Pot advocate plans run for Whitman Co. sheriff | People
COLFAX, WA - A 51-year-old marijuana advocate says he is making plans to run for Whitman County Sheriff in the 2014 election. Michael Adam Assenberg recently had drug charges associated with a May 2011 drug raid dropped by the Prosecutor's Office, and the property - including marijuana - was returned to him under court order. Assenberg says he is already working on building his office staff and has secured a backer who will pay the filing fee for him to enter the race.
"I am doing this because I am tired of the rights of the public being violated. When the public votes on an issue, it should be honored and the Constitution of Washington should be protected over the whims of the Federal Government, who cares more about protecting big business," Assenberg told Big Country News Connection.
Assenberg says he will be on stage at the Moscow Hempfest on April 20 "to let the general public in on this, and will be working at that time to bring on board the Students of WSU to make my win a landslide."
The Whitman County Sheriff's Office earlier this month returned 82 marijuana plants, dried marijuana, paperwork, and other items that were seized during a Quad Cities Drug Task Force raid at Assenberg's Colfax home nearly two years ago. He had been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, and two counts of delivery of marijuana, but the prosecutor's office dropped the felony drug case against him in early January after the Washington State Court of Appeals overturned a similar case in Spokane County.
Assenberg is also preparing to begin a lawsuit against Whitman County, the Quad Cities Drug Task Force, and the State of Washington for the raid, and says he will be seeking $6 million in damages. He plans to eventually sue the Drug Enforcement Administration, Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Justice based upon the Controlled Substances Act, which states that marijuana has no accepted medicinal value in treatment in the U.S., despite the fact that a total of 18 states and the District of Columbia now have medical marijuana laws in place.