Thomas Davis, a licensed medical marijuana grower and caregiver, inspects his sole remaining plant after his crop was burglarized. (Mario Moretto/bangordailynews.com)
It's not every day that police hand you $12,800 worth of pot.
But such was the case in Ellsworth, Maine, where local police officers returned the 17 stolen plants to licensed medical marijuana caregiver Thomas Davis, the Bangor Daily News reports.
The plants were taken last week from a greenhouse near Davis' home.
Police arrested and charged Aaron Pert, 32, of Trenton, Maine, with the burglary after he admitted to the crime after a car he was in was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. Pert eventually told police where the freshly harvested plants were stashed and police recovered the marijuana, according to the Daily News.
Now it seemed Ellsworth police had a dilemma. They didn't know whether to destroy the pot, which they would normally do with illegal drugs, or return the pot to Davis.
According to the newspaper, the police department was worried about violating federal law if officers returned the medical marijuana, which is legal under state law.
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