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Medicinal Marijuana Lawsuit Only Includes 9 People

So finally the local newspaper(s) picked up on the story that the county of Hawaii was being sued by a medicinal marijuana user that I initially confirmed by the mayors office almost 2 weeks ago.

Of course… our newspaper has an apparent fact wrong:

…Michael Ruggles, 53, has filed a civil lawsuit against the county, seeking $4.5 million for “monetary damages and personal duress.” His lawsuit names 10 county officials, but Ruggles lays special blame at the feet of former vice officer John Weber…

From the paperwork I saw… it’s only 9 people total.

This makes sense to me as each county employee is insured up to $500,000.

Nine employees times $500,000 equals $4.5 Million if my numbers are correct.

Some folks have said… geez, why sue the county when the county is broke?  Well, each county employee is insured for acts that are covered by their lack of county protocol for up to $500,000.

Sounds to me like there was a lack of protocol and Mr. Ruggles is allowed his day in court to prove that.

I have known Mike on and off for the last decade or so as we were both elected as Student Governor Senators for HawCC and he is one of the most honest guys I know.

I know he has arthritis and gout, I know, that he has a card for smoking dope, and I also think I know him well enough to know that he wouldn’t do something stupid to put his life in jeopardy.

I truly think that Mr. Ruggles has every right to sue the county for what he is suing them for.

If our police can’t abide by the rules and protect law abiding citizens… who should we turn to?

Dear Mayor Kenoi and Mr. Bishop… Re: Lawsuit Against 9 County Officials

I sent off the following email to Mayor Kenoi and Hawaii County Public Information Officer Hunter Bishop tonight and I’ll be very interested in the response I get:

Dear Mayor Kenoi and Mr. Bishop,

It is my understanding that there has been a lawsuit filed against the Mayor and 8 others regarding a Marijuana related raid at a house in Fern Acres a few years ago.

It is my understanding (and I have seen the paperwork that was allegedly filed) that the lawsuit is for $4.5 million dollars.

Can you please confirm or deny that this lawsuit has been filed in the interest of public knowledge?

Sincerely,

Damon Tucker

Mayor Kenoi and 8 Others Sued for 4.5 Million Dollars… Medicinal Marijuana Raid

It is my understanding that a person who uses marijuana medicinally has filed a 4.5 million dollar lawsuit against Mayor Kenoi, Former Mayor Harry Kim, Hawaii Police Officer Webber and 5 others on April 8th, 2010 relating to a raid made at a house that was growing marijuana for medicinal purposes and they had the medical cards to prove it.

Anyone else hear anything about this lawsuit?