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Maine Police Return Stolen Marijuana To Caregiver

Posted on  October 18, 2012 by  News Admin

 The police brought an estimated $12,800 worth of marijuana to Thomas Davis of Ellsworth, Maine, last week. While very few of us have had the opportunity to avail ourselves of such an exclusive delivery service, licensed medical marijuana patient and caregiver Davis got the plants back because he had reported them stolen, reports Ron Recinto at The Sideshow. The plants were stolen from a greenhouse near Davis's home. Ellsworth Police arrested Aaron Pert, 32, of Trenton, Maine, and charged him with burglary, theft, firearms possession, and marijuana possession after he admitted to the crime. Pert was caught when a car he was in got pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. He was released from jail Friday morning on a $500 unsecured bail. Pert proved quite talkative, eventually telling the cops where he'd stashed the freshly harvested plants. Police recovered the cannabis after learning its location, reports Mario Moretto at the Bangor Daily News. The cops then wrestled with the question of whether to destroy the marijuana -- which they would normally do with "illegal drugs" -- or return it to Davis, since he's a licensed medical marijuana caregiver (grower) under Maine state law. The police claimed they were worried about violating federal law if officers returned the medical marijuana, since cannabis remains a Schedule I controlled substance under the federal Uniform Controlled Substances Act. "This is new," Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page said. "No one's dealt with this before." According to Page, this may be the first reported burglary...