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  Missing Activist Wins Back Disputed Ounce of Pot
Posted by CN Staff on August 29, 2003 at 07:30:17 PT
By James Tressler, The Times-Standard  
Source: Times-Standard  

medical Missing medical marijuana activist Christopher Robert Giauque appears to have won a four-year battle to reclaim an ounce of pot seized during a 1999 traffic stop. On Monday, Chief Judge Marilyn Patel of the U.S. District Court, Northern California, ruled the ounce of marijuana be returned to the activist.

The case gained notoriety in spring 2001, when a Humboldt County Superior Court judge found then-Sheriff Dennis Lewis in contempt of court for refusing to return the marijuana to Giauque, who is a medical marijuana patient.

Giauque also was arrested at one point for attempting to stage a free medical pot give-away on the steps of the county courthouse to protest his predicament.

In summer 2001, a federal judge ordered the disputed pot turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, where it was presumed destroyed.

Last month on Aug. 9, Giauque turned up missing. The Southern Humboldt County resident was reportedly last seen traveling to the Spy Rock area to meet a friend. Family members, who say they've put up a $50,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts, suspect foul play.

On Thursday, Sheriff Gary Philp said the investigation into the disappearance continues, but so far to no avail. When asked to comment on this week's court decision, Philp said at that point he'd only heard about it through a telephone conversation with Giauque's Arcata attorney, Bryce Kenny.

"I'm not in the habit of disobeying a direct order from a federal judge," Philp said. "But we'd have to review the decision."

Kenny, in a press statement, noted the ironic timing of the decision.

"This week's ruling affirmed that the DEA had overstepped its bounds, and (is) seen as a victory for states' rights on the long-smoldering issue of possession of medical marijuana," Kenny said. "The victory was tempered by the fact that Giauque's family ... thinks he may have come to harm."

Source: Times-Standard (CA)
Author: James Tressler, The Times-Standard
Published: Friday, August 29, 2003
Copyright: 2003 MediaNews Group, Inc.
Contact: editor@times-standard.com
Website: http://www.times-standard.com/

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Comment #16 posted by motavation on September 05, 2003 at 14:57:59 PT:

Chris..your not alone!
IM here to help, steve thanks for the information. This should be state-wide on new networks! Keep me updated!

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Comment #15 posted by Rev Jonathan Adler on September 01, 2003 at 00:17:02 PT:

Activist gets Ounce Back and smokes in Court Lot.
Judge CHoi in Puna District did, in fact, by court order, return an ounce of high grade medicine to Rev. Jonathan Adler of Hilo last year. It was covered on TV by our CBS affiliate and they ran video of it for weeks prior to our governor election last year. Rev. Adler was a candidate for governor, on the ballot at the time , when Judge Greg Nakamura of Hilo, found him guilty of possesion and sales, even though the court stipulated to his legitimacy, sincerity and mandate to use cannabis religiously. Nakamura put Adler in jail for 6 months and his state supreme court appeal is pending. Been there, done that. Still alive, thank God! I hope this activist who is missing, returns safely.

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Comment #14 posted by herbdoc215 on August 31, 2003 at 17:50:53 PT
Here it's not even gray and UK also....
I have seen alot of other places do this so I know it can be done I just thought some of your readers may have an idea I hadn't thought of...the money we get from them will be as clean and green as the driven snow:)...this is true "grass roots" fund-raising at it's best which is really sad since so many have shown me that they will not give money unless it's for weed or seed. My defense controbutions went up 1000% after I started giving 10 seeds for every $50 controbuted last year so I saw firsthand how it helps those who want money to go in right direction at least. I'll get ahold of one of the seed auction places online and see if they are interested and I'll just promote it everywhere, I'm just kind of hurrying though since Jim's trying to get money together to bring as many patients together in Washington DC to show these lawmakers who these BS laws are hurting....put a face upon the misery they are causing. Worked for Dr. King and would work for us. In Cheryl's honor I'm at least willing to give it my all? Peace, Steve Tuck

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Comment #13 posted by FoM on August 31, 2003 at 17:19:27 PT
herbdoc215
That is very kind of you. I don't know how because of the laws though. I've never paid attention to that part of what's going on. Scares me too much.

