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Marijuana plants found in Louisiana lead to arrests

If you've been charged with a drug crime or know someone who has been, this news about two people being charged with the cultivation of marijuana may be of interest to you. Marijuana cases are always interesting, because the drug is now legal in some states and available for medical uses in others. Drug offenses can still be linked to the use or distribution of the plant, but it does make you wonder if they should be applicable when it's legal in nearby states.

According to this story, a man and woman were arrested on charges of the cultivation of marijuana, the possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance and the possession of drug paraphernalia. The man, a 49-year-old, is now also facing charges because he was in possession of a drug called Anexsia, which is a pain killer. That drug contains acetaminophen, a drug that makes up Tylenol, and hydrocodone. It's a strong pain killer usually available by prescription, but police didn't reveal if the man had a prescription for the medication when it was discovered.

The woman, a 30-year-old, is facing the same charges except for the charge of the possession of Anexsia. Both of the defendants were allegedly discovered as the police were doing an investigation on illegal drug activities related to the home. The police reported that they discovered 10 marijuana plants in the home, but they did not indicate that the drugs were being sold or distributed in any way.

An interesting factoid about marijuana in Louisiana is that it was approved for use as a medication when the state, along with four others, approved it between the years 1979 and 1991. Those laws are now considered to be symbolic and don't always apply, according to ProCon.org. This may be one of the things that the defendants could look into and possibly use to their benefit.

Source: WAFB, "Authorities seize 10 marijuana plants from home, 2 arrested" Joshua Auzenne, Mar. 03, 2014

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