Dr. Monroe Piland

Dr. Monroe Piland arrested after growing marijuana plants il

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Published: 13 August 2017

Posted by: Wesley D. Nevarez

Dr. Monroe Piland was sentenced to 111 hours in jail by a Dare County Superior court judge, in addition to 111 hours of charitable work. He has also been ordered to pay a fine amounting to $1,110. The doctor had been growing 111 marijuana plants illegally. He will be on probation for 12 months.
The jury that found him guilty had 8 men and 4 women. It took them over 3 hours to come to the conclusion. He was found to be a felon in the end, with possession and manufacture of marijuana.
The 69 year old Hatteras Island doctor claimed that he was growing the plants in order to treat his patients. He apparently used it to help relieve nausea and vomiting in patients who had undergone chemotherapy for cancer. The “medical necessity” was not acknowledged by Judge Preston Cornelius. Marijuana is not commonly available in all locations in North Carolina.
Piland’s lawyer, Marvin Blount Jr., immediately filed notice of the appeal to the court of Appeals. Pending the appeal, the physician had paid $4,000 and remained out of jail. He was working in the emergency room at the Albermarle Hospital. It is not clear whether he will have his license revoked.
He was arrested on the 10th of August, and authorities confiscated the plants. Piland confessed that he started growing and giving the plants to patients after one of them told him about how she saw on TV that marijuana plants might help with chemotherapy. But the court ruled that a personal request from a patient was not more important a reason than the law prohibiting the growth and selling of controlled substances like marijuana. The jury was asked to judge Piland on the basis of whether he knowingly grew the plants.

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