A Colorado man named Don Nord is battling with federal authorities over three marijuana plants. Acting on a tip, officers found that Nord had been arrested three times for marijuana offenses, and searched his home in Routt County, Colo., seizing the marijuana plants and his growing equipment.
The Rocky Mountain News says Nord, 57, has battled cancer and diabetes and suffers chronic pain. He showed officers a Colorado certificate allowing him to use marijuana for medical reasons to no avail. Charges in the new case were dismissed when the government lost its copy of a ticket issued to him, and the judge ordered federal officials to return the marijuana. The feds had shipped it to their lab in San Francisco, and they won’t give it back. “The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is not in the habit of returning illegal contraband,” said a spokesman.
Colorado lets people with certain illnesses and conditions, including cancer and chronic pain, smoke marijuana. Selling marijuana remains illegal under Colorado law. Federal law prohibits all possession of marijuana. It isn’t clear whether Nord will regain his marijuana plants, but the Rocky Mountain News says that by now, they may be dead.