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The Bellingham Cannabis Three: from left, [Rally For The Cross/Facebook]
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The Bellingham Cannabis Three: Saroj Sidhu, Martin Nickerson, and Chris Ramsey, all of The Northern Cross Collective Gardens in Bellingham, Washington
[Rally For The Cross/Facebook]

A Washington man says he will give out free joints to everyone who can show up at a court case in Bellingham on Wednesday morning, May 8 — if they provide identification and are 21 or older, or have a medical marijuana authorization.

Mitch Moquin, associated with The Northern Cross Collective Gardens in Bellingham, Washington, told Toke Signals Monday evening that he hoped to hand out up to 80 free joints to court attendees Wednesday morning.

“We’re hoping for 80-plus joints,” Moquin told us. “We always have 20 to 25 close friends of volunteers, and patients will match that. So at least 50 joints, but we’re aiming HIGH.”

Mitchell Moquin: "Quote"
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“We’re hoping for 80-plus joints… We’re aiming HIGH”

The protest, which has a Facebook event page, “Rally For The Cross,” stems from raids on Northern Cross which occurred on March 15, 2012.

A year after the raids performed on The Northern Cross Collective Gardens (as well as The Joint Co-op and KGB), the fate of Martin Nickerson, Chris Ramsey, and Saroj Sidhu — the Bellingham Cannabis Three — has yet to be decided.

“Given that the community of Bellingham can come together and use the power of jury nullification to decide that these three are in fact innocent, the aid of NJWeedman (Ed Forchion) has been brought in by Mr. Nickerson to help inform the community of the potential they harness in freeing The Cannabis Three of their charges,” Moquin told me.

“It is up to the community to decide,” Moquin said. He told me he will be giving out free joints to all Washington State medical cannabis authorization holders who attend, as well as those with valid ID’s who are 21+ years of age (since legal adult marijuana possession is now legal in Washington under I-502, approved by voters last November).

“In an ongoing trial where not a single judge in Whatcom County wants to decide the outcome of this aid case, we figure we will be informing the community on the importance of jury nullification,” the event page description reads. “The role of the jury is to represent the body of citizens and practice their discretion and belief of how the law should be.

“We ask that you please show attendance and support patients and non-patients alike,” the page reads.

 

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