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Three charged for crimes stemming from growing marijuana north of Lawrence

Three men were charged Thursday in connection with a marijuana growing operation north of Lawrence. All three were charged with multiple crimes.

May 20, 2010


U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch has charged three people with crimes related to growing marijuana plants in a residence north of Lawrence.

Christopher M. Feaster, 36, and Margaret M. Beedles, 28, both of Boulder, Colo., and Varja A. Robinson, 25, of Lawrence, each has been charged with one count of conspiracy to grow more than 100 marijuana plants and one count of growing more than 100 marijuana plants.

Feaster and Beedles are also charged with maintaining a residence in the 1700 block of East 1500 Road for the purpose of growing marijuana. The residence is just north of the city limits and south of the Kansas Turnpike — on what would be North Seventh Street, extended.

Robinson has also been charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances.

The crimes are alleged to have taken place from January to August of 2009.

A previous version of this story was incorrectly headlined to say the trio was sentenced. They were in fact charged.


Ray_Finkle 8 years ago

According to my math, if a drunk driving murderer gets 6 months in jail, three pot growers should get approximately 3.4 life sentences in the federal penitentiary. Or something like that.

kawrivercrow 8 years ago

@ Ray: Yeah, because cannabis causes so many deaths a year. The ERs and ICUs are bursting at the seams with cannabis casualties.

Oh wait, that's alcohol. Never mind.

JoRight 8 years ago

I'm pretty sure you missed the sarcasm

Jeremiah Jefferson 8 years ago

Yep, thats if they take a plea bargain.. If they fight it they could face the chair..

kernal 8 years ago

Bet they forgot the tax stamp, too.

Jaylee 8 years ago

i think tax stamps are for crossing borders, like state lines.

"Robinson has also been charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances." more specifically, "...unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances." sounds like a made up charge to me? Driving while intoxicated, yeah. Carrying while intoxicated? meh... kind of a lousy bargain from a state with Representatives considering mimicking new AZ gun laws.

kernal 8 years ago

I think it's still just a KS statute. I'm not aware of a federal tax stamp for marijuana. When the LJW used to publish short crime report blurbs, they usually mentioned whether or not the charges included no tax stamp.

Monica Miller 8 years ago

Tax stamps where there's a charge for selling or intent to sell. Only when there's money being made off the weed.

anonymous_coward 6 years, 2 months ago

Nooooooooooooooo "No tax stamp charge" is: ANYONE that is caught with even simple possession in Kansas...

anonymous_coward 6 years, 2 months ago

Nooooooooooooooo "No tax stamp charge" is: ANYONE that is caught with even simple possession in Kansas...

slayerpay 7 years, 11 months ago

he might just be keeping the gun for protection just in case some body want to break in his home to take things. I know it bad around were im at. They break in and take everything in your home even while your at home you can never trust no body even if there pot growing in your home that doesnt matter pot and fire arms doesnt make you a killer.

Boston_Corbett 8 years ago

In related news, officials estimated the value of 100 plants at $ 1.4 billion dollars.....

Maddy Griffin 8 years ago

Musta been some really good stuff! Maui Wowie!

igby 8 years ago

Just figured out why liberal dope smokers are against hand gun and rifle ownership.

Because it's a federal crime to be a dope smoker and have firearm!

WhiteDog 8 years ago

I wonder how all the parents at the preschool that Maggie used to teach at feel about this.

lounger 8 years ago

Its a sight better than pharmys which most of the teachers are on. She probably is very patient with the kids. A little off the clock R and R doesnt hurt. Basically I would rather have her R and R be smoking Pot than doing pills or alcohol.

WhiteDog 8 years ago

I've got no problem with whatever teachers do in their off-time (stuff like child porn excepted, of course). But I would think that since they're charged with growing more than 100 plants, they weren't growing for their own personal use, right? You've got no problem with your kids preschool teacher being a drug dealer in her off-time? I consider myself pretty freaking liberal, but I would not have wanted a dope dealer for my kids' first teacher. Guess that makes me more conservative than other LCNS parents afterall.

Ali Fitzgerald 8 years ago

that she was the best teacher that their pre-schooler ever had. Moms of Lawrence pre-schoolers are NOT to be messed with either, believe me.

