Dr Death’s (Jack Kevorkian) Nemesis Takes On Dr Marijuana
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For those of you who recall the 1990’s, standing just behind OJ Simpson’s shadow was a retired doctor, Jack Kevorkian dubbed Dr Death. Mr Kevorkian defied Michigan State law by assisting in multiple (and humane) suicides.

Jack went on national TV and mocked Michigan’s new State law that placed more penalties for assisting in a suicide, humane or not. Initially charged with Murder, Dr Death was found guilty and served a lengthy prison sentence.

Judge Jessica Cooper ruled that the doctor could not present certain testimony or evidence before a jury. Facts like the victim had Lou Gehrig’s disease, the patient was terminal, the patient and his family requested the suicide, and the doctor was passionate about quality of life concerns were not permissible in court. The jury could not be tainted with that ‘irrelevant information’ the Judge ordered.

NY Times: Statement From Judge Jessica Cooper to Kevorkian

Move forward 20 years. Today, there exists a pending criminal case in the same Michigan county, People V Peter Trzos, MD.

Doctor Trzos was charged with running a dispensary (selling marijuana) after a SWAT team raided his home and business in 2012. 5 years later, Dr Trzos still awaits trial. Court motions, filings, opinions and other dribble have robbed this young man as he waits. With serious charges for selling voter-approved, legal marijuana, Dr Marijuana faces more prison time than Dr Death.

Unlike Dr Death, Dr Marijuana was not on any crusade to defy State law. Dr Trzos purchased an existing medical marijuana dispensary through his lawyer, Denise Policello, a leader in Michigan Cannabis lawyering, and, only after Michigan legalized medical marijuana sales.

When Dr Trzos purchased his dispensary, the sale and transfer of city licenses were inspected and approved by the city of Holly, MI, it’s leadership and the local police department. Despite Dr Marijuana’s thorough attempts to comply with State Law, he was still raided by heavy-handed SWAT teams within the Sheriff’s office. The prosecutor in Dr Death’s arrest was humane enough to allow voluntary surrender through a lawyer.

It’s not like anybody murdered anyone.

Dr Death defied a new law that explicitly outlawed assisted suicide. Dr Marijuana followed a new law that explicitly approved medical marijuana sales. Are you still confused?

Get this, Dr Death’s judge is now Dr Marijuana’s prosecutor.

Jessica Cooper’s written statement to Jack Kevorkian completely contradicts her current actions now being used to silence Doctor Trzos at trial. The ability to present evidence is fundamental to justice but court interpretations and tools designed to prosecute the worst criminals are more likely used to entrap everyday citizens like Dr Trzos.

Facts like; he had a city permit, the buyer had a medical marijuana card, police inspected his business, a lawyer facilitated the sale of the established business or, even that Doctor Trzos is a doctor at all will never be shared with a jury if Jessica Cooper has her way.

From my experience, the single most effective advocate is a judge. The second, a prosecutor. Good luck, Dr Marijuana.

Dan Drevin
Dan Drevin
Patient advocate and I also run a financial services advisory firm in Metro Detroit.

4 Comments

  1. Dennis Pielack says:

    Just goes to show that ignorant prejudice can abide in a judge or prosecutor as well as the KKK or BLM.
    Where are the honest lawyers and legislators to call out and impeach the impostors of Justice?

  2. William Clark says:

    Regarding marijuana, 
I’d say, “Legalize it but don’t corporatize it.” Big business interests should not be allowed to outlaw home cultivation, the farmer’s roadside stand, or small businesses. A little competition may actually benefit larger firms. One cannot patent a plant, only strains which one has created. If home cultivation is forbidden, the number of strains available to patients and public alike will be limited to those that enrich a few wealthy people who favor ‘limited prohibition’ in order to line their own pockets. And commercial crops are likely to be pesticide-rich, rather than grown organically.

    A little respect for history, please. No one should promote the canard that marijuana is dangerous–inherently toxic–like pharmaceutical drugs. Marijuana is not a ‘drug’, unless we lean heavily on Merriam-Webster’s third and broadest definition, as something that affects the mind. By that definition, religion and television (‘the plug-in drug’) should also be included. In truth marijuana is a medicinal herb, cultivated, bred, and evolved in service to human beings over thousands of years.

