Pubdate: Mon, 07 Aug 2000
Source: Auburn Journal (CA)
Copyright: 2000 Auburn Journal
Contact:  1030 High St., Auburn, CA 95603
Author: Bruce Schuknecht, Journal Staff Writer


Thieves broke into a Colfax home and stole several guns and marijuana used 
for medical treatment, a resident told authorities last week.

On Sunday, Kathleen Campbell was still waiting to hear from deputies after 
reporting the theft to the Placer County Sheriff Department on Monday. She 
said she did not know who would break into her family's home in rural Colfax.

Campbell told deputies someone used a ladder to break through her living 
room window to gain entry and steal three firearms and a 5-foot marijuana 
plant. She valued the property at about $2,100. The weapons taken included 
a .45 caliber H&K pistol, a Ruger .30 caliber rifle and another rifle, she 

Thieves, however, didn't take all of her marijuana plants, said Campbell, 40.

"The marijuana was legal for me to use for medical purposes," said 
Campbell, who listed her occupation as a mentor. "I use it strictly for 
medical use."

Campbell said she has a doctor's permission to smoke the marijuana to 
manage pain from migraine headaches caused by a brain ailment.

"It's permissible in this county," said Campbell, adding she plans to use 
the surviving plants. "Deputies said they might come back for the other(s)."

Deputies on Sunday did not return a phone call for comment about the break-in.

In 1996s, California voters approved Proposition 215, called the 
Compassionate Use Act. The initiative granted patients the right to use 
marijuana with a physician's recommendation, but lawmakers and law 
enforcement officials have not agreed how to implement the measure.
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