Reed City residents charged with marijuana violation

REED CITY — After being arrested for child pornography, a Reed City man now faces charges of running a medical marijuana dispensary from his home.

Sean Conrad, 36, was arraigned on March 20 in Osceola County’s 77th District Court on one count of operating a marijuana dispensary within 500 feet of a residential district, a violation of a city ordinance. The charge is a misdemeanor, punishable by 90 days in jail and/or a fine up to $500.

Reed City’s ordinance, adopted in March 2010, prohibits 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. The ordinance also states that any dispensary shall be subject to inspection by law enforcement, and city building officials.

Conrad’s home was visited by a Child Protective Services worker in the weeks following his arrest on several child pornography charges, said Reed City Police Chief Chuck Davis.

Following her visit, the CPS worker called police to report a strong marijuana odor throughout the house. Police executed a search warrant and found a grow operation in a bedroom in the home, which Conrad shares with his mother.

“He had well in excess of what’s allowed by law and that put him into the dispensary charge,” Davis said. He declined to specify how much marijuana was found in the home.

Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act provides protection for parents who are marijuana patients, “unless the person’s behavior is such that it creates an unreasonable danger to the minor that can be clearly articulated and substantiated.”

Growing marijuana indoors can harm air quality since the plant is similar in many ways to common rag weeds, Davis said.

Conrad was arrested on Feb. 24 after a four-month investigation into a tip Reed City Police received regarding Conrad’s possession of child pornography. Police executed a search warrant at his house and seized a computer and several burned DVDs containing explicit materials, Davis said. He is charged with four counts of possession of child sexually abusive material, a felony punishable by four years in prison.

Conrad also could be subject to felony charges for manufacturing marijuana in his home, but Osceola County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew LaPres said the prosecutor’s office is still reviewing the case and has not charged Conrad with any felonies at this time.

Conrad is due in court for a preliminary examination on the child pornography charges at 1:30 p.m. on April 5. He also is scheduled for a pretrial conference regarding the dispensary charge at 9 a.m. on April 12.