Despite court order, Millinocket man refuses to stop smoking pot

April 15th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

BANGOR, Maine — A Millinocket man’s adversarial relationship with federal authorities went from bad to worse recently when police conducted a probation check on him and removed 44 marijuana plants from a home he and his wife own in Gouldsboro, according to federal court documents.

By his own admission, Jeffrey Barnard, 48, refuses to stop smoking marijuana, even though federal officials take a dim view of his habit. He said he needs the plants, which were removed from the house on March 30, to help him medically address pain from multiple injuries he has suffered over the years. He claims he has been a registered marijuana patient in Maine since last September.

But Barnard is a convicted felon, and having served three years in prison on a firearms conviction, he is on federal probation, the terms of which explicitly bar him from possessing or using alcohol or drugs. According to federal officials, Barnard tested positive for marijuana use 23 times between June 4, 2009, and Dec. 22, 2009, before Maine’s medical marijuana law was adopted and made retroactive to Dec. 23, 2009. Federal law does not permit the medicinal use of marijuana.

Last November, Barnard filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Bangor asking for permission to smoke marijuana for medical purposes, but Judge John Woodcock denied Barnard’s request. Barnard repeatedly flouted the terms of his probation before Maine adopted its medical marijuana law, Woodcock wrote in his Jan. 24 decision. And while Barnard has provided the court

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