MICHIGAN: A South Haven-area pharmacist has had his pharmacy license suspended because of a marijuana possession conviction last fall after police discovered marijuana plants growing on his Casco Township property.
According to a news release from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, registered pharmacist Donald James Buckley, 71, was found guilty in Allegan County District Court last October of a misdemeanor, placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay fines and costs.
Allegan County Prosecutor Fred Anderson said Buckley had a previous marijuana possession conviction in 1996, but as part of a plea agreement was he was not charged as a second-time offender in the 2012 case.
Detective Sgt. Jack Waterway, of the Michigan State Police West Michigan Enforcement Team, said that on July 17, 2012, while conducting helicopter flights to look for marijuana plants, police spotted plants on 66th Street in Casco Township. He said further investigation revealed 14 plants behind Buckley’s house, which were seized. Buckley allowed police to search his property and no other marijuana was found.