On July 3rd, an event is being held for Arizona medical marijuana patient Chris Martin who’s pre-trial hearing is on July 7th in Yavapai County. Martin, a celebrated chef and the founder of Billy Zonka’s Edibles and the ZonkaGear clothing line, is facing more than 125 years in prison for creating marijuana edibles.
This case has generated national attention because of the severe punishment being sought after in a country and state where the stance on marijuana is turning towards legalization. Creating marijuana edibles and concentrates was illegal in 2012 when Martin was arrested, but nevertheless, it’s still a wonder why a life sentence is being sought after by Arizona authorities.
In conjunction with Safer Arizona and The Human Solution East Valley, Martin will be holding a press conference at Up in Smoke smoke shop in Tempe to educate the public on the rights of defendants charged with marijuana offenses.
The panel will discuss the struggles medical marijuana patients face when prosecuted and what protections are needed to be built into the upcoming 2016 citizens’ initiative for marijuana legalization in Arizona. Safer Arizona, Arizona’s marijuana reform PAC, sponsored the 2014 Arizona marijuana legalization initiative and is currently working with the marijuana reform group, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), on the public outreach and drafting phases of the 2016 Arizona marijuana legalization campaign.