CA NORML Medical Marijuana Information


MAJOR PROP 215 CULTIVATION ACQUITTALS AND DISMISSALS

Compiled by Safe Access Now and California NORML (Mar 04)

(Proposition 215 allows patients & their caregivers to cultivate and possess whatever amount of marijuana they need for personal medical use.  The number of plants patients can legally grow depends on their medical needs, growing techniques, and, in the case of caregivers, the number of patients being supplied.   Following is a list of some of the most substantial gardens that have been legally protected under Prop. 215.  Note that Prop 215 does not provide a defense against federal charges.  California NORML strongly cautions growers against cultivating over 100 plants, since that carries the risk of a five-year mandatory minimum under federal law.  Note too that it is possible to be convicted for a single plant if it is put to non-medical use.  Non-medical cultivation of any amount of marijuana is a felony in California.)

1. 1200 plants; Brewer, Dennis; Santa Cruz 01-8266; Acquitted of 11359 (sale), jury hung on 11358 (cultivation),
2. 899 plants; Hayes, Ken / Foley, Mike; Sonoma 990514-23; Acquitted 04-19-01. Defendants claimed to be caregiver growers for 1280 ­member CHAMP club in San Francisco
3. 388 plants + 5 pounds; Willson, David; San Joaquin Police file # 00-01609; Acquitted
4. 839 plants - Steven Tuck, caregiver garden for 120 patients, Humboldt Co - charges dropped Aug 2000
5. 386 plants (18"-36") John D. Cassatt (Nevada Co) - - mistrial (7-5 for conviction) 9/7/01
6. 380 plants indoors David Allan Willson (San Joaquin Co.), May 01.; acquitted by jury; Manteca LEOšs return 5 lbs (buds +174 plants) Aug 2001
7. 370 plants - Barbara Varley, Modesto, hung jury (Jul 2000); agreed to diversion
8. 337 plants; (31 six foot plants, 300+ seedlings) Vaughn, David; Stanislaus 98-92334; 11359 Acquitted, 11358, 11357 hung 9- 3 to acquit; pled possession, dropped cultivation (Oct 2000)
9. 265 plants: Kubby, Steve and Michelle; Placer 990033; Michelle acquitted of all charges. Steve: Hung jury, 11-1 for acquittal (Dec 2000).
10. 240 plants; Hall, James & Lydia; Shasta 98-3625, 99-6812; Acquitted of cultivation &intent. Guilty of conspiracy to cultivate, Dismissed on appeal.
11. 218 plants; Salomon, / Landry; Santa Cruz 01-5968; Acquitted
12. 210 plants; Levin, Elizabeth; Los Angeles GA48052; Dismissed
13. 201 plants; Jones, William; Sacramento 98 F 07200; Acquitted 11359, convicted 11358. Overturned on appeal
14. 185 plants for collective; Nicholson, Greg; El Dorado P00 CRF 0263; Dismissed
15. 175 plants collective with 3 others; Wade, Chris; Santa Cruz 99-08527; Dismissed
16. 173 seedlings + 21 plants at home, charged w/ 173 seedlings at home of Roger Chambers and Glenda Spengler Mike Rogers (Butte Co.) - Acquitted 8/30/01
17. 146 plants; Baldwin, Michael and Georgia; Placer 62-4896 A & B; Hung jury. 6-6 for him, 7-5 for her; charges dropped 3/01
18. 144 plants + 40 seedlings - Randy Faria (caregiver for dead wife; doctor's recommendation lost), Modesto, jury acquitted (Nov - Dec 1999)
19. 142 plants; Miller, Nicole; Santa Clara #?; Dismissed
20. 140 plants; Carter, Joyce; El Dorado POOCRFO437; Dismissed Mar 01.
21. 132 large out door plants; Lepp, Ed; Lake 9706-1137; Acquitted Dec 98
22. 130 plants, Steven Fisher (Yuba Compassionate Use Co-Op) - charges dismissed 4/10/02/
23. 123 plants; Don Denham & Lonnie Sexton (brother & sister patients) Crescent City Del Norte CRF 00-4659-2 (&3); Acquitted on all counts Feb 01.
24. 118 plants; Morganelly, Chris; Tuolomne #?; Dismissed
25. 112 indoor plants alleged Steven Babich (Marin) acquitted - (disputed, evidence lost)
26. 109 plants; Richmond, Margo; Sonoma MCR 376918; Dismissed
27. 108 plants; Rossi, David; Fresno MA2003-0116; Dismissed
28. 89 plants; Becker, Dan; Nevada #?; Dismissed
29. 84 plants; Samuels, T.D; Humboldt; CR984532S; Acquitted
30. 80 plants; Martinson, Mark and Martha; Santa Cruz #?; Dismissed
31. 73 plants (59 flowering) (+36 flowering 3 months after)Alan MacFarlane, Santa Rosa, - acquitted 1/29/01 (uses 2.5 oz./wk smoked & oral)
32. 70-plant grow, 5 lbs ordered returned to Richard and Connie Thiessen by Sonoma court Jun 30, 01
33. 64 plants plus three pounds; Harrison, William; Calaveras F2063 / 98-8398; Acquitted
34. 59 plants in May, 36 plants in Aug; MacFarlane, Alan; Sonoma SCR20910 / CR 990524-05; Two outdoor gardens, flowering. Acquitted
35. 58 plants (17 inside, 41 out) - Lisa Schwarz - Ventura Co, charges dismissed Jan 31, 01.
36. 53 plants; Teeter, Scott; Sonoma 980926-02; Dismissed, property returned
37. 50 plants; Aldana, Fermin Edward; Yolo 01-4421; Dismissed Apr 25 02.
38. 48 outdoor plants Greg Wall (Sacramento), case dismissed May 02
39. 45 plants; Lopez, Martha / Wilson, Jeff; El Dorado P00CRF0255; Dismissed
40. 44 plants; Cordova Schwartz, Lisa & Craig; Ventura 9946065; Dismissed Jan 31, 01
41. 41 plants + 1 pound processed; Levin Rick; Shasta 98-3141; Acquitted
42. 27 plants, 11 to 25 pounds; Kambui, Somayah; Los Angeles BA223183; Acquitted Mar 2002.
43. 22 plants; Brantly, Terry; Humboldt CR983286S; Acquitted

Insurance Settlements

Prop 215 patients who lose their medicine due to theft or wrongful police raids may be able to claim the loss on their insurance. Following are some insurance settlements that have been won by California patients.
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