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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Pot grower changes plea to guilty

Hamilton Ravalli Republic, MT

In a plea agreement, Hamilton pot grower Tom Lanrose changed his plea to guilty for two of six felonies and received a recommended 20-year suspended sentence.

Tom and Karen Lanrose were arrested in March on drug charges after police officers searched their home and confiscated almost five pounds of marijuana, as well as evidence of a much larger growing operation. Officers discovered growing rooms in underground bunkers connected by a tunnel.

Both were charged with criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs, operation of a clandestine laboratory, criminal possession of precursors to dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to distribute, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and use of property subject to criminal forfeiture, all felonies and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

The plea agreement dropped all but two felony charges - criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs and use of property subject to criminal forfeiture.

If District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton accepts the plea agreement, Lanrose would be sentenced to 10 years for each charge with all time suspended, except for time served, and would be required to make a $5,000 contribution to the Ravalli County Drug Fund.

Standing before Langton, Lanrose started to explain his actions.

"I grew medical marijuana - a small number of plants - in my garage," he said.

Langton wanted to know if he was licensed to grow medical marijuana.

"I got in a helicopter crash and my back was hurting," Lanrose explained. "I put the cart before the horse and did not have the doctor's permission to grow medical marijuana for back pain."

This man was growing Marijuana Plants and the best our prosecutors can do is to charge him with six felonies and then drop four of them in the plea bargain? How can we hope to keep our children safe from these filthy disease-ridden Communist sodomites when our own prosecutors lack the backbone to impose real penalties?


  • Terry,
    It is clear to me that you have never been in any kind of pain for any length of time before. If you had, you would want something, anything, to relieve the pain. The Dr's drug of choice for pain is Codine or Morphine, synthetic heroin, I get this from my Dr every month. My drug of choice for pain is Marijuana, I can grow this myself at my expense alone. My Morphine, since I am a Disabled Vet you the tax payer are buying for me, thank you very much. You can talk your smack, but SHAME ON A COUNTRY THAT WOULD PUSH A FORM OF HEROIN AS APPOSED TO A WEED. All the time you hear about someone that is addicted to Morphine or Oxyconton, but this is legal and a weed is not, talk about an oxymoron. Now point your finger, in this case, the lesser of 2 evils is "green".
    Get educated, use your brain for more than just keeping your ears apart.

    By Blogger coyoteboss, at 9:04 AM  

  • coyoteboss,

    Terry's comments at the end of the post were meant to be sarcastic...not to be taken literally.

    Sorry for the confusion. Terry and I both work very hard to make marijuana legal every day and we both know the incredible medical benefits of using marijuana for many medical maladies.

    Loretta Nall
    US Marijuana Party

    By Blogger Loretta Nall, at 10:51 AM  

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