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Assault rifles, marijuana plants found in Nashville home

Posted June 25, 2015

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— A 54-year-old Nashville man faces drug charges after 10 six-feet-tall marijuana plants were found growing inside a pool at his residence, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said.

Michael Burton Randolph, of the 5800 block of Red Road, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver marijuana; felony possession of marijuana; maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Randolph received a $7,000 bond.

The marijuana plants held a street value of $28,800, said the sheriff’s office, adding that a tip led deputies to the home.

Deputies also found 25 long guns and handguns, six assault rifles with 25-30 round magazine capacity, long range scopes, a .44 magnum handgun with a scope and approximately 5,000 round of ammunition.

“There is no problem with citizens owning weapons, however, when narcotics are involved it becomes a recipe for disaster,” said Lt. Todd Wells with the sheriff’s office.

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  • William Teach Jun 26, 2015
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    Regardless, it is illegal at the federal level. Should it be up to the states? You bet. Interestingly, liberals caterwaul over this when they want everything else run by Los Federales.

  • Chris Chappell Jun 26, 2015
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    check out the Green Report
    https://www.facebook.com/budandnug

  • Chris Chappell Jun 26, 2015
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    I just feel it's idiotic to arrest people when it's legal in other parts of the country

  • Sam Adams Jun 26, 2015
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    Personally I think its absolutely ridiculous that Cannabis is illegal at all. If we truly live in a free nation then the federal government should have absolutely no right to tell a grown man or woman how he or she chooses to live their lives. If they want to grow their own medicine then they should be able to do so. Anything short of that is not true freedom. This unfortunately is just another case of police arresting someone for a victimless "crime." The supposed war on drugs is a complete and utter failure.

  • William Teach Jun 26, 2015
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    Yes, it is illegal to grow marijuana, and not an arsenal, despite the headline. Marijuana is still a schedule 1 drug per the federal government. Liberals love the federal government, don't they? They could have changed that when they had control of congress and the White House for 2 full years, yet they chose not to.

    It's not illegal to own lots of cars, despite almost 38,000 being killed in 2013.

  • Paul Jones Jun 26, 2015
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    And I think that's the original commenter's point. It's really rather silly to punish people because they have plant. Our society used to be more tolerant of drug use long ago, but it went crazy in the 20th century. So far, it hasn't improved in most places, but at least a few states are working to charge the laws and not criminalize its use.

  • Mark Cline Jun 25, 2015
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    That's right. I own an arsenal, but I don't own any illegal plants. And, the only reason this man's arsenal has anything to do with this story is because of the plants.

  • Rob Creekmore Jun 25, 2015
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    So, it's OK to own an arsenal but not a plant?