Texas district attorney renegs on medical marijuana plea deal
Jeremy Bourque, an epilepsy patient in Texas, was raided for growing three marijuana plants last year. A recent pre-trial diversion deal that was offered to him which allowed him to continue consuming marijuana in a medicinal capacity has been rescinded.
The deal would have put Bourque on probation for a year and require him to submit to monthly drug tests, though he would be exempt from testing positive for marijuana.
Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham’s office made the deal and signed it, however Wortham did not read it beforehand.
A statement from the district attorney’s office was released, saying “An order for pre-trial diversion had been tendered to attorney Dustin Galmor and his client, Jeremy Bourque, with provisions that had not been previously reviewed or approved by District Attorney, Bob Wortham. After review the pretrial offer has been withdrawn and the case placed on the trial docket. Correct application of Texas law is paramount regardless of a defendant’s alleged medical marijuana issues.”
Bourque spoke with Texas Cannabis Report, saying “I’m saddened that I cannot participate in the pretrial diversion program. But I understand the position the District Attorney must take in upholding Texas law. I commend the DA for working with me up to this point, and I hope that we can resolve this case in a way that benefits everyone involved.”
He adds, “Overwhelming medical research proves medical marijuana is a very effective treatment for epilepsy. The National Epilepsy Foundation supports the rights of patient’s access to medical marijuana, and that it shouldn’t depend on your zip code. 24 States allow medical marijuana. 12 additional States allow CBD oil. Only 14 States prohibit marijuana and cbd oil medical use. Unfortunately, Texas is 1 of the 14.”
Bourque concluded with stating, “I’ve lived in Southeast Texas my whole life. I’m proud to be a Texan and I love my community. Choosing between my life and the only place I know as home will be the most painful decision I have ever had to make. I pray that the Texas legislature addresses the issue of medical marijuana in the upcoming legislation this May.”
By: Stephen Carter
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