Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferer Gets 9-Month Suspended Sentence in England 11/15/97

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Eric Mann is a fifty-four year-old former oil refinery supervisor forced into early retirement by the pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis. He is also a grandfather... and a medical marijuana user. Mr. Mann had never before been in any trouble with the law, but last week, the Swansea Crown Court sentenced him to nine months imprisonment for the 141 cannabis plants found growing in his attic. Due to his medical condition, and to Mr. Mann's otherwise good character, the court suspended the sentence.

Despite this, Mr. Mann says he plans to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights, and he plans to continue to use cannabis to relieve his pain.

Week Online readers will note that Will Foster, currently serving 93 years in the state of Oklahoma, was growing less than half the number of plants that Mr. Mann was convicted of... also for relief of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

[Source: The Independent on Sunday, 11/9]

Will Foster web page: http://www.gnv.fdt.net/~jrdawson/willfoster.htm
The Independent's Cannabis decriminalization campaign: http://www.independent.co.uk/sindypot/index.htm

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