Florida Police Raid Home of Sick Woman Hours After She Is Featured In Medical Marijuana Story

marijuana_leafFor Cathy Jordan it began as a banner day. A hearing was just held unveiling the “Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act,” legislation to legalize medical marijuana for people like Cathy Jordan who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s Disease and is wheelchair-bound. Hours after a news account of the hearing was published, officers raided her home with drawn guns and seized their marijuana plants used for her illness. The police from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office insist it was a coincidence.

Cathy and Robert Jordan were home when the police arrived. Robert, 64, was asleep on this easy chair at 2 pm when the police appeared with their guns drawn.

The police say that a real estate agent saw an extension cord that “looked funny” and proceeded to look through the fence and saw the marijuana plants.

Dave Bristow, sheriff’s office spokesman, insisted that the deputies saw the plants, had probable cause, and seized the property.

Twenty-three plants were confiscated. The plants were valued between $1,200 and $1,500.

Putting aside the coincidence, the case reaffirms the lunacy of our marijuana policies that take away resources from more serious criminal matters. Here officers raid a home of a sick person and take away a drug that she says relieves her pain. Here is my view: if someone is dying from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, I am not horrified by her using pot to relieve her pain. Call me crazy but that appears to be the overwhelming view of most citizens. Yet, our politicians continue to feed a mass drug enforcement complex that arrests citizens and seizes property. While this case did not involve a greater seizure of property, many of these units are now the source of revenue streams associated with drug forfeiture.

The only good aspect of this case is that local police have proven the dire need for the “Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act.”

Source: Bradenton

43 thoughts on “Florida Police Raid Home of Sick Woman Hours After She Is Featured In Medical Marijuana Story

  1. You are right Professor. This ridiculous raid may bring light upon the need for just such a treatment. I have a close friend and fellow attorney who is suffering from ALS and anything that could help him would be appreciated.

  2. Guns drawn.

    Says more about the police need to make a show (small penises?) than the danger that the cops faced.

    Once a gun is drawn, the probability of an accident goes up exponentially (that is why we have laws about brandishing); time to rein in the cops.

  3. ALS is a horrible disease. It robs you one muscle at a time over the course of a few years. You slowly lose the use of your muscles due to nerve damage, first you cannot walk, then you lose the ability to use your arms, and then speech and finally you are intubated and using a ventilator in the last months of your life. A truly dreadful disease.

  4. Professor,

    You missed the point in that people dying of ALS are quite dangerous in their wheelchairs and the police were using proper procedures in drawing their guns. We all know how wild and crazy these pot smokers are, especially those concealing lethal weapons in their wheelchairs.

  5. I feel for this woman, and I am one to support legalization, but it is a little hard for me to swallow that she was just using these plants for her own personal use.

    I only have the information that is presented here and in the link to the source but from my experience the value (if it is between $1200 and $1500 per plant) of these plants indicates they are nearly full grown or are full grown, probably between five and six feet high. That is far in excess of what a person would grow for personal use, orders of magnitude more.

    Medical marijuana states that allowed a person to grow their own prohibited this amount of a grow operation. Washington State’s medical and general marijuana legalization prohibits a person from growing this amount unless they have a license to do so as a producer.

    Person use or personal profit. I know she suffers from a terrible disease but should that provide her enough deferrence to sell this much to others if that is the case?

  6. “I only have the information that is presented here and in the link to the source but from my experience the value (if it is between $1200 and $1500 per plant) of these plants indicates they are nearly full grown or are full grown, probably between five and six feet high. That is far in excess of what a person would grow for personal use, orders of magnitude more.”


    I disagree. Back in my hippie days in the 70’s I actually grew a couple of pot plants that went about 5 or 6 feet. The yield from that size plant is perhaps about 3 ounces, The reason that is so is that you have to dry the marijuana out to make it smokable and you would be surprised how much volume was lost in that process. Back then in the early 70’s pot went for about $25 an ounce, Hardly a drug dealing incentive. Not having “smoked” for many years because of my heart, I’m not up with current prices per ounce, but I understand they’re considerably higher.today. I look at marijuana as being a relatively mild intoxicant and it had now effect on my performance save for a euphoric feeling. Now with the stuff heading for legality, it does annoy me that I couldn’t take it up again, because there are studies that show it interferes with the anti-rejection medications required by my heart transplant. So in order to extend my life I have to give up rare steak, sushi and grass, actually not a bad deal at all. :)

  7. Darren.. which part of this article did it say that she was selling to others? not only that.if you did a little more research on this subject, you would have learned that only 2 of the plants were matured and were the ones she was using for treatment.. you see your whole post was an assumption… you assumed.. oh 23 plants.. 41,200 , = full grown.. nope…., you have to have a number of plants to be able to cycle them throught out the year…. . the value of a plant does not correlate to the maturity of the plant… please do a little research before talking on a topic you clearly don’t know all your facts about.

