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Trial date set for former judge’s son accused of growing pot

Submitted by on June 15, 2010 – 6:10 amNo Comment

The son of a former judge has refused to accept an offer to settle a case that stems from an alleged marijuana growing operation at the family’s home in Alpena.

Robert Ferguson Jr., 54, is charged with manufacture of marijuana and maintaining a drug house.  Ferguson turned down a plea deal last week and will defend himself before a jury on August 12.  He is the son of former Circuit Court Judge Robert Ferguson Sr., 92, who was also facing a drug charge that was dismissed in February. 

The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT) arrested the Ferguson’s in September, for allegedly growing more than 20 marijuana plants inside their home on State Street.

Ferguson’s case may hinge on Michigan’s medical marijuana law.  He told police the pot was for his father who has been battling cancer for years.  However, his dad did not possess a medical marijuana card at the time of the bust, and neither did Ferguson Jr., who told True North Radio some of the pot was for him, because he suffers from multiple debilitating conditions.