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Posted on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 9:35 a.m.

Man arrested with $40K in stolen marijuana from licensed medical growing facility

By Paula Gardner

Police responding to a break-in alarm at a medical marijuana growing facility early Thursday arrested a man leaving the building with $40,000 of the substance in a duffle bag.

Pittsfield Township police said the alarm call came in at about 2:35 a.m. Thursday, and multiple officers responded to the building in the 4800 block of Carpenter Road, between Michigan Avenue and I-94.

"When officers reached the building, they could hear the audible alarm coming from the rear of the building," said Deputy Chief Gordy Schick. "They surrounded the building and encountered (the suspect)."

The man, a 33-year-old Livonia resident, was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail. He's expected to be arraigned by Friday, police said, with likely charges including burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

No additional information on the suspect was immediately available, Schick said, including whether he has a prior arrest record.

The owner of the facility was called to the building to determine whether anything else had been taken, Schick said.

Police also verified that the facility was in compliance with its licensing under the state's medical marijuana laws.

"It's a legitimate grow operation," Schick said, adding that it's operated without incident in the township for about a year.



Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 5:37 p.m.

Luckily this place had an alarm. Glad all of that uh marijuana is going back to its rightful owner.


Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 5:13 p.m.

Was this in a home, or a dedicated building? Can it be grown in a home with young children?

Tom Todd

Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 10:20 p.m.

With how the Republicans govern the state and the nation it's a total joke that Marijuana is illegal.

Superior Twp voter

Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 11:30 p.m.

Huh? What?


Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 8:06 p.m.

Well, at least it wasn't at Meijer this time...

Basic Bob

Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 5:17 p.m.

Is that list price?


Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 4:27 p.m.

Dude... I was just picking up my perscription! It's all for personal use, I swear!


Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 4:23 p.m.

Aaahhh to bad!

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 3:20 p.m.

Does the business have a name?

Atticus F.

Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 3:18 p.m.

$40k= about 10 LBS of Medical marijuana... Way more than the amount allowed by the states medical MJ law.

N. Todd

Fri, Jul 6, 2012 : 5:05 a.m.

@Woman in Ypsi - 12 plants per patient is correct and you can have up to 5 patients, plus yourself. Max of 72 plants per caregiver. As far as pooling resources goes, at least to my knowledge, that is typically viewed as illegal unless each caregiver's 'grow room' is individually enclosed and locked with only the caregiver (or his/her patients, I believe) having access.

Woman in Ypsilanti

Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 6 p.m.

Is it illegal if there are several caregivers pooling resources for a grow operation. What is the limit? 12 plants per patient or something? I honestly don't know.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 4:44 p.m.

I remember when 40k got you about 500 lbs. Not that i ever actually bought any. But once upon a time I sort of " knew people who knew people"....along time ago. I think there was only 4 channels on the TV and the only place open after the bars closed was a Dunken (Drunken) Donuts on Main Street.

Atticus F.

Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 3:45 p.m.

Don't get me wrong, I'm 100% in favor of the medical Marijuana law. But I've also seen alot of greed in the industry, and I am certainly NOT in favor of large scale warehouse grows... Most of which I've seen, send there product to out of state criminal organizations.


Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 3:38 p.m.

Not if its still growing or being cured. Remember the law states "Useable". Not useable till dried,cured and trimmed.


Thu, Jul 5, 2012 : 3:05 p.m.

I just hate it when "out of towners" do this stuff! This makes our criminal element look lazy!