Michigan Dispensary Cannabis Leads to Indiana Felony Charge

April 24th, 2024 Legal & Crime
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Demar Garrison, a 45-year-old man, faces legal challenges after being arrested in La Porte County, Indiana, with a significant amount of cannabis that reportedly originated from Michigan. Garrison has been charged with a Level 5 felony for Dealing in Marijuana, which could result in a sentence of up to six years.

The incident unfolded on April 17th when Garrison, driving a rented vehicle westbound on Interstate 94, was pulled over by La Porte County Police just outside of Michigan City for tailgating. Officers noted an overpowering scent of air freshener from the vehicle, which they suspected was used to mask the smell of cannabis.

Further investigation revealed that Garrison had traveled from Racine, Wisconsin—where he resides—to Grand Rapids, Michigan, the day before the arrest. The court documents suggest that the cannabis found in his possession might have been obtained from a dispensary in Michigan, indicating a possible interstate transport of the substance.

During the search, law enforcement, aided by a K-9 unit, discovered nearly twelve one-pound packages of cannabis, over three pounds of THC cartridges, and THC edibles in the trunk of the car. All items were concealed within a large, odor-proof duffle bag, a type often associated with bulk cannabis smuggling.

While cannabis is legally purchasable in Michigan dispensaries, it remains illegal in Indiana, both for sale and possession. This incident highlights the legal discrepancies between states and the complications that arise from them, particularly affecting individuals who traverse state lines.

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