Todd Stimson owns Blue Ridge Medical Cannabis Research Corporation (BRMCRC). His company has a mission to determine which strains of marijuana are most effective for medical patients. His company has been operating publicly for almost a decade and has been paying taxes consistently along the way. The only problem is that the state of North Carolina says cannabis has no medicinal value and is illegal to grow and possess in the state.
The business was raided recently and patients no longer have access to the non-toxic medicine they need. On July 11, 2013 several dozen officers from the Fletcher police department and SWAT team raided Todd’s home and confiscated all of his medicinal plants.
Todd attended the Charlotte NORML chapter meeting two weeks later and told the story of how his children had rifles pointed at them during the raid. He found out that the only danger in possessing marijuana (a non-toxic plant with no recorded deaths from overdose) is from the government and its prohibition of the plant.
Members in attendance said Stimson’s story reminded them of the recent documentary produced by Brad Pitt entitled “The House I Live In”. The film is an expose on the continues dangers of the failed drug war. The local Charlotte National Public Radio station discussed this documentary recently.
Stimson has been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance; felony marijuana possession; possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and maintaining a place for controlled substances.
He faces up to 10 years in prison.
One of Stimson’s clients is a cancer survivor who goes by the name Ziggy. When asked about the raid of BRMCRC, Ziggy said he didn’t know what to do. “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Todd. He gave me medical cannabis as a treatment for my cancer. He helped me dial in the right strain. I went from being skinny and bald [from the cancer and treatments] to being big with long hair today. I don’t know what I’m going to do now.”
Stimson filed the Articles of Incorporation for BRMCRC, has a state and federal EIN number (tax id), and a privilege license for the “art of healing”. The business has been buying marijuana tax stamps from the North Carolina Department of Revenue, so the tax revenue portion of the business has been taken care of. Even though the state of North Carolina sells marijuana tax stamps, it still considers anyone who grows the plant to be guilty of a felony.
This Friday, August 2nd will be Stimson’s first hearing. It will be held at the Henderson County Courthouse. Anyone who is supportive of the Blue Ridge Medical Cannabis Research Corporation’s mission – to find appropriate strains of cannabis for patients in need – should come out in support. The court hearing and demonstration rally will be at 8am.
Henderson County Courthouse
200 N Grove St, Suite 163
Hendersonville, NC 28792
If you are supportive of medical marijuana in the state of North Carolina (or anywhere) please consider making the time to show support for Todd at the Henderson County Courthouse this Friday morning.
He needs our help.