California grandfather charged for medical marijuana in Texas

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HOUSTON – A California man never imagined the world of trouble he could end up in for a prescription he’s had for years.

Phillip Blanton faces two felony drug charges after his prescribed medical marijuana and edible cookies were found in the trunk of his car during a traffic stop.

It happened as Blanton was driving from Newman, Calif., to the Houston area on Jan. 1.

He was making the trip to visit his 20-year-old granddaughter who has Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Blanton was stopped for speeding in Decatur, Texas, more than 1,500 miles into his journey.

“I said, ‘Officer, I don’t have any illegal drugs on me. Everything I have is a prescription from my doctor,’” Blanton said. “He goes, ‘If that dog finds anything, you’re going to jail.’”

He admitted to having a pipe in his car, which was enough probable cause to lead to a search of the vehicle.

A DPS trooper found four ounces of his prescribed marijuana and the edibles in his trunk.

“I said, ‘What? Are you kidding me? I’m a patient. I’m a grandfather — not a drug dealer,’” Blanton said. “I’m there in handcuffs feeling like a total loser…a second-class citizen.”

Blanton spent the night in the Wise County Jail and was released after posting the necessary portion of his $20,000 bond.

He’s been told it could take up to six months to get a court date.

“I’m not a recreational user. I’ve been a medical user for the past 10 years,” he said. “What’s going through my mind is terror. I’m a 67-year-old grandpa who loves his family very much and wants to see his granddaughter who’s battling for her life.”

By Drew Karedes – Continue Reading…