Judges consider reducing term of marijuana activist


Westminster pro-marijuana activist Pamela Snowhite Davis went to court yesterday and did what Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck has wanted her to do all along -- she apologized.

And even though it wasn't in front of Judge Beck -- who on Oct. 14 refused to reduce a five-year sentence for a felony conviction involving less than an ounce of marijuana -- she tearfully expressed remorse for hurting Carroll County and offending the system.

"I would like first to assure this panel that I take full responsibility for my words and my actions both before, during and after being charged, convicted and sentenced for these offenses," Davis told a panel of three Carroll judges hearing her request for a lighter sentence.

Davis, 48, was convicted this year of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Judge Beck imposed a five-year sentence, but suspended three years.

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