Jovan Jackson Sentencing Interview / Update

Mr. Jackson of Answerdam Collective is a legitimate medical cannabis patient and victim of two Operation Green Rx raids, part of Bonnie Dumanis’ effort to eradicate medical cannabis from San Diego. The first raid occurred in August of 2008, the second on September 9, 2009. Last month, Mr. Jackson was tried and vindicated of felony charges related to the first raid. Today Mr. Jackson was sentenced in State Court.

Kelly Wheeler of the City News Service reported that “Before sentencing, Judge Cynthia Bashant reduced Jackson’s felony conviction for possession of ecstasy to a misdemeanor, saying it probably would have been charged as such if not for the underlying medical marijuana case.”

Mr. Kelly went on to report “The judge also cited Jackson’s lack of prior criminal record and said there was no evidence that the 31-year-old defendant had the pills so he could sell them to others. Prosecutor Chris Lindberg unsuccessfully argued that the defendant’s possession of ecstasy was not misdemeanor conduct.”
San Diego Americans for Safe Access caught up with Mr. Jackson today after his sentencing to discuss the details. Watch the in depth interview here:

The prosecution has not given up in its efforts. Mr. Jackson is still facing a second trial for the same charges he was vindicated of. The preliminary hearing for the second medical marijuana trial is set for January 11, 2010 @ 8:30 am in Department 11 of the San Diego Superior Court 220 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92111 on January 11, 2010. It is critical that concerned citizens, patients and anyone concerned about your tax dollars being spent on another wasteful trial.

Local Media Coverage of Mr. Jackson’s Sentencing Hearing:

Eugene Davidovich

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