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Manatee Co. couple at the center of the medical marijuana debate

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Monday night, Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at Robert Jordan's home. He was not expecting them. Jordan says he first saw the deputies as they came up his driveway. " They had their hands on their weapons. They didn't pull em out, but they had their hands on their weapons."

Jordan admits he was confrontational with the deputies, wondering why they were coming to his home. He says the deputies informed him they had probable cause. The Manatee County Sheriff's office says a real estate agent spotted marijuana plants in their back yard, and filed a complaint. Detectives seized 23 plants from the Jordan home.

Robert and his wife Cathy say they grow the plants for her. Cathy Jordan says she was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease in 1996. Cathy Jordan says the she started smoking pot on the advice of a friend and says its keeping her alive.

"This cannabis was grown on the Myakka river and I smoked it and I felt my disease stop."

The Manatee County Sheriff's office says they didn't kick down the Jordan's door, didn't come to the house with weapons drawn and didn't arrest Robert Jordan or his wife. A spokesman for the Sheriff's office says the case has been turned over to the state attorney.

Robert Jordan says if he is arrested, he will not stop growing pot. " When I get out of jail, I'm going to do the same thing over again. I have to do what I have to do, if you really love somebody and they are dying and you can grow something in your back yard to keep em alive, who's not going to grow it.", says Jordan.

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