MojoCatnip 8 years ago

We miss her. She was a great teacher, very gentle, very attentive to the kids. I don't do drugs of any kind and I don't agree with engaging in illegal activity when you have a family because it jeopardizes the home, but I think THAT was the mistake here. Not growing plants.

majiktami 8 years ago

I am sad for the family involved, but would trust my life and the lives of my children with that woman.

LittleMissAmandaJones 7 years, 12 months ago

Since you asked...Maggie inspired my son (and me!) with her creativity, love and appreciation of our earth. It's been five years since my son was her student, yet she still continues to positively impact us on a daily basis. My son's bedroom is filled with all the wonderful art pieces he created under her care. He still signs the words she taught him and has developed lifelong friendships because of her. I feel so honored that my child knows such a strong woman. Everybody needs a strong woman in their life. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." Maggie was the great teacher.

Reuben Turner 8 years ago

im going to be sick if they get more time than that drunk driver that killed that bicyclist. I know that im soon to be sick.

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years ago

Get a bucket, cuz it's bound to happen. >100 plants is federal territory I believe ...

Mixolydian 8 years ago

Look you pot growers out there, you'll be continually stuck with K-weed in the alley or prison sentences unless you follow these 2 simple rules:

  1. Keep your mouth shut about what you do.

  2. LED grow lights leave no tell tale over use of electricity for the feds to latch upon.

Sheesh, it's not rocket science.

anonymous_coward 6 years, 2 months ago

Nooooooooooooooooooo, - the police use underhanded tactics and make up excuses to justify the means for catching you with "whatever" later...

TRUST ME, not talking + using LED's are ONLY part of your problem. Don't tell me that they don't use infra-red over Kansas cities and urban areas: oh yeah, they aren't ALLOWED to do this - but, they sure can use it and than invent excuses to get a search warrant.

Search warrants are handed out like candy in Kansas - don't think you couldn't be part of bottom of a rubber stamped list...

Ali Fitzgerald 8 years ago

Hey White Dog? do you have any kids that go there?

Ali Fitzgerald 8 years ago

everyone there loved her when she taught there. she was an amazing teacher.

Keith 8 years ago

The unkindest cut of all, the caption on the video lead to the article reads "Three MEN were charged Thursday in connection with a marijuana growing operation north of Lawrence. All three were charged with multiple crimes." Sorry Margaret.

David Albertson 8 years ago

It's a natural plant that grows in the dirt. It's a plant that is native to Kansas. Besides, plants don't kill people, people kill people. Right?

phoggyjay 8 years ago

But hit-and-run drunk drivers get six months in jail. Don't get the system.

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years ago

That's that maditory minimum sentencing BS for you. Face it, prisons get more money when they're full...regardless of who fills them.

Richard Payton 8 years ago

Remember this is an election year so the book will be throw at them.

Maddy Griffin 8 years ago

Nothing, potheads tend to be more compassionate towards others and definitely would have stopped immediately after the accident.There would not have been a hit and run. Also pot doesn't numb the brain like alcohol does so they probably would have seen the cyclist.

ClaroAtaxia 8 years ago

I'm with all of you, if these guys get more than the drunk driver who killed the bicyclist there is definitely call for uber protests. I'm talking torch bearing lynch mobs, and not for the growers either...

drsej 8 years ago

their beautiful children are in no way involved in this matter.

after all, i am guessing to which that is what your link refers, and perhaps what on which we should be focusing, or at least protecting (i know they are, if it is any small matter to the judging audience).

Eric Neuteboom 8 years ago

I thought the LJW had a policy against NOT naming people unless they were convicted of a crime. The fact that you got the information wrong in the first place - "A previous version of this story was incorrectly headlined to say the trio was sentenced. They were in fact charged." - does not excuse your inaccuracy.

alm77 8 years ago

No, they don't name people until they are formally charged. These three were charged. The sole exception of this rule is sex crimes, then they don't name those until they are convicted.

somedude20 8 years ago

I use to experiment with the pot until I went to my doc and lied about back/leg/neck/life pain and said I was depressed, now I have far better drugs that cost next to nothing and launch you much higher than the pot.

I kid I kid but the irony of being able to get stronger drugs, which many people do abuse, but it is all fine and good cause it is legal.

