70-year-old Michigan woman spared jail, but not pain, for growing medical marijuana

FERNDALE (WWJ) – A 70-year-old woman has been sentenced to probation convicted of growing marijuana at her home.

Convicted of manufacturing and delivering marijuana, [Barbara] Agro was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts to 90 days probation and 20 hours of community service.

Agro, who said she was using  medical marijuana for extreme arthritis in both knees, was also banned from using the drug while on probation.

“I’m not going to be able to do anything for pain,” Agro told reporters. “All I can take is Tylenol, you know, and they can prescribe Tylenol with codeine, which kills your kidneys after a while. That’s the only thing I’ve ever been able to take,” she said.

Agro could have gotten four years in prison and a $20,000 fine.  As it is, for the rest of her life she is a “convicted felon”.  So why the probation and not the prison?  Is it because she’s an elderly white woman in Ferndale hobbled by arthritis and growing the plants for medical use?  Would this case have a different sentence if it were a young black man in Detroit burdened by poverty and unemployment growing the plants to provide income for his family?

Assuming the answer is “yes”, then we have to wonder why medical use of marijuana gets her a lighter sentence that involves forbidding her to use marijuana medically?  Did you believe she was using it medically or not, Judge?

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