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Publisher of many books about marijuana
Ed Rosenthal (C) is flanked by his wife Jane Klein (L)
and his daughter Justine, after he was sentenced
in Federal Court in San Francisco June 4, 2003.

Showing unexpected leniency, a judge sentenced
'ganja guru' Ed Rosenthal on Wednesday
to a day in jail for growing
the marijuana in violation of federal law.

Rosenthal believed its cultivation was allowed
under California law. 


Reuters -- Tim Wimborne

 

 

Supporters of Ed Rosenthal, the self-proclaimed
'Guru of Ganja' cheer outside the Federal Building
after learning he would walk free from his sentencing
in San Francisco, Wednesday June 4, 2003. 

Rosenthal walked free Wednesday after a federal judge sentenced
him to one day in prison for marijuana conviction.

He could have been sentenced to as much as 60 years behind bars.
Rosenthal's case represented the latest clash between state
and federal authorities over the medical use of marijuana.


(AP Photo/Eric Risberg) 

 

 

Ed Rosenthal walks into the San Francisco
Federal Building with his wife, Jane Klein,
and his 12-year-old daughter, Justine Rosenthal,
before the sentencing hearing. 

Chronicle photo by Frederic Larson 

 

After sentencing, Ed Rosenthal is surrounded
by a throng of supporters, including
a teary-eyed Sonjia Miles. 

Chronicle photo by Frederic Larson 

 

 

 

A supporter cries as she hugs Ed Rosenthal outside court
after he was sentenced to a day in jail,
in San Francisco, June 4, 2003.
Showing unexpected leniency, a judge 
sentenced 'ganja guru' Rosenthal for growing
the marijuana in violation of federal law.

Reuters -- Tim Wimborne

 

 

 

Publisher of many books about marijuana, 
Ed Rosenthal points to the Federal Building 
behind him during a heated speech to members
of the media after he was sentenced in Federal Court
in San Francisco, June 4, 2003.

Showing unexpected leniency, a judge sentenced
'ganja guru' Rosenthal on Wednesday to a day in jail
for growing the drug in violation of federal law.

Reuters -- Tim Wimborne 

 

 

 

Ed Rosenthal, self-proclaimed 'Guru of Ganja,' shouts
while denouncing U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer
outside the federal building in San Francisco,
following his sentencing Wednesday, June 4, 2003.

Rosenthal walked free after Breyer sentenced him
to one day in prison for marijuana conviction.
He could have been sentenced to as much
as 60 years behind bars.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg) 

 

 

Ed Rosenthal, right, self-proclaimed 'Guru of Ganja'
with Holy Hemptress, left, of San Francisco,
celebrates outside the federal building in San Francisco,
after his sentencing Wednesday, June 4, 2003. 

Rosenthal walked free after a federal judge sentenced him
to one day in prison for marijuana conviction.
He could have been sentenced to as much
as 60 years behind bars.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg) 

 

 

 

 

Ed Rosenthal hugs his attorney
Dennis Riordan, left, after the
sentencing hearing. 

Chronicle photo by Frederic Larson 

 

 

Ed Rosenthal, right, self-proclaimed 'Guru of Ganja'
celebrates with his attorney, Dennis Riordan, left,
outside the federal building after his sentencing
in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 4, 2003. 

Rosenthal walked free Wednesday after a federal judge
sentenced him to one day in prison for marijuana conviction. 
He could have been sentenced to as much
as 60 years behind bars.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg) 


 

Ed Rosenthal, right, self-proclaimed 'Guru of Ganja'
embraces Mindy Deveraux, center, of Albany, Calif.,
outside the federal building in San Francisco,
after his sentencing Wednesday June 4, 2003.

Rosenthal walked free after a federal judge
sentenced him to one day in prison for marijuana conviction.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg) 

 

 

 

Ed Rosenthal, center, the self-proclaimed
'Guru of Ganja' walks with his wife,
Jane, left, and daughter, Justine, right,
to the Federal building for sentencing 
in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 4, 2003.

