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S.C. Man Grows Pot For Sick Wife, Faces Lengthy Prison Sentence

June 17, 2013 by  

S.C. Man Grows Pot For Sick Wife, Faces Lengthy Prison Sentence

There is little room in America’s criminal justice system for common sense and enforcing laws to occupy the same space. This is especially true when it comes to continuing the extremely flawed War on Drugs, which also happens to be highly profitable for law enforcement agencies (collective government expenditures enforcing marijuana laws are about $20 billion).

A 66-year-old man in Bluffton, S.C., faces years in jail that would leave his chronically ill wife of 40 years to fend for herself after local police discovered marijuana plants growing on the couple’s property.

Frank Dennis Peters turned himself in to police after investigators discovered 137 plants growing in his yard.

While the volume of plants present may seem a little extreme for personal medical use, some professional marijuana growers (yes, there is such a thing — and it’s legitimate business in some parts of the Nation where marijuana prohibition has been reversed) suggest that skeptics should take into account that not all of the plants would produce marijuana with medicinal value and that Peter’s harvest would likely need to last for the duration of a year.

Peters told authorities that his wife suffers a number of debilitating conditions, including fibromyalgia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and was able to manage some of her symptoms with cannabis more effectively and with fewer side effects than prescription pharmaceuticals.

“I have a moral obligation to make my wife as comfortable as possible,” he said of the risky decision to grow pot.

Island Packet reports that Peters was fully cooperative with police, even brewing a pot of coffee for the officers as they accounted for and confiscated the plants. After tests confirmed that the plants were marijuana, Peters made arrangements for a caregiver for his wife and turned himself in. He was later released from the Beaufort County Detention Center on his own recognizance.

Eighteen U.S. States and the District of Columbia currently allow the possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes — up to 24 ounces in the State of Washington and a less definite “60-day supply” in Massachusetts.

Remarkably, medicinal marijuana has also been legal in the State of South Carolina, where Peters was arrested, for more than three decades, but only if it is purchased from the State’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Guess what? The Department has never sold so much as a cannabis leaf, because marijuana is illegal under Federal law.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • shadow1776

    Yeah, go spend those tax dollars on arresting a man trying to help his wife. This hasn’t been a free country in over a hundred yrs. What a crock, your free, , to pay taxes and not complain or say anything or you could become a traitor and be hunted.

  • Pinedo53

    In cases such as this, it is an example of how we are no longer a free country. As long as the pharmaceutical companies continue to RAPE the consumers with the prices they charge for drugs with an astonishing list of horrible side effects, people will continue to find other ways to find relief by other means. Keep the government out of our private decisions to combat illnesses. What a crock.

  • jeff

    1Peter 4:9 be in your right mind at all times, how can you be in you right mind if your high? You can’t! And you can’t. Receive God’s Blessings if your high or use them in the right manor to God’s Glory ! Would ?A parent give the car keys to a kid that was high or drunk that he couldn’t stand ? I hope NOT the car is a gift and a blessing if you can’t use it correctly then you shouldn’t have it.

    • Clayton R. Upchurch

      Anyone that has taken medicine to aleivate pain does not experience a high, just a secession of the pain.

      Using marijuana for medical purposes is a well recognized fact. It is just the lobbiest for the drug, alcohol, paper, and cotton manufacters that keep it illegal, because they would all see their profits decrease if pepole were allowed to use a natural product in lieu of those provided by drug companies, alcohol producers, paper and clothing producers.

  • Don miller

    Seems like most the laws out there are a catch 22 he should definately get an attorney but until we the people unite as one and let the government know either stop this nonsense or let them have this country let them work for less than poverty wages let them work for their partners in crime corporate America let them walk a mile in our shoes and I’ll bet u the fit will be somewhat tight but as long as we the people keep accepting this crap they will keep on doing it

  • Susan McMachan

    What a travesty! All this, to the detriment of this couple because the federal government does not profit from it. If we are a free country than we expect to determine the course of treatment for our own health without the force of government. This man is most certainly his wife’s hero and is mine as well for doing what is right and not what is determined by the power wheel.

  • Clayton R. Upchurch

    All we need is for citizens chosen for jury duty to take a stand and use their right of jury nulification to find people charged with marijuana laws innocent.

    It is not only the right, but the duty, of the jury to judge not only the defendant, but the law itself.

  • VKionG

    Does marijuana hurts anyone? Does it kill? Do users kill, rob or rape? Do users make themselves nuisance?

    If no, allow its use.

    • ??? David Davies.

      I dunno, after a nice vaporiser filled with skunk, a nice bit of rape and pillage sounds
      ….: erm, wot was I going off about?
      I’m Eff Off stoned ya know.


    That’s the problem with this Country and especially under the control of Barack Hussein, where Americans cannot care for their families, and are always fearful that in doing so they will go to jail. All the while those rich and entitled (with super lawyers on retainer) and Politicians in Washington break them at will and get away with it. Barack Hussein lets Eric Holder (Fast and Furious), IRS, NSA and ATF do what they want and “HE” protects then with his Presidential Shield!


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