In a state where medical and recreational cannabis is still completely prohibited, a jury found Bridget Kirouac not guilty of cultivating cannabis plants. This heartening example of jury nullification is yet another indication that public opinion is firmly on the side of medical cannabis — and government’s war on drugs is being rejected.
Years ago, Kirouac was prescribed medical cannabis by a doctor in Maine to treat chronic pain where opioids failed. Maine has long acknowledged the healing power of cannabis, enacting their first medical legalization in 1999.
Florida, however, is still in a primitive state regarding medical cannabis, and Kirouac was forced to become a criminal to treat her medical conditions. She cultivated plants to produce her own medicine; for this she was arrested and charged with “manufacturing cannabis.”’