Rosenthal was to be sentenced for
growing marijuana in a highly publicized case
that pits state medical marijuana laws against
a federal ban on cannabis. 

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg) 

 

 

 

Ed Rosenthal, left, the self-proclaimed 'Guru of Ganja'
and his wife, Jane, right, wave before walking
into the Federal building for sentencing in San Francisco, 
Wednesday June 4, 2003.
Rosenthal was to be sentenced for growing marijuana
in a highly publicized case that pits
state medical marijuana laws against
a federal ban on cannabis. 

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg) 

 

 

 

Ed Rosenthal poses with three of his books
he wrote, at his home in Oakland, Calif., 
Tuesday, June 3, 2003. Rosenthal,
the self-proclaimed 'guru of ganja,'
will be sentenced on Wednesday
for growing marijuana in a highly
publicized case that pits
state medical marijuana laws against
a federal ban on pot. 

In February 2002, Rosenthal, 58, 
was arrested of marijuana cultivation. 

(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) 

 

 

 

San Francisco Examiner

June 5, 2003

 

 


 

 

Ed Rosenthal, center, embraces
juror Charles Sackett, right, 
outside a federal courthouse
in San Francisco.

AP Photo
Marcio Jose Sanchez

 

 News Articles -- Ed Rosenthal

Updated 

June 12, 2003

 'Guru of Ganja' Sees Cracks Developing in Laws
 Reefer Madness: Our Current Prohibition
 Dopey Days in America
Medical Pot Clubs Thrive Discreetly
 Marijuana Light
Cannabis Grower To Appeal
 Recovery Plan
 Experts Don't See Rosenthal Pot Case as a Landmark
 Protesters Back Medical Marijuana
 Government Worried by Sentence for Ganja Guru
Twist Ends Medical Marijuana Case
Cooler Heads Rejoice
 Pot Guru Walks
 `Guru's' Tirade on Marijuana Earns Respect
 Rosenthal Is Spared Decades in Prison
 Medicinal Pot's Leader Receives Lenient Sentence
 Rosenthal Gets Slap On Wrist
 Convictions and Conviction
 Marijuana Grower Sentenced To One Day in Prison
Medical Marijuana Activist Free

Dateline NBC -- High Crimes?


He’s a best-selling author who’s caught
in a real-life cliffhanger.
Arrested, accused and convicted
of high crimes, he may be writing
his next chapters in prison.

But the jurors who found him guilty
are now feeling guilty themselves. 


Program Date: February 21, 2003

 

A Marijuana Crusader Defends His Healing Mission

 

 

 

February 21, 2003

SF Examiner Cover

California's state and federal leaders 
are taking steps to make sure that what happened 
to marijuana activist Ed Rosenthal never happens
to anyone else. 

 

 

Medical Pot Bill Rejects Jail

When a Jury Should Just Say No

Trust Buster -- Ascroft Kicks The Dog Again

Should Leave Lawmaking To Lawmakers

Editorial: Safeguarding Prop 215

Judge Just Followed Law in Pot Trial, Expert Said

Pot Case Jurors Call For New Trial

Jurors Say They Were Duped

Medical Pot Advocate Found Guilty

Reluctant Jury Convicts Medical Pot Grower

 

 

 

 

Jurors: We've Been Had 

SF Examiner Cover 

February 6th, 2003


All landscaper Charles Sackett really wanted to do 
was go home to Sebastopol and prune his roses. 

But the soft-spoken foreman of the jury that
convicted marijuana advocate Ed Rosenthal last week
said he couldn't sleep at night if he had. 

 

February 6th, 2003

General Ashcroft Wants You!

