Corruption at Lincoln County, Colorado
Police Seize CBD & CBG Plants, Make Bogus Claims in Hugo
As if violating the law weren’t enough, Captain Yowell and the Hugo police are making scientifically impossible claims about tainted water!
Since legalizing the recreational sale of marijuana in 2014, Colorado has experienced a major economic boom, tax revenues generated from these sales breaking records year after year. Not all the news on this topic has been happy, though, and on October 17, 2017, Captain Yowell and other Hugo police officers raided Baker’s home, charging him with a felony. Hearing this, you may assume that Baker was committing a felony – and in your assumption, you would be incorrect.
Baker was at the time growing CBD and CBG plants, which he used to produce ointments. A strong proponent of medicinal cannabis as a healthier and more effective alternative to pharmaceutical drugs, Baker had been growing such plants for years – and never encountered any problems. It was not anything that he did or said that attracted the police attention either: it was the police officers’ failure to receive training for interacting with medical cannabis patients, training that Baker had personally recommended to the police in 2016. Going so far as to notify Marshal Jesse and Captain Yowell about his grow and asking how to properly grow his meds – and receiving notification of his compliance – Baker is at the center of a case of doing everything right and winning as his reward only punishment and grief.
MMJ Medical Tyranny
Mistakes, of course, happen. In this case, the mistake is a big one, one that puts Baker’s future at hazard. Instead of owning up to the mistake, however, Yowell and his forces have moved forward with their trumped-up charges, receiving due to HB 1221 $4,700 to raid Baker’s home and even going so far as to falsely claim that THC has tainted the Hugo water supply – a claim that crumbles upon scientific scrutiny and the widely-known fact that THC is water insoluble. On top of all that, Baker has announced that he has proof of racial profiling and threats made against his family. The prosecution on the case, despite all this, continues to push forward, without evidence no justice of law.
Baker entered a not guilty plea to the felony charge in November 2017, but he is currently weighing his options and considering an affirmative defense on medical grounds. Fourteen months later, the “fast and speedy trial” guaranteed in the US Constitution seems to be a foreign concept in Hugo – apparently just as foreign as the concepts of law and order and honest governance, the police unwilling to admit liability for their unwarranted raid.