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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 12:43 pm    Post subject: Marco Renda Busted! Reply with quote

MARCO RENDA owner/operator at TY was busted at 8:30 PM 04/14/2005.
Marco Renda is a legal medical marijuana patient and who also happens to be MMAR cardholder under Health Canada "regulations" which are unconstitutional under Hitzig v. Canada

He is charged with:

3x trafficking
3x exportation
1x cultivation
1x possession for the purpose (resin oil)

Marco says that he is not allowed under bail conditions to use a computer. Whether ty will continue to be served is unclear, but others will in the gap i would think.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is his site: http://www.treatingyourself.com/

I hope they let him out soon. This is the second cannabis related website owner that gets harrassed in a very short time in Canada. It looks as if there's a directed action going on there.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The main problem is that he was shipping cannabis and hash overseas using the postal service. He had 3 bundles of shipments to dozens of members that were confiscated. Some of them were going to the UK and US. Needless to say, there are some nervous recipients that are worried that they may be under investigation now. Of course that is the intention of the authorities to make everyone feel paranoid.
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He is out on bail and defiant as ever. His court date is May 2
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guelph Mercury
News, Friday, April 15, 2005, p. A1
Up in smoke; A sick Guelph man fears the future after police confiscate his crop of what he argues is legal marijuana, prescribed to ease his many ailments

DEIRDRE HEALEY
MERCURY STAFF

GUELPH - Bob LeDuc is terrified he has to face the next three months of his life without his medicinal marijuana.

It will mean days full of violent epileptic seizures, memory loss, irritable bowel syndrome and painful dry skin caused by cirrhosis, he said.

LeDuc, 55, is authorized by Health Canada to grow up to 39 marijuana plants to curb the symptoms of his many illnesses.

But the Guelph man lost his entire crop of marijuana Wednesday after police raided his friend's home and seized 31 plants LeDuc had growing there.

Four drug enforcement units, including Wellington OPP's tactical team, searched Marco Renda's rural home in Dundalk Wednesday afternoon as part of an ongoing investigation.

While Renda is authorized to grow up to 78 marijuana plants -- he has hepatitis C and suffers from chronic vomiting -- officers found 109 plants growing in his garage.

"They destroyed my plants," said LeDuc, who estimates it will take another three months before he can grow and harvest more plants.

"That's my medicine. What I am faced with if I don't get my medicine scares the hell out of me."

LeDuc blames Health Canada for the mishap because he said they put his Guelph residence on his exemption card as the place where his marijuana was being grown and not Renda's address.

"I have been growing my marijuana at his house since 2001 and every year it has been his address on my exemption card except for this year," LeDuc said. "I called Health Canada three times to change it, but they never did and I eventually gave up. I thought it must not be a big deal. Now this has happened."

Police raided Renda's home after receiving information from the Canada Border and Security Agency connecting Renda to packages of marijuana being mailed to addresses in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Renda said he wasn't surprised police were investigating him because some of his packages had gone missing recently.

"I was kind of anticipating it," said the 45-year-old after being released from custody yesterday on $10,000 bail.

He was charged with three counts of exportation of marijuana and three counts of trafficking marijuana.

Renda said the exporting charges relate to three bundles totalling 43 packages of marijuana. He said one of the bundles was bound for the United Kingdom and the rest were being sent to the United States.

"If someone presents medical evidence that marijuana helps them I will do what I can to help them," he told the Mercury.

"They're not going to stop me. I'm still moving forward."

Police also charged Renda with possession of a controlled substance in connection with viles of hash found in his home.

He was charged with production of marijuana in connection with exceeding the amount of marijuana he is authorized to grow.

Renda returns to court May 2 to set his next court date.

London OPP Det. Sgt. Patti Dobbin said the 31 plants seized have an estimated street value of $50,140.

Renda's wife, Sue, who was at the home when police conducted the search warrant, said officers were careful in counting the plants and left behind the more mature plants.

"I think they were very understanding," she said.

She told them the additional 31 plants belonged to LeDuc and said she even showed the officers a photocopy of his exemption cards -- the card from 2003-04 that has Renda's address and the card from 2004-05 that has the Guelph address. "The police called Health Canada to verify what I was saying, but of course Health Canada had on their records the wrong information," she said.

LeDuc said he has been growing his plants at Renda's home since 2001. He tried to grow the plants himself when he began using medicinal marijuana in 1999, but the plants kept dying.

"It is expensive to grow them," he said. "You need the lighting, the space, the ventilation and you have to know how to grow it. Plus I am afraid I would be a target for robberies and break-ins if I grew it in the city. I have had friends who were robbed at gunpoint for their marijuana."

Instead, LeDuc has been making the three-hour round trip to Renda's home for his marijuana.

He said the plants that were seized were four-weeks away from harvest and now he has nothing.

