Man Blames Passenger for Possessing His Marijuana, Then Claims Medical Use
SPRING HILL – A Hernando Beach man is out on bond today, after he was arrested for possessing marijuana that he says is used for medical purposes.
Florida legalized marijuana for medical use back in 2016 but users still have to request a prescription from a certified physician, and then travel to one of only a handful of dispensaries around the state to purchase the marijuana.
On Wednesday, Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic on a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Aaron Meininger. Once the vehicle came to stop at Sable Street and Everett Ave, a male passenger immediately exited the vehicle. Deputy Brandon Alonso ordered him to return to the vehicle, at which point the passenger stated that Meininger tried to throw weed on the floorboard in front of him, and that he didn’t want any part of it.
Deputy Alonso discovered a Cheez-it race car tin containing several individually wrapped bags of marijuana. Meininger stated, “I use this weed for medical purposes but I do not have a license for it.” Meininger further explained that he wrapped them separately, so that he could weigh the individual “doses.”
In all, Dep. Alonso seized 21.6 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, and a pipe.
Meininger is charged with possession with intent to sell and possession of paraphernalia.
The passenger was not charged.
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