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Former gubernatorial candidate gets plea deal for growing pot for ‘preventive medicine’

Peter Rickards, a Twin Falls podiatrist and anti-nuclear activist who received 3.2 percent of the vote running as an independent for governor in 1998, has reached an agreement to plead guilty to one charge of manufacturing marijuana, the Twin Falls Times-News reports. The deal includes a recommended penalty of five years of supervised probation and 30 days in jail with credit for time served, along with $2,000 in fines and 200 hours of community service. Rickards had faced two counts of trafficking marijuana after sheriff’s deputies raided his home last May, and found more than 4 pounds of dried marijuana and 32 live plants.

Rickards told the Times-News, “I am grateful that after talking to the prosecutors directly for an hour, they agreed I was not trafficking but simply growing cannabis for myself.” Rickards said he smokes marijuana as “preventive medicine.” You can read the Times-News’ full report here from reporter Alison Gene Smith.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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