A New Ulm man fighting several felony drug charges after numerous marijuana plants were allegedly discovered in his home is scheduled to be in court today (TUE). Attorneys for 33-year-old Jon Hansen II have said that they will take the case to trial, and have filed a counterclaim lawsuit stating that Hansen is a farmer with the right to grow the plants without a license. Hansen was charged with sale and possession of a controlled substance, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities allegedly found 15 marijuana plants in his Traulich Estates mobile home. Hansen has stated that local marijuana growth will cripple the drug cartels’ stranglehold over Minnesota, and eliminate numerous deaths, and that the State has failed to collect substantial economic benefits from legalizing marijuana sales to improve the public good, which is a constitutional violation. He also claims to have the fundamental right to mental health treatment, with marijuana properly classified as a medicinal herbal supplement. His attorney has also said that the government lacks the power to ban marijuana under the 9th Amendment of the US Constitution.
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