Unfortunately for 46-year-old William Bradley, he doesn’t live in one of the two states that legally permits marijuana growing.
The YouTube video, titled “William Bradley – Hope Garden,” was posted in October and shows Bradley standing in a wooded area among towering marijuana plants as he recites his post office box address, including the town and ZIP code.
Bradley says in the video, which he linked from his Facebook page, that he’s growing the marijuana because it helps relieve the symptoms of his terminal cancer, and he said he wants to give away “this extra medicine” instead of selling it.
“Welcome to my beautiful garden,” he says in the video. “As you can see, God has gifted me with an abundance, and it’s more than I need, so I want to take the extra and give it to people who need the help.”
Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection began issuing licenses to medical marijuana producers and dispensers this month.
Bradley says in the video that he needs financial help after suffering a severe head injury.
“I don’t even think I’m thinking correctly, but everybody needs to see how beautiful this is,” he says.
He asks for help distributing the drugs because he doesn’t want to sell it.
“I don’t need the help, but I want it,” Bradley says. “I don’t want to be a criminal; I don’t want to have to sell this.
Authorities there said Bradley was arrested in 2008 for having more than 10 pounds of pot, and court records show he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell and was sentenced to two years on probation.
Clinton police said they arrested Bradley on Monday after a six-month investigation that was launched when an officer saw the video.
Investigators said they used surveillance to discover Bradley had more than 2 pounds of marijuana, more than 20 grams of hashish, two baggies of cocaine, four oxycodone pills, about $1,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia kept in a storage bin.
Bradley was charged with multiple counts of drug-related offenses and jailed on $5,000 bond.
He indicated on his Facebook page that he released on bond sometime late Tuesday.
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