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1 US CA: Third Strike Being ReconsideredMon, 01 Jul 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Marshack, Megan Area:California Lines:66 Added:07/02/2002

A review of court documents reveals more about the three-strikes defendant who will be resentenced today in South Lake Tahoe.

Jeffrey Howard Gautier, 35, will appear before El Dorado County Judge Suzanne Kingsbury after he was granted a petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

Gautier was sentenced in 1998 to 25 years to life in prison by Superior Court Judge Eddie T. Keller. Gautier was found guilty of a felony -- smuggling 5.9 grams of marijuana into the El Dorado County Jail -- when he reported to serve his sentence Oct. 29, 1997, for driving with a suspended license.

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2 US: Supreme Court Says It's OK To Drug Test StudentsThu, 27 Jun 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Ferchland, William Area:United States Lines:63 Added:06/30/2002

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday approved random drug tests for many public high school students, but the chief of the Douglas County School District said the vote will not likely affect pupils next school year.

John Soderman, superintendent of Douglas County schools, said he has no immediate plans to begin drug testing students.

"It's something we can take more time to consider," he said.

Athletes, band players and speech and debate club members are school activities students and must sign a substance abuse policy contract, Soderman said.

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3 US CA: County Works On Medical Pot RulesWed, 19 Jun 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Crofton, Gregory Area:California Lines:38 Added:06/22/2002

Expect new possession guidelines for medical marijuana patients and their providers by mid-July, said El Dorado County District Attorney Gary Lacy.

Lacy, who is running for re-election this fall, and a sheriff's captain met with medical marijuana advocates in Placerville on Monday night for a third time to discuss how much pot would be too much for patients and caregivers, or pot providers, to possess.

"We have just about got guidelines for indoor and outdoor," Lacy said. "We're awaiting Dale Schafer's proposal that will apply to caregivers."

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4 US CA: PUB LTE: View On Drugs Is RidiculousFri, 14 Jun 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Baker, Matthew Area:California Lines:56 Added:06/15/2002

To Mr. O'Reilly

As we all know, the movement toward drug law reform has been taking shape with increasing speed.

It will succeed, hopefully sooner than later. That is why I'm writing you.

Your positions on the subject of substance use has become increasingly more desperate, counterproductive, and serve as a general disservice to your audience.

You know there are options between legalization and prohibition. Any of these options would work better than our current system of zero tolerance prohibition, the system you support, the system that creates the crime, corruption and general disorder you claim to be against.

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5 US CA: Medical Pot On The Meeting MenuMon, 03 Jun 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Crofton, Gregory Area:California Lines:61 Added:06/04/2002

El Dorado County law enforcement met twice with medical marijuana advocates in the last several months to re-evaluate how much pot possession is legal to treat the sick.

A third meeting is planned for mid-June. Gary Lacy, El Dorado County district attorney, Sheriff-elect Jeff Neves and Erik Schlueter, deputy district attorney, attended the meetings. Lacy said his group plans to consult with colleagues before they present new medical marijuana guidelines to the advocates in a few weeks.

The Compassionate Use Act, which passed in 1996, did not specify how much a patient or provider could legally possess. Right now, guidelines specified by Lacy allow someone with a doctor's recommendation to use marijuana, or someone who provides marijuana to a sick person with a recommendation, to possess six plants and/or two pounds of processed marijuana.

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6 US CA: Column: Crimes Against HumanityMon, 20 May 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:O'Reilly, Bill Area:California Lines:82 Added:05/20/2002

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Rockefeller drug laws in New York State. The statutes' most severe provision requires that a judge impose a prison term of no less than 15 years to life for someone convicted of selling two ounces or possessing four ounces of a narcotic substance.

Now there is an outcry by some to revoke those laws. The argument goes like this: "Drug dealing is a non-violent offense, and the perpetrators need drug treatment since they are often addicts themselves. We are throwing away valuable lives by imposing draconian penalties on drug-involved offenders."

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7 US CA: PUB LTE: Prisons Less Crowded Because Of Proposition 36Mon, 22 Apr 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Mirken, Bruce Area:California Lines:40 Added:04/23/2002

To the editor

The just-released U.S. Justice Department figures on numbers of prison and jail inmates are a reminder of how California has benefited from its sane and sensible marijuana laws.

After years of rising prison populations in California and nationwide, the state has now reversed the trend, showing a 0.3 percent decline in the state's prison population between June 2000 and June 2001. Surely much of the credit for this goes to the combined effects of Prop. 36, which substituted treatment for imprisonment for many nonviolent drug offenders, and California's long-standing decisions to decriminalize marijuana possession and legalize medical use of marijuana.

