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The attorney for a Monroeville man told a Westmoreland County judge on Monday that Pennsylvania’s new law legalizing medical marijuana prevents his client from facing drug possession charges police filed after finding what they described as a grow operation at his former North Huntingdon home.
Defense lawyer Patrick Nightingale said three drug charges against Aaron Flowers, 38, should be dismissed because they are at odds with state law that allow for licensed growers to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes.
“There is new medical criteria for marijuana. We know the legislature says it has medical value,” Nightingale said.
Police arrested Flowers in May 2016 after finding as many as 55 marijuana plants at his home, some of which investigators first noticed were growing in pots on the porch as they came to serve a protection from abuse order filed by his then girlfriend.
Officer Matthew Benick said police initially came to the house to confiscate guns but saw and smelled the suspected marijuana plants. Flowers’ girlfriend allowed police to enter the home, where additional plants were discovered,