Two Libertarian candidates for the Montana Legislature pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges stemming from an incident in which marijuana-infused candy was distributed on a Hamilton school bus.
Karen Renae Fisher, 27, pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal production of dangerous drugs, both felonies.
Fisher is a Libertarian candidate running for House District 87. Ravalli County District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton lifted the no contact order for Fisher and her alleged co-conspirators, but they were told not to discuss the case. Fisher’s omnibus hearing is set for Oct. 24 at 9 a.m.
Robert Wayne McCoy, 38, also pleaded not guilty to operation of an unlawful clandestine laboratory, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, criminal distribution of dangerous drugs, each felonies, and endangering the welfare of children, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful conduct by a cardholder, all misdemeanors.
McCoy is a Libertarian candidate running for Senate District 45. Conditions set in Ravalli County Justice Court stated that McCoy was to not possess marijuana or his medical marijuana card.
McCoy told Langton that he was innocent and Langton told McCoy that he must enter guilty, not guilty or no contest. McCoy said, “Your honor, I am innocent.” Langton then entered a not guilty plea on McCoy’s behalf.
Langton looked at McCoy’s medical marijuana card that expires soon. McCoy said that he has not renewed the card due to the conditions set in justice court.
Langton did place an order that McCoy’s residence can have an unannounced inspection by sheriff’s deputies without a warrant at anytime.
Finally, Fisher’s husband, Jeffery Allen Fisher, 30, pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs, both felonies. His omnibus hearing is set for Oct. 24 at 9 a.m.
McCoy’s wife, Andrea Michelle McCoy, 35, is charged with operation of unlawful clandestine laboratory, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, both felonies and endangering the welfare of children, a misdemeanor. Her initial appearance was postponed to Oct. 17 at 9 a.m.
According to the affidavit filed in the case, on May 23 the Hamilton Police Department detained a minor after it was reported that she had distributed marijuana-infused candy on a school bus. When the minor was interviewed, she stated that her stepfather – McCoy – was a medical marijuana provider.
She stated that her parents were on vacation and that the Fishers were caring for the grow operation while they were out of town. A search warrant was obtained and a Ravalli County sheriff’s deputy discovered more than twice the legal amount of marijuana and marijuana-infused products, according to court records.
A second warrant was obtained for the illegal possession of marijuana in excess of the amount permitted as a medical marijuana provider. Two notebooks and a time log were seized, which allegedly indicated that the Fishers were actively involved in the marijuana grow operation, according to court records.
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