The War On Drugs By Mark Fiore

Medical Marijuana Cartoon By Mark Fiore

Medical Pot Shots

 

Pot-TV 

Steve & Michele Kubby

Pot-TV Video

Pot-TV News for February 5th, 2003

 

 

 


Ed Rosenthal, center, walks out of a federal courthouse in San Francisco with his wife, Jane Klein, left, and daughter Justine Rosenthal on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003. Rosenthal, 58, the self-described 'Guru of Ganja,' was convicted Friday of marijuana cultivation and other drug charges by a jury that almost immediately questioned its own verdict. Several jurors have said they would have acquitted him had they been told he was growing medical marijuana for the city of Oakland, Calif. Rosenthal faces up to 85 years in prison when he is sentenced June 4.


AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez


 


Larry Edmund waves a U.S. flag made of hemp as he protests the conviction of Ed Rosenthal outside of a federal courthouse in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003. Rosenthal, 58, the self-described 'Guru of Ganja,' was convicted Friday of marijuana cultivation and other drug charges by a jury that almost immediately questioned its own verdict. Several jurors have said they would have acquitted him had they been told he was growing medical marijuana for the city of Oakland, Calif.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

 



James Church, left, protests the conviction of Ed Rosenthal outside a federal courthouse in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003. Rosenthal, 58, the self-described 'Guru of Ganja,' was convicted last Friday of cultivation and other drug charges by a jury that almost immediately questioned its own verdict. Several jurors have said they would have acquitted him had they been told he was growing medical marijuana for the city of Oakland. Calif.

 AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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Complete List of 

News Articles on Ed Rosenthal

From

Cannabis News.com

 

Updated

June 12,  2003

 

