By Miguel AKA Miggy420
When it comes to marijuana, I judge the law, not the person — and in the case of Lance Gloor, Not Guilty.
Lance Gloor’s case is still looming and on Monday, Day 3 was just another example of misguided justice threatening a man’s life, not with a gun, but with time.
In today’s episode of The Wrong and Injustice the usual cast members have appeared. A begrudging federal prosecutor who doesn’t want to let an innocent man go, and a man who did everything he could to follow in accordance with state law — to be a law abiding citizen.
I arrived while the trial was in process, a former co-worker/partner testifying Lance was not a part of certain operations the prosecution was searching for. In fact, the prosecutor Vince Lombardi showed a sign of angst in his voice as he was trying to pull the words he wanted to hear from the witness but the witness was emphatic that what he said was truth.
After I got settled in and observed what was going on it became clear to me this is not a case about justice but power and money, instead this about prosecuting a marijuana process used by every individual since 1998 when medical marijuana became legal.
The biggest fail on this type of prosecution is the evidence presented all looks like what is presently occurring in the recreational market in the state of Washington. Videos from the “dangerous” undercover operations and the pre-raid operations showed smoking guns like medicated cookie dough, medicated soups, medicated brownies, and the ever dangerous medicated lollipop. The Federal prosecution has proved a marijuana dispensary in Washington was running like a marijuana dispensary in Washington.The next testimony I witnessed was a Sheriff that was part of one of the multiple dispensary raids from 2011. His testimony asserted that the place where he was taking away marijuana flower product and items infused with marijuana were the only items found.
There were 95 photographs of shelfs full of mason jars, lotions, food products, and other marijuana related items; nothing here that couldn’t be seen in a medical or recreational shop presently operating. Following this Sheriff’s testimony was another officer who assisted in the raid at KPN Cross and again his testimony was that everything we saw on video was true and accurate which was footage showing a shop that could be presently anywhere in Washington.The next was a past business partner, James Lucas. Here the prosecution still tries to villainize the Washington state marijuana process of referring to payments as donations, criticizing and questioning the patient status, and creating a money laundry scenario when it’s the banking system that has bailed and banned on people in the marijuana industry.
The biggest smoking gun here are bank records that James claims to have never seen. In the records were large deposits and withdraws were made as in the nature of a day to day business but the prosecution put it all on Lance since James claimed to only have helped create the account with his signature on record but paid no mind to the account at all since he was “busy.”
Besides being a shitty businessman who doesn’t check bank accounts he signed on to, James Lucas testified that after the raids and Lance was running another dispensary that James sought out Lance for “product” to treat his mother-in-law’s cancer. Yes, Virginia, marijuana is medicine and safer than alcohol.Next was a woman who claimed she was duped and told she was the new owner of Key Peninsula; overall she just sounded like a disgruntled worker. To sum up her testimony; after the raids she thought she was the new owner of Key Peninsula, after filling out some paperwork but she claims to have not receive pay for the last three months. Besides the mix message of being an owner that doesn’t get paid, the next smoking gun from her testimony was the magical ATM that appeared from nowhere and she didn’t know why; the answer here is the banking industry’s inability and fear to recognize the marijuana industry and their fear of the Federal ability to freeze funds.
The Federal prosecution is trying to paint Lance with a bad brush as being a Scarface of marijuana but really he’s just part of handful of people who were part of multiple shops and has been chosen to be the Washington state example so the rest of the industry is scared. They’re attacking the terminology when making a purchase, the terminology of calling it a donation. They’re attacking the qualification process by leading the witnesses by saying “You know not all these people buying marijuana were sick,” as if each witness went to any form of medical school. They’re questioning why credit cards were used and not used and demonizing cash only when that’s what is presently happening in Washington because the credit card industry fears Federal government ramifications.
Before the end of the day another undercover testified, this one being an actual DEA agent who went through the whole process of receiving a prescription before being allowed past through the doors and after him an officer who was there for the raids providing more footage of a shop that could be anywhere.
Something that did stand out during the slideshow of photos and that was a food drive box. I find it sad when marijuana establishments give back to the community only to be easily demonized by 90 years of propaganda.
This case is just another black eye on Lady Liberty and justice. I was told and chastised in prior articles for supporting Lance but the fact of the matter here is I’m here to judge the law not the man when it comes to a marijuana case. What Lance is guilty of is associating himself with shitty business people and perhaps believing in the Washington state judicial system.
Lance got raided and try to start again, in the immortal words of the original Vince Lombardi, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”