Judge in Denver gives light sentence to medical-pot grower

Posted on: August 2, 2011

Joseph Lightfoot decided to open a medical-marijuana growing operation – almost 60 plants- in his house in his basement. When police busted him for illegal marijuana growing, Judge Andre Rudolph complained that the prosecutors “overcharge” Lightfoot and gave him a lighter sentence.

You see, Lightfoot has three kids living in the house and prosecutors charged him felony child abuse under a statue designed to keep  parents from operating highly explosive home meth labs. When Lightfoot plead guilty to two misdemeanor child abuse counts the prosecutors dropped the felony child abuse.

Judge Rudolph then sentenced him to a year’s probation and 60 days of in-home detention and ordered him to take a responsible-parenting class. He said that the charges was excessive and told Lightfoot that he has to make better decisions. He further said that this is not about the legalities of medical marijuana but about the kids. Felony child-abuse charges against pot growers are rare. Lightfoot’s attorney argued that raising the plants doesn’t constitute the manufacture of a controlled substance, as the meth-tailored
statute requires.

But when police raided his house they found that there wasn’t a lock on the basement door. There were small amounts of cut marijuana elsewhere in the home. The growing operation with its chemicals ventilation problems and allure to would-be robbers brought up “numerous concerns regarding the children,” according to arrest affidavits.

So there you have it, you can grow medical marijuana in your home if you are licensed but make sure it won’t affect your kids. How can anyone do that? Whether it is meth or marijuana the chances of robbery and crime exists.

But this gets even better. According to the article, a University of Denver law professor and former New York prosecutor Kris Miccio said the concerns raised by the pot-growing operation also could be raised in homes where there’s a liquor cabinet, cleaning supplies under the sink or valuables that could entice criminals to break in. “If a police officer brought that into my office, I would have thrown him out and called his supervisor,” Miccio said. “It’s crazy. It opens the door to anything.”

Leave it to a liberal mind who thinks that marijuana growing can be compared to liquor, cleaning supplies or valuables in the house.


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