 'Guru of Ganja' Sees Cracks Developing in Laws
 Reefer Madness: Our Current Prohibition
 Dopey Days in America
Medical Pot Clubs Thrive Discreetly
 Marijuana Light
Cannabis Grower To Appeal
 Recovery Plan
 Experts Don't See Rosenthal Pot Case as a Landmark
 Protesters Back Medical Marijuana
 Government Worried by Sentence for Ganja Guru
Twist Ends Medical Marijuana Case
 Cooler Heads Rejoice
 Pot Guru Walks
 `Guru's' Tirade on Marijuana Earns Respect
 Rosenthal Is Spared Decades in Prison
 Medicinal Pot's Leader Receives Lenient Sentence
 Rosenthal Gets Slap On Wrist
 Convictions and Conviction
 Marijuana Grower Sentenced To One Day in Prison
Medical Marijuana Activist Free
 One Jail Day for Marijuana Felony
Marijuana 'Guru' Free After 1 Day Sentence
 Medical Pot Guru Gets One-Day Sentence
 The 'Guru of Ganja' Walks Free
 Pot Movement Seeks Sympathetic Juries
 Ed Rosenthal Spared from Prison Sentence
 California's 'Guru of Ganja' Freed
Marijuana Guru Told He Will Not Go To Prison
 Medical Pot Guru Won’t Go To Joint
Federal Judge Blinks: Ed Rosenthal Gets One Day!
Marijuana Guru Ed Rosenthal Freed
 Marijuana Guru Ed Rosenthal Faces Sentencing
 Marijuana Advocate is in Court Today
Marijuana Guru Ed Rosenthal Faces Sentencing
 Passions High as U.S. Ganja Guru Awaits Sentencing
 Marijuana Activist Sounds Off at Cody’s Books
Californian 'Guru of Ganja' Faces Jail
 Reefer Madness
Medical Pot Guru Ready for Sentencing
King of Pot Sees Growing Kingdom
The Jury Never Rests
 Federal Persecution
Medical Marijuana Ruling Ignores State
Going To Pot
 Democratic Candidate Backs Medical Marijuana
 5 Years Sought for Pot Grower
 Moment of Truth for Medical Marijuana
Calif.'s Lockyer Urges Leniency in Marijuana Case
 Lockyear Urges Leniency for Pot `Guru'
 New Trial Request Denied
‘Ganja Guru' -- If Only Truth Could Set Him Free
The Rebellion and Its Martyrs
 Medical Pot Activist Loses New Trial Bid
Judge Nixes New Medical Pot Trial
 Marijuana Supporters Demand Meeting with DEA
Federal Judge Denies Convicted Pot Guru New Trial
 Rosenthal Faces Music in Key Med Marijuana Case
 Meet America's Marijuana Martyr
 Care Giver Brings Debate To Alameda
Medical Marijuana Patient To Visit KU
Medical Pot Need Wouldn't Protect Him in Oregon
Truth and Trials
The Perils of Prop. 215
 House Speaker Won't Back Pot Growers
 Bill Would Allow Medical Defense in Trials
 Bill Allows Medical Marijuana Defense in Drug Case
 Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana Defense
Judge Delays Ruling On Medical Pot Mistrial
 Representatives To Unveil Medical Pot Legislation
Medical Marijuana Truth in Trials Act to Be Introduced
 Juror Silent as Judge Weighs Data
Convicted Pot Grower Jabs at Feds
Juror Takes The Fifth in Medical Marijuana Case
 Rosenthal Retrial Possible
Convicted Pot Guru Wants New Trial
Rosenthal Case Shakeup
Fixing The Medical Marijuana Mess
 Our War on Drugs Does More Harm Than Good
Green Milestones
U.S. Drug Net Snares State-Backed Grower
 Billboard Campaign Urges Support for Pot Guru
 Change The Climate Begins Advertising in Calif.
Lawyer Takes High-Profile Role in MMJ Defense
Juries and Judges What's Relevant?
The Mandela of Marijuana?
Pot Jury Tainted, Lawyers Claim
 Pot Jurors Say They Received Outside Legal Advice
 Pot Case Fuels Jury Power Debate
 California Lawmakers Stand Up for Medical Pot
 'It's Medicinal' Vies Against 'It's Illegal'
 High Crimes?
Medical Marijuana Bill Takes Step
State Pols Confront Feds on Pot
Pot Laws Grow More Confusing
 State Pols Push Congress on Medical Pot
Measure Would Add Medical Pot Defense
 Campus NORML Organizes Medical Marijuana Week
Protesters Evict DEA To Legalize Marijuana Use
 Shopping in Oakland for Her Medicine
When Marijuana Helps the Ill
Bill Seeks To Provide Medical Pot Defense
 State Lawmakers Craft Bill on Pot Defense
Medical Pot Bill Rejects Jail
A Marijuana Crusader Defends His Healing Mission
 Rosenthal Verdict Cheapens American Justice
U.S. Should Arrest Pain, Not People Who Relieve It
