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A jury trial for Cannabis is taking place in Hamilton this week. Jurors are instructed to ignore the evidence and acquit the accused.

An innocent man faces charges this week of cultivation of “500 plants” (stuff, tvnz) of cannabis. Ideally, the jury should be actively biased to acquit the accused no matter how much evidence, thus sending a signal to parliament to speed the passage of cannabis law reform. Nearly at the time limit of 3 years after his arrest in October of 2015, this mans full jury trial is finally set to happen this week at the High Court in Hamilton (Monday 14 to Friday 19 May).

This is a case with no victim, no complainant, and yet he is looking at 3.5 to 5 years according to recent sentence indication. No other people are mentioned in the charges. Yes he may have been able to protect himself, but this is the country remember. The “tip off” in this case was purely the sense of smell. The aroma of cannabis is all that lead to this grow room.

A grass-roots campaign to reach all jury members in Hamilton is thus underway, please help us to get the message out, in the hopes of reaching some members of this jury! A jury trial costs around $100,000, and each year of maximum security prison is $95,000, all of which comes out of tax payers pockets, when in reality he should be able to make produce like any other farmer.

Juries primary role is to protect society from unjust persecution – rare in New Zealand but relevant in this case. Since it has a conscience a jury can nullify a law that it believes is unjust.

Flyer to be handed to the jury each day of court:

500 plants cambridge



Jury Nullification Power!