From its description as seemingly a small, nasty bag of dried up bammer weed, most stoners wouldn't have missed it. Most stoners, however, are not 47-year-old John C. Worthington of Renton. This pot patriot had marched into a King County Courthouse on Oct. 14, plopped out his dimebag of schwag into the key tray in front of the metal detectors and when sheriff's deputies raised their eyebrows, told them that pot is not illegal and to arrest him if he was wrong. They let him go, but took his herb. He'd like it back now.
Worthington fancies himself a marijuana rights activist of the purest kind. He has a medical pot card and could easily whip it out and fight whatever charge the county trumps up. But even if he is charged (and he hasn't been yet), he says he won't bring up his medical license.
Rather, he plans on arguing marijuana's legality for everyone, license or not.
It's been deemed to have medical value, he'll say, therefore any law that deprives it of someone is a sham and should be stricken immediately.
Worthington isn't a stranger to stalemates with Johnny Law over weed. In fact, he's a friend of Steve Sarich, the eccentric, cop taunting, shootout having, lawsuit filing medical pot activist profiled by Seattle Weekly ace reporter Nina Shapiro in May.
Worthington's house was raided in 2007, on the same day Sarich's was too, in a large sting operation that targeted the patients of the CannaCare network served out of Sarich's house.
Then, police took six plants from him, but never charged him. That royally pissed him off and he told the PI at the time:
"They went after me because I'm an activist, and I've been terrorized out of growing I can't have my kids frisked like they're criminals. That was disgusting. I'm not Al Capone -- I'm a dad."
He's got a similar tune with the current dope grab too. Saying (somewhat confusingly) that the cops:
"...can't win in a court of law. They can only not like the decision that should be made, and make a political one."
Only this time when he speaks his mind he'll have the ear of King County Superior Court Judge Barbara Mack.
The case is scheduled for Jan. 14.