 Rx for Medical Marijuana - Prosecutors: Back Off
 Medical Marijuana Policy Change Urged
Pot Activists Want DEA Out of Oakland Building
When a Jury Should Just Say No
Help Save Ed
Costs of Enforcing Marijuana Laws
Mr. Attorney General, Listen To The Doctors
 Medical Pot Growers Find No Refuge from Feds
 Federal, State Laws Duel Over Pot
A Vindictive Drug War
 Rosenthal is Guilty -- for Helping Those in Need
 Marijuana Mitzvah?
 States Should Rule on Medical Marijuana
 Juries Should Leave Lawmaking To The Lawmakers
Trust-Buster -- Ashcroft Kicks The Dog Once Again
Government Stand on Medical Marijuana Wrong
The Conviction of Ed Rosenthal
 A Kangaroo Court
 The Feds Versus Ed
Will Rosenthal Case Destroy MMJ Enforcement?
 'Guru of Ganja' Stirring The Pot
How The Feds Duped Jurors in Marijuana Trial
Six Angry People Regret Ruling They Had To Make
 A Mean-Spirited War on Marijuana
 The Sense Of Medical Marijuana
 Battle Lines Blurred in War Over Marijuana
Reefer Madness
 Drugs War Hits a High as Sick Demand Marijuana
 State Revolts Over 'Medical' Drug Use
 Medical Pot Restrictions Up in Smoke?
Conflicting Pot Laws Entangle User
Juries: Just Say No
 Pot Jury Rebellion
CNN Transcripts: Connie Chung Tonight
CNN Transcripts: NewsNight with Aaron Brown
 In Calif., Medical Marijuana Collective Loses Hope
 Jury Rigging
Transcendent Laws of the Heart
Medical Marijuana: Blind Injustice
A War Against The People
Juror Regrets Oakland Pot Verdict
 Marijuana Martyr
 Only State Could Shield Medical Pot
Judge Just Followed Law in Pot Trial, Experts Say
 Federal War on Marijuana is Misguided
Angry Rosenthal Jurors Call For New Trial
 Calif. Jurors Convict Then Decry Marijuana Verdict
The Feds vs. Ed Rosenthal
Jurors: We've Been Had
 Pot Case Jurors Call For New Trial
Jurors Tell Ed Rosenthal They're Sorry
 Jurors Say They Were Duped
 Jurors Who Convicted Grower Seek New Trial
Dazed and Confused
A Peek Behind the Rosenthal Grand Jury Veil
Rosenthal Remains Free as Jurors Decry Verdict
 Pot-Trial Jurors Express Anger
 Med Marijuana on Agenda; Backers Unveil Billboards
Misguided Marijuana War
Jurors Denounce Their Own Verdict
Jurors in Pot Case Decry Their Own Verdict
They're Doing It Again
 Medical Pot Jury May Speak Out
 Jury Left in Dark at Marijuana Trial
Marijuana 'Guru' Found Guilty by Reluctant Jury
Judge Railroads Ed Rosenthal in War on Marijuana
 Federal Jury Convicts Medical Marijuana Advocate
 Reluctant Jury Convicts Medical Pot Grower
 Rosenthal Found Guilty on Cultivation Charges
 Medical Pot Advocate Found Guilty
Ed Rosenthal Convicted -- New Trial Sought
Grower of Medical Marijuana Is Convicted
Jury Finds California Marijuana Guru Guilty
Guru of Ganja Convicted 
Guru of Ganja Convicted of Marijuana Cultivation
Groundbreaking Pot Trial Wraps Up
Medicinal Pot Grower's Case Goes To Jury
Judge Keeps Tight Rein on Pot Trial
Pot Guru Could Face Life in Jail
Marijuana Cultivator Trial Goes To Jury
 Defense Gets Key Ruling in Pot Trial
Rosenthal's Federal Drug Trial Turns Surreal
Pot Trial Focus on DEA Agent
 The Wrong Target for 'War on Drugs'
 Send The Feds Home
Judge Decides Not To Gag Marijuana Trial
 Pot Advocate Helps Feds
Attempt to Silence Activist in MMJ Trial Fails
 Judge Denies Gag Order Request in Marijuana Case
Judge Declines To Issue Gag Order
 Judge Weighs Pot-Trial Gag
 Feds Falter on Pot Plant Count
 A Prejudicial Judge?
 Potshot
 Gag Order Draws First-Amendment Expert To Trial
Pot-Possession Trial Tests Law
 Hackles Rise Early in Medical Pot Trial
 Marijuana Grower's Trial Under Way
 Author, Others Battle for Marijuana Rights
Oakland Authority on Medical Pot Faces Trial
 Clash on Medical Marijuana Puts a Grower in Court
 The Trial of Ed Rosenthal
 Medical Marijuana Debate Reignited
The Right To Not Be in Pain
Medical Issues, City Law Disallowed in Pot Trial
First Stage of Trial for Ed Rosenthal Underway
Medicinal Marijuana Feds' Big Target
 Selection of Jury in Pot Case Moved Up
 Dismissal Sought in Medical Pot Case

