Some people are natural healers, whether by disposition, design or desire. They follow their path and, in most cases, make the world a better place.
Jessica Andreavich is one such person. In fact, she is known as the Robin Hood of Delaware’s medical marijuana community.
For years, as an activist and MMJ cardholder, Jessica made edibles, oils and creams to help people with ailments like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
And she gave them away… for free.
Delaware, the first state in the union with a population of under one million people, has registered around 1,800 medical marijuana patients since it was legalized in 2011 and possession was decriminalized in 2015.
Although state law permits MMJ patients to share marijuana with fellow cardholders, as long as it doesn’t surpass the six ounce limit, the cops took a different view on Jessica’s compassionate giveaways and decided she was a drug-dealing felon who gamed the system.
According to an interview with DelawareOnline, Jessica only recently started charging people and only enough money to cover the cost of processing the marijuana and making the edibles, garnering little to no profit for herself.
But the minute money and weed were exchanged between those not permitted to legally use MMJ, Jessica was busted and found guilty of drug-dealing and conspiracy.
She had sold five gummy bears and a bottle of tincture to an undercover detective, for a fraction of what they would have cost in a dispensary.
Doesn’t this sound like entrapment?
The undercover cop posed as a struggling veteran suffering from PTSD. He showed Jessica a valid veteran’s card and said he applied but had not yet been approved for an MMJ card.
According to national data from the Veterans Administration, 22 veterans commit suicide each day due to mental health disorders, so shouldn’t Jessica’s act of kindness be rewarded rather than punished?
Furthermore, how dare a cop impersonate a U.S. military veteran suffering from PTSD?
Jessica was sentenced to one year of probation and community service.
“I’ve always known that if they (Delaware’s MMJ program) decided to turn me in, I’d go to jail over this,” said Jessica, a former employee of one of Delaware’s only two dispensaries and the only places where it is legal to purchase MMJ.
“But it was not designed to make money,” added Jessica who says state dispensaries charge patients too much money.
Hence, Jessica mission to make medical marijuana more affordable for the poor.
“This sounds like somebody who has a real humanitarian spirit,” said Dr. David Bearman, a renowned clinical medical cannabis expert for over 40 years. “Frankly, I think that law enforcement has better things to do with their time.”
We couldn’t agree more.