War Hero Wants His Pot Back

Prosecutor says soldier is licensed grower
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2007 10:15 AM CST
Pro-medical marijuana activists demonstrate in downtown Los Angeles, on Thursday Oct.11,2007, demanding an end to raids on marijuana clinics. A former Marine and Persian Gulf War veteran is demanding...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A former Marine arrested for growing marijuana plants turns out to be a wounded Gulf War hero—and a licensed grower of pot for medicinal purposes. The 39-year-old former lieutenant corporal is insisting Denver area police return his plants, worth more than $100,000. Kevin Dickes uses marijuana to control mood swings linked to his wounds, reports the Military Times.

Dickes, who could have faced six years in jail, is suing for the return of his plants. He says he prefers marijuana to conventional medication. “It may not relieve your pain, but it helps your mood swings," he said. "If you’re down, it will bring you up.”