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ARTHRITIC GETS AFFIDAVITS ON HER USE OF MARIJUANA

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A Coeur d'Alene woman has enlisted the help of two medical experts to prove she is justified using marijuana to treat her rheumatoid arthritis.

Lynn Hastings, 39, has filed affidavits with 1st District Court including testimonies from Dr. Tod Mikuriya, a psychiatrist from Berkeley, Calif., and Dr. Lester Grinspoon, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School."They are credentialed experts," defense attorney Harvey Richman said Thursday. Hastings must be sentenced Nov. 1 before the case can move forward, he said.

Hastings pleaded guilty earlier this month to growing a dozen marijuana plants in her home. The arthritis has afflicted her joints, and prescription drugs caused nausea or drowsiness. While working in California in 1979, Hastings said she discovered that smoking marijuana eased her pain.