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11/21/2018 06:13 pm ET

Montana Inmate Claims Religious Right To Smoke Pot In Jail

Adam Owen Grady cited the Bible in his complaint against Missoula County jail, claiming God gave people “every herb bearing seed.”
The 34-year-old Montana filed a complaint against the Missoula County jail on Oct. 5. 
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The 34-year-old Montana filed a complaint against the Missoula County jail on Oct. 5. 

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana inmate says the Missoula County jail is violating his constitutional right to freedom of religion by not letting him smoke marijuana.

The Missoulian reported Tuesday that 34-year-old Adam Owen Grady filed a complaint in federal court, citing a Bible verse that says God gave people “every herb bearing seed.”

Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Rodrick has told Grady marijuana is illegal under federal law and he has no religious right to consume it in jail.

Grady filed his federal complaint on Oct. 5 but it was unclear whether he paid the filing fee to set the case in motion. Jail officials haven’t filed a response.

Grady is serving a five-year sentence with the Department of Corrections for possession of explosives. He is housed at the Missoula Assessment and Sanction Center in the county jail.

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