Michigan Farmer with 8,000 Pot Plants Gets Probation

marijuana-farm(AP) — A 61-year-old southeastern Michigan farmer caught growing thousands of marijuana plants has been spared prison and placed on probation by a compassionate judge who says the case “screams out” for leniency.

Edwin Schmieding was arrested two years ago after authorities found marijuana growing in his Lenawee County fields and greenhouse. His wife told police that they were trying to tap the state’s medical marijuana market.

But many plants were small and of low quality. Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman also was influenced Tuesday by letters from relatives and friends who said Schmieding was a selfless man who helped others at every turn.

Schmieding took responsibility for his crime but asked the judge for mercy. Schmieding is recovering from throat cancer and needs a medical procedure every three to four months.

  • http://Facebook Deanna

    Please,the people in this mans state..let him be..he only wants to help people out and himself..he is kind to all and never a problem.. let him be.. maybe you all in his town can go help him on his Hemp farm..That way you all will be helping every body in your town and more:)Peace.. be kind and help others..:) Love one another..

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