The suit states that, “Ms. Calabrese identified both of my clients busines(s)es by name and asserted without foundation or fact that they are ‘selling a product with full knowledge ... that it is harming and killing people’.”
Calabrese believes the lawsuit is an attempt to intimidate her and others to be silent in their battle against synthetic cannabinoids. However, she insists, she won’t be intimidated or silenced.
Smith and Kiki Evans were in the courtroom to support Calabrese when she appeared before Judge N. William Delker on Thursday for a hearing at Rockingham County Superior Court. Smith said Calabrese’s lawyer, Thomas Gleason, argued for her Constitutional right to free speech, as well as that the comments she made were at a public meeting, that of the Seabrook Board of Selectmen.
Evans said Judge Delker appeared familiar with synthetic cannabinoids and the issues surrounding their improper use.
“He said he’d sat on a murder case that involved synthetics,” Evans said.
At the end of Thursday’s hearing, Smith said, Delker took the case under advisement while he deliberated to render a decision.
Reacting to the pleas from residents, recently selectmen passed a local ordinance making it illegal to transport, use or possess synthetic cannabinoids or their derivatives on Seabrook roads, sidewalks or any town property. Although Seabrook’s ordinance doesn’t prohibit selling synthetic cannabinoids, the regulations works within the authority local communities have on the subject of drug abuse, and it makes it unlawful for it be transported on town roads.
The new ordinance means that trucks can’t drive over Seabrook roads to bring the product to stores in town, and purchasers can’t transport it over town roads after buying it at local stores. Any person found in violation of the ordinance risks a fine of $550 per incident.