64-Year-Old Woman Pleads No Contest To Marijuana 

64-Year-Old Woman Pleads No Contest To Marijuana 
Posted by FoM on November 10, 1999 at 07:08:54 PT
Source: Star Tribune
A 64-year-old woman who says she smoked marijuana to ease the pain of illness has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drug possession. 
Delphia Toney of Hazel Green, who entered the plea Tuesday, is to pay a $10 fine, plus about $100 in court-related fees. She faced a maximum penalty of a $1, 500 fine and more than six months in jail. Prosecutors dropped a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia. Toney' s also has had her driver' s license suspended for six months. Toney was arrested Aug. 6 after a postal inspector delivered a package that included marijuana, a criminal complaint said. The woman has said she smoked marijuana because she is in pain after surgeries but suffers from a stomach condition that would have been aggravated by normal pain killers. Prosecutors charged, however, that Toney admitted she has smoked marijuana for about 50 years. For that reason, Hazel Green Police Chief Michael Gorham has said it would be inappropriate to portray the case as a grandmother getting into trouble for her choice of medicine. Gorham has said it would be a double standard to prosecute 18-year-olds on drug charges but not Toney. Hazel Green and other small southwestern Wisconsin communities have been publicizing themselves as tough on drugs because of the rapid growth of methamphetamine labs. Toney had been buying marijuana through the mail for about a year before she was arrested, according to prosecutors. Published: November 10, 1999 Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Related Article & Web Site:Drug Policy Forum Of Wisconsin Busted For Pot - 9/18/99
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