Feb 17, 2010 10:00 AM by Associated Press

Split verdict for medical pot grower in Beulah

A lawyer is applauding a Pueblo jury's verdict convicting a medical marijuana grower of possessing pot but acquitting him of cultivating it, though it still raises questions.

Tom Sexton was arrested in 2007. Authorities seized 128 marijuana plants from his property near Beulah, and prosecutors argued he was growing more marijuana than allowed.

Colorado law limits patients and caregivers to possessing 2 ounces of marijuana and six plants, but they can possess more if they can exhibit a justifiable medical need.

Sexton's lawyer, Karl Tameler, says the verdict Saturday signals that patients and caregivers can decide how much marijuana is needed.

Sexton is scheduled to be sentenced March 1.

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