National Guard, State Police perform raid on 81-year-old’s property for one pot plant

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AMHERST, Mass. — The Massachusettes National Guard and State Police joined forces to obtain a single marijuana plant from an 81-year-old woman.

According to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, who initially reported the story. Margaret Holcomb said she was growing the plant for medicine.

On Sept. 21, a military-style helicopter and police arrived at Holcomb’s home, entered her backyard and cut down the plant, reports the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

According to the report, she would use it to ease her arthritis and glaucoma and help her sleep at night.

Holcomb was not home at the time of the raid, but her son Tim Holcomb was.

“We just want the illegal contraband,” Holcomb told the Gazette when recalling what the officers said.

Holcomb told the paper that she felt her rights were violated.

“I’m prepared to take actions if I need to,” informed Margaret Holcomb. “I don’t picture them out here and putting an 81-year-old woman in jail.”

The paper reports she had no license for the substance.