A Colorado couple is seeking compensation for cannabis plants that were taken by police and left to die. The pair claim the 39 marijuana plants that were seized were grown for medical purposes. “All the plants were dead,” said Brian Vicente, one of the attorneys for the couple. “Some had turned to liquid – this black, moldy liquid. There was mold over everything.”
The court case was eventually thrown out.
Now the couple is taking the police to court seeking $200,000 compensation. Under Colorado state law, seized property should not be negelccted or destroyed. Of the 12 states that have legalized marijuana for medical use, Colorado stands out for its law specifying that police must not “harm, neglect or destroy” seized plants in such cases, said Noah Mamber, legal services coordinator for advocacy group Americans for Safe Access.