Expert: Pot Should Be Destroyed (WHAT A SHAME!!!)

Discussion in 'Marijuana News' started by Superjoint, Apr 5, 2001.

  1. By Clark Mason, Press Democrat
    Source: Press Democrat

    An expert witness said Tuesday all of the marijuana stored in a mold-infested sheriff's locker should be destroyed. Marijuana is among the evidence from nearly 8,000 criminal cases stored in a converted laundry room at the old jail that has been infested by mold.
    Gregory Raymond, an environmental health specialist hired by the county, said the mold can cause infections and even death for people with suppressed immune systems.

    He said returning the moldy pot to medical marijuana users who have been acquitted does not make sense.

    "We don't want to expose people to mold," he said. "It seems unethical to give it out to people who presumably have health issues already."

    But an attorney representing a man acquitted after mounting a medical marijuana defense said the claim is "absurdly exaggerated."

    "It sounds like a low-budget, science-fiction movie," defense attorney Sandy Feinland said in court Tuesday.

    Sheriff's officials estimated it will cost $64,000 to decontaminate the evidence locker. Although much of the evidence can be cleaned of the mold, they say the marijuana cannot.

    Raymond's testimony came during a hearing for Alan MacFarlane, a Santa Rosa man who asked for what remains of 109 plants seized from his backyard in 1999.

    An estimated 20 pounds of his crop are stored in the evidence locker, and MacFarlane wants it back.

    Feinland said he believes the mold isn't any more dangerous than what grows "in your refrigerator."

    Superior Court Judge Robert Boyd continued the hearing until April 13 so MacFarlane can hire his own expert to determine if the marijuana is dangerous.

    Raymond identified the predominant types of mold in the evidence locker as scopulariopsis, humicola and harknessia, all unusual fungi. There is little information on the human health implications of exposure to these genera.

    The Sonoma County district attorney's office also opposes the return of MacFarlane's marijuana on other grounds.

    Deputy District Attorney Alexander "Bud" McMahon said despite a jury verdict in MacFaralne's favor, prosecutors believe he had an excessive amount of marijuana and returning it would violate federal law.

    Note: Witness says moldy marijuana from sheriff's evidence locker could sicken or kill users.

    You can reach Staff Writer Clark Mason at: cmason@pressdemocrat.com

    Source: Press Democrat, The (CA)
    Author: Clark Mason, Press Democrat
    Published: April 4, 2001
    Copyright: 2001 The Press Democrat
    Contact: letters@pressdemo.com
    Website: http://www.pressdemo.com/
     
  2. Its just a fantasy...Its not the real thing...wo..oh..oh..oh..

    Who is paying for this low-budget movie...

    If you think about it...That way...Its not so low-budget...After all...

    What comes around...Goes around...

    And it does seem to be going...

    peace...and common sense...for all...

    kingnothing...sleeptight...
     

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