A former physician says he is unapologetic about the the charges he faces in connection to cannabis plants seized from his home. Gordon Piland faces five felony and one misdemeanor charges after a search and seizure by Buncombe County Sheriff’s Investigators at his house. Piland admits he had approximately 30 cannabis plants growing in his garage in his rented home in Candler.
“It’s a plant given to us by the creator,” Piland said.
Former Physician Charged for Growing Cannabis in Garage
One felony charge relates to possession of mushrooms, while another is for Piland having what he said was an old bottle of his late brother’s Percocet that reminds him of his brother’s tragic addiction to prescription pain medication.
The rest of the charges relate to Piland’s possession and suspected sale of cannabis and marijuana.
Piland earned his medical degree from Wake Forest, but his medical license was revoked in the 80s he said when investigators found more than 100 cannabis plants at his home when he lived on the North Carolina coast.
Piland considers himself a naturopath and said he helps ill people that get relief from smoking marijuana.
“I’m not doing anything but basically fulfilling my oath as a physician,” Piland said. “People who have cancer and are trying to treat themselves, some people who are on chemotherapy have looked to me for various forms of cannabis.”
“I’m proud to represent him,” Steve Lindsay said, one of two defense attorneys representing Piland. “More people are talking about it now and to keep that trend moving forward is incredibly important.”
“We have a chaotic mess with laws right now across the U.S.,” said defense attorney Rod Kight, “And that needs to be cleared up and I think this is a good case to go before the public.”
Kight said he had his own battle with testicular cancer.
“I’ve been to California and I hold a medical [marijuana] card,” Kight said. “I met with a physician in a registered physician’s office.”
Kight said the physician was an MD and a former surgeon that treated patients with among other things cannabis. Marijuana is now legal in Colorado, Washington state and Oregon. Piland will be in court Wednesday for an initial hearing at 9:30 a.m. in the Buncombe County Courthouse.