HISTORIC MEDICAL MARIJUANA TRIAL BEGINS MONDAY, FEB. 23 IN BROWARD COUNTY
WHAT: First medical necessity defense jury trial in Florida is scheduled to be heard in Broward County
WHERE: Broward County Courthouse, Courtroom 4870 (Judge Rothschild), 496 SE 3rd Ave. Fort Lauderdale
WHEN: Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
WHY: Jesse Teplicki, 50, faces a felony count of possession of marijuana following his January 2013 arrest by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Teplicki, who suffers from a severe case of anorexia which suppresses his appetite and makes him nauseous, was arrested last year for the cultivation and possession of 46 marijuana plants. For the first time in Florida history, a jury will get to decide if cannabis was medically necessary in Mr. Teplicki’s case. Typically, these types of cases are decided by a judge.
Mr. Teplicki is being represented by Michael C. Minardi, a partner in the law firm of Kelley Kronenberg. Mr. Minardi has dedicated his legal practice to defending patients who use cannabis for medical purposes for the past decade.