Corry Files Second Medical-Marijuana Suit
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Editor's note: The following advisory was released by attorney Robert Corry. Corry is suing in an attempt to force the DEA to return marijuana and agricultural equipment to three Coloradans who grow the drug for medical purposes. More information about this case is available in my previous report. Corry reached a settlement in another case, about which he issued a first and second set of additional comments. Jeff Dorschner, spokesperson for the Colorado U.S. Attorney's Office, told the Rocky Mountain News about the new case, "At this time, it [growing equipment] cannot be returned because it is evidence in an ongoing criminal investigation."-- Ari Armstrong
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2004
MEDICAL MARIJUANA CAREGIVERS REQUEST DEA. RETURN MARIJUANA AND GROW EQUIPMENT
DENVER -- Thomas and Larisa Lawrence and Scott Fry, through their lawyer Robert J. Corry, Jr., today formally requested that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) return medical marijuana and growing equipment seized in a raid by DEA and North Metro Drug Task Force. The caregivers grew and provided medical marijuana to scores of patients approved under the medical marijuana provisions in state law, without receiving any financial compensation from the patients.
It is believed that these caregivers provide medical marijuana to more patients than any other caregivers in Colorado. One of the caregivers Larisa Lawrence said, "our first priority is to take care of some very ill people. We hope to get our medicine and equipment back so we can continue to help them. These patients are in extreme pain and suffering."
Lawrence's attorney Rob Corry said "this case is about respect for the will of the voters of the State of Colorado. We hope the federal government will do the right thing and return this property to the rightful owners."
Last month, Corry won a victory by settling a lawsuit with the DEA brought on behalf of another medical marijuana grower, Dana K. May of Aurora, CO. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) said that Mr. May's case represented the first time in history that the federal government has returned marijuana growing equipment it had previously seized.
Corry commended the U.S. Department of Justice for reaching a speedy settlement in the earlier lawsuit, adding "for the sake of the patients in this case, we hope this trend will continue in favor of state sovereignty, limited government, and compassion for patients and caregivers who have broken no state laws."
WHAT: Three caregivers and their attorney, Robert Corry, Jr., filed a formal request under federal law for return of medical marijuana and growing equipment DEA and North Metro Drug Task Force seized in a raid.
CONTACT: Robert Corry, Jr., Corry & Fellows, LLP ... The formal filing to DEA and supporting documents are available upon request.
Robert J. Corry, Jr.