September 23, 2008
Denver, Colorado (The Weekly Vice) -- University of Colorado Campus police did something few police officers have ever done in their career. Hand a student a bag of marijuana LEGALLY.
Edward Nicholson, a 23-year-old University of Colorado student and a medical-marijuana cardholder, had marijuana returned to him on Monday, compliments of CU Boulder's campus police.
Nicholson is a medical marijuana cardholder, a designation which allows caregivers to possess marijuana that has been prescribed to patients. Nicholson explained to campus authorities that he was holding the marijuana for his 23-year-old brother who has been prescribed marijuana for chronic pain.
Campus authorities had confiscated the marijuana after smelling the odor of pot coming from his dorm room last winter. Campus authorities also threatened to suspend the student for one semester, require him to perform community service and assign him a paper, detailing the harmful effects of marijuana. University authorities shifted course however when Nicholson retained an attorney and threatened to sue the university.
Nicholson explained that he was holding the marijuana as a matter of cost and convenience to his brother.
"A doctor prescribed it as a medicine that would help him live daily life," said Nicholson. "It's easier to get in Boulder and it's also cheaper and because it saves him some work,"
Moments after getting the pot back, Nicholson and his attorney Robert Corry hailed it's return as a "victory for CU students."
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Since campus police smelled pot coming from Nicholson's dorm room, it's likely to us that Nicholson was not just holding the stash. He was likely putting a little of that stash to personal use as well.
Yeah, Nicholson, we know how it works.
But Nicholson's attorney is exactly right in this matter. State lawmakers dreamt up this whole policy of medical marijuana cardholders, while leaving it's limitations wildly loose-ended.
For example, Nicholson is a cardholder as a "caregiver" while he's in a completely different city from his family (who lives in Aurora). This obviously stretches the intent of the law past it's intended provisions - But that's not Nicholson's responsibility to care about. It's the responsibility of lawmakers.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 9:59:00 PM