Pubdate: Mon, 05 Aug 2002
Source: Maclean's Magazine (Canada)
Section: The Week
Copyright: 2002 Maclean Hunter Publishing Ltd.
Bookmark: (Boje, Renee)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


Three Americans living in British Columbia, who were being prosecuted in 
the U.S. for various crimes associated with the trafficking and cultivation 
of marijuana when they fled, have filed refugee claims. They maintain they 
were growing pot for medical purposes, and were being prosecuted unfairly. 
"It's a political war against people who are sick," said Renee Boje, who 
fled Los Angeles where she was charged with growing and possession with the 
intent to traffic. But observers say their refugee claims will likely be 
denied, because upholding them would invite a flood of claims from 
Americans facing drug charges.
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