Charges dropped in pot case
Amid allegations that narcotics deputies trespassed and lied to gather evidence, the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that it is dismissing charges against an accused St. Petersburg marijuana grower and will reconsider dozens of similar cases. The dropped case was against David Cole, 60, who said he was growing pot in his shed to treat his multiple sclerosis symptoms. Deputies may have trespassed and broken other rules to collect evidence in Cole's case and others. Allegations first arose with news deputies were targeting a hydroponics shop's customers.