Sep 6, 2012 12:04 AM by Andy Koen
A local leukemia patient who was acquitted earlier this summer of felony drug charges says wants his seized medical marijuana back. Police took over 50 marijuana plants and between five and six pounds of pot from Bob Crouse as evidence when he was arrested last May.
A few weeks after the trial he went to the police to get the drugs back but pot back, he was told he couldn't have them. He's fighting the police and District Attorney's Office in court because he believes it's the right thing to do.
"There's nobody else gonna challenge him," Crouse said, referring to 4th Judical District Attorney Dan May.
Crouse says he needs large amounts of marijuana to make a highly concentrated liquid that he uses to treat the cancer. He points to his blood tests as proof that the cannabis is working.
One symptom of leukemia is elevated levels of certain white blood cells called lymphocytes.
When he was first diagnosed in 2007, Crouse had a lymphocyte count of 22,400 per microliter of blood, whereas his most recent count was 6,500 per microliter. A typical healthy range is considered to be between 1,000 and 2,900 cells per microliter.
"I'm killing all of the cancer in my body with no collateral damage," Crouse said. "There is no healthy cells being killed, it's just the cancer cells."
Crouse's mixture is experimental at best. There is no Food and Drug Administration regulation and the solution isn't sold commercially. One syringe of the drug contains roughly the equivalent of a quarter pound of marijuana.
Since he couldn't buy it, Crouse began making the mixture himself before he was arrested last May.
"It didn't do me any good to have a foundation that could tell me there's a cure but they couldn't help me get it and the only way I could was to be able to grow it," he said.
A spokesperson for the district attorney said we would have to follow up with the police department. We spoke with them late Wednesday evening and they said they are researching the issue. Meanwhile, a hearing over the seized marijuana is scheduled for September 17.