MANATEE -- Charges of growing marijuana will not be pursued against Robert Jordan, the Parrish man whose wife suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and smokes it daily to relieve her symptoms.
"No action will be taken on the charges," Assistant State Attorney Brian A. Iten annnounced in a memorandum Tuesday.
Jordan, 64, was referred for prosecution after the Manatee County Sheriff's Office discovered two mature pot plants and about 20 seedlings on his Parrish property in February.
Jordan said he was growing the cannabis solely for the use of his wife, Cathy, Iten wrote. The state attorney's investigation confirmed that.
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"A review of Mrs. Jordan's medical records, supplied through counsel, and telephone contact with Dr. Denis Petro, a neurologist who last examined Mrs. Jordan, confirmed ... that the defendant could not accomplish the same objective using a less offensive alternative," Iten wrote in the memo.