Fla. couple won't be charged for marijuana

Posted at 5:16 AM, Apr 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-03 01:26:59-04

PARRISH, Fla. (AP) - Manatee County prosecutors have declined to press charges against a 64-year-old man who cultivated marijuana plants to treat his wife's illness.

Robert Jordan's home was raided by law enforcement in February, after receiving a tip that there were two marijuana plants growing in their back yard.

Jordan's wife, 62-year-old Cathy, has used marijuana for years to control the symptoms of Lou Gehrig's disease.

The Herald-Tribune ( reports that the State Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that it believes a medical necessity defense would hold up in court.

The couple has also asked state lawmakers in Tallahassee to pass a medical marijuana law.