illegal marijuana grow

Criminal charges greatly decreased for 2 of 6 marijuana grow co-defendants

Two of six co-defendants who were arrested as part of a multi-jurisdictional police investigation involving alleged illegal marijuana grows are seeing their multiple felony criminal charges dismissed and decreased — one to a misdemeanor and one to a civil infraction.

Attorneys plan to use Michigan marijuana law defense at prelim for 6 defendants

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act is expected to be used as a defense for at least some of the six defendants charged with multiple illegal commercial marijuana grows in Kent, Montcalm and Newaygo counties.

The six defendants — Fen Chen, Feng Chen, Zhi Hui Chen, Hong Liang Lin, Binbin Weng and Yuliang Wu — are all scheduled to go to a preliminary examination on April 22 in Montcalm County District Court; however, at least two of them have been offered a plea deal by the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office which they may accept before the prelim.

Thousands of plants, hundreds of thousands of dollars

6 men charged with illegal marijuana grows in 3 counties

Six men were charged Friday with multiple illegal commercial marijuana grows in Kent, Montcalm and Newaygo counties.

A Montcalm County prosecutor said the alleged criminal enterprise involved exchanging hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash between here and New York, but a defense attorney argued that marijuana is legal in Michigan and questioned the heavy-handed multi-jurisdictional law enforcement response, comparing the situation to a liquor license or a tobacco license violation.

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Six men were charged Friday with multiple illegal commercial marijuana grows in Kent, Montcalm and Newaygo counties.