Police in Surprise Arizona are not ruling out the possiblity of charges against the medical marijuana grower who was shot and stabbed inside his home Monday in a robbery attempt.
Martin Ridgway was in critical condition after being shot once in the abdomen and stabbed multiple times by one of the three men who came to his home/compassion club posing as medical marijuana patients, and as is the case with several aspects of Arizona’s medical marijuana program, the legality of Ridgway’s setup is up in the air.
According to court documents, Ridgway’s house had “hundreds of marijuana plants,” as well as “multiple packages of marijuana ready for sale.”
Selling marijuana still isn’t legal, since licensed dispensaries aren’t expected to open for another year, although Ridgway apparently was running a “compassion club,” in which suppliers typically offer up the medicine for free, in exchange for donations for membership.
“The investigation is ongoing at this time,” Surprise police Sergeant Mike Donovan tells New Times “A specific quantity of plants was never mentioned. If during the course of the investigation it is determined that there are any violations of the law, the determination of charging would be considered at that time.
– Read the entire article at Phoenix New Times.