Marijuana dispensary charges dropped against Reed City man following appeals court ruling

Sean Conrad
Sean Conrad

REED CITY — Charges have been dismissed for a Reed City man who police said ran a medical marijuana dispensary from his house.

According to Osceola County 77th District Court employees, charges against 36-year-old Sean Conrad were dropped due to a change in Michigan’s medical marijuana law.

In August, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that municipalities cannot enact ordinances criminalizing medical marijuana patients’ lawful use of the drug.

Conrad was charged under a now-ineffective ordinance in Reed City which prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries from operating within 500 feet of a residential zone, schools, nurseries or day cares, churches or other houses of worship, public parks or recreation areas or other medical marijuana dispensaries.

At the time of his arrest in March, police said Conrad was growing marijuana in his home, but did not specify how many plants he had in his possession. Conrad is a medical marijuana patient.

Calls made to Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office were not returned. Conrad’s Lansing-based attorney, Nick Bostic, also did not return calls to the Pioneer. Reed City Police Chief Chuck Davis declined to comment on the case.

Conrad, however, wrote the following statement to the Pioneer regarding his case: “I am fortunate that I had a good, hard-working lawyer and support from the community. Financially, this has cost me thousands of borrowed dollars. Emotionally, I cannot put a price on any of it. I cannot put a price on how much this has affected my family, my friends and my health. I cannot put a price on what my children have went through, nor the trust they have lost with the police who are supposed to ‘protect and serve.’”

Conrad’s children were removed from his home by Child Protective Services following his arrest in February on four felony child pornography charges, which were dismissed in June. Conrad instead pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to one year probation and 120 hours of community service.

Davis previously told the Pioneer that CPS officials visited Conrad’s home in the weeks following his arraignment on the child pornography charges. Following the visit, a CPS worker called police to report a strong marijuana odor throughout the house. Officers executed a search warrant and found a grow operation in a bedroom in Conrad’s home.