Controversy is stirring in Massachusetts after state law enforcement raided the home of an 81-year-old grandmother for a single marijuana plant. On Sept. 21, 2016, the Massachusetts state police and national guard launched a team of troopers, vehicles and a helicopter to raid the home of Margaret Holcomb.
Although not a medical marijuana cardholder, Holcomb reportedly uses the plant medicinally to help with her arthritis, glaucoma, and to occasionally help her sleep. In states like Massachusetts, where medical marijuana is legal, a recent study has shown that senior citizens are both healthier and more likely to work.
According to The Washington Post, the raid was operated under the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Cannabis Eradication Program, which reportedly cost taxpayers $18 million in 2015.
Although authorities insist that the plant had been spotted in the air, Holcomb insists that the plant was kept out of sight behind raspberry bushes in her garden. Speaking with The Boston Globe, Holcomb said she was “pretty pissed.”
“This is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, I am a citizen of the United States of America. You have overstepped and I am not going to step aside,” Holcomb said.
With legalization on the November in Massachusetts, Holcomb hopes this incident will help spur Massachusetts voters to vote yes.