This is war. I am loathe to use such a serious word with so many ramifications and repurcussions in this discussion/comment. I don’t want to get lumped together with the crazies, fanatics, overzealous, narrowminded lots that use words of war in pacifist times. That being said, this is war. I am on the battlefront. I am on the frontlines. The government and the powers that be are using all of their might to pursue and undermine the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and the compassionate caregivers and patients that lie at the center of the medical marijuana community. However I arrived here . . . I am here. I have vowed to defend this group, this community, these people and their desire to use marijuana as medicine. I don’t plan on losing. Anyone who knows me knows what I can do in Court. Come watch for yourself one day — I spill blood on the courtroom floor. But our opponents are powerful and they are waging war.
Jessica Cooper, the Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Bouchard, the Oakland County Sheriff, Bill Schuette, the Attorney General, Charles Semchena, a former prosecutor who now sits on the Royal Oak City Commision, Sidney Lantz, a City of Southfield Councilman who some say has been around since Roosevelt was president but aren’t such which one, Teddy or Franklin, William Hampton, the City Attorney for virtually every monied city in Oakland County or so it seems and others. The list is long and full of powerful people who have the power and support to destroy a few lives or careers. I say “war” because groups in power fight wars with police forces, money, armies, troops, soldiers, scare and intimidation tactics, arrests, property forfeiture and propaganda. The first casualty of war is the truth. Cancer patients are being referred to as “potheads”. Caregivers as “drug dealers”. It is incredibly sad to see the resistance from the government against the people . . . the government is here to serve but here they just want servants.
This fight has spawned a whole crop of groups and acronyms:
The government’s: DEA, MDCH, OCPO, OCSD, MSP, AG, MML, MTA, NET.
The Medical Marijuana Community: MPP, MCCC, MMMA, MAAC, Sensible of Michigan, Marijuana Patients.org, AMMAC, CPU, et al
Make no mistake about it, a war is being waged. The Medical Marijuana Act is brilliantly written. Its “vaguesness” is its majesty. Why? Because it is written to empower the people and the public. To limit government. It gives us wide berth to patients and caregivers so that they won’t get trappend and prosecuted and convicted for misunderstanding a narrow, specific term. But the government hates to have its power taken away — lilke a child who clings to his “blankey”. Try taking it away . . . they fight back for that symbol of power and comfort. The government is using its resources. I write about one of its weapons — one that I confronted and exposed the other day in court: Propaganda.
People come to watch me in court. That has been both a blessing and a burden. It means that I am entertaining, interesting. It means that I am prepared and ready when called on to do something in court. I am. If you like seeing words used during a cross examination of a witness to “draw blood” from the witness come watch. The other day, in the defense of a medical marijuana case in Waterford, Michigan, I cross examined a snitch/informant. I exposed the propaganda that the Oakland County Sheriff used when these guys were arrested.
The Oakland Press wrote about the confrontation thusly:
After being pummeled with questions from a prosecutor and six defense lawyers for about three hours, [Neil Rockind, defense attorney grilled] “B”, the informant/witness about his pet alligator. During an August press conference announcing the raids, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told the media that the alligator was guarding a grow operation at one defendant’s home.
That alligator belongs to “B” and is about 18 inches long. “B” said the alligator lives in the basement of his Birmingham home in a manmade pond in a room with a door and is not close to the marijuana he grows as a caregiver.
[Rockind questioned the witness about the name of this ferocious guard/attack alligator] and learned that it was named Chubbs, the gator has small teeth and is owned legally as a pet.
The government and Bouchard made it out to be like an attack alligator was guarding this witness’ marijuana plants. I [Neil Rockind] revealed that to be untrue in every way… Chubbs, 18 inches, small teeth, in a different room. Be careful of the misinformation and propaganda.
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That’s it . . . I’ve had about all I can stand of the narcotics enforcement teams raids upon and prosecutions of people who are attempting to follow the law in Michigan. Michigan voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bill to legalize and decriminalize medical marihuana. The same old tired tactics are being used by the same old narcotics enforcement teams and narcotics prosecutors special units. Don’t stand up and say that you represent the People of the State of Michigan and then go up against the will of the People of the State of the Michigan.
I’m sick of their methods. I’m tired of their tactics. I’m sick and tired of their stubbornness and normative judgments. Sick and tired. And I can do something about it… trials, trials and more trials. Its what I do . . . Its what I do well.
See ya court guys. When we’re done cross examining some of these guys, they’ll need to visit a medical marihuana clinic because I’m going to be in a pain in their a@@.
A client recently said this to me–
“You are my trump card Neil! No one can beat you once you get going. I have faith in you & I am not worried. You are the best! There is no one better!”
I am honored to receive such praise. I look forward to my upcoming battle on behalf of this client. Trial is on the horizon and I will be ready . . .
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I was in court recently defending a woman accused of giving contraband to a prisoner. There was/is NO proof offered during the hearing that she did so . . . however the prisoner was discovered to have had “contraband” on his person after the visit. The state kept attempting to argue that prisoners aren’t allowed to possess certain items and that there are policies in place to prevent that. When I questioned the police officers, they had to agree that sometimes prisoners get ahold of contraband . . . sometimes they get them from other inmates and other resources. Recently, a hit man was discovered to be in possession of “contraband”. You can read the article below . . . if this guy can get his hands on contraband and it not be found for sometime, than anyone can. It didn’t have to come from an outside source or my client.
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I don’t eat red meat. I’m a vegan. But I haven’t always been devoted to being a vegan. Once, many moons ago, I ate red meat and when I did, my favorite food was a hamburger. And the best burger? Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak. Others apparently feel the same, going to the restaurant until the wee hours of the night/morning. Sadly, two brothers, as reported by The Oakland Press, were robbed in front of the Red Coat recently. Read the story here . . . if you or a family member are charged with a crime including a robbery, contact my office at 248.208.3800 or email my firm at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more about us at www.lawyerswhowin.com.
The city of westland passed an ordinance prohibiting medical marihuana/marijuana dispensaries and businesses. What do you think?