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#1 SkunkyAroma


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Posted 10 April 2015 - 02:43 AM

St. Petersburg, Florida -- From one battlefield to the next: A decorated Army veteran has found himself in trouble with the law and it's all part of the medical marijuana debate.

"He was in the Army deployed to Iraq," says Shawn Gearhart, lawyer for Mathew Young who spent years fighting for our country.

"During time there involved in lot of combat," says Gearhart.

He's now fighting for his life.

"He was also part of road bombs. The result of that, he has suffered 30 concussions," says Gearhart.

When Young came back from overseas the battle never stopped.

"Now he suffers from PTSD," says Gearhart.

The only thing that's seemed to work for Young as his health started to decline is medical marijuana.

"When he was using cannabis, he was able to play with his stepdaughter, cook with his significant other," says Gearhart.

A lawyer from Jacksonville wrote him a script, giving him false information that using the drug was OK. For Young, he just knew it was helping.

"That attorney wrote him letter advising him he had the right to absolutely grow, use, and possess marijuana," says Gearhart.

But on Nov. 4, Young was arrested and charged with trafficking, possession and cultivation.

The trafficking and possession charges were dropped.


And now his new lawyer, Gearhart is working to get his last charge dropped as well.

"It's sad to see sick people in other states can use cannabis but for some reason we don't have that in Florida right now," says Gearhart.

As of now, Young's next court date is June 5.

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