Health Canada spokesman Paul Duchesne refused to comment on LeDuc's specific case for privacy reasons, but said someone can designate another person to cultivate their marijuana.

He said the information Health Canada records and the information on the exemption cards includes the address of the person, the address of production, the address of storage and the maximum allowed to be cultivated.

"If someone isn't following what is on the card, they are in contravention of the Controlled Substance Act," said Duchesne.

Without his own supply, LeDuc said he may be forced to buy marijuana off the street, which comes with both financial and health costs.

Last time LeDuc bought marijuana off the streets it was mouldy and he suffered months of infections in his chest. "I don't have much of an option," he said. "It is either buy it off the street or take time off work."


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Guelph man smokes his medicinal mariguana.



Guelph Mercury
Local news, Saturday, April 16, 2005, p. A3
Pot bust hurts ailing city resident

SCOTT TRACEY
MERCURY STAFF

It's not easy to feel sorry for people who have lost their access to illegal drugs.

When police busted up a crack house in my neighbourhood a little while ago, I shed not one tear for all the moonstruck nuts who would have to find somewhere else to trade their ill-gotten cash for brain-crushing substances.

But Bob LeDuc is another story.

The local self-employed guitar teacher uses marijuana to combat the crippling effects of psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome and temporal lobe epilepsy. Without the drug, which he calls "medicine," LeDuc is prone to complex epileptic seizures. These seizures, often in the dead of night when the level of THC in his blood drops off, bring with them loss of awareness and impairment of memory.

In the past he has awakened with a dislocated shoulder, broken blood vessels in his finger, cuts on his head and other injuries, all blamed on night seizures.

When LeDuc, 55, needs to fill a prescription, he heads to his very exclusive pharmacy, about an hour away close to the border of Wellington and Grey counties. The pharmacy was located in a growing room at the sprawling Dundalk-area home of his friend and fellow medical marijuana-user Marco Renda.

The pharmacy was located there.

On Wednesday, police officers swooped down on Renda's rural home after a month-long investigation into marijuana allegedly being shipped out of Canada to pot users in the United States and the United Kingdom. During a search of the home, officers came across the growing room in which 109 marijuana plants were nearing harvest age.

Seventy-eight of the plants were Renda's, which he is permitted to grow thanks to a Health Canada designation that exempts him from sections of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The remaining 31 plants -- determined to be the number of plants by which Renda was exceeding his exemption -- were chopped down and taken away by police. Those were Bob LeDuc's plants.

In 1999, LeDuc became one of the first two dozen Canadians granted a Health Canada exemption allowing him to legally possess and use marijuana. His exemption, renewed annually, was later changed to also allow him to produce marijuana, and designated Renda's home as LeDuc's growing site.

Until last October.

When LeDuc received his current exemption card, the growing site had been changed to his own address, where he has never grown marijuana.

He called Health Canada to alert them to the mistake, but they never sent a corrected card.

So he called again. And again.

"I eventually gave up," LeDuc told a Mercury reporter this week. "I thought it must not be a big deal."

He is now agonizing over that decision.

Without proof, the remaining 31 plants were being grown illegally. Police seized them and charged Renda with production of a controlled substance.

"I feel responsible for that charge because I didn't do everything I should have to get the problem corrected," LeDuc told me yesterday. "It's become my full-time job to get that charge dropped."

The production charge is among the least of Renda's problems. Police and the courts take a dim view of sending marijuana outside of the country, and will no doubt come down hard on Renda for those allegations.

Renda, 45, who has battled hepatitis C for more than two decades, has slid seamlessly from the role of sickly marijuana user into that of medical marijuana crusader -- and in the process drawing more than his share of attention both positive and negative.

"My neck is on the line here," Renda told me in October 2002 when I was invited to attend a "harvest party" with several Health Canada exemptees at his home. "I've got to have compassion and help out my fellow human beings. I don't care if it's legal or not."

At the time Renda was on the radar screen of local drug cops, but was not actually facing any charges.

This week, minutes after being released on bail with a pile of charges against him, Renda made it clear a night in jail has not deterred him.

"They're not going to stop me," he scoffed, sitting in the courthouse corridor waiting to sign his bail order . "If someone presents medical evidence that marijuana helps them I will do what I can to help them."

Scott Tracey's column normally appears Wednesdays and Saturdays. He can be reached at 822-4310, ext. 232, or by e-mail at stracey@guelphmercury.com
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the update brother Pepper.

Good news that he's out. Bad news about the war on patients that is still going on in parts of this world.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well not only I am a free man so to speak but I am also DIVORCED due to all the work that I do for the medical marijuana community. I am on probation till June 2009. I am no longer able to provide meds or seeds but I am able to help educate the uninformed.

For those who haven't seen our magazine be sure to check out all of our previously published issues online for FREE at http://www.treatingyourself.com click on PUBLISHED ISSUES

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