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Troy Craig: Yakima Medical Marijuana Grower Allegedly Got His Young Kids High

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The only part of the Miranda warning that the average citizen knows is, "You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law." In other words, when DEA agents raid the medical marijuana grow-op in your garage, if you tell them that you've been giving weed to your kids ages two, five, and seven, you'll end up hearing about it in court.

Troy Craig learned that lesson the hard way earlier this week. According to a criminal complaint filed against him in Eastern Washington federal court, when agents raided his Yakima home on Monday afternoon, they found 67 pot plants growing in his garage, along with "numerous Ziploc bags containing processed marijuana," a digital scale, and several medical marijuana cards. Craig was arrested and read his rights, but he must have misheard that bit about "remaining silent."

Craig allegedly told the feds that he had been growing weed for the past two years and selling it to five or six of his friends for $200 per ounce "donations." (It's unclear whether Craig has a medical authorization himself but, even if he does, 67 plants exceeds the state legal limit of 15.) Craig also said, according to court documents, that two of his children have medical marijuana cards, and that he had been supplying pot to all three.

Could the kids get approved to use medical marijuana? It's possible, though improbable. Gil Mobley, a doctor who writes medical pot prescriptions from his office in Federal Way, says the only justification for treating kids with cannabis would be if they have debilitating illnesses that haven't responded to other types of medication, and if the doctor could be sure that the pot itself would not cause additional harm. For example, last year Slate published a series of essays by a mother who, with doctor approval, gave her young autistic son marijuana to soothe his gastrointestinal pain and decrease his violent behavior. But Craig's kids aren't even old enough to play Little League.

"Folks would be ill-advised to give someone under the age of 18 a recommendation," the Doc says. "The developing mind is such a fragile thing...a doctor would just be really hard-pressed to defend that. By and large, it's a battle most prudent practitioners would not want to wage. They'd be risking credibility and sanctions."

Craig now faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Court records indicate he has had several previous run-ins with the law, including a conviction as a juvenile for residential burglary. He remains in federal custody pending a bail hearing Friday. His public defender did not return a call seeking comment. The court documents don't mention what happened to Craig's kids after the raid.

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