NH Cop Refusing to Arrest Medical Cannabis Users!

Brad JardisFrom Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Member Brad Jardis, a 10+ year veteran of the NH police force (and probably the most courageous cop I’ve ever known):

Hello everyone.

As you all know, I have been cleared for duty and will be reporting back shortly. I have been re-reading the NH Constitution carefully so that when I return I am well versed.

I have come to a conclusion in reading the document I am sworn to defend: It is unconstitutional for the state to take action against a sick person who decides to use Marijuana to treat a medical condition.

I will never arrest a person who possesses, uses, grows marijuana to treat a medical condition……. and neither should any other NH LEO who intends follow his or her oath. I won’t even take it from them.

Legal argument in support of my declaration (quite simple):

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1. Short of fellating the entire NH General Court and the Governor, political activists in this state have done everything to present FACTUAL evidence to support allowing sick people to use a natural substance to ease suffering. I personally have begged the General Court to not make me arrest sick people.

2. Chief DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young ruled in 1988:

“Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary, and capricious for the DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of the substance.”

3. Fourteen other states (and DC) allow the sick and dying to use Marijuana as medicine to alleviate suffering.

4. Article 10 of the NH Constitution reads as follows:

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[Art.] 10. [Right of Revolution.] Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

5. Government prosecuting a sick person for using a scientifically proven safe substance does not “benefit,” or “protect(…),” any community.

6. Government prosecuting a sick person for using a scientifically proven safe substance IS in-fact the emolument of a class of men: pharmaceutical companies. This is proven by evidence of pharmaceutical companies fighting against medical Marijuana laws. You cant grow Oxycontin in your living room, now can you?

7. A sick person continuing to suffer because a state law forbids them to use a scientifically proven safe therapeutic substance IS “absurd.”

8. A sick person continuing to suffer because a state law forbids them to use a scientifically proven safe therapeutic substance IS “slavish.”

9. A sick person continuing to suffer because a state law forbids them to use a scientifically proven safe therapeutic substance IS “destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.”

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Conclusion: I won’t do it. Ever. Take your unconstitutional law and stuff it.

You know who I am, you know where I work, and I am not afraid of any of you. My word, my oath, is to the people: not the tyrants who want them to suffer.

– Bradley

  • http://apathyonline.net Abbie

    According to the Keene Sentinel, Maxfield also refuses to arrest medical marijuana users.

  • http://ringingliberty.com Paul

    This, for all you lip-service patriots, is what a real one looks like.

    On Monday, millions of people who believe we must never disobey, or refuse to enforce a law even if that law is immoral, and who denigrate any modern person who takes such a stand, will celebrate the historic life of a man who did just that. Are you one of them?

  • Bradley Jardis

    Well that makes two of us.

    Where's the 3rd??????

  • Pat

    Did this to get this article more exposure.
    http://digg.com/d31Fyj7

  • Josh

    Way to go, Brad and Shane. Hopefully others will follow your lead!

  • Peacemaker

    Thanks Bradley(!) for being a Peaceofficer and not a Law Enforcement officer.

  • jamesfreelander

    Here's to all LEO's who will not cage a person that doesn't have a victim.

  • KBCraig

    Brad, I'd gladly be the third, except it would be someone disingenuous: I don't work street LE, so my only contact with marijuana is as contraband inside a prison.

    Even in prison, the only problem with marijuana is its illegality. I've heard more than one officer say they wish it was handed out with chow. Nobody ever had to fight a stoner.

  • Alan Tracy

    Finally an officer who uses common sense over the desire to rack up arrest numbers.Many people have no respect for cops because of their condescending attitude and disrespect for the people they are supposed to serve.Your attitude makes sense,why clog up the legal system with cases that do not benefit the public.

    I'm glad to see you using the quote from Judge Young's finding of facts,everyone should read the finding.

    Here is the conclusion of those findings…

    http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/studi

  • http://www.whynewhampshire.org Keith

    It is good to know that yet another cop in NH feels this way. Maybe there will be a point when all cops in NH feel this way.

  • http://www.dnbmidlands.com MadMart UK

    NO VICTIM NO CRIME !!! FREE UP THE WEED WORLDWIDE !!!

  • Leah

    Wow, I admire this cop's example. If only all law enforcement had the stones he's got. Way to go, man.

  • michael Garcia

    Every officer that refuses to harm people, is an individual that has earned my respect.

  • Storm Crow

    First off, my sincerest THANK YOU to all the officers who are displaying sanity when it comes to cannabis! And the rest of you- have you ever wondered what cannabis can treat medically? Wonder why so many people, including some peace officers, are so passionate about this herb? May I show you why? Please run a search on "Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List" and you will be able to read hundreds of scientific studies and articles about cannabis and how it can heal. Please educate yourself about this remarkably effective and safe medicinal herb. Thank you!

  • Isa

    Way to go, officer Jardis. :)

  • knowa

    Live free or Die please run for Gov.

  • Dr. Jeri

    Run for president. Anyone who can read the Constitution and understand it is doing better than most politicians. Anyone who is brave might be able to look the power mongers in the eye and refuse to be cowed into war and 'too big to fail' idiocy. If he balances his checkbook, he's probably more qualified than anyone presently in government.

  • ray

    I am very proud of you Officer Brad Jarvis…you are an example to us all…Bravo!!!

  • D. Brown

    My hat is off to officer Jardis.

    There is a great difference between legality and morality, it is great to see a police officer practicing what is moral instead of legal.

