Couple claim drugs are only for medical use

June 07, 2007

Sara Gandy, NBC 9News

A Fort Collins couple facing marijuana charges told members of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office Criminal Impact Unit that the marijuana found at their home was for medicinal use.
Chris Crumbliss, 31, and Tiffany Crumbliss, 36, were arrested May 31 after deputies found more than 200 live marijuana plants and 20 pounds of dried marijuana in a home they own at 3501 Raccoon Drive, west of Horsetooth Reservoir.
The couple were arrested at their home in the 4300 block of Shoreline Drive, where deputies also found 5 pounds of marijuana.

The two houses were searched following an anonymous tip, according to the Sheriff's office.

Rob Corry, who is representing the couple, said that the couple told deputies they were medical marijuana patients as well as caregivers for other medical marijuana patients. The deputies also seized certificates the couple had that showed they were medical marijuana patients, Corry said.

Passed in November 2000, Amendment 20 created the state's medical marijuana system, allowing patients to possess and grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The amendment also established a caregiver provision, which allows another person to possess and grow marijuana for a medical marijuana patient.

The couple has two small children, Corry said, and it appears they used the second home to grow the marijuana so that the children were not around it.

The children were not removed from the home he said.

"It was a correct decision to not take the kids away," Corry said.

In a press release issued after the arrest, a Sheriff's spokeswoman said that six guns were seized from the residence on Raccoon Drive. Corry said the guns were hunting rifles that were kept locked in a shed away from the house. The guns were not used in any way related to any drug trade, he said.

The couple, who appeared in District Court on Thursday morning, remain free on bond and are next scheduled to appear in court July 6.

Last week, prosecutors dropped the charges against James and Lisa Masters, medical marijuana patients who also grow marijuana for other patients, after a judge ruled their home had been illegally searched. Corry also was the defense attorney in that case.

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