A popular Catalan activist faces two years in jail for planting medical marijuana

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Dozens of people accompanied the medicinal marijuana grower Josep Pàmies on the last day of the trial

The horticulturist and activist in favor of cannabis legalization, Josep Pàmies, faces a possible sentence of two years of jail and a fine of 16,000 euros after the Catalan police found dozens of plants of marijuana in a greenhouse of his property in 2014. The case was remitted for decision last Thursday in the courts of the city of Lleida.

In this last act, Pàmies was accompanied by fifty people who in front of the court deployed a banner with the motto “Punish who helps is not to impart justice.” Some patients who use medical marijuana were present at the concentration. Pàmies was calm and assured that he has not committed any crime neither regrets his actions.

According to his lawyer, the horticulturist yielded the land of his property so that 46 people of the association Sweet Revolution could cultivate marijuana for therapeutic uses. The horticulturist described as “inhuman and unfair” the fact that the use of the plant is not allowed despite documented evidence of its properties to help many sick people. And he assures he has never earned money with those plants.

As an act of solidarity with Josep Pàmies, the association Sweet Revolution encourages those who want to cultivate a marijuana plant and offer it for free to people who need it to solve health problems: cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson, osteoarthritis, arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Today we reissue a video we filmed at the beginning of all this process, when we went to Balaguer, Josep Pàmies hometown, and where he did his first declaration in the local court after the seizure of the marijuana plants in his land.

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