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Man facing drug charges, grew pot for ailing wife

A man from South Carolina is facing drug charges in connection with obtaining marijuana for his sick wife. The man, who could spend years in prison for the drug trafficking accusations, was found with 137 marijuana plants growing in his yard. The 66-year-old man said he wanted to make his wife as comfortable as possible during her painful illness.

Authorities report that the man was growing the marijuana to help his wife cope with her many medical problems, which include fibromyalgia, COPD and several other conditions. The woman's appetite improved and her sleeplessness abated after she began consuming marijuana, according to her husband. The couple has been married for 40 years.

Investigators raided the man's home after a tip was submitted about the marijuana plants. The man said he believes a guest of his neighbors turned him in; his neighbors knew about the plants and were not bothered by the man's activities.

Even though medical marijuana is legal in South Carolina, individual patients cannot grow it for their own use. Rather, they must purchase the drug through the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. The law was passed in 1980, but no one has ever been able to obtain marijuana from the state in this fashion.

The man was given time to make arrangements for his wife's care before he was taken into custody. He was arrested on June 11 and released the same day, according to official reports.

An increasing number of over-50 defendants are cropping up as medical marijuana laws fail to accommodate a growing number of health problems that can be alleviated by the drug. Baby Boomers are more likely to approve of medical marijuana than ever before, according to reports.

If you are facing marijuana charges because you grew the drug for an ailing family member, you do not have to face the charges alone. Consider seeking assistance from a qualified criminal defense attorney who can help you learn more about your legal rights and responsibilities.

Source:  www.huffingtonpost.com, "Frank Dennis Peters, South Carolina man, charged with drug trafficking for growing marijuana for sick wife" No author given, Jun. 14, 2013

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