    We need more like him….many, many more.

  • Joseph

    Okay, so yay for sick people. But would you still arrest people who smoke it for fun? I mean, it's safe, and it's really really really fun. You did say all that stuff about good and happiness. So, are you still going to arrest the recreational users? And if so, would lying about chronic back-pain get them off the hook? Because, let's be real here: there is more to marijuana than its medical uses.

  • herbalistman

    well im glad theres still a few good cops left. this whoe thing is lame we've had medical marijuana laws since 1996 and people are still getting arrested. i got a ticket this month for less than a gram of my medication even though i gave the officer my state medical marijuana card.

  • Research101

    Hi Bradley! Thank you for standing up for liberty for the constitutional oath that you took. You are a true American patriot. Hopefully more police officers will follow in your footsteps. Keep up the good work and God Bless!

  • Zigaphor

    THIS IS ONE OF THEE GREATEST COPS I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED

    THANK YOU!!!

    YOU ARE A GREAT CITIZEN!!!

    PEACE AND LOVE

    FELLOW REVOLUTIONARY!!

  • Phil E. Drifter

    He's going to catch hell from his fellow officers, probably be forced to move from precinct to precinct because of the 'unspoken code of the boys in blue.' Then he'll 'accidentally' die in a shoot out with some criminal.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    ps It's not a war on (some) drugs it's a war on minorities to replace outlawed slave labor with prison labor. Read tinyurl.com/1mn

    "Well, there it was, you didn't have to look another foot as you went from state to state right on the floor of the state legislature. And so what was the genesis for the early state marijuana laws in the Rocky Mountain and southwestern areas of this country? It wasn't hostility to the drug, it was hostility to the newly arrived Mexican community that used it."

  • knowa

    If the constitution was printed on cannabis paper and signers such George Washington Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin were large grower of cannabis I find it hard to believe that our personal and medical, use is not protected by the Bill of Right and our Constitution.

  • Kelly L. White

    I am so proud of you! Thank you for doing what is right and not what is okay with your superiors or your career. Lord, I feel good to be an American again after having seen this.

    Thank you, Thank you.

    Kelly

  • copleykj

    There are many of us that are very grateful for you actions. Thank you so very much!

  • http://www.glowingfaceman.com/ Glowing Face Man

    Great show. Can our laws please evolve into the 21st century already??

  • Jacqueling Ratliff

    I commend this officer.

  • Temper Bay

    Welcome, Officer Jardis, to the old fashioned world of law enforcement – when we considered it was our responsibility, not just our job, to serve and protect our people, and not the powers that be.

    Your's will be a rocky and hot road but at the end of each day you'll like the man you see in the mirror.

  • Havik

    Kudos Officer Jardis! If only we had more police such as yourself, these lands would be a much better place!

    Viva la Revolucion! lol

  • Ross

    Good on ya, Officer Jarvis. Good to know that there is still one cop that's thinking out there!

  • carl

    Bradley is a HERO ! ! !

  • Lpviper

    Hopefully my kids' kids will get to read about this in their history books. The beginning of the end of the police state tyranny of our time.

    Thank you Brad

  • Brian Kerr

    Bradley if LEAP wont have you. Maybe you can find a home here.

    http://www.citizensopposingprohibition.org/

  • lisa a

    This man is very brave and this action is commendable. My question is whether he is sworn to uphold the law or uphold the constitution – or does it equate to the same thing.

    In any case I wish we had more conscientious officers like this one who choose to do the right thing even when it goes against what may be expected.

  • RWW

    "I will never arrest a person who possesses, uses, grows marijuana to treat a medical condition."

    Bravo for being… shall we say… two-thirds principled, but you're still a thug if you arrest someone who possesses, uses, or grows marijuana for recreational use.

  • woodbutcher

    Thank you !! You have given many a patriot in america hope that one day we will have police that respect and up hold the constitution instead of trampling it in the name of a failed war on a plant that cages the sick and dying to protect big pharma co.s profit's and prison gaurd union job's

  • rustman

    For Gods sake, lets hope he can get good legal help. Maybe if we arrest the sick they can get their marijuana through the prison system…

  • Patrick

    When we make laws that do not respect the population, you have a population that does not respect laws, or the individuals that enforce them. This is common ground that marijuana users, medical and recreational stand on and it has been a gigantic waste of resources. Prohibition does not work, marijuana laws need repeal.

  • damian

    Congratulations from Germany, to your fight against senselessly supressive regulations !
    Good to hear there are people like you

  • Kyle

    Why couldn't you pull me over :/

  • theKINGofKEENE

    If pot is so bad, why do so many millions of Americans use it???… If it's so good, why don't more Americans use it???///…Are you "anti-drug", & anti-decriminalization/legalization???…Ask yourself: How many Americans woke up this morning, and said something like this: "Gee, I'd sure like to do some drugs today, but they're illegal, so I guess I won't"???…How many Americans woke up today & said: "I'm gonna do illegal drugs anyway."???…///…If I wanted to D.estroy E.verything A.merican, I could hardly come up with a better idea than the "War on (some)Drugs"…>>>

  • blessed

    This is the best thing I've ever heard

  • Brad

    @RWW

    He may even feel that way about recreational use but to say so publicly would definitely end his career. Most people who are aware of its effects (and non-effects) on the human body have done it at least a few times themselves.

  • ThirdSection

    Officer Jarvis-

    I wish you the best of luck. The change you seek to effect by being is, indeed, possible!

    -a Coloradan