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Michigan marijuana grower gives up farm to cops

Michigan farmer loses his house and land after getting caught growng marijuana.

ROME TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan farmer who dodged a prison sentence for growing 8,000 marijuana plants is losing his house and 23-acre farm.

An attorney for Ed and Linda Schmieding says they’re not fighting a forfeiture claim by a Michigan State Police drug unit. The property was in jeopardy because it was the site of the marijuana operation in Lenawee County.

Schmieding pleaded guilty in Detroit federal court but was sentenced only to probation in June. Judge Bernard Friedman said he had made mistakes but “lived a good life.” Schmieding began growing marijuana in 2010 after years of growing cut flowers and other plants.

A trial over the property had been scheduled for Tuesday in Adrian. Attorney James Daly tells The Daily Telegram (http://bit.ly/1cUSCy9 ) that it would have been difficult to win.

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Information from: The Daily Telegram, http://www.lenconnect.com



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