Prosecutors charged a medical marijuana patient accused of having more than the legal amount.
Kenneth Richard Glode, 58, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Wednesday for a felony charge of criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs.
He was released on his own recognizance after the hearing and is scheduled to appear in Yellowstone County District Court on Feb. 1.
Billings police were called to the Stone Street home on April 16, 2014. Officers smelled fresh marijuana and the sound of large exhaust fans on the property, court documents state.
The smell and sound appeared to be coming from a detached building, which was outfitted with surveillance cameras. After an officer knocked, he heard the sound of a "chain link fence being scaled," charges state.
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A woman answered the door and said the person who called the police was not home. Officers later met with Glode at the main house. He told officers that he was a registered medical marijuana patient and had a card, but he had more than the legal amount, charges state.
Glode said he had 13 plants and four clones, which are cuttings from a larger plant. A search later turned up three rooms with at least 48 plants, some of which were eight feet tall, according to court documents.
In addition, police found more than two ounces of usable marijuana, charges state.
The legal limit for medical marijuana patients is four mature plants, 12 seedlings and one ounce of usable marijuana. Glode could keep the allowable amount before police removed the rest.
Glode was charged under Montana Law, which lists marijuana as a schedule 1 dangerous drug separate from medical marijuana statutes. Marijuana is still listed as an illegal drug under federal law.