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McClain believes that the law is behind him with these one. He is going to attend a hearing next month for receiving a citation for illegally possessing marijuana. Court officials inside the Springfield Justice Center claimed that they have found marijuana and smoking paraphernalia when his backpack was searched. He further stated that Oregon’s medical marijuana law gives him the right to carry his own medication outside the confines of his home. "I feel I was complying with state regulations because I read the regulations about medical marijuana and that I was in compliance,” McClain said.

"If, according to the law, that it works," he said, "then I'm going to be exonerated." The Springfield Police disagrees with his claim. They firmly believe that the law clearly states that citizens, whether one is a medical patient or not, shouldn’t be carrying marijuana in public areas. Sgt. Tom Brochers even stated that if the description of the law is to be followed, then Mclain is guilty as charged. "Our position is that he unlawfully possessed marijuana in a public place," Borchers added. On April 22, it will be decided whether the court will favor McClain or the Springfield Police.

Springfield, Oregon, pays medical marijuana patient $7,500 settlement

Paul McClain, a medical marijuana user, has just received a settlement amounting to $7,500. In exchange, McClain withdrew from pressing charges against the city of Springfield. McCain warned earlier that he would be filing a complaint after he was given a citation by the local authorities for bringing cannabis inside the Springfield Justice Center. Last February of 2010, McCain has gone inside the courthouse to settle some traffic violation fines. His backpack was then thoroughly searched by officers of the court. The search yielded a “small amount” of marijuana. McCain presented his patient card and was later confirmed by the state registry that he is indeed a medical marijuana patient. Two police officers then ordered him to ingest his medication outside the court’s premises. Though instead of ingesting, McCain went outside, put away his marijuana and walked back inside the courthouse. He was then issued a ticket for marijuana possession. Police officer Brian Antone stated that according to Oregon’s medical marijuana law, registered patients should not be bringing their medication in public areas. This has prompted him to issue the ticket. It turned out that the Antone’s interpretation of the law was wrong.

Oregon’s state Senator, Floyd Prozanski, D Eugene, stated in writing that what the law forbids is the use and cultivation of marijuana openly. Springfield Municipal Court later cancelled the citation. Springfield Medical Marijuana case Dismissed Despite the settlement amount he received, Paul McClain would have liked that the case has been pushed through. Even the police officials of Springfield agree on this one. The dismissal of the case only retains the vagueness of the state’s medical marijuana law. "As it stands today, nothing has been resolved as far as we're concerned," remarked Rich Harrison, Captain of the Springfield Police Department. Since no modifications have been made, the Springfield police will continue on with the protocol they’ve been doing before the McClain incident.

Medical Marijuana Grower Shoots Suspected Thief

A licensed medical marijuana grower pulls the trigger on a suspected burglar SPRINGFIELD – A legally licensed medical marijuana grower shoots a man he suspected to be in the act of stealing his pot plants. At around 3:00 a.m. of Saturday, a shooting happened at an apartment located in the 900 block of Anderson Lane, Springfield. A 40 year-old victim was shot twice on the leg by 28 year-old male. Police investigations found that the suspected burglar was not at all the antagonist but is the victim in the situation. According to Springfield police Sgt. David Lewis, the unidentified shooter and the victim were out for a spree during that night. After they separated ways, the victim noticed that his house keys aren’t with him and realized that he left them the shooter’s car. He then decided to head get back to latter’s apartment to get his keys. He received no response after knocking at the door so the victim tried to enter through a window close to a room where the marijuana plants of the grower are situated.

The marijuana grower mistook the victim as a burglar and went to retrieve his gun, then after shot the man two times on the leg. The former’s girlfriend though realized the mistake and immediately called 911. The victim was rushed by the medics for treatment at the Sacred Heart Medical Center in Riverbend, Springfield. No case was filed against him as decided by the prosecutor and no arrest was given to the shooter. Follow-up investigations showed about the shooter being a licensed marijuana grower and that his pot plants did not exceed the number allowed under the Oregon Law.

Springfield is the second most populated city in Lane County, next to Eugene, with a population density of 59,403 according to the 2010 census. It lies in the southern Willamette Valley and shares a boundary with Eugene through Interstate 5. It lies to the east of Interstate 5 and is situated between the McKenzie and Willamette rivers. August is the driest month and November is the wettest month. Elias Briggs and his wife Mary traveled from Kentucky in 1849 to the Pacific Northwest and built their home near a babbling spring. Briggs developed the town around this babbling spring, and henceforth came the name Springfield. In 1885, Springfield was incorporated as a city.

The economy and business sector of Springfield thrives on wood products, technology, medical, tourism, software, and industrial manufacturing. Companies that supported the city include Shorewood, Symantec, Weyerhaeuser, Kingsford, and Hexion Chemical. A national call center opened by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines paved way to 500 jobs in the area in 2006. University of Oregon remains at the top list of employers.

Sea Lion Caves and the Lane County Historical Museum offer recreational activities for residents and tourists. Included in the tourist and recreational destinations of Springfield are the award-winning Willamalane Park and Recreation District. Visitors to Springfield also have access to the world-class entertainment offered by Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Natural attraction and historical sites consist of the Fern Ridge Arboretum, coastal and sand dunes, some twenty historic covered bridges, and Mount Pisgah Arboretum.

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