No Marijuana Charges Filed Against Robert, Cathy Jordan

No Marijuana Charges Filed Against Robert, Cathy Jordan

PARRISH, FL — Prosecutors in Florida are refusing to press charges against 64 year old Robert Jordan, who was growing marijuana to ease his wife’s suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Jordan’s 62 year old wife, Cathy, is the namesake to medical marijuana legislation, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, which is pending in Tallahassee but remains stalled in committee.

Just hours after the bill bearing Cathy’s name was introduced to the state legislature in February, a task force from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office raided the Jordan’s Parrish, Florida home, claiming a tip that the couple had two marijuana plants growing in their back yard.

Manatee County deputies did not arrest Cathy or Robert Jordan, 64, when they confiscated the plants but referred the case to prosecutors. Robert Jordan, not his wife, was listed in the case for potential cultivation charges.

The State Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that it believed Jordan could successfully mount a medical necessity defense in , and agreed to not file charges against the couple.

In a memo to the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, prosecutors explained their decision to take no action in the case, after weeks of reviewing documents and negotiating. The investigation confirmed that as Robert Jordan claimed, he was growing the cannabis exclusively for his wife’s use, they said.

“He didn’t have pounds of marijuana,” said Brian Iten, the assistant state attorney who reviewed Jordan’s case. “He certainly didn’t reach the criteria for trafficking.”

The Jordans kept meticulous records regarding Cathy’s medical cannabis treatment, demonstrating that she had no alternative treatment available and that not treating her illness would be worse than breaking the law in her case, said Iten in the memo, satisfying two main criteria of the defense.

Cathy Jordan’s doctor had argued that although it was breaking the law, continuing to allow her to use marijuana to manage her illness was “the lesser of two evils.”

The Jordans have lobbied in Tallahassee for marijuana legalization for years, and Cathy is the president of the  Florida Cannabis Action Network.

Senate Bill 1250, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, would allow patients with certain qualifying medical conditions, or their officially designated caregivers, to privately possess up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight marijuana plants.  It would also require the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities.

The bill has been assigned to the Health Policy Committee, but has yet to be scheduled for a hearing, despite recent polls showing over 70% of Florida voters, including 56% of Republicans, in support of medical marijuana legislation.

  • Mike

    Well, bless the State’s Attorney for not being an ass like the Sheriff’s Office.

    However, I believe charges should have been filed — against whoever ordered the raid on the Jordan’s home. It was a massive and obviously politically motivated over-reaction to citizens exercising their constitutional rights. It’s a chilling thought that in America you aren’t safe in your home from unreasonable search and seizure. Not only that, no one will lift a finger to do anything other than choose not to bring obviously-trumped up charges into the system.

    If the State’s Attorney won’t stand up against abuse of authority, who will?

  • 0331EXMC

    I live in Manatee county and have been watching all this closely. So relieved to see Robert’s charges dropped, so that he can continue to take care of Cathy.

    The time has come to show the country that Florida is compassionate to those that are suffering. The “WAR on this PLANT” is criminal at best. I myself have suffered under the boot of the oppressors . Still I chose to use this gift from our Mother, and will continue to do so, in defiance to the laws of man.

    Join the fight! Get behind John Morgan /PUFMM, FLCAN, NORML. Donate time, if you have no money to give. Use ALL the social media options. Tell your friends to tell theirs.
    The Suit’s here and up in D.C. work for the people. If they won’t give the people what they demand, vote the bums out.

    If you believe in it, DO something about it. We can do this Florida

    Congrat’s to the Jordan’s on their WIN!!!

    ~ a USMC veteran, suffering from PTSD.

  • cat

    “The State Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that it believed Jordan
    could successfully mount a medical necessity defense in , and agreed to
    not file charges against the couple.”
    and that why no charges were pressed

  • confused

    I agree with Mike.

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  • GMB

    I have been following Cathy and Robert Jordan’s story for quite sometime. It is a story that affects me personally.

    I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis about 5-6 years ago. I live each day in excruciating pain and have considered ending my life on several occasions in the past because of it. Just one of my many symptoms is having my body feel like it is being dipped in hot oil 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It never stops. I am 56 years old.

