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Ruling on appeal doesn’t cut marijuana advocate, 71, a break

December 19, 2018

CANDLER, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld the 2017 conviction of a marijuana advocate on most charges, meaning the 71-year-old will likely not see a reduction of his prison sentence.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the three-member panel on Tuesday struck down two of Monroe Gordon Piland III’s marijuana-related convictions. But his sentence on those two counts was to run concurrently with the 18 to 23 years he received on a charge of trafficking in heroin.

Piland lost his medical license in 1984 after the Board of Medical Examiners learned he was growing marijuana for a cancer patient.

He told the newspaper in 2016 that marijuana is an “essential nutrient” and it’s “blasphemous” to outlaw its use. The newspaper reports that he’s drawn support from advocates of marijuana legalization.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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