AARON ANDERSON: Last June, the Week Online reported that Aaron Anderson, a hemp advocate in Hawaii, had won the right to sue prosecutors and the County of Hawaii (the "Big Island") for violations of Constitutional rights in a case dating back to 1992. Former prosecutor Kay Iopa had brought charges against Anderson and Roger Christie for commerce in legal hemp seed products, acknowledging she would only bring such charges against advocates of marijuana legalization (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/094.html#andersoncase).
Two weeks ago, a federal judge rejected the County's claim that all hemp products are illegal, and Anderson's civil rights case is scheduled for trial in federal court in Honolulu on June 5, 2000. Attorney Steven Strauss says that the case is making good law for marijuana and civil rights advocates, but that contributions and other resources have run out. Anderson and Strauss are seeking financial help to pay for expert witness fees to establish lost profits for Anderson's hemp business that was shut down, for depositions of the prosecutor, three deputies, police officers and a DEA agent, photocopying costs, and travel expenses. They are willing to return any contributions out of an award of damages or attorney's fees.
If you would like to support the Anderson civil rights lawsuit against prosecutors and the County of Hawaii, send contributions to: Steven D. Strauss Client Trust Account, P.O. Box 11517s, Hilo, HI 96721.
RENEE BOJE: The US government is seeking to extradite Renee Boje from Canada, to try her for alleged involvement in a medical marijuana growing operation in Bel Air, California. The judge in her extradition case is expected to hand down a ruling on Feb. 9, and it is expected that the judge will order her surrendered to US authorities. Boje's attorney, John Conroy, has prepared an appeal.
The case has attracted substantial media attention, including an article in Glamour magazine, but financial support for the defense and media effort has been sparse. Visit http://www.thecompassionclub.org/renee/ or e-mail [email protected] to learn more about Renee Boje and her case. To contribute, send check or money to: Renee Boje Legal Defense Team, P.O. Box 1557, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0, or visit http://www.safesafe.com/reneeboje/ to donate online.