Leroy Stubblefield became the
first person in Oregon to have his
medical marijuana seized by federal
agents when they raided his home in
September 2002 and removed 12
plants from an indoor grow room.
Neither Stubblefield nor his two
caregivers—Steve Russell and
Clarence VanDehay—were arrested
during or since the raid.
Confined to a wheelchair since 1969, Stubblefield became
a quadriplegic after a serious car accident the day after he
returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam. He suffers from sleep
apnea and post-traumatic stress disorder, both of which his
doctors believe are linked to his combat experience. Medical
marijuana eases Stubblefield’s pain and reduces his reliance on
other medications, including methadone. He has been legally
certified as a medical marijuana patient under Oregon state
law since 1999; Russell and VanDehay are both state-licensed
medical marijuana caregivers.
State law permits up to seven plants (three mature, four
immature) per person, so the 12 plants seized from
Stubblefield and his caregivers were well within the legal
limits. The Portland-based Hemp & Cannabis Foundation
(THCF) replaced Stubblefield’s plants after the raid. On
January 13, THCF filed a lawsuit against the DEA and U.S.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, asking for an injunction
against future medical marijuana raids in Oregon. As this
newsletter went to press, no hearing date had been scheduled.
Marijuana Policy Report- Volume 9- Number 1, Spring 2003