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Manatee couple won't be charged for growing marijuana

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Advocates for medical marijuana are declaring a victory. Manatee County agents arrested Robert Jordan for growing marijuana, but the state attorney will not prosecute him.

The decision is based on a defense of 'medical necessity.'

Jordan said his wife Cathy needs marijuana to treat Lou Gehrig's disease, and prosecutors decided they could not successfully dispute that.

Jordan's home was raided by law enforcement in February, after receiving a tip that there were two marijuana plants growing in their back yard.

"They're saying, yes what I was doing is illegal -- but not to do it was more of a crime," said Jordan. "I've been saying that for 16 years. So I feel that vindicates our point of view."

Robert and Cathy Jordan are in Tallahassee, pressing lawmakers to legalize marijuana for medical use. A south Florida lawmaker has sponsored a bill in her name.

Opponents say marijuana does more harm than good, even for people who are very sick.

"They're not helping their condition, they're harming their condition," said Calvina Fay, executive director of the St. Petersburg-based Drug Free America Foundation. "Of course you feel better using any drug. That's why people use it, It doesn't mean you're getting legitimate medical treatment, and that's our concern."

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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