Jury Duty is important because it is your constitutional duty. You not only vote on the facts you vote on the law- you vote with your conscious. This is called Jury Nullification- this is your ability to vote not guilty on unjust laws. You are protected by Jury Immunity meaning you can't be punished for your verdict.
So, why is this important? If we the cannabis community started sitting on Jury Duty and educating others about Jury Duty and Jury Nullification and start voting not guilty on ALL cannabis law we can stop the convictions. Jury Nullification occurs when a jury in a criminal case reaches a verdict contrary to the weight of evidence, sometimes because of a disagreement with the relevant law
Are you registered to vote?
No- this mean you may not get your summons to serve on Jury Duty if you are not a registered voter. Why?
How are potential jurors picked?
They are randomly selected from sources that may include various lists, such as voter registration lists and lists of licensed drivers and identification cardholders
Jury Nullification = Jury Nullification of law
There are no educational or skill requirements. Juries are made up of people from all walks of life; they are supposed to reflect the community. Jurors are asked to remain impartial during the trial, weigh the evidence presented to them, apply the applicable law and attempt to reach a verdict.
Now that you are a potential juror you still need to be picked to sit on jury duty. Now you will be dismissed by the judge is
- Formed an opinion about the case.
** This means you cannabis activist will be asked if you can convict someone for a cannabis crime. Don't think to hard about this question, don't lie, just limit your responses- stick to yes or no. Less is better. This process is also called voir dire. A panel of prospective jurors is randomly selected, sent to a courtroom and given an oath to tell the truth.
Once you become a juror- sit patiently through the whole case. Don't mention Jury Nullification or Jury Immunity. Don't get caught up in the prosecutor making claims about making millions of dollars, or plant count in the thousands, or 5 pounds of cannabis, or the fire-arms we are legally allowed to have under our constitution, don't fall for the money laundering, conspiracy, trafficking, or manufacturing charges you are going to hear. Remember, that everyone in the court-room including you except for ONE person is being paid- that is the defendant. Remember always, that he/she is innocent and has to be proven guilty by the prosecution- they have the burden of proof.
Ultimately, remember that NO-ONE BELONGS IN JAIL FOR A PLANT.