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WPTV 5, West Palm Baech, Bridget Kirouac found not guilty of cultivation and possession of cannabis, September 16, 2016

World Of Cannabis 2016 November 15 – 16, 2016 Palms Hotel – Las Vegas Nevada
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(MARTIN COUNTY) After a long two years, Bridget Kirouac will rest easier tonight. Still in pain, she is now free of the stress of a trial and possible prison time after a jury found her not guilty of growing marijuana in her Martin County home. "It's been extraordinarily stressful...emotionally draining,” she said. Kirouac testified at trial that her doctor in Maine gave her a recommendation to use cannabis. She says she suffers from numerous medical issues and prescription meds weren't helping - but the marijuana did. During the trial, the state argued what Kirouac did was not legal in Florida and that the defendant manufactured cannabis. But Kitouac's attorney Michael Minardi, mounted a medical necessity defense - saying her need for the drug outweighed the law. Friday the jury sided with Kirouac. “The people in the state of Florida do not want to convict people for this,” Minardi said. Minardi was emotional after the trial. “We're talking about people's lives here. We're talking about suffering and dying people. And if you don't have compassion for that...you're not human.“