Man possibly in trouble for bringing trash bag of low-grade weed to Colorado emergency room

Despite the legalization of marijuana, it remains illegal to possess more than an ounce of cannabis.

Officers sort out confiscated marijuana in Lakewood. (Lakewood Police Department)
Officers sort out confiscated marijuana in Lakewood. (Lakewood Police Department)
Officers sort out confiscated marijuana in Lakewood. (Lakewood Police Department)

Lakewood police investigators are deciding whether to criminally charge a middle-aged man who brought some low-grade looking marijuana into an emergency room.

The man with the marijuana came to the freestanding Belmar Emergency Room operated by Swedish Medical Center on South Wadsworth, according to Lakewood police. He also brought a black garbage bag full of weed that, judging by the photos, was not very good.

Despite the legalization of marijuana, it remains illegal to possess more than an ounce of cannabis. Having more than 12 ounces of marijuana remains a felony under Colorado law punishable by up to two years in prison.

“He is a transient and came to the ER with some concerns about his health. He indicated that he had found the bag of MJ (questionable),” wrote police spokesman Steve Davis in an email. “No charges yet anyway. We’ll see whether he is charged with anything after he is released.”

We’ll update with details as possible.

Officers sort out confiscated marijuana in Lakewood. (Lakewood Police Department)
Officers sort out confiscated marijuana in Lakewood. (Lakewood Police Department)

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