Lynn and Judy Osburn are charged in federal court with cultivating medical marijuana in accordance with California state law, HS 11362.5 and in agreement with the city of West Hollywood and the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center.

Medical Cannabis Advocates Face Up to 40 Years

Lynn and Judy Osburn, medical marijuana advocates,…have been charged in federal court in a case that could land them in prison for up to 40 years. …U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized 32 marijuana plants at the Osburn's northern Ventura County ranch.

The case against the Osburns, who are well-known activists and authors of "Green Gold: the Tree of Life," a history of pot use in major religions, was built on evidence gathered in three raids at the 60-acre farm where they have lived for 25 years. -- LA Times September 18, 2002

The DEA agent commanding the 2001 and 2002 raids told us, "We didn't want to be here." After an October, 2002, hearing he reiterated: "If it were not for orders from D.C., we would not be here," adding: "We've investigated these people for five years and we know they're completely above board." -- Lynn and Judy Osburn

Lynn and Judy are members of the largest patient-run medical cannabis cooperative in California, Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Cooperative. LACRC had over 960 active members when the Bush administration assailed its resource center headquarters in October 2001. Ten months after that federal assault Lynn and Judy were arrested and became the first of the LACRC patients to be charged under federal law for activities protected under California's Prop. 215.  Continued...

Court Dates:

Motions hearing: April 7, 2003, at 3 P.M., before the Honorable Judge A. Howard Matz, 312 N. Spring Street, Room 14, Los Angeles.


The Osburns desperately need financial support to fight their case. There is also a danger that the federal government will seize their home, which they built themselves.


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