JUDGE, ASSISTANT D.A. Are NOT Fond of Marijuana CASES
By MAX FREESE
Marijuana was a constant theme Nov. 4 at the Magisterial District Court in Brownsville.
Five individuals that morning were at court for marijuana-related charges.
Bronson Waite, from Erie, was charged with manufacturing and intent to deliver Schedule 1 drugs. Schedule 1 drugs include cocaine and marijuana.
Cal U students Cory Humphreys and Cody Sowers were charged with possession of marijuana. Sowers also was charged with use of a controlled substance. Both of their cases were dismissed because the officer who originally filed the charges failed to show up.
Student Andrew Penzara also was charged with possession of marijuana.
Monica Fullem, of Fredericktown, was charged with possession and manufacturing of marijuana. She waived her case to the Washington County Court of Common Pleas.
Fullem, according to the deputy who filed the charges, said she was growing marijuana to help with her arthritis.
In regard to marijuana laws, Judge Joshua Kanalis called them a “pain in the ass.” The judge explained these laws only waste the court’s time and are frustrating the Justice Department. Assistant District Attorney Joseph Caroll also was not fond of the marijuana laws.
At one point, Caroll was struggling to find the right words to describe marijuana laws.
“What’s the technical term? Chicken s---t.”
Max Freese is a senior at California University of Pennsylvania majoring in English with a concentration in journalism. See his website at www.maxfreesemultimediajournalism.weebly.com
Brownsville Courtroom is folksy
If careless, one can easily zoom past the little trailer that sits alongside Route 40 in Brownsville.
That small trailer actually serves as the courthouse for Washington County’s Magisterial District Court No. 27-3-03.
The courtroom holds barely 10 seats for the audience, and the two tables are mismatched. Boxes and boxes are stacked high and uneven all around. The assistant district attorney swears under his breath as he tries to find the right paper under the pile sprawled across the table.
It is nothing like any courtroom you have seen on “Law and Order” or “Judge Judy.” The judge constantly is moving from his seat back to his private quarters.
In one instance, after he fined a person for stealing from Dollar General, Judge Joshua Kanalis he ran out of the courtroom after the plaintiff and said, “By the way, you’re banned from Dollar General.”