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COOL News: Eddy Lepp's Case Dismissed!

Posted on Wednesday, December 13 @ 20:35:54 UTC by skip

NEWS FLASH! Eddy Lepp's marijuana growing case has been dismissed! This is GREAT news!

Background: Eddy Lepp and his church was raided in 2004 and more than 30,000 cannabis plants that were being grown for medical marijuana patients and church members were confiscated by US federal agents.  The huge plot of land located in Lake County, California was then subject to confiscation as well, but this dismissal clears that land to once again be a productive marijuana farm. In fact, Eddy and his church may now be able to sue the Feds for compensation for the missing plants which they seized as evidence - which of course have all now disappeared. Those plants had a value of millions of dollars.

It seems the Feds were reluctant to pursue this bust once it became clear that Eddy had an established Church, and the raid was against a church.  Apparently none of that was stated the search warrant, so the case was dismissed. 

This is a HUGE victory for the religious use of marijuana. 

I was able to review some of the backroom negotiations between the Feds and Eddy and the Rev. Tom Brown.  It clearly indicated the reluctance of the Feds to pursue a case against a church.  The Feds fought hard to keep the bust viewed as an illegal grow rather than a religious rights issue.  Apparently the Feds have cold feet when it comes to religious freedom and cannabis.

While this might not be a precendent setting case for religious use, it did expose the Feds weakness and reluctance to persecute churches and their members for growing marijuana. 

I will write more on this subject once I have the actual decision in hand.  In any case, it pioneered the religious use defense, and in Eddys particular case, it may confer some immunity from further prosecution and persecution by the Feds.  The state of California and the County government have stopped interfering with Eddy's operation, but have nevertheless cooperated with the Feds in their raids.  That kind of cooperation may not be so easy to obtain in the future, especially against Eddy and his church.

Read more about Eddys 2004 32,000 plant bust.

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Re: Eddy Lepp's Case Dismissed! (Score: 1)
by wyldwynd on Wednesday, December 13 @ 22:25:15 UTC
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This is wonderful news, I am soo glad to hear this. I do hope he gets reimbursed for the plants he lost, nevertheless this is wonderful news for all churches.

Re: Eddy Lepp's Case Dismissed! (Score: 1)
by ReverendChrisTrip on Thursday, December 14 @ 18:55:44 UTC
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The fight continues, here is the press release just received from the Farm at Eddy's:

 Largest Single Raid In DEA History Goes Away

On Tuesday December 12th the largest single marijuana cultivation bust in the history of the DEA was dismissed in the 9th circuit courts by Judge Meredith Patel. Judge Patel ordered that all evidence and information taken from and used against Charles Edward “Eddy” Lepp in the 2004 Raid of Lepp’s home, ministry and garden (better known as Eddy’s Medicinal Gardens and Multi-Denominational Ministry of Cannabis and Rastafari) be suppressed due to the illegal service of warrants. The raid conducted in August of 2004 was a considerably large one. The DEA confiscated 32,524 plants on Lepp’s 20+ acre home and ministry taking a total of two days and using members of the local law enforcement and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Elite National Guard Wolf Team. The DEA estimated it to be an 80 million dollar bust calling it the most sophisticated cultivation they had ever seen.

Judge Patel has called for a Franks hearing on January 9th 2007 at 9:30am about the warrant from the 05 raid on Lepp’s home and ministry. At this time they will hear testimony from witnesses for both the prosecution and the defense to determine the validity of the warrant and the information used to attain it. It is the hope of the defense to prove once again the criminal behavior of the DEA by the attainment of yet another illegal warrant. This hearing is open to the public and is on the 19th floor of the Federal Court Building in San Francisco at 450 Golden Gate Ave.

Check www.eddysmedicinalgardens [www.eddysmedicinalgardens].com for more information on this case, updates on the next court date and to read the current court documents from this case which will be posted very soon. You may contact Lepp at 707-275-8879.

With peace, respect, and Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Reverend Chris

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