Pubdate: Wed, 05 Jun 2002
Source: Orange County Register, The (CA)
Copyright: 2002 The Orange County Register


Activist's Marijuana Conviction Upheld

The 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana last week upheld the 1998 
conviction of medicinal-marijuana activist Marvin Chavez.

Chavez, 48, of Santa Ana, was convicted of furnishing marijuana to officers 
who claimed a medical need. He got a six-year prison sentence, but was 
released pending appeal. Chavez could now be returned to prison.

The court rejected arguments of prosecutorial misconduct and that Chavez's 
conduct was permitted by Proposition 215.

Note:  Marvin called me this morning when he read this in the paper.  He 
was unaware of the decision.  Unless he is taken into custody and returned 
to prison beforehand, he will be with us at the Santa Ana DEA protest tomorrow.
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