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Man acquitted in MMJ case due to get his medicine back

MATT STEINER Updated: November 1, 2012 at 12:00 am

Bob Crouse expects to get his medical marijuana back from the Colorado Springs police Friday afternoon, but the cancer patient is skeptical about what he’ll find when he heads to the Operations Center on South Nevada Avenue.

“Getting the medicine back is huge,” said the 63-year-old Crouse, who suffers from leukemia. “To have acdess to treat my disease is a wonderful thing.”

Crouse, who was acquitted of felony drug charges in late June, said 4th Judicial District Court Judge Timothy Schutz signed a court order Wednesday ordering that confiscated marijuana be returned to him at 2 p.m. Friday.

Crouse said he and his lawyer, Clifton Black went back to court in early October to force police to turn over the evidence that was taken. Now Crouse is concerned about how much of the 6 pounds of marijuana and more than 50 plants will be usable. He worries about the CSPD’s methods of storing the medicine and the potential for contamination from mold and other foreign substances.

“I don’t know what condition it’s going to be in,” Crouse said, noting that the plants would have needed an air-tight, cool, dark, dry place to last until now. “If they destroyed my plants, if they destroyed my medicine, the proper thing is to make me whole again.”

Crouse was arrested in May 2011 after police seized the pot from his home on North Weber Street in Colorado Springs. The claim was that Crouse was using the plants to make marijuana infused barbecue sauce. The man claimed, however, that a lot of pot was needed to extract needed portions of the drug to combat his leukemia.

Crouse had many supporters — picketers protested in front of the El Paso County Courthouse as the trial commenced. The leukemia patient says that 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers are against the legal use of medical marijuana.

“They’re still charging people as criminals and we’re not. We’re patients,” Crouse said.

Crouse was facing years in prison if convicted. The jury deliberated for five hours before he was acquitted. It marked the second acquittal in a month in El Paso County courts in cases against growers of medical marijuana.

He noted that his June 30 acquittal came at 4:20 p.m.

“That number is very significant in the world of marijuana,” he said, referring to the time.

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