Big Island pays $30,000 to medical marijuana users to settle arrest suit

December 01, 2004

Associated Press, Honolulu Advertiser

KAILUA, KONA, Hawai'i — Two Big Island medical marijuana users have received $30,000 from Hawai'i County in a settlement of a wrongful arrest lawsuit.

John and Rhonda Robison, along with their houseguest, Kealoha Wells, were arrested in July 2002 after marijuana was discovered growing in a greenhouse at their Kailua, Kona home.

Rhonda Robison said she is certified to use marijuana for a form of muscular dystrophy while her husband uses it as follow-up treatment for leukemia.

Wells used it while receiving treatment for leukemia.

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