A Stevensville couple was sentenced Wednesday morning in Ravalli County District Court for illegally growing 86 marijuana plants in their home last year.
Robert E. Farmer and Lisa D. Farmer were found guilty of felony, possession of dangerous drugs and cultivating marijuana visible from a street or public area, a misdemeanor. They were found not guilty of possession with an intent to distribute and production of dangerous drugs, felonies.
Lisa’s attorney informed Ravalli County District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton of her poor mental and physical health, and asked that several sentencing conditions be stricken – including that she seek employment and receive a GED.
He also asked that she be allowed to use medical marijuana.
Lisa turned her medical marijuana card into the court. She received a three-year deferred sentence; 10 days in the county detention center, suspended; and will have to pay $857.02 for the jury trial fees.
Robert had a previous drug-related offense in the Army in 1987, where he received a dishonorable discharge and served time in a military prison.
His medical marijuana card was confiscated earlier in the trial and he received a three-year suspended sentence, with 10 days in the county detention center, and will have to pay $857.02 for the jury fees.
According to court records, the Ravalli County Sheriffs Office received reports that the couple was seen smoking a bong outside their home.
An officer went to the home and saw Robert, who appeared “panic-stricken” when the officers arrived to investigate. They both showed their medical marijuana cards and initially said they were not providers for other medical marijuana card holders, court records state.
While the officer was against the fence, he saw four marijuana plants sitting on the ground up against the back of the house. He also observed a hose running through a garage door, court records state.
When the officer received permission to access the property and walk into the backyard, he noticed that the hose had disappeared. The officer asked Robert if the plants in the garage were within the plant limit allowed under the new Montana Medical Marijuana Act, court records state, and Robert shrugged his shoulders.
He then informed the officer that he had more than the allowable number of plants because he was a caregiver for another person. He then produced another medical marijuana card and informed the officer that his paperwork for the state establishing him as a legal provider had not been returned yet, court records state.
A search warrant was obtained and the officer seized five glass jars with marijuana buds in them, seeds in several plastic baggies, two white bags with several pounds of dried marijuana in them, a pint-glass jar with a liquid green substance, a plastic bag with green marijuana leaves and a red trash can full of trimmed marijuana leaves.
The warrant revealed 86 living marijuana plants, almost 13 pounds 9 ounce of dried leaves, stems, and bud.
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