Kitsap County Superior Court judge Anna M. Laurie found medical marijuana patient Robert Dalton guilty. Her reasoning was that his pain could have been relieved by other medicines, so therefore it’s perfectly fine to arrest him and seize his property because he was growing marijuana plants. As Dalton’s attorney Douglas Hiatt pointed out, Dalton’s opiates made him sick and are far more addictive than medical marijuana:
Hiatt was “very disappointed” with Laurie’s verdict, reiterating what he’d argued in court: that Laurie was “second guessing” physician Thomas Orvald, who recommended Robert Dalton use marijuana.
“If Judge Laurie wants to be a doctor, she should go to medical school,” Hiatt said. “No patient in this state is safe if she’s right.”
I’m not sure any patient in this state is safe anyway. Dalton is now disallowed from using the most effective medicine for his pain while he hopes to have a potential jail sentence postponed while he waits for an appeal. In the meantime, Washington state taxpayers continue to pay to prosecute someone who can’t possibly be considered a danger to society by any stretch of the imagination.