Iowa Mayor Nabbed For Growing Cannabis

Jamaica, Iowa Mayor LaDonna Kennedy and husband sentenced to probation.

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One Iowa mayor was growing more than the state's primary crop - corn - on her property, and it's left her with a criminal record, this according to the Des Moines Register.

LaDonna Kennedy, mayor of the small down of Jamaica, was sentenced to two years probation Friday, according to the publication.

The charges? “delivering or possessing drugs with the intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana and failure to affix a drug tax stamp,” the Register reported.

The mayor and her husband, Randy Kennedy, were arrested in January after law enforcement found 18 cannabis plants in their home during a search for an alleged shooting suspect in the area, the outlet report.

Additionally, officials found paraphernalia and Lorazepam, according to police reports.

The Register reported the Kennedys’ lawyer said they never intended to distribute, but had the plants for “personal use.”

The attorney also told the Register he hoped the case would illuminate some of the stigma around cannabis use and generate important conversations around the need to make changes to Iowa’s cannabis legislation.

While medical marijuana in Iowa is legal for those with a qualifying condition, a doctor’s approval and a medical card, things may start to get more complicated in the state as the recreational cannabis market in neighboring Illinois takes off next year.

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