Green Aid continued to support Eddy Lepp.
In October 2009, Ed Rosenthal was traveling through Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, CA when he witnessed the arrest of Robert Wooster, a patient in a wheelchair who had been traveling with medicine. Arresting officers forced Wooster out of the chair and made him walk, although he was in severe pain. Through Ed’s Blog, Rosenthal reached out to Wooster. They got in contact with each other and Green Aid secured Allison Margolin to take his case. All charges were dropped.
Additionally, Ed has judicially challenged several airports when his medicine has been confiscated, as a result, patients can now fly safe through many California airports.
In May 2010, in response to the SWAT raid that went viral on Youtube.com, Executive Director, Ed Rosenthal and Media Coordinator Angela Bacca as well as 94 others filed official complaints with the Columbia, Missouri Police Department. A police investigation determined the officers should be exonerated. Ed and Angela were the first to file an official appeal and grabbed headlines in mid-Missouri regarding the appeal.
On August 4th, 2010, the Civilian Police Review Board heard their appeal and rejected it in a 4:3 vote. The deciding vote by boardmember Steve Weinberg was made with a “troubled mind”. In accordance to City Policy, Angela and Ed filed a formal appeal with City Manager Bill Watkins on August 28, 2010. In September, Watkins rejected the appeal.
Shortly after the appeal was rejected, the Whitworth family, the raid’s victims, filed a lawsuit against the City of Columbia as well as all the individual officers involved in the violent and traumatizing raid.
Green Aid worked with and formed continuing alliances with citizen groups in Columbia and throughout Missouri, including, CoMo Citizens, Mizzou NORML, Americans for Forfeiture Reform and Keep Columbia Free.
Green Aid is currently working with these groups on legislation for the next election cycle.
Green Aid raised funds and memebers personally donated to Eddy Lepp’s health and well-being in Lompoc Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc, California. About $500 were paid to his prison commissary, and Media Coordinator, Angela Bacca, visited Eddy in prison and publicized through an article appearing in several international cannabis related magazines. Green Aid continues to work with the Lepp Family to publicize a pending appeal and hopes to see Eddy on the outside soon.
Eugene Davidovich is a US Navy Veteran who was arrested in the Operation Green Rx raids in San Diego, California. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis sought to arrest and incarcerate Davidovich for legally distributing medicine to patients. Green Aid worked to promote the raise defense funds. Davidovich was acquitted, and now heads San Diego Americans for Safe Access.