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Michigan Marijuana Grower Gives Up Farm To Cops


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ROME TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan farmer who dodged a prison sentence for growing 8,000 marijuana plants is losing his house and 23-acre farm.


#An attorney for Ed and Linda Schmieding says they're not fighting a forfeiture claim by a Michigan State Police drug unit. The property was in jeopardy because it was the

site of the marijuana operation in Lenawee County.



#Schmieding pleaded guilty in Detroit federal court but was sentenced only to probation in June. Judge Bernard Friedman said he had made mistakes but "lived a good life."

Schmieding began growing marijuana in 2010 after years of growing cut flowers and other plants.


#A trial over the property had been scheduled for Tuesday in Adrian. Attorney James Daly tellsThe Daily Telegram that it would have been difficult to win.



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