Wilson County man seeks bond modification over medical marijuana use

WILSON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Larry L. Burgess II was arrested in April in his Wilson County home for growing a cannabis plant, which he says he extracted the oil from so he could put it into pill form and stave off his debilitating seizures.

Burgess frequently has seizures, which he learned he could control with the cannabis plant. He and his wife Shannon were open with friends, family, and community about Burgess’ use up until his arrest for possession in April.

Thursday morning, the court heard Burgess’ attorney regarding a bond modification. The judge will give a written ruling next Thursday but said Burgess’s attorney can appear in his place. Larry had two seizures before the hearing began, one at home and one in the courthouse before entering the courtroom.

“It’s just hard taking the trip in the vehicle just to get into town. It means a lot that I don’t have to get out of the house. And try to keep your composure just for court so it shows the judge has compassion and that means a lot,” Burgess said after the motion hearing.

Burgess wants to be able to travel back and forth to Colorado and back to medicate between court dates, without being arrested for having THC in his system when he crosses the state line back into Kansas. He would likely be arrested and jailed again.

“We can’t have that,” Shannon Burgess said.

Larry suffered seizures while in Wilson County jail last month, raising concerns on his care while incarcerated.

“I just want to be able to move where I can get medicine and live a comfortable life,” Burgess said.

This is “a family decision” the couple said. Originally, they planned to wait until their youngest child graduated from Fredonia High School to move.

KSN has reached out several times to the Wilson County attorney’s office as well as the Sheriff’s office for statements, to no avail.

Today, Wilson County attorney Kenley Thompson provided the following statement: “He has a presumption of innocence but we all have a job to do.”

The written ruling comes out next Thursday and Burgess has an official court date in late July.


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