Former deputies Zak Green and Steven Moody of Winston County, Alabama are filing a wrongful termination suit against Sheriff Hobby Walker, claiming they were fired for not providing Walker with marijuana seized during search warrants.
“Sheriff Walker advised that it was not for himself but for his aunt that was dying of cancer and needed the marijuana to help her with her appetite.”
stated Green and Moody in their lawsuit, filed January 13th, 2016. The deputies made a final delivery to the sheriff on September 23rd, 2015 and were dismissed on November 30th, 2015. They believe it was due to their involvement with the sheriff’s demands.
The first request was allegedly made on May 20th, 2015 with several subsequent requests. They claim that the sheriff himself tried obtaining marijuana on his own through other law enforcement-related seizures but was unsuccessful. Eventually, the two deputies contacted both state and federal agencies seeking assistance, including the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Alabama Attorney General’s office, and the FBI.
Attorney Jay Stover is representing the former deputies, stating,
“They were directed to break the law. Now they have to sue to protect themselves.”
No charges have been filed at this time, but Stover reports, “In Alabama, it’s called distribution, on top of tampering with evidence.”
The search for relief using cannabis has caused many patients and caregivers to resort to extreme measures. Medical marijuana “refugees” seek out states with medical and/or recreational laws when their own state still favors prohibition.
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