TROY — Troy Police Department will be pressing charges on two individuals for allegedly selling edible marijuana or “edibles” found in various forms at their Jackson Street home on Friday.
Sarah Ritchie, 33, and Timothy Haynes-Housley, 26, both of Troy, were served a search warrant at their home located off of the Adams Street bridge by the Troy Police Department around 1:30 p.m. Friday.
According to Capt. Jeff Kunkleman, officers located marijuana-infused ice cream, cheesecakes and other pot-infused edibles inside the home. Detectives also found hashish oil and oil extraction items inside the home. The edibles were also found to have strawberries, apparently for this weekend’s festival, according to Capt. Kunkleman.
Capt. Kunkleman said the search warrant was served after an investigation which has been ongoing the last several months.
Ritchie and Housley have been charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs/cultivation of marijuana and drug trafficking, both first degree felonies. She also was charged with second degree felony drug possession of hash solids and hash oil. Ritchie is currently incarcerated at the Miami County Jail.
Three children under the age of 12 were also at the residence at the time of the warrant service. The children were placed into custody with a relative.
The state of Oregon legalized the sale of marijuana edibles for recreational use on Thursday. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have some form of legalization of marijuana in the United States.
On May 25, Ohio House Bill 523 passed both the House and the Senate to allow people with about 20 qualifying medical conditions to use marijuana with their doctor’s recommendation. The bill has been sent to Governor John Kasich’s for his consideration. Kasich has said he would support a medical marijuana bill if doctors led on the issue. After the bill is sent to Kasich, he has 10 days to sign it. If he doesn’t sign, it automatically becomes law. The law is effective 90 days after Kasich signs, likely sometime in early September. A recreational marijuana use ballot issue failed to pass during the November 2015 election.
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