87-Year-Old Man Arrested for Growing 'Forest' of Marijuana Plants in His Backyard
In Denver, Edward Bogunovich, 87, has been arrested after police found evidence that he cultivated more than 400 marijuana plants in his backyard.
Bogunovich had sold his plants right before police went to his house.
He reportedly grew so many pounds of the leaves that police described his property as a "forest of marijuana plants".
Bogunovich now faces charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana: more than 100 pounds, cultivation of marijuana: more than 30 plants, and possession of marijuana: more than 12 ounces.
The octogenarian claims the possession and cultivation was perfectly legal since he and three other members of his family have state medical marijuana documents that allow them to grow and distribute the plant.
"I was a care taker for 24 people for the last year or two. We did nothing wrong. I wouldn't be stupid not to be legal after doing this for four years."
The Denver District Attorney's Office says that Bogunovich was growing significantly more than "he was allowed for medical cultivation." He's legally allowed to possess 231 marijuana plants.
Bogunovich also allegedly possessed tools and materials, like scales, packaging materials and a vacuum sealer, that indicate distribution and cultivation "for more than personal and provider use".
He's been arrested for dangerous drug possession on four different instances. He's also been charged with damage to property and possession of marijuana. Bogunovich has been released from the Denver Detention Center on a $10,000 bond since his arrest.
via NY Daily News