Talk about over-kill!
The Massachusetts National Guard and State Police decided that they needed to use a military style helicopter as part of a joint raid on an 81-year-old grandmother who grew one single marijuana plant, which she used to help ease pain from arthritis and glaucoma as well as helping her sleep at night.
Margaret Holcomb was growing the plant in a raspberry patch which was shielded from neighbors by a fence in her garden in Amherst, Massachusetts. However, police still decided to raid her home to chop down the plant – an action which her son, Tim, says constitutes unlawful surveillance and illegal search and seizure.
Tim revealed that he was having some lunch with his sister at his mother’s house when they saw a helicopter circling the property. Holcomb believes that police in the chopper were using thermal imaging technology to find marijuana plants.
Just ten minutes after the helicopter flew away several vehicles drove up to Margaret Holcomb’s property, including a pickup truck full of marijuana plants. Stat police troopers arrived at the door, with one flashing his badge to the startled Tim (luckily his mom wasn’t home at the time):
The police say that this was just one swoop on a number of properties in the area that were growing marijuana without a medical marijuana license. In all 44 plants were seized at various locations.
We’re not sure if spending tax dollars to fly a helicopter and then raid an 81-year-old woman for one plant is the best use of resources going, especially when, as reported, no criminal charges were brought against any of the people who had their plants taken to be destroyed. We just wonder if the police time couldn’t be used more constructively?
As for Margaret, she says that she may just have to grow another plant, especially given her age and health problems. She asserted:
Isn’t it time to show a little sense – it’s not like she’s Pablo Escobar!
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