Attorney Adam Stone of The Stone Law Firm, LTD has taken an intriguing
drug crimes case that will be heading to a grand jury in Ohio soon. The client, Mr. Gross,
has been accused of distributing illegal drugs at a music festival in
central Ohio. The catch? Multiple witnesses claimed that Gross had
thrown THC-laced candy into the air but it was never stated that he actually
handed anything to any one person in particular.
A total of 24 people made their way to the medical tent at the music festival
after consuming the candy that was tossed randomly into the crowd. Although
the candy said “Prescribed Medibles by Dr. Greenbuds” on the
packaging, suggesting that it was manufactured with some form of marijuana
or cannabis, the medical staff initially believed people were suffering
from an opioid overdose. After patients did not respond to naloxone treatments,
which is used as an anti-heroin and anti-oxycodone drug, a hospital lab
technician identified marginally high levels of THC in the candy.
Security and police were led to Gross by witnesses who saw him throwing
the candy around; they also apparently used photographic evidence of him
in the act to identify him. After consenting to a search of his person
and backpack, police found the candy packages in question. Gross showed
he had a medical marijuana license that allowed him to cultivate and possess
Attorney Stone has made the argument that tossing an item or items into
the air, no matter how populated the area might be, is not indicative
of intent to distribute. If anything at all, it could constitute littering,
assuming the person throwing the objects had no intent to clean them up.
Due to the lack of clarity in the legal statutes, a grand jury is set
to review the case to determine if the accusations actually warrant charges
and an eventual criminal trial. If they do, Gross will face felony drug
For more information on this case, you can read a full article published by the
Mansfield News Journal
here. If you need help with drug charges in Ohio, you can
contact the Bucyrus criminal defense attorneys at our firm and
request a consultation to begin.