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LaVonne & Martin Victor

Postby palmspringsbum » Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:19 pm

The Press Enterprise wrote:Judge orders hearing on pot as medicine

TEMECULA: Before the court are a couple who grew marijuana to treat their various illnesses.


12:24 AM PDT on Saturday, September 13, 2003


By JOE VARGO / The Press-Enterprise



<img src=bin/victors-1.jpg align=right>TEMECULA - A judge on Friday ordered a hearing on the medical pros and cons of marijuana before deciding whether to dismiss charges against a Temecula couple who contend they grew pot to treat assorted illnesses.

The prosecutor and defense attorney called the upcoming hearing in the case against Martin and La Vonne Victor highly unusual, saying judges don't usually require such exhaustive testimony before ruling whether to drop charges.

Deputy District Attorney Quinn Baranski said the hearing before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Rodney Walker will be a "trial before the trial."

The Victors are charged with possessing and cultivating 21 pounds of marijuana in their Temecula home and face up to 32 months in state prison if they are convicted. Their attorneys have asked to have the allegations thrown out.

La Vonne Victor, 47, suffers from multiple sclerosis, damaged vertebrae, emphysema and panic attacks. Martin Victor, 50, suffers cluster headaches as a result of damaged optic nerves.

Both say marijuana provides relief from their chronic and intense pain without the side effects of other medications.

Walker said he wants testimony to include what types of serious medical conditions marijuana can treat, other medications that could help patients