  8. Darren, the police always wildly overestimate the value of the drugs they seized. They routinely price drug seizures by the per gram/eighth ounce price instead of the price per kilo/pound in order to make it look like they seized a lot more.

    Also, $1200-1500 of pot isn’t really that much. I’m not sure what this lady’s pain is like or how often/how much she is using, but I definitely know people who routinely spend $120-250/week on medical marijuana here in Colorado.

    It also sounds like this lady was growing her plants outside, which is terrible for yield/efficacy. I would imagine that her 23 plants look absolutely nothing like the type of medical quality plants that are grown here (indoors & on timers).

  9. Jose

    I overlooked that only two of the plants were fully grown. Thanks for pointing that out to me, I stand corrected.

  10. why don’t the police find some real crime to deal with and leave people alone. our country is turning to communists. They tell us what time our kids have to come in and at what age they have to wear a helmet to bike ride..milk you out the ying yang for a dui…I am a baby boomer and rode a bike all the time without a helmet and survived…we smoked pot and didn’t hurt anyone and we had a drink or two …what is wrong with the world does everyone need someone to blame for their misery?

  11. Just a huge waste of police and court resources (i.e. taxpayer money), not to mention the problems inflicted on the arrestees. Even worse, IMHO, is the erosion of civil liberties resulting from this drug war.

  12. 64 year old snoozing hubby and an ALS victim, yep very dangerous, gotta draw those guns on em or they might….what exactly?
    Sure sounds like a coinicidence (not) to me.,

  13. What’s horrifying is the lying and the criminality on the part of the police in situations like this. Coincidence? Don’t we always hear about coincidence as an explanation by defendants for how things happened? Nobody believes in coincidences. These cops decided to pull off a raid and they pulled it off; when some bad publicity came down the pike they made up a transparent lie to cover their a55es.

  14. So now she still has pain with no means of relief and will probably not be able to obtain any which means she’ll still die but with greater suffering.

    But hey, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office personnel got to dress up in their spiffy uniforms and wield their beloved firearms in the woman’s face so all is right in the gun culture world! Bet George Zimmerman is jealous as he!!

  15. Y’know, none of us will be truly safe until we’re all behind bars.

    Safe from the cops, that is.

  16. I am very glad that police drew their guns when entering the home of Cathy and Robert Jordan. The police did the right thing because the Jordans sound like very dangerous characters and you really can’t take any chances with people engaged in this dangerous epidemic of medical marijuana. We really need to devote at least $7 billion a year at the Federal level to seeking out and destroying all medical marijuana, and looking up all these evil medical marjuana inhalers. Besides, these police raids provide some welcome relief from the usual parking ticket and speed trap citations.

  17. I would imagine that the police are evaluated by how many criminals they bust, and this raid just was for some low-hanging fruit, so to speak.

  18. Darren, In a San Diego dispensary cannabis is sold by the 1/8 for the most part. You can buy up to 2 oz. but the “budtenders” get a bit suspicious, thinking you might compete w/ them. An eighth of top shelf goes for ~$65. You don’t get much off for buying an ounce. So, for a top shelf[the names are great, Old Hippy, Blue Dreamer, Presidential Bubba, etc.] ounce you would pay ~$475.

    There are two strains of cannabis, sativa and indica. And, there are now numerous hybrids. Sativa plants grown high and that helps remember it gets you high. Sativas can grow up to 7 feet. They are used medicinally for psycholgical problems and by cancer patients to increase appetite. Indica gets you stoned. It is used for pain and sleep. Those plants grow more like a bush..~3 feet high. Growers tell me you do get more yield from the sativa but not that much more..10-20% w/ there being many variables. A well tended sativa can get you a solid 4 ounces, sativa a little over 3 ounces.

    ALL that is sold in dispensaries are the buds, which is where the THC resides. Back in the day you got stems, leaves, seeds, and maybe some bud. Those days are over. The edible cannabis biz is the growth industry.

  19. The Police State needs something to keep it occupied in order to justify its increasing power and jackbooted ways. What do you think they are going to do, something worthwhile?

  20. Why is it okay, according to many self-described liberals, to grow or purchase :”small amounts for personal use, but NOT okay to grow, possess, purchase, or even SELL larger amounts? Should alcohol be legal, ONLY in small enough amounts for personal consumption?

    Finally, can any of you folks who only believe in conspiracies that the government tells you about, make a RATIONAL case for why ANY drug should be illegal to buy, snort, swallow, inject, or sell…other than alcohol and tobacco products – for which it’s nobodies business if you should want to be able to buy and use them, without having to pay the outrageously high cost of them that they presently are?

