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Status of pot case changes for three

Marijuana cultivation charges against a Nevada City-area woman have been dropped while a trial for her former co-defendants has been postponed.

The trial of Paul S. Oltman, 50, of San Juan Ridge, and his brother, Philip T. Oltman, 48, of Bakersfield, was supposed to start Tuesday in Nevada County Superior Court.

It was rescheduled Thursday to Jan. 14 to allow for more pretrial arguments.



Earlier this month, charges against Kim C. Christofil, 48, were dismissed.

The three were arrested in August 2001 for allegedly growing 84 plants at Paul Oltman’s San Juan Ridge home.




Narcotics agents found medical recommendations for the three before learning Philip Oltman allegedly had 26 plants at his Bakersfield home.

Christofil’s lawyer, Greg Klein, said the District Attorney’s Office came to realize her portion of the plants were for her own medicinal use and not for turning a profit.

The prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Ken Tribby, couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.


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