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Drug police raided an 81-year-old woman's home and garden to take a single pot plant


The Drug Enforcement Agency gives money to states every year to eradicate pot plants. 

So how is Massachusetts spending that money? Well, 81-year-old Margaret Holcomb living in Amherst found out the hard way.

Holcomb grew a single pot plant in her garden, right behind her raspberries. She really only grew it to ease the pain brought on by glaucoma and arthritis. Paying someone for pot was too expensive and trying to get a doctor to approve a medical marijuana card was time-consuming and complicated.

Sounds relatively harmless right?

Well, that didn't stop the Massachusetts State Police and Massachusetts National Guard from sending troops, a helicopter, and several vehicles to go and rip that one plant right out of the ground. 

Granted, Holcomb's plant wasn't the only one ripped up that day, reports the Washington Post. The authorities hit various other properties that day, confiscating as many as 20 plants at one property. But they only confiscated 43 in total. 

Some on Twitter were quick to come to Holcomb's defense. 

And others are taking the incident as a call to action. 

So what does Holcomb think of all this?

Well she's just going to grow another plant, of course. 

"I don't picture them out here and putting an 81-year-old woman in jail," she told the Daily Hampshire Gazette. 

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