Judge Forbids State-Licensed Marijuana Patient

Judge Forbids State-Licensed Marijuana Patient
Posted by FoM on June 18, 1999 at 07:47:11 PT
From Using Pot While On Probation!
Source: NORML
Eugene, OR An Oregon judge ordered a cancer and arthritis sufferer to jail for using marijuana even though she has been approved by the state to use it medicinally.
  "This judge may not like the state's new medical marijuana law, but he still must abide by it," NORML Executive Director R. Keith Stroup, Esq. said. "State law clearly defines that the marijuana consumed by the defendant in this case was a legal medicine and not contraband. The judge has no authority to deny her access to a legal medication."   Patient Pamela Jill Stafsholt, who is undergoing chemotherapy, uses marijuana to treat nausea and chronic pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The Oregon state health department licensed Stafsholt this spring to legally possess and use limited amounts of the drug. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, which took effect in December, legalizes the use of medical marijuana by patients who possess a physician's recommendation and register with the state.   Judge Dan Harris ruled that Stafsholt's use of medical marijuana violated her probation from a previous marijuana arrest despite her compliance with state law. Harris sentenced Stafsholt to serve ten days in jail for using marijuana and prohibited her from smoking it while on probation.   Harris called Stafsholt's marijuana's use "highly inappropriate" and said that it violated federal drug laws.   For more information, please contact NORML Foundation Litigation Director Tom Dean, Esq.   (202) 483-8751. 
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