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updated: Sep 05, 2013, 9:01 AM
By Eric Bjorklund
One of your readers of the August 30, 2013, article concerning Eradication of Marijuana with a Sheriff's
Helicopter asked, "What ever happened to Bjorkland and his grow on 154?"
Eric Bjorklund ( spelled Bjorklund) is standing strong on his right, as a patient, to cultivate and distribute
medical marijuana to seriously ill Californians. Mr. Bjorklund will not take a plea bargain. He is forcing
the hand of the government to prove their case.
Mr. Bjorklund expects to be made whole.
Eric Bjorklund was arrested by Detective Welch in October, 2010. Detective Welch cut down and chipped
500 medical marijuana plants that Mr. Bjorklund was legally growing under the Medical Marijuana
Program in the State of California. Welch also confiscated 9 dirt bikes, 5 legally registered firearms, a
Porche vehicle, and over $13M of medical marijuana agricultural product.
Eric Bjorklund remains steadfast as a defendant in case 1350611. The marijuana case was filed almost 3
years ago. The District Attorney of Santa Barbara, Joyce Dudley, is failing to accurately define the
medical marijuana laws. Specifically, Joyce Dudley is unable to clearly interpret the Attorney General
Guidelines that concern "collectives", "reasonable compensation", and "for-profit". If the Santa Barbara
District Attorney fails to beyond-a-reasonable-doubt define Medical Marijuana laws, then she must
make Mr. Bjorklund whole. In other words, when the District Attorney fails to meet its burden, the
government will indemnify Mr. Bjorklund for the illegally seized property valued at over Thirteen Million
The warrant for probable cause is under motion to be quashed. On September 16, 2013, at 1:30 pm in
Dept. SM7, a motion to quash the warrant will be heard by Judge Flores in Santa Maria.
As you know, Kamala Harris has stated that the marijuana laws are ambiguous. And John Vasconsellos,
the state representative who authored the 420 bill that produced the legislation of the Medical
Marijuana Program, wrote a letter stating that the law does not authorize nor condemn the cultivation
and distribution of marijuana for profit. He explains in his letter that if the legislature had intended to
prohibit profit, it would have clearly stated so.
So, now you may answer your interested subscriber's question, "What happened to Bjorklund?"
If you would like more details about the case, Robert Sanger is the defense attorney handling it. You can
arrange a meeting with him and I will be there.
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