 

 



Will Foster, center, a family friend of the Rosenthals, comforts Justine Rosenthal, left, and Nick Rosenthal, right, the children of Ed Rosenthal, after their father was found guilty on federal charges of marijuana cultivation and conspiracy charges Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, outside a Federal courthouse in San Francisco. The jury concluded that Ed Rosenthal, the self-described ``Guru of Ganja,'' was growing more than 1,000 plants, conspiring to cultivate marijuana and maintaining a warehouse for a growing operation. He faces a maximum life term when sentenced June 4.


AP Photo/Ben Margot






Marijuana proponent Ed Rosenthal (R) speaks to the media with his wife Jane Kline outside the Federal building in San Francisco, January 31, 2003. Rosenthal was convicted by a federal jury in San Francisco of all three counts of marijuana cultivation and conspiracy on which he was indicted and will face a mandatory sentence of at least five years in federal prison. 

 

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Reuters 





Ed Rosenthal, right, is hugged by an unidentified supporter Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, outside a federal courthouse in San Francisco. Rosenthal, the author of books on how to grow marijuana and avoid the law, was found guilty Friday of federal marijuana cultivation and conspiracy charges. Deliberating for a day, the 12-member jury concluded that Rosenthal was growing more than 1,000 plants, conspiring to cultivate marijuana and maintaining a warehouse for a growing operation. He faces 10 years to life in prison when sentenced June 4. 

Photo/Ben Margot





Ed Rosenthal, the self-described 'Guru of Ganja,' ponders questions from the media outside a federal courthouse Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, in San Francisco. Rosenthal was convicted Friday of marijuana cultivation and conspiracy charges. The jury concluded that he was growing more than 1,000 plants, conspiring to cultivate marijuana and maintaining a warehouse for a growing operation. He faces a maximum life term when sentenced June 4. 

 

AP Photo/Ben Margot






Medical marijuana supporter Anna Foster hangs her head after learning that Marijuana guru Ed Rosenthal was convicted by a federal jury of all three counts of marijuana cultivation and conspiracy in San Francisco, January 31, 2003. Under federal drug laws, Rosenthal, 58, will face a mandatory sentence of at least five years in federal prison. 

 

REUTERS/Justin Sullivan 





Marijuana guru Ed Rosenthal speaks to the media outside the Federal building in San Francisco, January 31, 2003. Marijuana author Edward Rosenthal was convicted by a federal jury in San Francisco of all three counts of marijuana cultivation and conspiracy on which he was indicted. Under federal drug laws, Rosenthal, 58, will face a mandatory sentence of at least five years in federal prison. 

 

REUTERS/Justin Sullivan 





Medical marijuana patient Julian Gonzalez shows support for marijuana guru Ed Rosenthal outside the Federal building in San Francisco, January 31, 2003. Rosenthal was convicted by a federal jury in San Francisco of all three counts of marijuana cultivation and conspiracy on which he was indicted. Under federal drug laws, Rosenthal, 58, will face a mandatory sentence of at least five years in federal prison. 

 

REUTERS/Justin Sullivan 

 

 

 

January 22nd, 2003

 San Francisco Examiner 

Twelve-year-old Justine Rosenthal
knows her daddy could spend the rest
of his life in jail, but still thinks
he did the right thing by risking
his freedom for medicinal marijuana.

"He is standing up for sick people,"
the middle school student said Tuesday,
after watching the first day 
of her father Ed Rosenthal's trial.

"I'm really proud of my dad -- he's a hero, really." 

 

 

 

A man who identified himself only as 'Honza,' protests beside a fabricated marijuana leaf outside a courthouse where the federal marijuana cultivation trial of former High Times columnist Ed Rosenthal is taking place, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, in San Francisco. Rosenthal says he was growing medical marijuana, 'to help the sick,' which is legal under California law. Rosenthal's case and others are an outgrowth of the government's drug war, two years after the U.S. Supreme Court said it was a violation of federal drug laws for medical marijuana clubs to dispense pot to the sick.

AP Photo/Ben Margot

 

 

Former High Times columnist Ed Rosenthal appears beside a puppet of Attorney General John Ashcroft outside a courthouse where Rosenthal's federal marijuana cultivation trial is taking place, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, in San Francisco. Rosenthal says he was growing medical marijuana, 'to help the sick,' which is legal under California law.


AP Photo/Ben Margot

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