An 87-year-old man with the legal authority to use medical marijuana to treat a medical condition (the condition goes unnamed in the story) looks to have gone a bit over the line – according to the strictures of medical marijuana law in Colorado – by growing more than 400 plants in his backyard.
According to the Huffington Post, the man is out on $10,000 bond, but he has been charged with “multiple marijuana-related felonies.” These felonies include possession with intent to distribute, cultivation, and possession of more than 12 ounces.
Medical marijuana is legal in a growing number of states, but is not in Maryland. In Colorado, the state in which the 87-year-old man lives, you can possess marijuana for medical purposes, but cannot grow in excess of proscribed limits.
Otherwise, as is clear in this case, the cops may figure you for a dealer.
The online comments are varied. One commenter says: “Well, he’s clearly a danger to society,” while another says: “He is 87 years old, he does not deserve to be in jail!”
Whether you agree with the comments or not, any felony drug-related crime poses severe consequences for the person who has been charged. A conviction on drug distribution charges in Maryland, for instance, can lead to years behind bars.
Source: If you are facing criminal charges, contact a Baltimore, MD criminal lawyer before you talk to police or anyone else.