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Old lady grows pot plant, government sends in National Guard

Friday, October 7, 2016 10:52
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Medical marijuana is fully legal in Massachusetts, as long as
residents get permission from the state government by forking over
for a medical marijuana card. An 81-year-old glaucoma and arthritis
sufferer just learned the hard way what happens to folks who

According to the "" target=
"_blank">New Hampshire Gazette
, grandmother Margaret Holcomb
was growing a single marijuana plant on her property to help
alleviate age-related health problems.

When the plant caught the attention of authorities, the
Massachusetts State Police and the National Guard raided her

Tim Holcomb, the elderly woman’s son, said the action to
confiscate a single plant was “pretty shocking.”

“It’s scary as hell,” said Tim Holcomb.

Holcombe said he observed a military chopper circling his
mother’s property as they used thermal imaging to locate the plant.
Ten minutes later, officers reportedly swarmed the property.

“He asked me if I knew there was a marijuana plant growing on
the property. I didn’t answer the question. I asked, ‘What are you
doing here?’” Holcomb told reporters.

The officers told Holcomb that as long as he didn’t require a
warrant for the officers to enter the property and confiscate the
plant, they wouldn’t lock up his elderly mother.

The raid was one of several conducted throughout Massachusetts
late last month by the state police and National Guard without the
cooperation of local authorities.

Attorney Michael Cutler, who noted that state authorities
conducted similar raids last year, told the Gazette that the recent
police action is likely the result of police trying to use up
budgeted drug war funds ahead of a vote that is likely to legalize
recreational marijuana.

“We’re seeing the last throes of police hostility to the
changing laws,” Cutler said. “They’re taking the position that if
it’s in plain view, it’s somehow illegal.”

Holcomb, meanwhile, says she’s spoken to a criminal defense
attorney and will likely cultivate another plant regardless of the
law change.

“I’m prepared to take actions if I need to,” Margaret Holcomb
said. “I don’t picture them out here and putting an 81-year-old
woman in jail.”

Wouldn’t be so sure.

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