Two East Greenbush residents accused of growing marijuana
EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – Police say they found 30 pounds marijuana growing in a local home while investigating why a teenager was found intoxicated along a road.
According to East Greenbush Police, officers located an 18-year-old on Columbia Turnpike and took the teen home on Friday. The teen’s parents reported that the teen was in possession of the family car it was missing.
Police located the car at a Mountainview Avenue residence. They proceeded to investigate how the teenager had been served alcohol. Upon investigation, the officer observed marijuana plants growing on the property.
Matthew Hotaling, 22, and Mary Graves, 67, were charged in a criminal complaint for unlawfully possessing and growing the plants.
Hotaling has also been charged with unlawfully providing alcohol to a minor. He has been arraigned and remanded on $2,500 bail. Graves was released on her own recognizance.
The new Compassionate Care Act has yet to be implemented, but would only allow marijuana to be legally cultivated by a registered state dispensary and can be legally possessed only with a physician’s prescription.