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Comment #12 posted by herbdoc215 on August 31, 2003 at 16:31:33 PT
Point well taken :)
maybe in time the scars will heal as the others have and I'll find a way to put all this behind me...until then I am concentrating upon things that I can do something about...I've placed 1000 of our best trainwreck seeds with Richard Cowan that I have donated to Jim Miller to auction off to help spread Cheryl's message of love. Anybody have any idea's or suggestions about how to do it and reach the most amount of people. Since we have quit dealing with the general public there is quite a demand for these and with what's left of our inventory I am going to try and get the most out of them for patients in general and Jim Miller is to me the very symbol of all thats good about this grass-roots empowerment of patients that so many are striving to achieve. If anyone has an idea don't hesitate to jump in as these are for Cheryl's legacy. I also would like to challenge any other known seed companies to match my contribution so we can help enact the change Cheryl fought so bravely for and Jimhas shown vision above any other I've seen lately. Godspeed Jim, may Cheryl find her paece she was denied here on Earth, Peace, Steven Tuck

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Comment #11 posted by FoM on August 30, 2003 at 20:27:55 PT
herbdoc215
I want to say something to you if you don't mind. I spent years angry at so many things. I felt life wasn't fair and no one cared. I had become bitter and cynical. I didn't know how to stop feeling the way I did. In time I got on the other side of my anger and now I have set limits on myself that helps me keep my spirits up. I don't care what others do unless what they are doing hurts me and even then I am slow to anger. It takes a long time for me to react but when I do I don't change my mind. I wish I could give you hope but that has to come from deep inside each one of us and only in our own time. I know you are a good person and I wanted to say this to you and I hope you understand it is being said because I care.

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Comment #10 posted by herbdoc215 on August 30, 2003 at 16:28:12 PT
And I would also put up the same 2000 seeds
for Scott also. I see where these things must end eventually if we are ever going to escape this circle we have found ourselves in for last 20 years. I am trying so hard to let many old hurts go...I just have this deep desire to see justice done for us that sometimes clouds my judgement with emotion, yes there is enough hurt to go around forever and I'm madder at myself than anybody else because I've let the cops turn me into this shell of a person like Gullum who can only see bad and spew anger? I am going to keep checking my soul before posting anything else that could hurt another because adding to the pain has never been my goal. I just hate seeing so many people like Chris keep falling to these pig bastards. Peace, Steve Tuck

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Comment #9 posted by herbdoc215 on August 30, 2003 at 16:17:02 PT
E.J, Yes I would as no matter my disagreements
with Scott he's still one of us. I am sorry about my angering you with things I've said about Scott, as I've spent awhile thinking about your question before I answered it also and have reviewed my feelings about it alot and I see where I was wrong, I hope you and LACRC will accept my humblest appologies that I didn't do more to help and support your cause when you needed it because of my inner anger and personal problems with just one person out of a big group of great people. I have made so many mistakes in this journey because of my passion that I'm now re-evaluating my positions upon many subjects. I just wanted to add this so you knew how I felt. Peace, Steven Tuck

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Comment #8 posted by E_Johnson on August 30, 2003 at 10:44:59 PT
There's more than enough fear to spare
They were just sharing with us. They had their own pain too, believe me. We all have fear and pain in this war. Sometimes we share it in very abrupt ways.



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Comment #7 posted by FoM on August 30, 2003 at 10:27:22 PT
EJ I'm Sorry To Read That
People who hate so much and call in a death threat are the lowest of low people in my book.

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Comment #6 posted by E_Johnson on August 30, 2003 at 10:15:35 PT
This is a scary business
Steve, if SCott Imler turned up missing, would you suspect the police?

We had death threats on our phone at the LACRC and they did not come from the police.



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Comment #5 posted by FoM on August 29, 2003 at 14:31:12 PT
I agree freedom fighter
Someday it will be obvious to everyone the harm that the War on Cannabis and the War on Drugs has caused.

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Comment #4 posted by freedom fighter on August 29, 2003 at 14:01:04 PT
Too many are dying
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v03/n1301/a10.html?397

and all directly caused by pot prohibition.

ff



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Comment #3 posted by herbdoc215 on August 29, 2003 at 12:26:02 PT
FoM, I pray he's not dead but if he is I want the
the body found so justice can be done cause if he is dead then the only people who wanted him dead was Hanson and Lewis and HumCo sheriff now who's Lewis's boy!!!! His brother Clinton has a $50,000 reward out for info on him plus I'll add in a lifetimes supply of free beans to whomever can give info leading to his discovery. His lawyer can be reached at .....Bryce Kenny (good man, good lawyer if anybody ever needs one) 707-825-6587 and the PI working this case is Cypher whom people should call with leads or tips! This bro has stood up for over 200 sick people in HumCo and now it's time we stood for him! Call the HumCo sheriff and DEMAND they produce some answers (they won't talk to me wonder why :)...HumCo Sheriff's number is 707-445-7251 Please do something! Peace, Steve Tuck

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Comment #2 posted by FoM on August 29, 2003 at 11:20:23 PT
herbdoc215
My feelings are he has been killed and they haven't found his body yet. It's just a feeling and I hope I'm wrong.

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Comment #1 posted by herbdoc215 on August 29, 2003 at 11:15:38 PT
Here's a good man, if anybody can help
Please do cause I'm afraid something has happened to him by cops. He also ran a club in HumCo and has been put through the ringer by pigs...please, please help him if you can as I don't want to lose anymore god people to this!!!!! I'll hook anybody up with lifetime supply of beans if you can help find him, no kidding! Peace, Steve Tuck

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