Disabled Treutlen man gets probation in pot case | Crime
A disabled Treutlen County man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years probation and a $1,500 fine for growing what he said was "medical" marijuana outside of his home.
Terry Altier was sentenced before a judge in Treutlen County Superior Court.
That came after lawyers argued his case for more than an hour.
Last October, he pleaded guilty to growing the plants.
But he and his lawyer argue he was just trying to ease the pain from a severe spinal problem that will probably kill him. He was prescribed marinol, a synthetic form of THC, but he said he couldn't afford to buy it. So he grew the marijuana plants.
He said he told officers, "I'm a dying man, I can't afford my medication."
He faced up to four years in prison.
Wednesday morning, a prosecutor recommended three years' prison time. He said that was fair, because sympathy is not enough and growing marijuana is still a felony.
Altier told the judge, that prison time would be like a death sentence.
After being sentenced, Altier told 13WMAZ's Tom George that he won't grow marijuana again, but he still doesn't think it was wrong.