Michigan Woman in her 80s Recounts Arrest, Jailing for Smoking Medical Marijuana

Michigan Woman in her 80s Recounts Arrest, Jailing for Smoking Medical Marijuana

Dolores Saltzman, who lives in Lake George, Michigan — population 163 — heard a knock on her door July 13, 2018.

It was 9 p.m. Gorun notified Saltzman that her grandniece’s mobile phone and ID was found. During their exchange, Gorun smelled cannabis and asked who else was in the house.

“I live here , and it’s my marijuana,” Saltzman replied. The deputy requested to search the house. She promptly found four roaches and a pipe.

“I smoke half a joint,” said Saltzman, who advised Marijuana.com that she’s been consuming cannabis to alleviate various health conditions for 46 years.

When Saltzman admitted that she’d allow her medical marijuana license lapse years ago, Gorun stated she’d have to arrest Saltzman.

“It’s mind-boggling, but she was doing her job,” Saltzman said. “I stated &lsquo. ’ So she helped me clean the kitchen, lock up the house and close the windows. ”

Gorun cuffed Saltzman after in the police car but failed to read her Miranda rights.

As she walked into the Clare County Correctional Facility, at least a dozen men hooted from the cells that lined the walls as two police officers grilled the frail octogenarian, fingerprinted her then led her into a jail cell.   “They were protests,” Saltzman remembered, “not catcalls. ”

Given a mat and a blanket, Saltzman slept on the cement floor. There was only one bed in the mobile and it was taken.

“It was freezing in there. ”

Saltzman’s son Mark, who was on the three-way phone conversation with his mother and Marijuana.com, didn’t share his mother’s great nature over the arrest.

“My mum is a tough old bird, but what sort of system eliminates an 80-year old woman with obvious medical conditions from the security of her home then charges her with a crime simply because her medical marijuana license was expired? ” Mark Saltzman asked.

Photography courtesy of Mark Saltzman

Clare County Sheriff John Wilson explained: “Possessing marijuana without a license is illegal, so the officer did what she was supposed to do. Can I have done it differently? Yes, but I am not going to Monday morning quarterback my deputy who is young and inexperienced,” Wilson told Marijuana.com.

At Saltzman’s hearing on Aug. 2, 2018, Clare County Judge Joshua Farrell dismissed the charges.

“As far as I’m worried the only person who showed common sense in this whole matter was the judge who stated ‘Why are we here? ’ then entered a not-guilty request mom, dropped the charges and let her go home with no good,” Mark explained.

As she awaits her new medical marijuana card, Saltzman said she’s in pain from seven key surgeries, diverticulitis, and other conditions.

“Cannabis is a lifesaver for me, especially for treating my arthritis pain,” she said.

“My aim now is to end the stigma of a plant that helps people,” said Saltzman, who is filming a tv ad for Michigan’s Coalition to Regulate Marijuana such as Alcohol to encourage people to vote on Nov. 6, 2018, to legalize recreational cannabis.

Published at Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:08:55 +0000

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