Friday, June 13, 2014

First Florida Medical Marijuana Necessity Trial To Go to a Jury Begins Monday June 16th at Broward County Courthouse

WHO:      Defendant Jesse Teplicki and his Attorney Michael C. Minardi

WHAT:    The launch of the first medical marijuana necessity trial to go before a jury in the State of Florida.

WHERE:  Broward County Courthouse, Courtroom 4870 (Judge Rothschild) 496 SW 3rd Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale FL, 33315

WHEN:    Monday June 16th, 2014 at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Standard Time

WHY:      The facts of this historic case are emblematic of the need for medical marijuana reform in Florida. This is an important and timely issue as citizens debate the upcoming vote on Amendment 2, which would allow for the medical use of marijuana in the State.

DETAILS: Mr. Teplicki will be defending himself against charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana, which he maintains were necessary to ensure his health. The background of the case is as follows: detectives showed up at Jesse Teplicki’s home requesting consent to search, he complied and acknowledged he had a cannabis grow for medical purposes. 

The patient has been suffering for decades from anorexia/cachexia syndrome, which is a lifelong eating disorder. When he was 11-12 years old he was given anabolic steroids to treat the disorder, which worked for some time. After prolonged use, however, Mr. Teplicki suffered liver scarring and developed cysts, which meant that treatment had to be abandoned. Since Mr. Teplicki began using cannabis as an alternative to the steroids, he has had success with treatment of his condition.

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