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8 CN BC: Former California Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate ArrestedFri, 19 Apr 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA)          Area:British Columbia Lines:47 Added:04/23/2002

SECHELT, British Columbia (AP) -- A medical marijuana activist and former California gubernatorial candidate wanted in Placer County for failing to serve jail time has been arrested, Royal Canadian Mounted police officials said.

Steve Kubby, 55, a 1998 Libertarian candidate for governor and a force behind the passage of a California proposition that legalized pot clubs, has been living in Canada in violation of a court-ordered 120-day jail stay. He was arrested Tuesday.

Kubby was convicted of two misdemeanor drug-possession counts in December 2000, but failed to surrender to the Placer County jail as ordered on July 25, 2001.

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9 US CA: Marijuana Trial Date Moved To March 25thThu, 14 Mar 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Crofton, Gregory Area:California Lines:37 Added:03/18/2002

A West Slope couple accused of growing 40 marijuana plants illegally in their backyard will not be in court this week as expected.

The trial of Lisa and Keith Whitaker has been pushed back until March 25. The delay is necessary because Erik Schlueter, the deputy district attorney prosecuting the case, said he has to attend to family matters.

The Whitakers are charged with cultivation and offering to furnish marijuana. If convicted of both charges, Lisa, 35, could be sentenced to four years in prison. Keith, 33, could get sentenced eight months longer than his wife because of a 1999 conviction for growing marijuana.

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10 US CA: Editorial: Our ViewFri, 01 Mar 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA)          Area:California Lines:84 Added:03/07/2002

Compared with the sheriff's race, the contest for El Dorado County district attorney has been pretty low-profile. That doesn't make it any less important.

Three candidates are seeking the job, only two of whom merit serious consideration. The dark horse in this race, Dale Schafer, has built his campaign upon cannabis. That's not an appropriate platform for the county's top law enforcement officer.

If pot isn't a platform, however, it certainly qualifies as a valid issue for criminal defendants and law enforcement. Hundreds of county residents have obtained physician clearances to use medicinal marijuana under terms of Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act. Cops and prosecutors have struggled to sort potheads from legitimate patients.

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11 US CA: D. A. Race Gets PersonalFri, 22 Feb 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Ferchland, William Area:California Lines:106 Added:02/24/2002

Quieter than the sheriff's race but louder than the one for assessor, the contest for El Dorado County district attorney is entering the final phase.

Incumbent Gary Lacy plans to continue his duties with a bit of campaigning on the side. Deputy District Attorney Erik Schlueter is in the midst of a two-week break from the office. Attorney Dale Schafer is giving a radio interview Friday and making television commercials.

The mud is starting to fly.

"I'm going to work to get elected but not at the expense of the office or services to the public," Lacy said from his Placerville office.

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12 US CA: PUB LTE: Up In Smoke With High CourtFri, 25 Jan 2002
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Mirken, Bruce Area:California Lines:46 Added:01/29/2002

To the editor;

Now that the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative has resumed its fight for the right to distribute medical marijuana to patients using it legally under California law, it is important to keep in mind what last May's Supreme Court ruling did and did not do.

The court's decision in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative et al did not prevent states from taking action to protect patients who use marijuana for medical purposes. All eight medical marijuana statutes enacted since 1996 remain in full force and effect. The court merely said that distributors of medical marijuana couldn't use a "medical necessity" defense under federal law.

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13 US CA: PUB LTE: Disagrees With Interpretation Of LawWed, 05 Dec 2001
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Carlson, Ray Area:California Lines:40 Added:12/06/2001

To the editor:

Deputy District Attorney Lisa Serafini says that Patrick McMahon's marijuana "will not be returned even if 215 is a viable defense because federal law prohibits possession or cultivation of marijuana." Law enforcement officials of El Dorado County, as well as the county's voters, need to understand that deputy district attorneys have sworn specifically to uphold California state law, not federal law. Therefore, Serafini's statement does not hold water.

How do voters feel about a district attorney in El Dorado County, charged with upholding state laws, who switches when it is convenient to do so in order to enforce his narrow interpretation of the law? Is this the man they want for DA?

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14 US CA: DEA Keeps Files Of Marijuana PatientsWed, 05 Dec 2001
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Crofton, Gregory Area:California Lines:55 Added:12/06/2001

The Drug Enforcement Administration still has the records of Dale Schafer and Dr. Molly Fry -- minus 65 boxes.

