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Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Namesake Raided By Police


cathy jordan cops police florida medical marijuanaAround 2pm Monday, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida raided the home of Cathy Jordan, a survivor of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s disease”).  The detectives and deputies, wearing ski masks, made no arrests, but seized 23 marijuana plants Cathy and her husband were growing for her medical purposes.

Robert Jordan was approached by two deputies with guns drawn, claiming to have probable cause to investigate their marijuana grow.  Robert, a disabled Vietnam Vet, angrily responded to the intrusion but cooperated with deputies by signing away his Fourth Amendment rights by allowing the search without a warrant.

In my interview with Cathy Jordan from 2009, she explained how she first noticed the symptoms of her ALS in 1985.  In 1986, she was diagnosed and given 3-5 years to live — despite most people’s familiarity with famous ALS survivor Dr. Stephen Hawking, most ALS sufferers die within a few years of diagnosis.  In 1989, as her condition worsened, she finally smoked a puff of a marijuana joint from a friend and discovered it worked better for her symptoms than anything she had ever tried.

Now after over two decades of medical cannabis use, she has outlived five of her support groups and four of her neurologists.  The medical marijuana amendment proposed in Florida is named for Cathy Jordan and enjoys seventy percent support among the people in Florida in a recent poll.

Source: RadicalRuss.Com


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Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.


  1. Paul DeCelle on

    Well, I didn’t curse him out or make any threats. I did call him out for sending thugs with guns and badges after a wheelchair-bound elderly woman suffering with a terminal disease who has found that cannabis eases her symptoms. Told him he has no human decency or compassion, and ripped him for selectively targeting this poor woman solely because she’s publicly advocating for a medical marijuana bill in Florida.

    We probably get taken a bit more seriously if we avoid the personal insults and name-calling, but I know – It’s SO tempting..

  2. can i get in trouble for sending him a fuck up email which would be something along the lines of cursing him out, saying i could beat his ass, …i banged his wife and mom, …he’s a pussy, …his dads a pussy, his kid’s definitely a pussy blah blah blah?

  3. Tony A. Clymer on

    I would simply add that instead of focusing on the Sheriff, re-direct that anger and frustration into action by emailing, writing or calling the Florida state legislators to let them know that now is the time to enact medical cannabis legislation in Florida and that you expect them to support the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act.

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