Cancer Patients Prosecuted for Marijuana because… Butter

A state with legalized medical marijuana prosecutes cancer patients for consuming it in butter instead of smoking.

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A former sheriff of Kent County Michigan suffered a “sudden death” Sunday. As far as I can tell from the story and the linked articles, “sudden death” is a euphemism for suicide.

The attorney for a former Kent County sheriff’s sergeant facing drug charges called the man’s sudden death Sunday “tragic” after more than two decades of faithful law enforcement service in the county.

Timothy Bernhardt, 49, spent 22 years with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and was most recently a sergeant. He was forced to give up his job when he pleaded guilty in October to a reduced charge of maintaining a drug house, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Sentencing was slated for Dec. 11.

I’ve heard of drug dealers on the police force who use their law enforcement authority to get away with their crimes. If that was going on here, then I wouldn’t feel too sorry for the man.

But weirdly, other law enforcement officers, rather than feeling betrayed by him, expressed great respect for the man. Berhardt’s defense attorney, Matthew Newberg, gave an odd report to the media:

Bernhardt, Newberg said, was proud of his longtime service with the sheriff’s department and his career in law enforcement. Others also thought highly of him. The day of Bernhardt’s guilty plea, as he left the courtroom, he was embraced by other sheriff’s deputies waiting outside.

“That speaks volumes to his character and his legacy,” Newberg said.

So what’s the deal? Do these deputies pal around with convicted drug dealers?

No, they pal around with people who are being tortured and ruined by psychopath prosecutors.

Bernhardt’s guilty plea came after the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team on March 17 raided the Belmont home of Timothy and Alyssa Scherzer, who were acting as medical marijuana caregivers.

Police said Timothy Scherzer was acting as a medical marijuana caregiver for sheriff’s deputies Michael Frederick and Todd VanDoorne, and for Christine Tennant, the wife of Deputy Brian Tennant. Alyssa Scherzer was the caregiver for Bernhardt, of Rockford.

The four corrections employees were receiving packaged marijuana butter. The butter is made by heating ground cannabis buds and butter on a stovetop. The plant matter is then strained, and the butter can be used in cooking and as a spread.

Though Frederick, Bernhardt and VanDoorne had medical marijuana cards, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act does not protect patients who consume edibles, such as the marijuana butter.

Local attorney Bruce Block earlier called the case a “witch hunt” over a “hyper-technicality” in the law. The men made an “inadvertent mistake,” Block said.

Tennant and Bernhardt accepted identical plea deals. As part of the deal, both were forced to resign and would have to testify against VanDoorne and Frederick in any further court proceedings.

I would love to know if Bernhardt’s “sudden death” occurred after he was informed that he would have to give testimony.

This story reminds me of something that Albert Jan Nock wrote about his intellectual development:

Once, I remember, I ran across the case of a boy who had been sentenced to prison, a poor, scared little brat, who had intended something no worse than mischief, and it turned out to be a crime. The judge said he disliked to sentence the lad; it seemed the wrong thing to do; but the law left him no option. I was struck by this. The judge, then, was doing something as an official that he would not dream of doing as a man; and he could do it without any sense of responsibility, or discomfort, simply because he was acting as an official and not as a man. On this principle of action, it seemed to me that one could commit almost any kind of crime without getting into trouble with one’s conscience.

[See also, “Cop: If You Won’t Answer Me You Must be Guilty.”]

I’d love to think that the judge planned a suspended sentence, but I have no confidence that was the case.

Our law enforcement system shows itself to be demonic over and over again in just about every state of the union as well as at the Federal level.