As Massachusetts plans to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana, state police seized a single marijuana plant nurtured by an 81-year-old grandmother, using a $60,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant, the Boston Globe reports. Last month, a “very low-flying, official-looking helicopter” armed with camera-pointing men flew around her backyard in Amherst, Ma., a warning of what was to come: several police vehicles — many of them already full to the brim with pot, said Meg Holcomb, descending onto her driveway to confiscate the plant.
Holcomb, who said she uses the drug medicinally and recreationally, believes her constitutional rights were violated — an unreasonable search and seizure. “This is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, I am a citizen of the United States of America. You have overstepped and I am not going to step aside,” Holcomb said. A state spokesman said the plant was “growing outdoors in plain view.” Holcomb denies that. “It was not in plain sight. It was way back in the corner of the property in my raspberry bushes,” she said.