    “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that had two enemies: the anti-war left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting people to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, break up their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” –John Ehrlichman

    Activists have since found that some alcoholics are using marijuana to escape their addictions to The Demon Rum. Here prohibition of cannabis has been built on a tissue of lies: Concern For Public Safety. Our new laws save hundreds of lives every year, on our highways alone. In November of 2011, a study at the University of Colorado found that in the thirteen states that decriminalized marijuana between 1990 and 2009, traffic fatalities dropped by nearly nine percent—now nearly ten percent in Michigan—more than the national average, while sales of beer went flat by five percent. No wonder Big Alcohol opposes it. Ambitious, unprincipled, profit-driven undertakers might be tempted too.

    In 2012 a study released by 4AutoinsuranceQuote revealed that marijuana users are safer drivers than non-marijuana users, as “the only significant effect that marijuana has on operating a motor vehicle is slower driving”, which “is arguably a positive thing”.

    No one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. It’s the most benign ‘substance’ in history. Most people—and particularly patients who medicate with marijuana–use it in place of prescription drugs or alcohol.

    Marijuana has many benefits, most of which are under-reported or never mentioned in American newspapers. Research at the University of Saskatchewan indicates that, unlike alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or Nancy (“Just say, ‘No!’”) Reagan’s beloved nicotine, marijuana is a neuroprotectant that actually encourages brain-cell growth. Researchers in Spain (the Guzman study) and other countries have discovered that it also has tumor-shrinking, anti-carcinogenic properties. These were confirmed by the 30-year Tashkin population study at UCLA.

    Drugs are man-made, cooked up in labs, for the sake of patents and the profits gained by them. Often useful, but typically burdened with cautionary notes and lists of side effects as long as one’s arm. ‘The works of Man are flawed.’

    Marijuana is a medicinal herb, the most benign and versatile in history. In 1936 Sula Benet, a Polish anthropologist, traced the history of the word “marijuana”. It was “cannabis” in Latin, and “kanah bosm” in the old Greek and Hebrew scrolls, quite literally the Biblical Tree of Life, used by early Christians to treat everything from skin diseases to deep pain and despair. Why despair? Consider the current medical term for cannabis sativa: a “mood elevator”. . . as opposed to antidepressants, which ‘flatten out’ emotions, leaving patients numb to both depression and joy.

    The very name, “Christ” translates as “the anointed one”. Well then, anointed with what? It’s a fair question. And it wasn’t holy water, friends. Holy water came into wide use in the Middle Ages. In Biblical times, it was used by a few tribes of Greek pagans. And Christ was neither Greek nor pagan.

    Medicinal oil, for the Prince of Peace. A formula from the Biblical era has been rediscovered. It specifies a strong dose of oil from kanah bosom, ‘the fragrant cane’ of a dozen uses: ink, paper, rope, nutrition. . . . It was clothing on their backs and incense in their temples. And a ‘skinful’ of medicinal oil could certainly calm one’s nerves, imparting a sense of benevolence and connection with all living things. No wonder that the ‘anointed one’ could gain a spark, an insight, a sense of the divine, and the confidence to convey those feelings to friends and neighbors.

    Don’t want it in your neighborhood? Maybe you’re not the Christian you thought you were.

    Me? I’m appalled at the number of ‘Christian’ politicians, prosecutors, and police who pose on church steps or kneeling in prayer on their campaign trails, but cannot or will not face the scientific or the historical truths about cannabis, Medicinal Herb Number One, safe and effective for thousands of years, and celebrated as sacraments by most of the world’s major religions.

  3. Keith Olson says:

    Medical marijuana. Org is a joke this is just a fake news publication that millionaires use to try to lie to the public….
    I went to petes court dates… even watch them and over briefcases full of cash them and the lawyers have matching ones to pass on nobody’s looking…
    I support Pete plain and simple but would like to say that I don’t believe that these people are supporting the community they are just trying to serve themselves…
    Rich people want to b**** and moan and act like activist while people get arrested every day for a decade without the luxury of paying $300,000 in lawyer fees to stay out of jail for a few years it is insane and these people are not advocating to stop the arrest they actually still think they are in the hunt for a license lol
    Pete had a gun and steroids like Tuttle in Oakland County who got a year after the Supreme Court actually heard his case he got a year in prison anyway. The Supreme Court has no interest in hearing this case because it’s a joke of a case there is no relief in appeals courts
    Also this article does not say the real reason that Pete’s case has not been dismissed for a few hundred thousand dollars is because he had a gun and steroids I support Pete but not if he’s going to lie to everyone and whoever wrote this article should be publicly shamed it’s kind of a important thing to leave out that we have all known the whole time the prosecutor doesn’t have to give Pete a deal because he had a gun the lawyers will extort his family until the end of days because that well I probably won’t run dry

  4. Actual patients says:

    What color were those suitcases filled with the $500,000?

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