MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge is allowing an organic farmer to keep his 5-acre property despite the discovery that he was growing hundreds of marijuana plants.
Defendant Adam Welly is the co-founder of one of central Ohio's largest organic farms and the supplier of food to restaurants throughout the region.
The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1ntNdQL ) that Union County Judge Don Fraser ordered the 33-year-old Welly to spend five years on probation for growing the marijuana found on the Union County farm last summer.
Court records show Welly pleaded guilty earlier this year to marijuana cultivation.
Investigators cleared Welly's business partner, who said she had no idea he had been growing marijuana.
Welly's attorney, Michael Probst, said Welly grew the plants to make money at a time he was struggling financially.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com