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our event, we were suddenly informed we needed to hold the event in June or take Hempfest somewhere else. We’ve been, and we still are looking for alternatives to Myrtle Edwards Park. However, there are few venues that are adequate and after many months of meetings we are simply running out of time. We hope we can work with the city to fi nd a workable resolution soon and get back to producing our event,” McPeak added.


The latest updates and info about Hemp- fest 2011 can be found at Hempfest’s Web site at www.hempfest.org


JOVAN JACKSON TO REMAIN FREE ON BAIL WHILE ASA APPEALS HIS CASE


By: Eugene Davidovich


SAN DIEGO - Jovan Jackson, a medical marijuana patient, Navy Veteran, and for- mer operator of San Diego Medical Can- nabis Collective Answerdam, was convict- ed on September 28th, 2010 after he was


tried for the second time in less than a year on the same charges of marijuana posses- sion and sale.


He was convicted in his second trial as a result of being denied a medical marijuana defense by Judge Shore, who claimed that although all were legal patients, since all 1600 members of the collective did not ex- press that their “purpose” was to cultivate, that Jackson did not qualify for the medical marijuana collective defense.


On Wednesday, December 15th 2010 Jackson was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a fi ne. He was scheduled to report to jail on February 1. At that point, Ameri- cans for Safe Access (ASA), the country’s largest medical marijuana advocacy group’s Chief Legal Counsel Joe Elford joined the case.


On Thursday, January 27 Elford was in front of Superior Court Judge Howard H. Shore, along with attorney Lance Rogers, arguing to keep Jovan out of Jail pending the appeal. At the hearing, Deputy DA Chris Lindberg demanded that in accor- dance with California Penal Code 1275 no


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bail should be accepted from the defense unless a judge or magistrate fi nds that no portion of the consideration, pledge, se- curity, deposit, or indemnifi cation paid, given, made, or promised for its execution was feloniously obtained.


Judge Howard Shore agreed with the pros- ecutor and allowed the 1275 hold to stand.


Although Joe Elford was able to get the bail reduced from $180,000 down to $50,000, the 1275 requirement would stand and Jovan would have to now report to Jail on February 15 if he could not make the $50,000 bail.


With the help of Americans for Safe Ac- cess, Excalibur Bail Bonds, Nug Magazine, and others, Mr. Jackson remains free today while we as a community attempt to repair this injustice and allow the man to have a fair trial where he is able to present his en- tire defense to a jury.


For more information, go to: San Diego Americans for Safe Access, www.SafeAc- cessSD.org


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