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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Perron: Marijuana battle heats up

By John Lindblom - Record-Bee staff

UPPER LAKE -- Dennis Perron, co-author of the law that made medical marijuana legal in California, said Wednesday he believes Upper Lake medical marijuana grower Eddy Lepp has put his life in jeopardy by openly combating federal and local law enforcement officials.

"They're out to get him, obviously," said Perron from his home in the East Bay when told that Lepp had been arrested for a third time early Wednesday morning during a raid by a team of federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officers and Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino county officials.

Until Wednesday, Lepp was free on bail, pending his trial in federal court for charges stemming from an August 2004 raid of his Upper Lake property.

"They're going to kill him," Perron said repeatedly of Lepp. "I don't know if he wants to be a martyr, but he has set himself up as one."


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