Candler marijuana activist accused of giving pot to his child

Courtesy of Monroe Gordon Piland III

CANDLER, N.C. (AP) – A marijuana activist and former physician has been indicted by a grand jury on several charges that relate to giving marijuana to his child.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports 69-year-old Monroe Gordon Piland III was served Wednesday with nine drug-related charges. Most of the indictments allege that Piland has given marijuana of various forms to his child, while two others allege he intended to distribute more powerful narcotics.

Among the allegations raised by the indictments are that Piland gave a child goat’s milk that had been mixed with marijuana to drink.

Piland obtained a North Carolina medical license in 1979. His license was revoked in 1984 after the Board of Medical Examiners learned he was growing marijuana for a cancer patient.

Piland’s attorney, Steve Lindsay, says the child abuse allegations stem from a child custody dispute.

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