October 22, 1997 in City

Man Says He Grew Marijuana For Use By Friend With Aids

From Staff And Wire Reports

Police seized 18 marijuana plants from the home of a man who said he was growing them for medicinal use by a friend with AIDS.

Acting on a tip, officers went to the home Thursday evening.

The resident cooperated and led police to the basement, where the plants were growing.

Police confiscated nine full-grown marijuana plants, nine starter plants, three fluorescent lights, a heater, heat lamps and a fan.

The resident was not arrested but could be charged with manufacturing marijuana, a felony, Lt. Clark Taylor said.

The marijuana was being tended under the supervision of Green Cross, a Seattle-based organization that directs marijuana to people with disabling or life-threatening illnesses, said Stitch Miller, co-founder of the group.

The resident was growing the drug to help relieve the pain and nausea of a friend with AIDS, Miller said.

The seizure was made as Washington voters consider Initiative 685, which would legalize the medical use of marijuana and other drugs that now are illegal.

The measure is on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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