Mary A. Castillo
Ross Embry, 53, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana
and possession for sales.
“Narcotics investigators received a tip that Ross Embry had a
large collection of marijuana plants at Hagan Place,” said Sgt. Jason
Investigators went to the complex that offers affordable housing
for terminally ill patients and from the street saw Embry’s marijuana
plants on his patio.
“They could even smell it from the street,” Kravetz said.
After they contacted Embry, investigators found a pound of
cultivated marijuana and 12 plants. The plants would have yielded
about 10 pounds of cultivated marijuana that corresponds to a street
value between $40,000 and $60,000, Kravetz said.
In 1996, California voters approved Prop. 215 that removed
state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation
of marijuana by patients who possess a “written or oral
recommendation” from their physician.
Embry did not have a prescription for marijuana or its counterpart