Medical Marijuana Case Against Police Set For September

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HILO - A May civil trial against police officers who seized three medical
marijuana patients' plants more than one year ago has been postponed until
September, the plaintiffs attorney said.

Honolulu attorney Jack Schweigert said Kealoha Wells has made a settlement
offer with the county, while John and Rhonda Robison are expected to take
their case to trial Sept. 6.

The County Council has Wells' case on its Feb. 4 agenda to discuss in
executive session. Deputy Corporation Counsel Joe Kamelamela, who is
defending the police officers, could not be reached Thursday to confirm
councilmembers will decide on the settlement offer.

The Robisons and Wells were living together in July 2002 when police
arrested them and seized 20 marijuana plants and 1.5 ounces of dried
marijuana from their Kalaoa residence.

Police detained Wells and the Robison couple for eight hours July 8 before
releasing them "pending investigation" and, to date have not charged them
with a crime. On July 16, 2002, police reportedly returned the dried
marijuana to Wells and the couple.

John Robison, 38, and Wells, 31, are registered with the state Department
of Public Safety Narcotics Enforcement Division to use medical marijuana to
treat their acute lympho cytic leukemia. Rhonda Robison, 32, is registered
to treat her Charco - Marie - Tooth (CMT) muscular dystrophy. In addition,
Rhonda Robison in July 2002 was registered with Public Safety as a primary
caregiver for Wells, allowing her to grow marijuana for Wells.

According to state law, a medical marijuana cardholder may have up to four
immature plants and three mature plants, along with one ounce of usable
marijuana per mature plant. A plant is considered mature when it has buds
or flowers.

HILO - A May civil trial against police officers who seized three medical
marijuana patients' plants more than one year ago has been postponed until
September, the plaintiffs attorney said.

Honolulu attorney Jack Schweigert said Kealoha Wells has made a settlement
offer with the county, while John and Rhonda Robison are expected to take
their case to trial Sept. 6.

The County Council has Wells' case on its Feb. 4 agenda to discuss in
executive session. Deputy Corporation Counsel Joe Kamelamela, who is
defending the police officers, could not be reached Thursday to confirm
councilmembers will decide on the settlement offer.

The Robisons and Wells were living together in July 2002 when police
arrested them and seized 20 marijuana plants and 1.5 ounces of dried
marijuana from their Kalaoa residence.

Police detained Wells and the Robison couple for eight hours July 8 before
releasing them "pending investigation" and, to date have not charged them
with a crime. On July 16, 2002, police reportedly returned the dried
marijuana to Wells and the couple.

John Robison, 38, and Wells, 31, are registered with the state Department
of Public Safety Narcotics Enforcement Division to use medical marijuana to
treat their acute lympho cytic leukemia. Rhonda Robison, 32, is registered
to treat her Charco - Marie - Tooth (CMT) muscular dystrophy. In addition,
Rhonda Robison in July 2002 was registered with Public Safety as a primary
caregiver for Wells, allowing her to grow marijuana for Wells.

According to state law, a medical marijuana cardholder may have up to four
immature plants and three mature plants, along with one ounce of usable
marijuana per mature plant. A plant is considered mature when it has buds
or flowers.