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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

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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.

Comments

observant 2 years ago

So they were charged for growing it north of Lawrence. Does that mean it legal to grow it south, east and west of Lawrence

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independant1 3 years, 10 months ago

yup, they shoulda read the fine print

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Stuart Evans 3 years, 11 months ago

wtf is this law?

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

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independant1 3 years, 11 months 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."

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peacock 3 years, 11 months 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 plant...tax 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.

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greenquarter 3 years, 11 months 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.

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To Sides 3 years, 11 months ago

They must have been stupid or had guts- The house across the street has a Dg County Sheriffs vehicle parked behind it quite a bit. I always thought a deputy lived there and that is why they always sat under the turnpike and ran radar.

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Mary Darst 3 years, 11 months ago

Just look at the money the state could be making.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months 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.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months 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

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 11 months ago

Another waste of tax dollars! I hope that we get more politicians like Rand Paul who realize that the War on Drugs is just a failed government program that infringes on our liberty.

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gtx1111 3 years, 11 months ago

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

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lgreen17 3 years, 11 months 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.

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stinerides 3 years, 11 months 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

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somedude20 3 years, 11 months 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.

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Eric Neuteboom 3 years, 11 months 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.

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ClaroAtaxia 3 years, 11 months 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...

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75x55 3 years, 11 months ago

So I wonder what hit-n-run stoners would get?

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Richard Payton 3 years, 11 months ago

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

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phoggyjay 3 years, 11 months ago

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

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David Albertson 3 years, 11 months 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?

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Keith 3 years, 11 months 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.

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alishols 3 years, 11 months ago

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

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Mixolydian 3 years, 11 months 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.

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bluefirebird 3 years, 11 months ago

throw the book at them. get these good for nothing low lives out of town.

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cletus26 3 years, 11 months 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.

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WhiteDog 3 years, 11 months ago

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

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thebcman 3 years, 11 months ago

"stemming from.." .. ha ha ha ... you can tell the headline writer knows a little about pot!

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igby 3 years, 11 months 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!

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Boston_Corbett 3 years, 11 months ago

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

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Jaylee 3 years, 11 months 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.

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kernal 3 years, 11 months ago

Bet they forgot the tax stamp, too.

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catfishturkeyhunter 3 years, 11 months ago

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

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Ray_Finkle 3 years, 11 months 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.

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