • chas holman posted at 8:25 pm on Tue, Feb 26, 2013.

    chas holman Posts: 3

    Bloomin barbarians.. how can a man sleep at night when that is his job?

    The 'Brown Shirts' were just following the law too.. poor excuse for a living.

    I'm old and I NEVER thought I would be thinking of Law Enforcement as 'P i g s' (again). But I dare say, they are losing the respect of the general public over 'manly' stunts like this and they are doing MUCH harm to their organization and trust from the people they are hired to protect and serve.


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