Pubdate: Fri, Mar 31 2006
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
Page: B-3
Copyright: 2006 Hearst Communications Inc.
Author: Henry K. Lee
Bookmark: (Marijuana - California)


A federal grand jury indicted 12 people Thursday on  charges that they
worked at East Bay warehouses to make  candy and soft drinks
resembling popular goodies but  laced with marijuana.

The alleged ringleader, Kenneth Affolter, 39, of  Lafayette, six other
men and five women worked at  Beyond Bomb and allegedly manufactured a
range of  pot-laced treats with names like Buddahfingers, Munchy  Way,
Rasta Reece's and Puff-a-Mint Pattie, authorities  said.

Beyond Bomb operated from adjoining warehouses at 1055  and 1071 Yerba
Buena Ave. and 3960 Adeline St. in  Emeryville, according to Drug
Enforcement  Administration agents.

Most of the defendants have been released from bond,  but Affolter
will be in court today to argue for his  release, said his attorney,
Robert Byers of Oakland.

Medical marijuana advocates say the treats are legal  under state law
and are designed for sick patients who  rely on cannabis to ease their
symptoms. DEA officials  say marijuana in any form is illegal under
federal law.