Newsbrief: Medical Marijuana Distributor Angers Judge in California 6/28/02

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Bryan James Epis, facing a mandatory ten year sentence for conspiring to manufacture at least 1,000 marijuana plants for medicinal use, has been accused by US District Judge Frank C. Damrell of attempting to influence the jury, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Epis, 35, is allegedly responsible for the distribution of flyers to the jury.

The flyers, which were handed out by medical marijuana activist Jeff Jones, explained to potential jury members the jury nullification doctrine, which holds that jurors have the right to judge the law as well as the facts and that jurors can acquit a defendant or create a hung jury by refusing to convict if a law violates their conscience.

Epis was the founder and supplier of Chico Medical Marijuana Caregivers. His case is the first of a cannabis buyers club in a federal court. Damrell set a hearing for August 1 to determine if Epis was obstructing justice. Jones is also facing possible misdemeanor charges.

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