Submitted By Madison County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Ben Stewart reports the following arrest as it relates to the non-passing of Amendment 2. This arrest occurred the day after elections where Amendment 2 did not obtain the necessary support to allow the legal possession of marijuana for a medical use. This arrest surely reflects the tremendous concerns if Amendment 2 would have passed. Ninety-four percent of Colorado’s medical marijuana recipients simply report pain as their “condition.” Denver, Colorado has more marijuana dispensaries than there are pharmacies, liquor stores, McDonalds restaurants and Starbucks. The American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society have all rejected smoked marijuana as medicine. The following case stemmed from Colorado all the way to Madison. Florida’s Amendment 2 was even less restrictive of Colorado’s.
On Wednesday, Nov. 5, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle traveling in an easterly direction on I-10 for a traffic infraction. Deputies detected the odor of marijuana during the traffic stop and a canine search of the exterior of the vehicle resulted in a positive alert. A probable cause search of the vehicle discovered a Sig Sauer .45 caliber firearm, a black backpack, a blue duffel bag and a red and black locked tool box, all of which contained a total of 272 grams of green marijuana, 275 grams of marijuana extracts in the form of oil, wax and candies and drug paraphernalia to include smoking pipes, grinders and digital scales.
Deputies noted this discovery being unusual in regards to the types of packaging of the illegal substances being medically packaged in canisters and labeled with different marijuana names and weights. The driver claimed to have a Colorado medical card allowing him to have the substances, however the card was simply a V.I.P. card to a dispensary. Deputies informed the driver that regardless if his card was a valid card the substances were illegal in the State of Florida. The driver attempted to explain that he had traveled to Colorado and just wanted to get home in Florida.
The driver, Camron Edwin Russell, 22, of Ponte Vedra, Fl. and the passenger, Kerry Patrick Russell, 24, of Fernandina, Fl. were taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana resin, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of drug paraphernalia.