TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) – Because of the circumstances and litigation, we are not revealing the defendant’s identity in this story, but she says she has smoked marijuana for a while now; she says mainly for pain.
“For me arteritis, joint pain, bone pain, migraine headaches,” she said. “I have spinal stenosis, for example, I have degenerative disk disease.”
She lives in Michigan where medicinal use of marijuana is legal. She has a doctor’s prescription and card.
However, that card is worth the plastic it’s printed on in Indiana. She found while visiting family this year.
“I was found in possession of medical marijuana, and I have a medical marijuana prescription card valid in the state of Michigan and I am being prosecuted in Tippecanoe County for it,” she said
Police say a traffic stop led to the charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
“It looked like she was trying to conceal something. The officer Requested for consent to search the vehicle when that was denied they contacted a police k9 that came to the scene and alerted to the presences to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle,” said Sgt. Matt Gard of the Lafayette Police Department.
She said she was honestly surprised.
“Why are you viewing me as a criminal? Why are you going to tie up the court system and taxpayer dollars with something so small when I have a prescription for this,” she said. “I absolutely want to see a dismissal… a valid prescription is a valid prescription. If we are not respecting the laws of other states where do we draw the line?”
Police say the law is simple.
“In Indiana possession of marijuana is still a crime,” said Sgt. Gard. “So just because it happens to be legal in