National Guard And State Police Raid 81 Year Old Woman’s House For 1 Weed Plant

Margaret Holcomb and her son Tim Holcomb stand where Margaret's marijuana plant was seized the other day from her backyard in Amherst.

An 81-year-old grandmother in Massachusetts, Margaret Holcomb, said she was growing a single marijuana plant as medicine to ease her arthritis and glaucoma and help her sleep at night. Tucked away in the back of her yard, fenced off away from her neighbors, the plant was nearly ready for harvest when a military helicopter and police descended on Sept. 21 to remove the single plant from her property.

In a joint raid, the Massachusetts National Guard and State Police entered her yard and cut down the solitary plant in what her son, Tim Holcomb, said was a “pretty shocking” action. Apparently, the single plant had been seen using thermal imaging to detect marijuana plants in the area. Within 10 minutes of hearing the helicopter, several vehicles arrived at the home, including a pickup truck with a bed filled with marijuana plants seized at other locations, and several State Police troopers.

Holcomb said he was told that as long as he did not demand that a warrant be provided to enter the property or otherwise escalate the situation, authorities would file no criminal charges.


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