The City of Springfield Settles; Agrees to Pay Marijuana Patient $7,500

The city of Springfield agreed to pay $7,500 to settle with a man that police ticketed for carrying medical marijuana into the Springfield Justice Center.

A Springfield Municipal Court judge dismissed the citation after McClain vowed to dispute the charge at a trial. McClain received a doctor’s recommendation to use the drug after he injured his back in a traffic accident and has state approval to use medical marijuana.

By settling the case, Paul McClain gave up his right to file a lawsuit accusing Springfield police of violating his civil rights. It also allows the city to deny any alleged wrongdoing in the February 2010 incident.

“It was solely done to avoid litigation costs, and the city has no admission of wrongdoing,” Laudati said.

McClain, who lives in Springfield, filed a tort claim notice with the city last August stating the City “failed to provide fair warning that possessing marijuana in a public place is unlawful.”

McClain’s allegations were based upon a February 11, 2010 incident. Two police officers stopped and issued him a ticket for possessing marijuana in a public place, even after confirming McClain’s status as a state-registered medical marijuana patient.

As of January 2011, over 38,000 people in Oregon hold state-issued cards allowing them to use medical marijuana as patients.

By Eddie Haskill – © ORmmj.com

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