NC marijuana activist charged with giving drug to child

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Monroe Gordon Piland III

CANDLER, N.C. — A former physician and marijuana activist has been indicted on charges that he gave the drug to his child, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Monroe Gordon Piland III, 69, of Candler, was served with nine drug-related charges Wednesday. These, in additon to previous charges, bring his total number of charges to 15.

The new indictments allege that Piland gave his child marijuana in various forms. In on case, Piland is accused of giving the child goat’s milk mixed with the drug throughout a three-year period.

Piland’s attorney, Steve Lindsay, told the Asheville Citizen-Times that the allegations stem from a custody dispute.

“I think when people see there is a domestic situation involved, they will take these allegations with a grain of salt,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay noted that his client is an advocate of natural medications and said he does not believe his client distrubuted synthetic narcotics.

According to records, Piland obtained a North Carolina medical license in 1979, but it was revoked in 1984 after he was convicted of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana in Dare County.

Since then, Piland has been a medical marijuana activist.

Piland is being held on a $90,000 secured bond.