Chalk it up to Florida.
A Polk County man was arrested June 7 after he allegedly attacked his brother with outdoor marijuana plants. He now faces domestic battery and drug charges.
The fight between Rodney Brown, 31, and his brother Jackie Brown, 33, started in the evening, escalating from a verbal argument, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. The two share a house together in Lakeland, a property Rodney Brown owns.
An Argument Gone Wrong
Sheriff’s deputies received a call at about 6:20 p.m. about a domestic disturbance in the house. Jackie Brown told them his brother went to the backyard and tore several cannabis plants from the ground, then proceeded to slap him in the face with them.
Rodney Brown uprooted plants of various heights, some as tall as three feet, and used the “hemp in a harsh manner,” the sheriff’s department alleges. The department didn’t indicate the value of the weed, but said deputies found 10 marijuana plants and paraphernalia at the home. Rodney Brown allowed the search.
Brother Faces Felony Charges Over MJ Assault
Cultivation of less than 25 pounds of pot is a felony in Florida, punishable by as many as five years in prison and a maximum $5,000 fine. Rodney Brown was charged with cultivation, possession of more than 20 grams – a felony with similar penalties – and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, in addition to battery.
He was processed at the Polk County Jail after his arrest and has since posted bail.
“The victim and suspect are brothers by birth, reside at the same residence and currently live together as a family,” a report by the sheriff’s department said. “The victim stated on Saturday, he and the suspect were engaged in a verbal argument. During this argument the suspect uprooted several cannabis plants varying in lengths up to three feet and then actually and intentionally struck the victim in the face with the plants.”
The moral (if there is one)? Weed is supposed to be about peace, harmony and brotherly love. Those things should be especially important if you’re actively committing a felony.