Charges Dropped Against Organizer of Pot Festival 

Charges Dropped Against Organizer of Pot Festival 
Posted by FoM on March 30, 2000 at 09:36:03 PT
By Associated Press
Drug and gun charges have been dropped against a Starks man who hosts an annual pot festival. Harry Brown, who hosts the annual ''Hempstock Festival'' on his farmland, was charged in September 1999 with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with having a usable amount of marijuana. 
Brown said the gun belonged to a roommate who hunts, but he admitted that the marijuana was his. Everet Fowle, an assistant district attorney for Somerset and Kennebec counties, said the decision to drop the charges was based on a lack of evidence linking Brown to the firearm. ''There was a real issue as to who owned this gun,'' he said. ''That was the ultimate hang-up.'' Brown, 51, said he has been unfairly targeted by law enforcement because he has been a supporter of legalizing marijuana. His recent bout with the law was no exception, he said. Fowle denied that deputies were picking on Brown. ''I think it's ridiculous, Mr. Brown's suggestion that he was targeted, but I guess he would be saying it regardless of what we did,'' Fowle said. Skowhegan, Maine (AP) Published: March 30, 2000 Copyright 2000 Boston Globe Electronic Publishing, Inc. 
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