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: April 30, 2007, 07:15:06 AM

This woman is a danger to society!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime_file/2007/04/30/2007-04-30_weed_it__weep_grannys_busted.html

Weed it & weep! Granny's busted

BY CHRISENA COLEMAN
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Monday, April 30th 2007, 4:00 AM

She is 71 years old, a great-grandmother - hardly the type of person you would expect to see in Bronx Criminal Court to answer charges of buying two dime bags of pot.

Yet at the appointed time today, Barbara Jackson will make her way to the courthouse, a colorectal cancer survivor ready to plead her case.

"I smoke it to live," the feisty granny told the Daily News. "I don't think I should have been arrested."

Jackson said she started smoking the green, leafy drug eight years ago - a year after being diagnosed with cancer - to restore her appetite after chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

"After cancer treatments, I was very sick," she said. "I couldn't eat and could not stand the smell of food."

Even though her cancer is in remission, she lost her appetite, Jackson said.

On March 13, she set out to find some more of the illegal drug shehas grown dependent on. She found some close to her house on E.179th St. and began walking down Walton Ave.

Plainclothes cops suddenly descended on her and found the two bags of marijuana on her.

"I am looking for a dismissal in the interest of justice," said Ron Kuby, one of two lawyers representing Jackson. "I would hope the Bronx district attorney's office has more important cases than prosecuting a great-granny for medicinal marijuana."

After her arrest, Jackson was handcuffed and brought to jail. She was taken to the 46th Precinct stationhouse, photographed, fingerprinted and issued a desk appearance ticket that she must answer today.

Her other lawyer, David Pressman, said it's heartbreaking to see a senior citizen who was "just trying to survive" handcuffed and held in police custody for five hours.

Steven Reed, a spokesman for the Bronx district attorney's office, said his office is not aware of the case because it hasn't come into the the DA's office.

Jackson hopes to get a chance to tell her story.

She weighed 99 pounds when she entered Lincoln Hospital in 1998. After surgery and treatments she lost even more weight. Jackson said her doctor prescribed an appetite enhancer, but it made her sick.

"The medicine gave me a terrible headache," said Jackson, who was raising three great-grandchildren at the time. "I was very weak and sick after treatments. I had diarrhea and was vomiting all the time.

"The smell of food made me sick and I was nauseous," she said. "The marijuana calmed me down and gave me back my appetite. My taste buds are gone, but the marijuana helps me get the food down."

Jackson said she puffed marijuana twice a day in the privacy of her home. Jackson, who now weighs 124 pounds, credits the marijuana with saving her life.

"The marijuana has kept me alive; I wouldn't be here if I didn't smoke," Jackson said. "I know it's illegal, but I did what I had to do to make myself comfortable and restore my quality of life."

ccoleman@nydailynews.com

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#1 : April 30, 2007, 07:25:24 AM

All she had to do was tell them she's a Rastafarian.    They have to allow religious freedom.

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#2 : April 30, 2007, 07:27:36 AM

So depending on your age if I as a NYC police officer see you buying pot or any drugs for that matter I should just ignore it. Is that the deal Joe. Just want to make sure

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#3 : April 30, 2007, 11:55:30 AM

 

Did they check the 71 yr old and see if she had a "nail file"??  They could have also charged her with being a terrorist!!

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#4 : April 30, 2007, 12:00:11 PM

So depending on your age if I as a NYC police officer see you buying pot or any drugs for that matter I should just ignore it. Is that the deal Joe. Just want to make sure


Actually, I would rather you ignore it.   I think we have far greater priorities in law enforcement than such nonsense. The Drug War remains the single biggest mistake in American history.   A multi- billion dollar loser that has caused the biggest rise in crime in US history.


Wouldn't it be better if it was just treated as a health problem that was taxed and regulated?  What if the profit was taken away??

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#5 : April 30, 2007, 12:06:46 PM

So depending on your age if I as a NYC police officer see you buying pot or any drugs for that matter I should just ignore it. Is that the deal Joe. Just want to make sure


Actually, I would rather you ignore it. I think we have far greater priorities in law enforcement than such nonsense. The Drug War remains the single biggest mistake in American history. A multi- billion dollar loser that has caused the biggest rise in crime in US history.


