Pardon for doctor imprisoned for growing cannabis for sick wives
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) pardoned an ophthalmologist who served six months in prison in 2014 for growing cannabis for his sick wife before the state legalized the plant for medicinal purposes. Dr. Paul Ezell lost his ability to practice medicine because of his belief.
At the time of his arrest, Ezell said he had started growing cannabis to help his wife reduce her prescription opioid use. The growth was spotted after someone reported Ezell after finding some plant debris in the trash when the doctor disassembled the surgery.
According to a press release from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) enables the 65-year-old Ezell to return to his profession as an ophthalmologist.
“Here’s a 30 year old doctor who didn’t even have a ticket and then his whole life is ruined for giving his wife drugs that are now legal in Pennsylvania. This is a prime example of the destructive power of cooling madness. … He lost his wife, his career, everything. Today Dr. Ezell begin to rebuild his life. Cases like his illustrate why we need to end the marijuana ban before it destroys another life. “- Fetterman in a statement
Fetterman is the chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons and a proponent of cannabis law reform.
The case of Ezell’s daughter, who also lost her nursing license as a result of the indictment, is due to be heard by the pardons next month.
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TG joined Ganjapreneur in 2014 as a news writer and has moderated the Ganjapreneur podcast since 2016. He lives in New York State, where he teaches media studies at a local university.