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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Delaware crime: Mother, son face weapons, drug charges

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How would SB 94 address the fact that all of Delaware's ganja arrests are like this?

SB 94 will dismantle an existing affirmative defense that protects ALL patients. SB 94 does not address that patients simply are not being arrested in Delaware. In fact, everyone arrested is either through an arrest incident to another crime, or incident to a traffic stop of some sort. No one is arrested for ganja alone in Delaware. Why would any rational person want to pass a bill that would undo that?
 
I repeat a question that any rational person should be asking; exactly how will SB 94 separate ganja from such a major problem as a parolee illegally holding weapons? What, exactly, did the mom's possession of ganja have to do with any of the other issues in this raid?
 
While I think there could be a problem with the illegal sleeping pills, why should mom be charged with ganja crime? That would be like looking in mom's refrigerator and charging her with possession of celery or lettuce, or looking in her purse and charging her with possession of tobacco products (except for the obvious fact that tobacco is dangerous while ganja is not).
 
Senate Bill 94, being advertised as a medical marijuana bill, is nothing but a stalking horse meant to eliminate the present affirmative defense that is stopping all patient arrests, and SB 94 is meant to encourage more ganja arrests of recreational and religious consumers.
 
I still await any rational response to my question; Why, exactly, would any rational person support SB 94, which will be a step backwards 40 years?
 
In fact, I've not had any response to the question. I guess I must be right.
 
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December 5, 2009

Delaware crime: Mother, son face weapons, drug charges

By TERRI SANGINITI
The News Journal

A 25-year-old New Castle area man and his 44-year-old mother were arrested after a cache of weapons and drugs were found Thursday in their home, police said.

Michael T. Read Jr. and Roberta Read were arrested about 8:45 p.m. in their home in the first block of Roxeter Road in the Castle Hills community.

Michael Read, a convicted felon, was charged with 16 counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and related offenses.

Roberta Read was charged with 16 counts of possession of a deadly weapon during a felony and four other offenses. .

According to court records, Michael T. Read was arrested by Department of Natural Resource officers for having a firearm and ammunition.

The shotgun belonged to Read's father, who assured probation and parole officers in 2007 that his son "could not get to the weapons while in the residence," police said in court records.

Michael Read is on probation and prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.

Officers seized four handguns, 12 rifles, four knives, five bows and several hundred rounds of ammunition in the master bedroom of the home, said New Castle County Police Senior Cpl. Trinidad Navarro.

Officers also confiscated three bags of marijuana containing 7 grams and 11 illegally prescribed narcotic sleeping pills also packaged in a bag and belonging to Roberta Read.

Roberta Read's 3-year-old granddaughter was in the house at the time of the raid, Navarro said.

Michael Read was committed to Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Roberta Read was released on unsecured bail, Navarro said.

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009912050335

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