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Man who reported marijuana stolen from home won't face charges

February 25, 2011 |  7:28 am

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A Newport Beach man who had 25 pounds of marijuana and marijuana plants stolen from his home earlier this month did have legal justification to keep them, police said.

The Spruce Avenue resident in Santa Ana Heights is protected under the California Department of Justice's legal guidelines for possessing and cultivating marijuana for medical use, said Lt. Bill Hartford.

"The individual had the appropriate issued medical marijuana paperwork and/or licensing for the amount of marijuana and marijuana plants that were in his possession," Hartford said.

The paperwork indicated he was operating a marijuana collective, police said. The man was the victim of a daytime residential burglary Feb. 6, when thieves broke into his home and carried out boxes of the cultivated drug and plants. They were arrested shortly afterward in Santa Ana.

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