Cincinnati Buyers Club Founder To Face Grand Jury

Richard Evans, founder of the Greater Cincinnati Cannabis Buyers Club — one of an estimated 30 underground clubs located across the country that supplies marijuana as a therapeutic agent to seriously ill patients who possess a physician’s recommendation — has been subpoenaed to testify before the Grand Jury of Kenton, Kentucky on April 19 in connection with a February raid by law enforcement officers on the club’s headquarters. Although Evans admits to having had two marijuana seedlings growing at the headquarters at the time of the bust, officials failed to seize the plants or issue a warrant for his arrest.

Evans anticipates that the state’s latest action is an attempt to interrogate him about details of the club’s activity, such as membership and suppliers. Evans informs NORML that he has been advised and intends “to take the Fifth” at tomorrow’s hearing. Evans further insists that he will begin a hunger strike if the State decides to incarcerate him following tomorrow’s proceedings.

“I am sick of living in a country where I can’t be free,” Evans adamantly summarized at a press conference last February. “Give me liberty or give me death. We are going to have a cannabis buyer’s club.”

For more information on the Cincinnati Cannabis Buyer’s Club please contact Richard Evans of Americans for Compassionate Use at (606) 431-8719 or Attorney Gatewood Galbraith at (606) 281-6909.