Pot grower's probation criticized by police

Probation for a southeastern Michigan farmer caught growing more than 8,000 marijuana plants is not "logical or reasonable," and sends the wrong message to people considering similar schemes, the head of an anti-drug task force said.
AP Wire
Jun 27, 2013


Detective Lt. Robert Sinclair of the state police was reacting to Tuesday's sentencing of Edwin Schmieding, who got an extraordinary break from a federal judge in Detroit.

Instead of prison, the Lenawee County man was placed on supervised release, or probation, for two years. He was arrested in 2011 after an investigation by a police task force in Lenawee and Hillsdale counties. Federal agents subsequently took over the case.

"It does not seem logical or reasonable to sentence a person growing this much marijuana to two years of probation, especially when it obviously was not for personal use but for monetary gain," said Sinclair, commander of the task force. "We will continue to pursue all criminal activity, including illegal marijuana growing operations."

Schmieding, 61, began growing marijuana after raising cut flowers for years. His wife told police they wanted to sell it for use by people approved for medical marijuana, although large-scale production is illegal.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said Schmieding, who is recovering from cancer, deserved a break. The marijuana was not considered to be high quality and many plants were immature.



Detective Sinclair and the rest of the law enforcement agencies should get a clue, but obviously haven't received the memo yet. Nobody really cares about marijuana laws anymore and Judge Friedman made that perfectly clear with the slap on the wrist for this large quantity. I guess it now also depends on the quality of your pot as well, lets keep that in mind when planting. Maybe if you shoot someone with an off brand low quality gun it won't really be murder either. What a country!

Mystic Michael

Meh. It's just weed. So what?

The Michigan State Police are better than this. Or they should be.


James Wilson

Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.

8,000 plants are for how many consumers, maybe he just wanted to become incorporated and looking to branch out? God Help Us.


The federal judge showed he has a conscience. He could not sit back and watch a man be sent to prison for the rest of his life over something as harmless as marijuana.


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