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Count Down to Trial

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
Dear Friends:

At the last two hearings, on April 13 and 20, Judge Breyer urged the prosecutor to drop Ed Rosenthal's case. The judge was trying to prevent the feds from marching straight ahead into a quagmire, just like in Iraq. Using the same wisdom they have shown on other issues, they decided to forge ahead.

Trial begins in two weeks. We need to raise $100,000.

We are asking for your help because Ed's case will change marijuana policy for all of us. This is a totally political case: what's on trial is the future of medical marijuana. The court has already agreed that Ed cannot receive any more time, since he has already served his sentence. Federal prosecutors are hoping to use this trial to close all the dispensaries in California. If Ed wins acquittal, it can change their misguided policies.

We need your help right now to send a message to Washington. Ed is being defended by a dynamic team of attorneys mentored by Tony Serra, who share his disdain for these cruel and unjust policies. Even though they are working at a reduced rate, funds are still needed for courtroom transcripts, expert witnesses, investigators and all the other resources necessary to explain the whole truth to the jury. The publicity campaign is also expensive but necessary to educate the media and the public about what's really at stake.

Ed's case has already backfired on the government. During the first trial, public interest in medicinal marijuana skyrocketed. The media was extremely favorable and supportive. It was a huge victory for patients, providers, and the drug policy reform movement. Keith Stroup, founder of NORML said, "The world changes when people like Ed Rosenthal stand up and fight back."

Why? Because this is not a criminal case, it's a political one. Ed's already served his sentence. With this in mind, the trial is a farce similar to that of the Chicago Seven or the Scopes Monkey Trial. The Chicago Seven changed how people viewed Vietnam-era protestors. The Scopes Monkey Trial changed how people viewed the teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution, in a courtroom battle that pitted science against myth and superstition. That's exactly what we want to accomplish when Ed goes to court May 14 -- show that the government's position on medical marijuana not only lacks any medical or scientific credibility, it hurts people.

This trial will convince more people that the government is spending billions of dollars to maintain a policy that is out-of-touch, cruel and has no rational basis. At the same time we are protecting the democratic process in the 12 states that have made the compassionate decision to allow medical marijuana.

We've all wanted to change the laws for a long time. By making a generous contribution to Green Aid today, your funds will go directly to this upcoming trial. Raise some funds for Ed, and he'll make sure the public takes notice.

Make a donation now at
Green Aid: The Marijuana Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. or you can send a check to Postal Mail Box #172, 484 Lake Park Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

We need contributions small and large. All are appreciated. If you can afford them consider these award levels.
Guardian: $1000
"One Percenter": $3000 (this is 1% of the total cost of the trial of $300,000)
Hero: $5000 or more.

Thank you for your continuing support. We can't win without you!

Don't think of it as helping just Ed. He's is on the front line to help all of us. Help him help you.


Sincerely,

Virginia Resner
President of Green Aid

"Most people would have backed down, but not Ed. He's in this to the end. We owe him for that." --Jack Herer

"Ed's not a flight risk. He's in this case till the bitter end." -- Magistrate Chin:

"Most people considering their circumstances for one reason or another are forced to give in under the weight of government pressure. I have the privilege and opportunity to be able to stand for all the people who've been harassed and hounded by the government."
-- Ed Rosenthal
 
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