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Man Charged For Growing Pot In His Andersonville Home Across From Helen Peirce School


Michael Guirigossian

An Andersonville man was charged with growing more than twenty marijuana plants out of his home. According to Chicago Police, his residence was across the street from Helen C. Peirce Elementary School.

53-year-old Michael Guiragossian of the 1400 block of West Gregory, is charged with one felony count of production of cannabis, between 20 and 50 plants. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Police officers executed the search of Guiragossian’s residence this past Saturday around 6:30 p.m. It was there they found “a significant number of cannabis plants and means of production.”

After a hearing yesterday, Guiragossian was released after posting ten percent of the $10,000 bond. He is expected back in court August 11.


Chicago Police evidence photo

In Illinois, first offense possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana or cultivation of 20 or less plants is a misdemeanor, punishable by 30 days to three years in jail and up to a $25,000 fine. Possession of over 30 grams of marijuana or over 20 plants is considered a felony with mush higher jail times and fines.

According to theweedblog.com, most indoor marijuana plants produce up to 5 ounces each. However, in professional growing operations, you can expect yields to extend much higher per plant.


Hat tip: Chicago Sun Times

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