When a loud, rumbling sound woke Maya and Bill Donnelly as they slept in their Arizona home early in the morning, they assumed it was thunder. Who can blame them, as the first thing that comes to mind when you hear noises in the night is hardly “a 26-pound package of marijuana has just fallen through our carport and demolished our dog’s kennel,” right?
A Florida man who says he was growing 15 cannabis plants as medicine for his sick wife will spend at least three years in prison after a jury convicted him of marijuana trafficking and operating a grow house.
Ricardo Varona was arrested in July of 2014 after police found a cannabis grow operation in his second floor bedroom. Authorities say the 15 plants yielded over 30 pounds of useable marijuana — way too much for the needs of his wife in their eyes.
It took nearly 20 years, but California lawmakers have finally passed legislation to regulate the most booming medical marijuana industry in the nation. What exactly this means to patients, growers, and other members of the industry remains to be seen, but speculation is already rampant.
Here are the facts:
Los Angeles police found the days-old body of a man stuffed into an unplugged refrigerator in a Southern California backyard Sunday morning, along with an illegal marijuana grow housing over 100 plants.
LAPD spokesperson Lt. Doug Humphrey said they received a call at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning about a body on Runnymede Street in Sun Valley, CA. Officers arrived at the scene and forced their way into the house and backyard, where they found the body of a 30-year-old man stuffed inside the out-of-use appliance.