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Pot grower still waits

There certainly have been a lot of stories about medical marijuana in the local news recently. It got me wondering whatever happened to the Medford man medical marijuana supporters were rallying around in June. I can't remember the young man's name. But he had a conviction and was awaiting sentencing. Did he get off?

— Rick B., Talent

You have a good memory, Rick. And other than a second postponement of Joshua Brewer's sentencing, you haven't missed much since our last story ran June 10.

The 22-year-old Medford man was arrested Sept. 27 for having more "usable" marijuana than his grow card allowed. After a two-day jury trial in Jackson County Circuit Court, Brewer was found guilty of a single count each of manufacturing and possessing a substantial amount of marijuana.

Local NORML members protested Brewer's initial June 8 sentencing hearing, saying that Brewer was wrongfully convicted of felony charges related to his September arrest. The group has threatened a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Medford and its police department.

Brewer's former public defender Michael Bertholf expected Brewer would receive probation. But also acknowledged his client could receive up to 10 years and fines of $250,000 for each guilty verdict.

On the morning slated for his sentencing, Brewer appeared before Judge Ray White accompanied by Portland attorney Leland Berger. Berger assisted in drafting the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, and represents therapeutic cannabis patients and their caregivers statewide.

White granted Berger's request for postponement in order to familiarize himself with the case. Another hearing date set for June 29 was also postponed. Brewer's next sentencing hearing is slated for Aug. 30.

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