Hola everybody,

This is a interesting tidbit of U.S. law that I think everybody (at least in the states) should know. It can't save your butt directly, but could give you the oppertunity to save another smoker's keester.

It comes from Marijuana Law by Richard Glen Boire "second ed. & update. pub. 1996"

This is from the 4th Circuit Court: "If the jury feels the law is unjust, we recognize the undisputed power of the jury to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by a judge, and contrary to the evidence.... If the jury feels that the law under which the defendant is accused is unjust, or that exigent circumstances justified the actions of the accused, or for any reason which appeals to their logic or passion, the jury has the power to aquite, and the courts must abide by that decision. (United States v. Moylan [4th Cir. 1969] 417 F.2d 1002.)"

Now the Court also desided that no jury should ever be told of this power or else it would cause lawlessness by negating the rule of law.

What this means for us however, is that you can let someone off the hook for a cannabis related crime (if you can convince the rest of the jury), or at least cause a "hung jury" (an non-unanimouse decicion of of innocence or guilt). The defendant can however be retried by the government with another jury, IF it chooses to. That could be a BIG "if" for someone.