NU Man Challenging Pot Charges 18 Mar 14

A New Ulm man facing multiple felony charges after numerous marijuana plants were allegedly discovered in his home last month is seeking to have the case dismissed. One of the attorneys for 33-year-old Jon Hansen II says they will take the case to trial, and that a jury in Brown County will have incredible power to determine where the state is going to go on this issue. Hansen was charged with 4th and 5th-degree sale and 5th-degree possession of a controlled substance, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia after New Ulm police allegedly found 15 marijuana plants in his Traulich Estates mobile home. Hansen’s attorney, Calvin Johnson argues that the government lacks the power to ban marijuana under the 9th Amendment of the US Constitution, and also plans to challenge marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I drug because it has accepted medical uses. He also claims that Hansen was growing the pot for personal use, and will challenge the felony sale charges. Hansen is scheduled to be in court today (TUE).