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Woman: Marijuana is for pain

Sandusky Register Staff • Mar 29, 2014 at 7:53 PM

A Huron woman charged with possession of marijuana Thursday told deputies she uses the drug for pain management, although her cancer has been in remission for five years, according to an Erie County deputy’s report.

Jerri Stillwell, 59, of the 200 block of Rye Beach Road, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. A 10-year-old girl was in the home with Stillwell when deputies arrived, the report said.

The incident began when a life-insurance salesman called deputies to Stillwell’s home, after he smelled marijuana in the place and noticed a child in the home, the report said.

Deputies went to the home at about 5:30 p.m. and Stillwell greeted them at the door. They soon smelled burnt marijuana, which Stillwell admitted smoking, the report said. She told deputies she had cancer, which has been in remission for five years, but she uses marijuana to deal with the pain. “Stillwell gave conflicting stories over when she last smoked marijuana and what she used to smoke it with,” Deputy Daniel Vladiff stated in a report.

Stillwell grabbed her marijuana from under a bathroom sink and showed it to Vladiff, then told him she last smoked the drug at about 9 a.m. The young girl, who is a family member, arrived at the home at about 1 p.m., the report said.

There was no indication Stillwell was impaired, according to deputies. “I do not suspect she smoked around the child,” the deputy’s report stated. The child’s mother didn’t seem concerned when reached by phone, according to deputies.

They’re forwarding a report to Erie County social workers.

The 10-year old girl was not removed from the home.

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