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

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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.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • Darral

    There is good reason we call it THE CRIMINAL,,,, Justice system
    PS I tried pot don’t know why they call it get high, put me to sleep, the fat lady has sung, turn out the lights. Give me a beer,

    • Scifidave

      The reason why only 33 million Americans smoke pot and not 100 million is because most people don’t like the effects. We tried Prohibition to correct the ‘moral’ flaws of our society related to alcohol abuse, but it only created a powerful criminal class and made law-abiding citizens criminals. The Drug War is no different and just as costly. Thousands get murdered every year to end a ‘moral failing’ that isn’t. Billions of dollars are made off the illegal trade in drugs, primarily marijuana, making these murdering scum very rich. We, ordinary citizens, pay that forward every day.

      The only viable reason to keep marijuana illegal is because legions make loads of money off keeping it illegal. Period.

  • Bennie Flagg

    Time to reform these KAws.

  • Bennie Flagg

    Laws.

  • Scifidave

    There is no question about it. Pot is illegal because there are gov’t and business entities making a killing keeping it illegal.

    For cops this is a no-brainer. Arrests, especially arrests that end in conviction, making police department performance numbers look good, etc. Easy arrests.

    Like prostitution. It costs loads of money to go after 95% of the prostitution that’s hidden off the streets, but it’s cheap and easy to bust the 5% who are street walkers – just like busting pot smokers.

    Until a large enough majority is able to get these draconian and anti-American laws off the books, we’ll continue to suffer such indignities, as is Frank here. And the tax payer will continue picking up the tab for lazy cops.

    1.6 million men and women behind bars for marijuana related offenses. More than any other country in the world. Land of the Free? That’s a joke.

  • Bob666

    Good Article!

    Marijuana laws are obsolete and the stuff should have legalized years ago. Sell it in liquor stores to adults only and tax it like other tobacco-the national debt would be paid of in ten years!

  • FreedomFighter

    As conservative as I am, and I am a conservative, IMHO POT should be LEGAL. Its great for arthritis pain and inflammation like nothing else…puff a joint or bong hit and rub some Australian Dream on the spot….you are good for the entire day pain free. But if you have to repeat treatment at bedtime.
    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • Bob666

      Holy Crap on a cracker F/F

      We agree on something!-Did Hell freeze over too?

  • Bachelor With Sense

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

    BUT Federal LAW does NOT APPLY within STATES!!! PERIOD!! IT ONLY applies within FEDERAL JURISDICTIONS and the STATES are NOT a FEDERAL JURISDICTION!!!

    LEARN what the US CONSTITUTION has to say and tell the FEDS to take a LONG WALK off of a SHORT Pier!!

  • Karolyn

    This is a damn shame! Pot has so many medicinal properties; and that is why it’s illegal. Gotta keep Big Pharma in business. of course, if they were given sole rights to growing it, it would be perfectly fine by Big. Gov.!

  • Michael Shreve

    I won’t argue oft the legitimacy of the perpetrators excuse, but the REASONABLENESS of our drug laws is questionable at best.

  • jay

    god is perfect, man is not. man made booze and god made pot. though i am an athiest this little limerick has always made sense to me. when is the last time you heard of someone getting THC poisoning or needing thier stomach pumped because they smoked too much marijuana? when is the last time you heard of someone overdosing on pot? it’s impossible. you would fall asleep due to lack of oxygen to your brain first and when you woke up it would be without a hangover. unlike alcohol which kills many people per year due to these reasons (along with drunk driving acciedents), and is legal. logically unsound. sense is not common anymore.