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years ago

The message is clear...if you want to get high, talk to your doctor!

Christine Davisson 8 years ago

why would the Boulder residents come here to grow? stupid! it would be sooo easy for them to get a medical card and buy it Boulder! I hope it is worth potential KS prison time

Jaylee 8 years ago

Even if they get a card and/or grow blahdeeblah, they are registering their names on a list of smokers or growers that, if any of these positive motions toward legalization are rescinded, would almost surely be taken and scrupulously dissected by the government entities on the other side. Basically, its just as risky in my opinion until it is legal federally.

Also, there is no potential... this is Kansas.

lgreen17 8 years ago

If they are convicted they will get 10 years, another 5 years for the gun. These are mandatory minimums. They could get a few years off if they don't have criminal histories (except for the gun charge).

The tax stamp violation is a state crime, and this is a federal case so it doesn't apply.

Once again the Douglas County DA is out getting his nails done rather than prosecuting a crime that occurred in his back yard. Too bad these people aren't going to get the opportunity to make a plea deal, like he did with the kid who killed the bicyclist.

Vote the DA out of office! We need to have local crimes prosecuted locally, and no plea deals for murderers.

Stuart Evans 8 years ago

this is a federal case because of the size of it and the likelihood that there was interstate commerce involved.

gtx1111 8 years ago

This when they were residence in lawrence / they moved to boulder after the fact no your story right

slowplay 8 years ago

Unfortunately, you'll be able to get high but your civil rights will take a big hit. This guy would re-establish slavery if he could.

Liberty275 8 years ago

This guy would re-establish slavery if he could.

LOL. I suppose he'll also make mint julips the national drink too.

Stuart Evans 8 years ago

that's an outright lie. what's unfortunate is that even if you don't entirely believe your lie, some other idiot will.

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

The greater crime is the Tobacco industry that manage to get their clientele strung out making it difficult to walk away from Tobacco. Then again there are those who love it and would never give it up .... so be it.

Decriminalize Marijuana

Legalize Hemp for a new Farmers cash crop and new electric energy source = economic growth for a change

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Too bad the feds don't get as excited about busting crooked special interest money influencing the votes of politicians at the local,state and federal levels. This is wrecking havoc on our society, financial institutions,environment,housing and retail markets.

Mary Darst 8 years ago

Just look at the money the state could be making.

greenquarter 8 years ago

That's really disappointing news about Maggie and Chris. I didn't agree with many of her parenting choices but she was very patient with and kind toward the kids at LCNS.

peacock 8 years ago

i love how the video only focused on the crappy looking sheds on the property, when in reality this is a very nice house. yes, i have been inside a couple of years before this, and i had NO idea any of this was happening recently. as for the comments about their lifestyle/parenting choices, WHO CARES?!?! not my personal lifestyle choice... and i am absolutely certain that maggie was an excellent teacher and mother. and i am also certain she was not slinging pot to kids. if you had ANY idea of what kind of problems some teachers have, you would be begging someone who grows a natural PLANT to take their place!!!!

they weren't hurting anyone. and i agree with the other comments about how much money the county would have made if this was legal. (google growing marijuana and calculate how many buds are on one it at even 5% WHOA!!!) what a huge waste of money to even prosecute. so take a mother and father from their kids and put them in jail.... oh, yeah, great way to solve all of our country's problems!!! break up families!! excellent idea!!! let them live in boulder and take care of their family. WHO CARES? sure you already burned the plants and i doubt they gave anyone up. STOP WASTING MONEY ON A RIDICULOUS WAR ON DRUGS. end rant

i really wish the best for these two amazing people and their beautiful children.

independant1 8 years ago

In other news -

Ft Collins, CO City Commission is wrestlng with marijuana clinic zoning ordinances. The issue is placement of medical marijuana clinics and facilities. Clinics/facillities cannot be located in residential zoned areas or close to schools.

"Individual patients and caregivers with only one patient are not considered to be a medical marijuana business. These individuals can have up to 12 plants in a residential dwelling unit. No more than six may be mature at any one time. No more than 12 plants can be grown in a residential dwelling unit regardless of the number of patients living in the unit."

Stuart Evans 8 years ago

wtf is this law?

"unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances."

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