Manatee Co. couple at the center of the medical marijuana debate - WFLA News Channel 8

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

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • NewsMore>>

  • One dead, one injured on beach after plane crash

    One dead, one injured on beach after plane crash

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:18:43 GMT
    Man killed and his daughter was critical injured when they were hit by a plane making a crash landing on Caspersen Beach in Venice.Man killed and his daughter was critical injured when they were hit by a plane making a crash landing on Caspersen Beach in Venice.
    An emergency landing by a small plane on Caspersen Beach in Venice claimed the life of a man walking with his young daughter Sunday, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.About 2:45 pm, Venice Airport contacted the sheriff's office regarding a small plane in distress that was unable to make it back to the airport, Sarasota County sheriff's spokeswoman Wendy Rose said in a news release. Instead the pilot was going to try to land on the beach.The 1972 Piper Cherokee airplane hit the man and...
    An emergency landing by a small plane on Caspersen Beach in Venice claimed the life of a man walking with his young daughter Sunday, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.About 2:45 pm, Venice Airport contacted the sheriff's office regarding a small plane in distress that was unable to make it back to the airport, Sarasota County sheriff's spokeswoman Wendy Rose said in a news release. Instead the pilot was going to try to land on the beach.The 1972 Piper Cherokee airplane hit the man and...
  • Woman killed by stray bullet in Manatee shooting

    Woman killed by stray bullet in Manatee shooting

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:29 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:29:44 GMT
    A shooting was reported at the intersection of the US Highway 301 and University Parkway early Monday morning where one woman was struck by a bullet and killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.
    A shooting was reported at the intersection of the US Highway 301 and University Parkway early Monday morning where one woman was struck by a bullet and killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.
  • Automated car to take Scott for ride

    Automated car to take Scott for ride

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:27:00 GMT
    An automated car will take Florida Governor Rick Scott for a ride Monday, as Audi tries to sell the state on its latest technology.
    An automated car will take Florida Governor Rick Scott for a ride Monday, as Audi tries to sell the state on its latest technology.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Savannah Woman Celebrates her 105th Birthday

    PHOTOS: Savannah Woman Celebrates her 105th Birthday

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:11:27 GMT
    On Friday, Mrs. Isabel Hansen Coons, celebrated her 105th birthday with a big bash at Summer Breeze Senior Living on Wilmington Island.Mrs. Coons was born in 1909 and has been a resident of Savannah since 1986. Staff at Summer Breeze Senior Living say she is spirited, competitive and full off insightful advice. They add that Mrs. Coons attributes her longevity to 'moderation.'Happy Birthday Mrs. Coons!
    On Friday, Mrs. Isabel Hansen Coons, celebrated her 105th birthday with a big bash at Summer Breeze Senior Living on Wilmington Island.Mrs. Coons was born in 1909 and has been a resident of Savannah since 1986. Staff at Summer Breeze Senior Living say she is spirited, competitive and full off insightful advice. They add that Mrs. Coons attributes her longevity to 'moderation.'Happy Birthday Mrs. Coons!
  • 16 Old Wives' Tales We've All Heard

    16 Old Wives' Tales We've All Heard

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:11:56 GMT
    Here are some of the common old wives' tales that we still hear today.
    Here are some of the common old wives' tales that we still hear today.
  • VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

    VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:56 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:56:27 GMT
    YouTube imageYouTube image
    An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
    An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.