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Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016
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Manatee couple won’t face marijuana charges


Manatee County prosecutors have declined to press charges against a 64-year-old man who cultivated marijuana plants to treat his wife's illness.

Robert Jordan's home was raided by law enforcement in February after receiving a tip that there were two marijuana plants growing in their backyard.

His wife, 62-year-old Cathy Jordan, has used marijuana for years to control the symptoms of Lou Gehrig's disease.

The State Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that it believes a medical necessity defense would hold up in court.

The couple has also asked state lawmakers in Tallahassee to pass a medical marijuana bill.

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