Jason Hume and his girlfriend Jordanna Colby live in Fletcher, NC, a very rural part of Western North Carolina. The two were arrested by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office in May on felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell and distribute, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. The only problem with the charges is there was absolutely no smokable marijuana plant matter in their possession.
In North Carolina, marijuana arrests alone, total in the tens of thousands each year. The result of such a tyrannical practice is morally innocent people like Colby and Hume, losing their freedom over pieces of a plant.
While the rest of the country, 29 states at last count, has passed legislation legalizing marijuana in some form or another, North Carolina continues to celebrate its marijuana arrests.
Aside from kidnapping and caging people for possessing a plant, North Carolina also conducts unconstitutional driver’s license checkpoints. It was at one of these tyrannical stops where the couple was nabbed.
Hume and Colby didn’t submit to the driver’s license checkpoint but were told to “get the f**k out of the car.” The driver’s license checkpoint was held in the early morning hours, of May 1, and that’s when authorities say they discovered 500 cannabis seeds, separated into 50 packets, like pumpkin seeds can be found in any general store.
Hume tells the Free Thought Project that he ordered the marijuana seeds legally off the internet and was told not to allow the seeds to germinate, which he didn’t. He was simply keeping the seeds as a souvenir until he could relocate to a state where he could legally grow cannabis.
Police also found cash in the truck, which gives them, according to the law, probable cause to seize the funds. “I had about $800 in cash in my wallet. My girlfriend had about $200 in hers. They took all of that and we haven’t gotten any of that back.”
Interestingly enough, the police also confiscated cannabidiol (CBD) which is legal in the State of NC. “I wonder if they’re not familiar with the laws of their own state,” Hume said.
The couple was considering taking up residence in North Carolina, but now they’re looking for a more cannabis-friendly state. Holding up those relocation plans, however, is the county’s decision to prosecute the two.
Hume admits he’s had one other possession charge and is seeking the counsel in how he should proceed with the new more serious felony charge he’s facing.
He’s really hoping to plea bargain for reduced charges and said having a felony conviction will hurt his chances to get into the legal cannabis industry, in some other state, as most states require budtenders to be felony-conviction free.
As it stands, Hume has a court date of July 19th. Until then, he cannot leave the State of North Carolina. He currently works as a cook at a restaurant in Asheville where his girlfriend Jordanna, is an assistant general manager.