The Good Doctor: Serving Time In California For Good Medicine

By Steve Elliott

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Exclusive Prison Interview:
Dr. Mollie Fry

Story and Photos
by Sharon Letts
It’s been one year and five months since Dr. Marion “Mollie” Fry and her husband, Civil Attorney, Dale Schafer, surrendered to Federal prison for manufacturing and distributing Medical Cannabis in California.
More than six years of litigation and three years of appeals rendered “no defense,” insuring mandatory five year Federal prison terms, respectively.
In 2001 the Fry/Schafer family home located in the hills just north of Sacramento was raided by Federal authority under then President George W. Bush, Jr. during the failed “War on Drugs.”
Thirty-four plants were confiscated – 20 were infested with spider mites, sitting near a compost pile.
44 Plants in a Pile
According to Schafer, the couple had never grown more than 44 plants in a given year – well below the 99 plant limit set forth by the State of California for medical use – and never sold a leaf.

A little known fact, he explained, is that under Federal law more than 100 plants grown in a five-year period, accumulatively, is cause for the mandatory five year sentence, overriding any State laws.
Dr. Fry, who had gone through a radical mastectomy just three years prior, had made the decision to grow her own medicine, medicating through her illness, surgery and continued to medicate from myriad complications from chemotherapy until the arrest. She began helping patients with Cannabis after realizing its benefits.
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