It may be tempting for some Denver residents to think that because Colorado is a state which allows the use of medical marijuana, there are laxer laws surrounding marijuana. This is not the case. Medical marijuana is approved only for patients that suffer from an illness which causes them to be afflicted with chronic pain or nausea — not the population at large.
Further, only charges of “possession or consumption of marijuana” can be defended in court by a medical marijuana card holder. There are still several strict rules and regulations approved users must abide by. Recently, an 87-year-old resident of Denver was charged with several marijuana-related felonies in spite of legally being allowed to cultivate the substance for medical purposes.
According to reports, the elderly man’s backyard garden was overrun with weed…the Denver backyard was said to be home to more than 400 marijuana plants. Under Colorado law an approved patient can cultivate, “no more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing useable form of marijuana.”
Further, the elderly grower allegedly possessed instruments that the DA’s Office indicated suggested intent to distribute. All in all, due to the high number of marijuana plants and the high volume of useable marijuana uncovered, the Denver man faces charges of possession with intent to distribute, charges of cultivation, and charges of possession.
Whether or not a Denver resident possesses a medical marijuana card, there can be strict penalties for marijuana misuse. If an individual finds themselves in a situation where they are accused of stepping outside the legal bounds, that individual would do well to contact experience legal counsel that understands the recent and confusing laws surrounding marijuana.
Source: Huffington Post, “Edward Bogunovich, 87-Year-Old Man, Accused of Growing More Than 400 Plants At His Denver Home,” Aug. 3, 2012