Dec 8, 2015 3:23 PM

Atkinson couple in their 60s found with 7 pounds of marijuana claim it was used medically

PLAISTOW - An Atkinson couple charged with growing marijuana pleaded not guilty in court Monday and said the illegal growing operation was not for profit but for personal medical needs.

According to the Eagle Times, Robert, 65, and Valerie, 60, Zdrada were arrested in October after police seized more than 7 pounds of marijuana from their home.

A lawyer for the couple argued in court Monday that the marijuana was being used to ease Robert Zdrada's symptoms of cancer.

Prosecutors are charging Robert and Valerie each with one count of intent to distribute because of the quantity of marijuana found in the home.

A medical marijuana bill that was passed in 2013 is expected to take effect in the state soon, however, when it does it states a grower may only have two ounces of marijuana at one time.

Citizens looking for medical marijuana also need to have a state issued ID card.

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