DEA agents on Friday returned the boxes to Schafer and Fry, a married couple who operate a medical marijuana clinic in El Dorado County. The portion of files sent back are related to Schafer's previous law practice that dealt with worker's compensation issues, not medical marijuana. The rest of the records, which include medical files on more than 7,000 patients, about 400 of which are from South Shore, remained sealed but still in the hands of the government.

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15 US CA: Smoke But No Fire In Marijuana CaseTue, 27 Nov 2001
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Crofton, Gregory Area:California Lines:53 Added:11/28/2001

El Dorado County Sheriff's deputies confiscated 12 marijuana plants in October from a South Lake Tahoe motorist who said the plants were for medicinal use. Two months later, the marijuana remains in an evidence locker.

Patrick McMahon, 30, of San Mateo, Calif., was ticketed for transporting marijuana after a deputy got a tip from another driver that McMahon's red Blazer was carrying suspicious plants.

McMahon's Dec. 3 court date was vacated and he has not yet been charged with a crime because El Dorado County District Attorney's Office is still investigating the incident. They want to determine if McMahon is eligible for protection from the law under Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act, which passed in 1996.

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16 US CA: Column: Ashcroft Swore He Would Uphold The ConstitutionFri, 23 Nov 2001
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Ivins, Molly Area:California Lines:105 Added:11/23/2001

WHOA! The problem is the premise. We are having one of those circular arguments about how many civil liberties we can trade away in order to make ourselves safe from terrorism, without even looking at the assumption-- can we can make ourselves safer by making ourselves less free? There is no inverse relationship between freedom and security. Less of one does not lead to more of the other. People with no rights are not safe from terrorist attack.

Exactly what do we want to strike out of the U.S. Constitution that we think would prevent terrorist attacks? Let's see, if civil liberties had been suspended before Sept. 11, would law enforcement have noticed Mohamed Atta? Would the FBI have opened an investigation of Zacarias Massoui, as Minneapolis agents wanted to do? The CIA had several of the 9-11 actors on their lists of suspected terrorists. Exactly what civil liberty prevented them from doing anything about it?

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17 US CA: PUB LTE: Just say 'NO' to Drug CzarFri, 16 Nov 2001
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Murphy, Donald E. Area:California Lines:47 Added:11/20/2001

When U.S. Sens. Boxer and Feinstein vote on the confirmation of John Walters for drug czar, I hope they remember the desires of the citizens of California, who overwhelmingly voted by referendum to allow patients to use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Our founding fathers feared a strong federal government and spelled out the federal government's responsibilities and restrictions in the Constitution.

The Tenth Amendment specifically reserved all other responsibilities to the states. Self-determination with regards to medical use of marijuana should be the sole responsibility of each state and its citizens.

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18 US CA: Drug Forum Gets VocalMon, 19 Nov 2001
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Ferchland, William Area:California Lines:71 Added:11/20/2001

A street law forum about methamphetamine and marijuana sporadically turned into a verbal street brawl between presenters and audience members.

The forum drew about two dozen people to an El Dorado County courtroom Thursday night. It was intended to educate the audience regarding aspects of drugs and their effects.

"This is an educational forum, not a podium," Deputy District Attorney Lisa Serafini said as noise escalated.

Jackie Long, a special agent with the California attorney general's office, travels around the country explaining the effects of drugs to high school students and community members. A law enforcement officer with a background in biochemistry, he felt his presentation cut short.

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19 US CA: DEA Can Examine Records Of Marijuana PatientsThu, 15 Nov 2001
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Crofton, Gregory Area:California Lines:49 Added:11/16/2001

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE -- A district court judge in Sacramento ruled last week that records of at least 400 South Shore medicinal marijuana patients could be examined by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The DEA seized more than 5,000 records from the California Medical Research Center on Sept. 28 saying its medical marijuana recommendations to patients may represent acts of "aiding and abetting" marijuana sales, according to U.S. Attorney Anne Pings.

The research center is a two-year-old medical marijuana clinic in Cool, a town at the northwestern edge of El Dorado County, that has hundreds of clients from South Shore.

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20 US CA: PUB LTE: Marijuana in El DoradoWed, 14 Nov 2001
Source:Tahoe Daily Tribune (CA) Author:Carlson, Ray Area:California Lines:37 Added:11/14/2001

The confiscation of Patrick McMahon's plants and personal medicine in El Dorado County, in spite of his presentation of his cannabis card to the police shows a continuing pattern of harassment on the part of certain law enforcement officials toward medical marijuana patients five years after Proposition 215 was passed in California. What a coincidence that El Dorado County is where the current district attorney turned loose the DEA against his opponent Dale Schafer, who just happens to be opposing the incumbent. What is even more telling is that no arrests or charges have been filed in either case!

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