Here are items that were returned to medical marijuana patient Adam Assenberg
this week after a criminal case against him was dismissed last week.
to Assenberg, more valuable plants were destroyed.
This week, the cops gave Adam Assenberg his marijuana back.
It’s not the first time Assenberg has beat the police in court; in
fact, he’s on
something of a roll in his battle as a medical marijuana
patient and activist.
Assenberg now plans to sue the state of Washington
for $6 million after his
property was seized in an illegal raid on his
last year, reports Linda Thomas at MyNorthwest.
The Whitman County prosecutor dropped charges against Adam
month, citing a new interpretation of medical marijuana laws in
Washington state. Then, earlier this week, he racked up another in his
string of victories in battling the authorities when a Superior Court
ordered that all property seized during a raid of his Colfax home —
his marijuana — be returned to him.
was badly injured 18 years
ago when he worked as a security guard for
company in Riverside, California, suffered
nine broken bones in his
spine and wasn’t
expected to walk again. He was also having
seizures every day.
He started using medical marijuana regularly
in 2004; without it, “every day is a living
hell,” he said.
A few months after he started a dispensary called
Patients in January 2011, the police arrested him
even though he was trying to abide by Washington state law.
“They assumed when they went to my house there would be thousands of
cash and pounds of pot,” he said. “They found $90 and seven
ounces of marijuana.”
Also found were 82 immature cannabis plants that were taken out of
containers, destroying them. “These were strains I worked on for
I can’t replace,” Assenberg said.
Now that case is finally settled, with the prosecutor dropping
Whitman County Superior Court Judge David Frazier has sided
But Adam says there’s a “bigger issue here.”
He told his attorney last Friday to initiate a $6 million civil suit
the Quad City Drug Task Force, Whitman County and the
Washington for violating his rights under state law.