Wouldn't it be better if it was just treated as a health problem that was taxed and regulated? What if the profit was taken away??

I always start laughing at that show "Cops" when they do these undercover prostitution stings. They have like 20 officers on overtime and a SWAT on standby to jump on the johns. And the police talk as if they are taking down big-time criminals. Like this is the biggest threat to society? Does it warrant half the department's resources? What a joke. Meanwhile, gang violence is on the rise all over the country. Why dont cops concentrate on the real problems facing society for a change?

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#6 : April 30, 2007, 12:30:56 PM

cyberdude, you are so right.    That kind of crap is a complete joke.   That's an absolute waste of resources and taxpayers money.   Now if they were busting up some child slavery prositution ring or something like that, they'd be doing something.    But to arrest some innocent John trying to get laid in a hotel room is a joke.    I've never been with a prostitute in the usa, but I see absolutely nothing wrong with it if it's between 2 consenting adults.   

Any cop who would do that job and be happy with it is an embarassment to his badge and the community.

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#7 : April 30, 2007, 02:14:25 PM



Did they check the 71 yr old and see if she had a "nail file"?? They could have also charged her with being a terrorist!!
I hope they checked her for a nail file. You could be killed or injured with one. 

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Did they check the 71 yr old and see if she had a "nail file"?? They could have also charged her with being a terrorist!!
I hope they checked her for a nail file. You could be killed or injured with one. 


I often shiver with fear when I pass some these old ladies on airplanes I can see why the US govt fears them!!  ::) ;)

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#9 : April 30, 2007, 02:18:55 PM

Youve got no idea what youre talking about. You dont think law enforcenment officers have been killed by small objects such as nail files, pens ,etc? When you put on a uniform for a day then you can go make some judgements

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#10 : April 30, 2007, 02:52:29 PM

Youve got no idea what youre talking about. You dont think law enforcenment officers have been killed by small objects such as nail files, pens ,etc? When you put on a uniform for a day then you can go make some judgements

I have alot of respect for cops.   I think some of our laws are wrong though.   And sometimes people in authority direct resources to inappropriate areas of concern.   (Like that crap where they have a sting on a guy in a hotel soliciting prostitution.)

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#11 : April 30, 2007, 03:02:38 PM

Im not defending pros stings neither am I defending arresting a 71 year old lady for buying pot(though a lot of times the small collars lead to bigger things). And youre righty some laws are dumb. But I do have a problem with people judging cops when theyve never been in their shoes.

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#12 : April 30, 2007, 03:49:29 PM


Well, I never judged when posting the article. I wrote a line about her being a danger. Obvious
sarcasm. I would like to think that the cops could pull her aside and ask her what she was
buying the drugs for and maybe ask her how old she is. Then use judgment. Take it on
a case by case basis. Marijuana? Just let it go.

Of course, if you do that, you risk getting in trouble yourself for not doing your job according
to the law. So, it's not the best solution. Maybe arresting her is the best thing to do so they
can show how ridiculous the laws are?

So, my real problem is with the law and not the officers.

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#13 : May 01, 2007, 08:21:50 AM

Well then Joe you shouldve stated that from the beginning. Looked to me like you were bad mouthing the officers. From your last statement I guess I was wrong. As for her not being a danger do you think a 70 year old could kill a cop? I do

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#14 : May 01, 2007, 09:00:18 AM

Youve got no idea what youre talking about. You dont think law enforcenment officers have been killed by small objects such as nail files, pens ,etc? When you put on a uniform for a day then you can go make some judgements


The nail file was referring to silly airport security that refuses to profile but considers some 84 year old lady as a terrorist because she has a nail file in her purse.


How about just a smidgeon of COMMON SENSE??    Most certainly any sharp object can be used as a weapon.  I most certainly respect competent and rational law enforcement and when they have  "protection of property, person, and the one's we love" as number #1 than law enforcement deserves the utmost in respect and honor.   


When law enforcement spends most of its time pretending to be prostitutes and drug dealers, buying lap dances, targeting drivers going 10- 15 miles over the limit, and making sure that every parking violator is most diligently fined, I personally have little respect for that type of law enforcement. Sorry!


It is all about misplaced priorities.   
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