    I have been married for 28 years to an amazing woman and have a wonderful 25 year old daughter as well. I was a very successful financial planner here in Sarasota for 13 years until I had to stop working because of my compromised condition.

    I will now get to my point.

    Marijuana (Cannabis) according the the Federal Government is a Schedule 1 drug, a drug with no medical use.

    THEN WHY DOES THE GOVERNMENT OWN A PATENT ON THE COMPOUNDS IN CANNABIS?

    http://patients4medicalmarijuana.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/the-curious-case-of-patent-number-6630507/

    What’s going on is they are extracting the many compounds from the hemp plant that THEY actually admit are beneficial. THEY even reference the many studies that support THEIR patent application. Odd isn’t it that THEY classify cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug with no medical benefit, yet behind the scene THEY are applying for patents for the medicinal compounds in cannabis.

    All of this seems a little hypocritical don’t you think? But it all makes sense if you follow the money that cannabis will ultimately provide to the pharmaceutical industry’s enormous profits in the future. The tragedy in all this is thousands and thousands of people are suffering every minute of every day because they are denied a medicine the government obviously admits works, is inexpensive to grow and effective for so many illnesses without the deadly side effects of tradition mainstream drugs. The whole thing is criminal.

    PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THIS.

    At this point I would also like to point out that I have used cannabis for over a year to manage my symptoms with absolutely no adverse and/or deadly side effects. It has changed my life. It allows me to function and be a productive human being. It decreases my agonizing pain to a level to where it is not the only thing I think of all day. I do not want to end my life anymore…..that is huge!

    I want to live more than ever now. It also helps me with the anxiety and depression that comes with having this chronic debilitating disease. It gave me back what I had lost…quality of life!

    Thanks for covering this extremely important issue.

    Sincerely,

    GMB.

  • GMB

    I have been following Cathy and Robert Jordan’s story for quite sometime. It is a story that affects me personally.

    I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis about 5-6 years ago. I live each day in excruciating pain and have considered ending my life on several occasions in the past because of it. Just one of my many symptoms is having my body feel like it is being dipped in hot oil 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It never stops. I am 56 years old.

    I have been married for 28 years to an amazing woman and have a wonderful 25 year old daughter as well. I was a very successful financial planner here in Sarasota for 13 years until I had to stop working because of my compromised condition.

    I will now get to my point.

    Marijuana (Cannabis) according the the Federal Government is a Schedule 1 drug, a drug with no medical use.

    THEN WHY DOES THE GOVERNMENT OWN A PATENT ON THE COMPOUNDS IN CANNABIS?

    http://patients4medicalmarijuana.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/the-curious-case-of-patent-number-6630507/

    What’s going on is they are extracting the many compounds from the hemp plant that THEY actually admit are beneficial. THEY even reference the many studies that support THEIR patent application. Odd isn’t it that THEY classify cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug with no medical benefit, yet behind the scene THEY are applying for patents for the medicinal compounds in cannabis.

    All of this seems a little hypocritical don’t you think? But it all makes sense if you follow the money that cannabis will ultimately provide to the pharmaceutical industry’s enormous profits in the future. The tragedy in all this is thousands and thousands of people are suffering every minute of every day because they are denied a medicine the government obviously admits works, is inexpensive to grow and effective for so many illnesses without the deadly side effects of tradition mainstream drugs. The whole thing is criminal.

    PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THIS.

    At this point I would also like to point out that I have used cannabis for over a year to manage my symptoms with absolutely no adverse and/or deadly side effects. It has changed my life. It allows me to function and be a productive human being. It decreases my agonizing pain to a level to where it is not the only thing I think of all day. I do not want to end my life anymore…..that is huge!

    I want to live more than ever now. It also helps me with the anxiety and depression that comes with having this chronic debilitating disease. It gave me back what I had lost…quality of life!

    Thanks for covering this extremely important issue. I hope to hear back with you.

    Sincerely,

    GMB.

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    IT’S ABOUT TIME FLORIDA

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