Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


September 02, 1993

Sentence reduction hearing for pot activist is rescheduled

A sentence reduction hearing for Westminster marijuana rights activist Pamela Snowhite Davis that was scheduled for today will be heard later this month.

Court records say that the postponement request was made by Davis' new attorney, Daniel S. Goldstein of Baltimore.

While a date was not set yesterday, the records indicate that the hearing likely will be rescheduled for Sept. 20 to 22.

Davis, 48, was convicted on a felony drug charge involving less than an ounce of marijuana. She had filed papers asking Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. to reconsider the five-year prison sentence he imposed on her in April, a month after a jury convicted her of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Judge Beck ordered Davis to serve two years of the sentence in state prison and suspended the rest.

But she was released on $10,000 unsecured bond in June when an Anne Arundel County circuit judge ruled that she should not be in jail pending the appeal of her conviction to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

Davis was arrested in May 1992 after Carroll Narcotics Task Force officers raided her Silver Run farm and found less than an ounce of marijuana in a nightstand.


Westminster: A West Main Street resident told police someone used a sharp object to scratch the entire passenger side of his car while it was parked on South Center Street Saturday. Damage is estimated at $500.

A Chase Street resident told police someone threw a soda can at his vehicle Tuesday. The car was parked near the victim's home, and damage is estimated at $100.


* Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley, Manchester and Hampstead responded to a building fire at 38 West Main St. at 2:58 p.m. Units were out for 37 minutes.

Westminster responded to clean up details at the scene of two auto accidents in just over two hours Tuesday morning. The first was on Route 140 at 7:42 a.m., followed by a call on Route 27 at 9:54 a.m. The unit was out for 24 minutes on Route 140 and 25 minutes on the second call.

Westminster and Reese responded for an automobile fire on Washington Lane at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out 29 minutes.

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