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RHODE ISLAND: Pastor facing federal marijuana charges

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Accused of growing 183 pot plants in his church

Pastor Erik Johansson who is licensed to grow and possess medical marijuana is now reportedly facing federal chargesWEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) - A West Warwick minister who is licensed to grow and possess medical marijuana is now reportedly facing federal charges for having more plants than the law allows.

Pastor Erik F. Johansson and his girlfriend, Lydia Brindamour, were arrested back in September after police say they discovered 183 marijuana plants growing in Johansson's church on Providence Street in West Warwick.

Now the Providence Journal reports that federal prosecutors have both suspects with conspiring to manufacture more than 100 marijuana plants.  The charges carry up to 40 years in prison.

According to the report, Johansson is a licensed medical marijuana caregiver, but only allowed to have up to 24 plants at a time.

He is also one of 18 applicants to open a medical marijuana "compassion center" in Rhode Island.


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