EVANS, N.Y. – A 62-year-old western New York woman faces misdemeanor charges of growing and possessing marijuana after police found a 7-foot-tall pot plant growing on her front porch.
Captain Charles Danzi of the town of Evans police says Barbara Ober was charged after the porch plant and six others growing around the house were seized by officers on Wednesday.
The woman told police she needs it to treat her arthritis and glaucoma.
Her husband, John Ober, told WKBW in Buffalo that she doesn't smoke a lot, but it does help ease her pain.
Thirteen states allow marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes, but not New York. There's currently a bill under consideration in Albany that would allow it.
John Ober says it's time New York legalized medical marijuana and reaped the benefits of taxing it.