Pubdate: Wed, 18 May 2011
Source: Castlegar News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2011 Castlegar News
Author: Robson Fletcher


Crown prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges against a
62-year-old Pass Creek medicinal marijuana user who was arrested in
February after Castlegar police raided her home and seized her growing

Velma Mullaney is now considering suing the RCMP, according to her

"The first thing that's she's going to do is to retrieve her
equipment," Don Skogstad said on Tuesday.

"We'll see where that leads."

Skogstad said he learned on Friday that the Crown would not pursue
charges, something he predicted would happen when he spoke with the
Castlegar News last month.

At that time he said his client claimed police told her after they
raided her home that they had counted 99 plants at the residence.

Mullaney has a licence from Health Canada to grow 49 marijuana plants
and her boyfriend also has a licence for 49 plants, for a total of 98
plants between them.

"A one-per-cent error?" Skogstad said in an April interview with the
Castlegar News. "Nobody's going to charge her for that."

Police would not say publicly exactly how many plants they found at
the residence after executing a search warrant on Feb. 24.

Skogstad said he only handles criminal cases at the moment and would
not represent Mullaney if she does decide to pursue a civil suit
against the RCMP. 
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