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Man on Trial for Growing Marijuana

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
Deliberations start Wednesday morning at the trial of a man and his mother-in-law who had a house filled with marijuana plants in Luzerne County.

Back in July of 2005, police raided the home of Boris Petrov in Plymouth. Police said the house was filled with some 200 marijuana plants, a sophisticated growing system, and bags of pot that had already been cut and dried. According to police, Petrov's mother-in-law was found with scissors in her hand, surrounded by pot plants that had already been cut.

At the time of his arrest, court papers showed that Petrov admitted growing the pot. He said he had gambling debts and owed money to the Russian Mafia.

But, on Tuesday, during a break at his trial at the courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, Petrov told Newswatch 16 a different story. He insisted he was growing the marijuana for his own use, to help ease his pain and depression problems.

"For my stomach," said Petrov. "I use like tea."

Petrov also told Newswatch 16 that he was not planning to sell the marijuana to anyone, as prosecutors charge.

Attorneys for both sides gave closing arguments Tuesday afternoon. One defense attorney told jurors that they'll have to decide if Petrov is "a whacked out, lazy, old Russian guy who liked to get high" or a sophisticated dealer.

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