Two charged with illegally selling medical marijuana

July 18, 2007

, Associated Press

Two medical marijuana providers are facing drug charges after police seized more than $340,000 worth of marijuana following a two-week investigation, police said.

Michelle Marchand, 33, was charged with illegal possession of marijuana, maintaining a place where drugs are used and endangering the welfare of a minor.

A woman arrested with her, Sharon Biggar, 39, faces similar charges.

Detectives seized 2 pounds of marijuana, 23 grams of hashish and three firearms after a search of the women's home.

Marchand was out of compliance as a medical marijuana provider by unlawfully selling marijuana and exceeding her allotment, Lt. Jim Anglemier said. Marchand's three children were taken into protective custody.

Another medical marijuana provider, David Edgar, was arrested after police found more than 7 pounds of dried marijuana worth $28,000 and 100 immature marijuana plants worth more than $300,000, among other drugs.

Edgar was charged with illegal delivery, possession and manufacture of marijuana.

"When they're medical marijuana providers, then they're to be growing a specific number of plants for a specific person," Anglemier said. "And if they get outside of that, whether it's by too many plants or they're selling it to other people, then that puts them outside of their compliance."

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