Dolores Saltzman, a registered medical marijuana patient in Clare County, Michigan, was arrested for the first time in her life on June 13, 2018. Now she’s urging voters to support Prop 1 to legalize marijuana for adult use.
(Source: Fox 17, read the story here)
Court records indicate that police initially visited Ms. Saltzman’s home in an effort to find her great-granddaughter and return a lost phone. After a deputy reportedly smelled marijuana, she questioned Ms. Saltzman who promptly took responsibility and explained that she was a medical marijuana patient.
When the officer discovered that Ms. Saltman’s medical marijuana registry card was expired, she proceeded to search her bedroom and take pictures inside the home. Ms. Saltzman was then handcuffed, put into a patrol car, and transported to a local jail where she spent the night. Charges for illegal marijuana possession were later filed against her.
The octogenarian and her son told reporters that marijuana has helped her with numerous health conditions, including relieving debilitating pain and improving her appetite. Under current Michigan law, though, she was viewed as a criminal. Though the charges were eventually dismissed, what happened to Ms. Saltzman demonstrates the moral bankruptcy of marijuana prohibition.
She told Fox 17, “I’m hoping that we all learn a lesson from this and that we make amends, and people get out and vote for it [the legalization initiative]. We’re the ones that have to stand up. We are the people, and we [have] to fight for our rights.”