Charlie Lynch tried to help the people in his community who suffered chronic and terminal illnesses. The people of his state approved medical marijuana, but the Feds put him in jail anyway. That was 2007. He was on house arrest, trapped like an animal in a cage the size of his home. It’s been four years, and he’s still waiting on an appeal to the 9th Circuit court. The gears of injustice grind slowly, chewing up Charlie Lynch day by day.
The State gave him permission. He joined the Chamber of Commerce. He even called the DEA. The outrageous contradictions swirling around the medical marijuana issue are explored in this new documentary film that features the story of local San Luis Obispo businessman Charlie Lynch, who tried to do the right thing but ended up losing everything.
Back in the bad old days of law school, I talked with Charlie a few times for a paper I was trying (and failing spectacularly) to write about federalism. He was a kind and gentle man, and what was happening to him broke my heart. It still does today.