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Medical marijuana grower found not guilty of criminal charges

The Florida courts recently completed a groundbreaking decision in a case that focused on an individual's rights to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes. The case has garnered a great deal of media attention, as many within the state waited to see how a jury would rule on whether growing marijuana for one's personal medical use should result in criminal charges. Supporters of cannabis use as medicine feel that the outcome of the case is a major victory for their cause.

At the center of the case is the volume of marijuana that the man was growing. Deputies from the Broward County Sheriff's Office arrested the man after discovering 46 marijuana plants at his South Florida home. The 50-year-old was charged with manufacturing marijuana, which could lead to a sentence of five years.

In making his defense to the court, the man claimed that he suffers from a severe form of anorexia. He told the court that he has suffered from the condition since he was just nine years of age, and that he experiences nausea suppressed appetite. His attorney told the court that he uses marijuana to manage the condition and was growing the plants for his own use.

The jury in the case needed only 30 minutes to return a verdict of not guilty. One juror who spoke to the press said that it seemed as if the man had gone through a long period of suffering and was justified in growing the plants for medicinal purposes. For anyone in Florida facing similar criminal charges, this case may serve as an important legal precedent.

Source: nbcmiami.com, "Jesse Teplicki, South Florida Man Charged With Growing marijuana, Found Not Guilty", Keith Jones, March 2, 2015

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