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Judge’s son tells TNRN he was “growing pot for dad”

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A number of motions were filed by the defense Tuesday, in the case of an Alpena man charged with growing marijuana out of his State Street home.

Robert Ferguson Jr., 54, is charged with manufacture of marijuana and maintaining a drug house.  Ferguson is the son of former Circuit Court Judge Robert Ferguson Sr., 92, who was also facing a drug charge, which was dismissed in February.  Police confiscated approximately 20 marijuana plants from the family’s home in September 2009.

In court Tuesday, the Detroit attorney representing Ferguson Jr., Matthew Abel, filed 5 motions to dismiss the case.  One of the motions was an affirmative defense of the medical marijuana law that Abel says allows persons diagnosed with a debilitating condition to legally possess marijuana without first obtaining a medical card.

The motions have been taken under advisement by Judge Michael Mack. 

Meanwhile, Ferguson spoke to True North Radio following Tuesday’s hearing and said he was growing the plants for his father, who has been battling cancer for years.  He said some of the pot was also for personal use because he suffers from several debilitating conditions, none of which he was willing to disclose. 

Ferguson showed TNRN his new medical marijuana card, which was obtained after his arrest.