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Howard County Man Sentenced to 90 Days for Growing Marijuana

The North Laurel man will be able to complete his graduate MBA studies before completing his sentence.

A former Baltimore City police technician who pleaded guilty to growing over 140 marijuana plants in his North Laurel home was sentenced in Howard County Court Thursday to 90 days in jail.

Manoj P. Unni, 31, will be allowed to complete his graduate MBA studies and then begin his sentence on June 1, according to Wayne Kirwan, a spokesperson for the Howard County state's attorney's office.

Unni was arrested in May 2012 after police officers found a large marijuana growing operation in his house while serving a search and seizure warrant.

The prosecutor, Doug Nelsen, said Unni was not a typical first-time offender, who used calculated and sophisticated decision-making to violate Maryland's laws, according to Kirwan.

Unni's defense attorney stated his client had a marijuana addiction and believed he could grow better marijuana than he could buy, according to Kirwan.

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FlyingTooLow February 23, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Our nation was founded upon freedom of the individual. Each of our citizens was guaranteed the right to the pursuit of happiness...so long as he brings no harm to his fellow citizens or their property. When did this change? I spent 5 years in Federal Prison for a marijuana offense. And I am as harmless as a Beagle puppy. I wrote about the escapades that led to my 'extended vacation'... the book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank I would be honored by your review. And, I wish Mr. Unni nothing but the very best.
FlyingTooLow February 23, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...the house was being ransacked, the cattle were being rustled, and Granma was being raped by the cowboys.... Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime...to those that are REAL crimes.
FlyingTooLow February 23, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Hell yeah!!! Roll me a doob then get in that kitchen and rattle them pots and pans. (I don't think that would work in my house) Much love your comment, RTB
Janu February 23, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Stay classy Laurel
FlyingTooLow March 27, 2013 at 01:52 PM
"According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), 30 to 40 percent of all current prison admissions involve crimes that have no direct or obvious victim other than the perpetrator," says a 2008 DOJ report. "The drug category constitutes the largest offense category, with 31 percent of all prison admissions resulting from such crimes."

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