She is serving a mandatory minimum sentence of eleven years, three months for
conspiracy involving marijuana. Her husband was convicted of growing
marijuana; he is a Rastafarian and claimed he used marijuana for religious
reasons. Because Jodie Israel presumably knew what he was doing, she was
convicted of conspiracy.
Foster is a celebrated case for activists against marijuana laws and his story
has been widely reported on the Internet. In Oklahoma, he was sentenced to 93
years for marijuana cultivation and possession in the presence of a child.
When Foster was arrested at his Tulsa home in 1995, police said an informant
told them Foster had methamphetamines. They didn't find methamphetamines, but
they did discover Foster's marijuana grow room in the basement. Foster says all
the plants were for his personal use to help with arthritis. But the police
found over a kilo of marijuana, gram scales, baggies and other items that
indicated, to them, distribution.
Foster is appealing on grounds that the search warrant was invalid and, since
he was charged under state rather than federal law, he does have a chance of
parole. The state offered Foster a plea bargain. He refused.
Foster gives further details on his case,
the research he's done on marijuana use and laws, and his views on current