When vflog.com organized a protest of KCNC/CBS4 Denver for their
attacks on medical marijuana patients on January 30, 2008, Kathleen
was denied access to the reception area immediately. The CBS4 Doorman
(who knew her by name when we got there) said that she can't come
in and no one in the news department will talk to her.
Later, wheelchair bound, legal medicinal cannabis patient Jack
Chavez tries to get an appointment with Rick Sallinger. Jack took
the bus all the way to CBS4 headquarters to protest and try to talk
to Rick Sallinger, the CBS4 "investigative reporter" who
is attacking sick patients. Last year Ken Gorman, long-time activist
and friend of Jack's, was found brutally murdered in his home, less
than a week after Rick Sllinger's first "investigation"
of medical marijuana.
Jack, gets denied access to CBS4, just as Kathleen had. The video
includes Jack butting at the door with his wheelchair. Way to go,
CBS4-Denver has been attacking medicinal marijuana patients and
their caregivers in Colorado. The last person to be the focus of
a CBS4 medicinal cannabis "investigation" (Ken Gorman)
ended up murdered less than a week after the story aired. Now they
are trying it again by attacking a disabled veteran. These attacks
have to stop.
On Jan. 31, CBS4 aired an "investigation" of Kevin Dickes,
former Marine and disabled Gulf War veteran. Dickes was prescribed
cannabis for a war injury and has a valid Medical Marijuana Registry
identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Public
Health and Environment. In 2000, Colorado voters approved an amendment
to the state constitution that allows patients to legally use cannabis
as medicine with their physician's approval.
was arrested in Aurora in March 2007. He was charged with felony
cultivation and faced 6 years in prison. Because he was a registered
patient, all charges against Dickes were eventually dropped. Colorado
law says that police shall return the cannabis "unharmed",
so Aurora police were forced to return his medicine to him.
The CBS4 "investigation" scheduled to air this Thursday
allegedly shows a former Marine who served with Dickes in the Gulf
War who says Dickes' injury was not caused in the Gulf War. The
fact that Dickes was injured is not in question. In the promotion
for the CBS4 story, it clearly shows the 36-inch scar on Dicke's
leg. Apparently, all that is in question is the cause of that injury.
Dickes has provided medical records to CBS4 proving he was injured
in the Marines, but CBS4 is still airing the story. Read
the letter from Dickes' attorney, Robert Corry.
This is a blatant attack on a law-abiding citizen for using a plant
he grew himself to ease his pain. The cause of his injury is none
of CBS4's business! This is an invasion of medical privacy. This
sensational story is designed only to boost ratings at the expense
of a disabled veteran. Kevin Dickes has already suffered with his
arrest, prosecution and destruction of his medicine. This "investigation"
serves no purpose other than to attack Dickes' and make him suffer
more for his use of a legal medicine. All citizens should be outraged!
Call CBS 4 and "Investigative" Reporter Rick Sallinger
to protest this disgusting "investigation" where
they harass disabled, decorated former Marine, Kevin Dickes.
They chase him down and hide in the bushes outside of his
house demanding his private medical records. Where's your
medical records, Rick?
Call KUSA/9News and "Investigative" Reporter Paula
Woodward to protest their version of the "story".
They complain that a video of Dickes posted on YouTube was
"edited". Wow, imagine, a video was edited! Guess
you'd better fire your whole editorial department at the station!
Nobody ever edits video, do they?