Marijuana Legalization’s Secret Weapon: Jury Nullification
Joe | Dec 21, 2011 | Comments 3
Marijuana legalization will be a long tough road, state by state and at the federal level. But some of you may not know that if enough people in this country decide that cannabis should be legal, no matter what the law says, they can make it so.
The concept is known as Jury Nullification, and has been practiced in this country for more than 150 years.
Simply put, if enough people refuse to convict defendants of marijuana offenses, the laws that prohibit marijuana will fall.
According to Wikipedia, Jury Nullification may have been one of the things that brought down alcohol prohibition.
In the United States, jury nullification first appeared in the pre-Civil War era when juries sometimes refused to convict for violations of the Fugitive Slave Act. Later, during Prohibition, juries often nullified alcohol control laws, possibly as often as 60% of the time. This resistance may have contributed to the adoption of the Twenty-first amendment repealing Prohibition, the Eighteenth amendment.
We have reported on instances of this before, but for now they are few and far between. But the more common it becomes, the quicker it will catch on from coast to coast.
Especially as we sinker deeper into economic malaise and people begin to wonder if we really need to waste money and resources on cannabis offenses.
And be sure to check out our Open Letter on Behalf of 30 Million Cannabis Users and join us in our fight!