Medicinal marijuana user mulls lawsuit after charges dropped

Crown prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges against a 62-year-old Pass Creek medicinal marijuana user who was arrested in February after Castlegar police raided her home and seized her growing equipment. Velma Mullaney is now considering suing the RCMP, according to her lawyer.

  • May. 18, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Crown prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges against a 62-year-old Pass Creek medicinal marijuana user who was arrested in February after Castlegar police raided her home and seized her growing equipment.

Velma Mullaney is now considering suing the RCMP, according to her lawyer.

“The first thing that’s she’s going to do is to retrieve her equipment,” Don Skogstad said on Tuesday.

“We’ll see where that leads.”

Skogstad said he learned on Friday that the Crown would not pursue charges, something he predicted would happen when he spoke with the Castlegar News last month.

At that time he said his client claimed police told her after they raided her home that they had counted 99 plants at the residence.

Mullaney has a licence from Health Canada to grow 49 marijuana plants and her boyfriend also has a licence for 49 plants, for a total of 98 plants between them.

“A one-per-cent error?” Skogstad said in an April interview with the Castlegar News. “Nobody’s going to charge her for that.”

Police would not say publicly exactly how many plants they found at the residence after executing a search warrant on Feb. 24.

Skogstad said he only handles criminal cases at the moment and would not represent Mullaney if she does decide to pursue a civil suit against the RCMP.

Just Posted

South Slocan woman killed in Friday crash

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries School’s got talent

Talent show to be held Feb. 21 at Brilliant Cultural Centre

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

Selkirk College Saints score pair of crucial wins

Stellar goaltending and timely goals lead to victory over the Vancouver Island University Mariners.

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

East Kootenay mine deaths prompt safety initiatives

Teck produces educational video, introduces new procedures after contractor drowns at Fording River

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Most Read