DEA DRIVES WOMAN TO SUICIDE
MICHAEL MOORE, MISSOULIAN - Robin Prosser, a Missoula woman who
struggled for a quarter century to live with the pain of an
immunosuppressive disorder, tried years ago to kill herself. Last week,
she tried again. This time, she succeeded.
After her earlier attempt failed, Prosser wound up in even more trouble
after investigating police found marijuana in her home. She used the
marijuana to help cope with pain.
That marijuana charge was eventually dropped in an agreement with the
city of Missoula, and Prosser had reason to rejoice in 2004 when
Montanans passed a law allowing medical use of the drug.
She was a high-profile campaigner for the Montana Medical Marijuana Act,
and like others, she was dismayed when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that
drug agents could still arrest sick people using marijuana, even in
states that legalized its use.
The ruling came to haunt Prosser in late March, when DEA agents seized
less than a half ounce of marijuana sent to her by her registered
caregiver in Flathead County.
At the time, the DEA special agent in charge of the Rocky Mountain Field
Division said federal agents were "protecting people from their own
state laws" by seizing such shipments. . .
Federal prosecutors declined to charge Prosser, but fear spread through
the system of marijuana distribution set up in the wake of the medical
marijuana act. Friends said Prosser turned to other sources for
marijuana, but found problems nearly everywhere she turned. . .