An elderly coupled were arrested after their hibiscus plant was confused with marijuana.
Elderly couple Audrey and Edward Cramer were reported to the authorities and ARRESTED when their Nationwide insurance agent reported to them to the cops.
He had confused their hibiscus plant that was growing in their garden with marijuana.
Wbaltv have reported how the couple’s house was stormed by police who turned over the house, harassed the coupled and took samples of the ‘marijuana’ plant that was indeed just a decorative flower.
Audrey Cramer said:
“I’m starting to understand why a lot of the public do not trust police officers,” and “I really feel like I’ve been smacked in the face with this, and no, I don’t think I’ll ever trust a police officer again.”
This case is just one incident involving heavy handed police in relation to marijuana possession. The police often treat ‘suspects’ in possession of marijuana much in the same way they treat armed suspects.
But the elderly couple are fighting back, to highlight the stupidity of this incident, they have filed a lawsuit against the agent who reported them, Buffalo Township and three of its police officers.
The couples attorney Al Lindsay said:
“She came down. She opened the door. She was confronted with what she thought was a dozen police officers with assault weapons who said they had a warrant,” and “They pushed her. They went through the house.”
Marijuana has now been legalized in many U.S states, and in certain areas, possessing and even selling cannabis no longer carries the long sentences that it once did.
But as this story highlights, in some areas the police are still using disproportional violence to treat suspects who they fear are guilty of the crime of handling a drug that is known to kill pain, treat epilepsy and even cure cancer.
Via Think About Now