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Florida: Charges Dropped Against Injured Veteran Accused of Growing Marijuana


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Charges have been dropped against an injured Iraq war veteran in Florida who was arrested after deputies said they found marijuana plants in his home.

Mathew Young was charged with cultivation after Pasco County deputies conducted a raid, reports Laurie Davison at Bay News 9. Young said a lawyer from Jacksonville gave him paperwork and false information that using medical marijuana is legal in Florida.

"I really to this day don't believe I did anything wrong," Young said. He said the marijuana gave him relief from medical problems he's had since returning from combat.

"It wasn't until I tried cannabis that everything turned around," Young said. "I could start functioning and start having a day. You have to have a day before you can start a life."

The State Attorney's Office dropped the charge against Young, saying he is "a cooperating witness in an ongoing investigation."

Young's attorney, Steve Gearhart, called it "justice." "Once I came back on the case in April, it was just getting the dialogue open with the State Attorney, providing them with information we had and working with them toward a common goal," Gearhart said.

Young said his condition has gotten worse since he was forced to stop using medical marijuana. "The reality and the prognosis is not all that positive for me," he said. "In eight months, I'm back in a wheelchair. Where am I going to be in 12 months?"

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