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Here are items that were returned to medical marijuana patient Adam Assenberg this week after a criminal case against him was dismissed last week. According to Assenberg, more valuable plants were destroyed.
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Here are items that were returned to medical marijuana patient Adam Assenberg this week after a criminal case against him was dismissed last week. According 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 home last year, reports Linda Thomas at MyNorthwest.

The Whitman County prosecutor dropped charges against Adam last 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 judge ordered that all property seized during a raid of his Colfax home — including his marijuana — be returned to him.

Assenberg, who was badly injured 18 years ago when he worked as a security guard for a company in Riverside, California, suffered nine broken bones in his spine and wasn’t expected to walk again. He was also having dozens of 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 Compassion for Patients in January 2011, the police arrested him for “selling narcotics,” even though he was trying to abide by Washington state law.

“They assumed when they went to my house there would be thousands of dollars in 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 their containers, destroying them. “These were strains I worked on for years that I can’t replace,” Assenberg said.

Now that case is finally settled, with the prosecutor dropping charges, and Whitman County Superior Court Judge David Frazier has sided with Assenberg.

But Adam says there’s a “bigger issue here.”

He told his attorney last Friday to initiate a $6 million civil suit against the Quad City Drug Task Force, Whitman County and the State of Washington for violating his rights under state law.

 

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