Fort Collins couple to ask city for reimbursement for dead marijuana plants

January 16, 2008

, The Coloradoan

The attorney for James and Lisa Masters, whose 39 medical marijuana plants were seized by Fort Collins police and later destroyed, plans to file a motion this afternoon asking the city pay the couple for the destroyed plants.

Police confiscated the plants in an August 2006 raid on the Masters’ Fort Collins home. Criminal charges against the couple were dismissed in June 2007. A judge in November ordered police to return the seized plants. The plants were dead when police returned them in December.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates put the value of the plants at thousands of dollars each, according to attorney Brian Vicente.

The compensation request would be the first of its kind in Colorado history.

The Masters say police were legally required to keep the marijuana plants alive.

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