Newsbrief: Update -- Colorado Confrontation on Hold Pending Federal Court Ruling 2/6/04

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Drug War Chronicle reported last week on Colorado resident Don Nord and his fight to make the cops give his medicine back ( Nord, who suffers from a variety of ailments, grew his own marijuana in compliance with Colorado law, but his crop was seized by a joint federal-state anti-drug task force. Nord successfully moved to have his property returned, but the task force declined to return his marijuana, saying it was illegal under federal law. The nine members of the task were scheduled to appear in state court this week to answer contempt charges, but that hearing was postponed at the request of a federal judge called in by the Colorado US Attorney, who is representing the task force members against the state contempt charge.

At a January 29 hearing, Nord's attorney, Kris Hammond, and federal prosecutors argued before federal District Court Judge Walker Miller over whether the federal courts should assume jurisdiction over the case. Miller made no decision last week, and a hearing is set to hear more complete arguments over the jurisdictional issue next week.

In the meantime, Nord, who lives on a disability pension of $655 a month, and Hammond, who is receiving a token $100 monthly payment from Nord, are seeking contributions to a defense (and offense) fund to cover the costs of litigating what has turned into a federal-state confrontation over medical marijuana. The $100 a month "just about pays the cost of phone calls in this case," said Hammond.

To contribute to Nord's defense (and offense), send a check to: Don Nord, P.O. Box 1616, Hayden, CO 81639.

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