Accused Miami Marijuana Trafficker Claims He Grew Plants To Help Wife With Cancer

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In Florida, the Legislature has authorized a low-grade strain of marijuana to treat a small number of ailments, including cancer. In October, the state will decide which growers will be allowed to cultivate the plants; patients will likely be able to get access to marijuana sometime early next year.

Legally, Varona, 43, would not be covered under the states medical marijuana law. He is accused of trafficking over 25 pounds of marijuana and operating a marijuana growhouse in July 2014. Originally from Cuba, Varona came to the Miami 12 years ago. His wife, Maria Varona, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. His defense laid out her story. Varona underwent surgery to remove lumps from her breast, then underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

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