Newsbrief: Will Foster Arrested on Minor Parole Violation in California, May Face Return to Oklahoma Prison 5/31/02

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Will Foster, the Oklahoma man who gained national fame after being sentenced to 93 years in prison for growing marijuana for medical reasons in his basement, has been arrested as a parole violator in California and faces a hearing today (Friday) that could send him back to an Oklahoma prison cell.

After an intensive, multiyear national campaign, Foster's sentence was reduced to 20 years, and he was released last year on parole. Foster relocated to the Bay Area of California, where he has been a productive member of society and active in the marijuana reform movement. According to a statement released by Ed Rosenthal, the marijuana cultivation expert recently arrested in a DEA medical marijuana raid in San Francisco, Foster provided expert witness services in marijuana cases and was called on March 28 to investigate a garden that had been seized that day.

When Foster arrived on the scene, law enforcement agents serving a second warrant stopped and arrested him for being more than 50 miles from his parole office, a technical parole violation. They also charged him with driving with an Oklahoma driver's license, even though he currently resides in California, another technical violation even though his Oklahoma license is valid. In a search subsequent to his arrest, agents found two grams of marijuana in his car, leading to a third charge of marijuana possession.

Such minor parole violations are typically treated with a warning or reprimand, but because Foster is a "guest parolee" from Oklahoma, his new parole officer, whom he has never met, is asking that he be sent back to Oklahoma.

Foster has been jailed in Nevada County since March 28. District Hearing Agent Denise Milano will determine his fate today.

Past DRCNet coverage of the Will Foster case:

Will Foster Freed From Jail, Had 93 Years for Medical Marijuana (4/27/01)
http://www.drcnet.org/wol/183.html#fosterfree

Will Foster Parole Denied (1/22/99)
http://www.drcnet.org/wol/075.html#noparole

Free Will Foster Campaign Continues (9/18/98)
http://www.drcnet.org/wol/059.html#freewill

Rally to Free Will Foster Scheduled for Oklahoma City (4/3/98)
http://www.drcnet.org/wol/036.html#freewill

Update on Will Foster - DRCNet helps get action! (7/1/97)
http://www.drcnet.org/wol/001.html#pastalerts

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