P>At noon on April 20, people from Oklahoma and across the country will hold a rally on the steps of the state capitol in Oklahoma City to protest the 93 year sentence being served by medical marijuana patient Will Foster. Foster, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, was sentenced on February 27, 1997 to 70 years for cultivation, 20 years for cultivation in the presence of a minor (his children, who had no idea that their father was growing his medicine in a bomb shelter, under lock and key underneath the house), two years for intent to distribute (which is assumed for possession of more than 10 grams in Oklahoma) and an additional year for failure to have a tax stamp.
The Fosters' home was stormed by state, county and local agents acting on an anonymous tip. Foster, who is 39 years old, ran his own software business from the house and had no prior record. His sentences are set to run consecutively.
We urge all of our subscribers in the Oklahoma City region to attend this event and to urge your friends and family in the area to attend. Featured speakers will include Meg Foster (Will's wife) and DRCNet associate director Adam Smith. The rally is being sponsored by Oklahoma NORML. If you'd like more information, or to make a contribution, you can call them at (405) 366-8058.
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Issue #36, 4/3/98
DRCNet Membership Drive a Success -- New Offer for April | "Free Will Foster" Rally to be Held in Oklahoma City | Aids Advisory Council to Vote on Resolution Calling for Shalala's Resignation | Shalala Milk Ad Parodied by Pro-Needle Exchange Group | Senate Fails to Reverse Mexico's Certification | Lungren Motion Denied: San Francisco Buyers' Club to Remain Open Pending Jury Trial | Multiple Sclerosis Patient, in Act of Civil Disobedience, Consumes Cannabis in Congressional Office | RIT Students Defend Open Debate: Campus Marijuana Law Reform Group Pushes for University Recognition | Murdered Teen Informant Made Deal Directly with Brea Police | Lawmakers Call for Further Arms Buildup in Colombia | High-Powered New Zealand Group Issues Report: Legalize And Regulate Cannabis | Link of the Week: An Up-Close Look at the Action | Editorial: Escalation in Colombia -- On a Path Into the Jungle
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