    P.S. Can you respond to the above, without showing off your Tea Party
    insult-style communication skills (sic)? Thank you.

  21. I don’t think I can add anything to this without yelling at my screen. I just wish to remind people of organizations fighting this stupidity, Medical Marijuana Project, DRCnet, NORML, along with others.

  22. “I am not horrified by her using pot to relieve her pain.”, Neither am I. I am however horrified by those that would deny a sick person the use of marijuana to relieve their pain. What sort of sick person takes it upon themselves to tell a person that is sick and dying what they can and cannot do to their body to alleviate their pain? Please, someone tell me.

    The argument I keep hearing from people is they don’t want their kids to think it’s ok to smoke pot. here is a little secret, your kids can get pot right now, probably within the hour. If you are over 30, you might be able to get some one of these days but it would not be so easy as your kid.

    So tell me, who are we protecting?

  23. An Israeli company has developed what appears to be a significantly effective treatment for ALS. Google “ALS” and “Brainstorm.” The treatment uses the patient’s own stem cells. There is a Phase I/II trial slated for later this year at Mass General. Btw, my brother in law has had ALS for more than 10 years.

  24. Marco, I hope that’s true. My father and his father died of ALS (and my parents were first cousins). I truly believe I don’t carry the gene, but you never know. I am always glad when I hear about more work being done on this horrendous devastating disease.
    That your brother in law has had it for 10 years isa testament to his strength. I know what kind of a struggle it must be for him, and his family.

  25. Meanwhile, 20 blocks away, someone is turning Sudafed and brake fluid into crystal meth for profit . . .

  26. Just once I would love to see the Cops with guns drawn bust down the doors of these BANKER’S homes that ripped off Billions from the public. And seize all of their property. Just one please. There is no justice in America anymore.

  27. Far to many people don’t do enough research on cannabis & hemp to know that both are a great benefit to mankind. Most of the comments here however do seem to be based on research & are correct.

    Most Americans don’t know WHY C & H were made illegal in the 1st place.

    Look up

    History Of Cannabis Prohibition

    You will find that the smoked cannabis was not even WR Hurst’s real target. He was after industrial hemp…find out why. Cannabis laws have been used by states to discriminate against Hispanics & blacks as well.

    Find out how Hurst deceived Congress & how an AMA doctor’s testimony was suppressed & lied about back then during Congressional hearings.

    You will learn that cannabis prohibition was & is based on deception, out right lies, greed & fear based propaganda.

    Then look up

    The Benefits Of Industrial Hemp

    While you are looking up stuff, also look up

    Jury Nullification

    JN is a very important tool for We The People against bad, unfair or ridicules laws. Jury duty is a serious right that we do not need to ignore as it affords WTP a chance to nullify, case by case, the persecution of people targeted by laws that should not exist in the 1st place.

    If the War On Some Drugs were about citizen safety, there would be a movement to prohibit many Rx drugs. That’s because Rx drugs kill many more than illegal substances. Also Rx drugs kill some 6200% more people than firearms.

    The info is out there. Please find it.



  28. Dangers to police. Mike Spindell, the weapon cops fear is not concealed in the wheelchair, it IS the wheelchair. The K.E. that that 23 pound object swung at 90 + radians per second at an arc length of 9 1/2 meters (Gorillas and Gibbons have long arms, why take chances) is stupendous. That woman HAD to be neutralized and intimidated into compliance. Special costumes and badges can never be counted on for that by themselves. Our Dear Leaders have decreed and we mundanes must obey.

  29. Needed: Identity and photos of cops taking part and directing this raid so that those in the area (and even at a distance) can negatively Social Preference towards them – withdraw voluntary association – if they are NOT persuaded by reasoned logic to cease their non-productive and actually HARM-initiating activities.

    The only person identified here is Dave Bristow, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman – not one of the harm-doers, but a definite harm-enabler as are the politicians who write these WORDS authorizing harm-initiating. But the real key element in the horrible situation is that harm-initiating – “law enforcement” – is still acceptable to the majority of people. When unacceptability is practiced by way of NO voluntary association with continuing LEOs, there will not be enough of them to initiate harm on nearly the scale they have been doing in the past 12 years.

  30. All it would take to end this insanity is President Obama declaring, by executive order, that marijuana shall be re-scheduled from a Schedule 1 drug to Schedule 7. Let’s petition him to do it.

    –Leslie < Fish

  31. And God said, Behold, I have given you every plant bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, which has seed in its fruit; to you it shall be for food.

    People busted for pot are made to swear on a bible that contains the above quote Genesis 1:29

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