Keefe Conroy of West Virginia is facing criminal charges for growing marijuana plants in his garden. He told investigators “he grew the marijuana plants because he didn’t trust drug dealers,” reports WOWK.
Troopers arrested Conroy, 44, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, after officers spotted 16 plants. They were searching Upshur County using a helicopter on Aug. 25.
The invasive, disruptive aerial search was part of West Virginia State Police’s marijuana eradication detail, according to WOWK. That search was almost certainly occurring because of fat federal grants for “marijuana eradication.”
Despite Cannabis’ legality in half the country, these quixotic boondoggles continue to waste taxpayer dollars every year.
Investigators found the Cannabis plants growing in Conroy’s garden.
Conroy told troopers “he grew the marijuana plants because he didn’t trust drug dealers.” He added he “didn’t like pain pills.”
Troopers also found more marijuana inside Conroy’s home.
We are, upon reflection, forced to wonder if those West Virginia cops felt good about their day’s work. Whom, exactly, are they serving when they do this?
Conroy was a gardener and a threat to no one. He is industrious enough to grow his own medicine. That doesn’t change the harsh reality. Keefe faces criminal charges for plants seen (from a helicopter!) in his garden.
People like Keefe Conroy, who choose not to engage with the illegal market to get his medicine, are important. That’s because we absolutely cannot forget about them when crafting medical marijuana and Cannabis legalization legislation. Low-income patients often have no affordable access with homegrow, full stop.
How many more times does this have to happen? Are you happy with your tax dollars contributing to this insanity?