A Michigan marijuana farmer may have dodged a hefty prison term for cultivating nearly 8,000 cannabis plants, but the outcome of his unfortunate bust is still grim. He must now yield and allow the state police to take ownership of his house and 23-acre farm.
Legal council for Ed and Linda Schmieding says that the couple, ages 62 and 63, have decided that since they were fortunate enough to avoid doing time in a federal prison over charges stemming from their illegal marijuana grow operation in Lenawee County, they will not dispute a forfeiture claim issued by the Michigan State Police.
Over the summer, Judge Bernard Friedman accepted Ed Scmieding’s guilty plea in a Detroit federal court and later said that he [Schmieding] had made some mistakes, but “lived a good life.” Unfortunately, the Schmiedings must now prepare to relinquish their seized property.
Attorney for the couple, James Daly, says that winning back the house and land would have not been an easy task. “I advised both the Schmiedings to put this behind them and to move on,” said Daly. “The forfeiture laws in Michigan are really tough.”
Reports indicate that Schmieding got his grow operation underway in 2010, and up until the time of his arrest, the couple was said to be profiting to the tune of $500 a week for their efforts.
In addition to the couple's residential and farm property, authorities also confiscated nearly 8,260 cannabis plants in various stages of maturity, 25 pounds of marijuana ready for sale and horticulture equipment, including grow lights, watering system ventilation and 100 bags of cannabis seed.
Sadly, there goes the couple’s retirement plan.
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