Lawsuit says deputies targeted man for medical marijuana

January 16, 2008

, Associated Press

A paraplegic man from Malaga has sued Eddy County sheriff's deputies.

Leonard French alleges they seized marijuana plants and equipment to grow them last summer despite the fact he has a license under New Mexico's medical marijuana law.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, French thought drug task force agents had come to his home to check his compliance with the medical marijuana law.

He showed them his license, growing equipment, two small marijuana plants and a pipe to smoke marijuana.

Deputies seized the plants and equipment and turned them over to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and a ruling that deputies violated the medical marijuana law and other laws.

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