The Fluhrs were arrested in June 2016 when a Panama City police officer smelled marijuana in their Cincinnati Avenue neighborhood before discovering more than 100 marijuana plants within their home.
ZACK McDONALD News Herald Reporter @PCNHzack
PANAMA CITY — A Panama City couple that claimed to be growing more than 100 marijuana plants in their home for medicinal use has accepted a plea agreement out of fear of prison time.
Jason Fluhr, 38, and Jennifer Fluhr, 38, both pleaded no contest Friday to charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of paraphernalia. They were arrested in June 2016 when a Panama City police officer smelled marijuana in their Cincinnati Avenue neighborhood before discovering more than 100 marijuana plants within their home. The Fluhrs argued the plants were for medical use but conceded to the prosecution Friday, accepting probation terms of four years for Jason and three years for Jennifer, instead of facing prison time, court records stated.
The Fluhrs declined to comment Thursday at the courthouse on the outcome of the case. Jason Fluhr did display his state-issued medical marijuana license to The News Herald as support of his claim, but the fear of spending years in prison if convicted at trial deterred the couple from fighting the charges.
At the time of the Fluhrs’ arrest, medical marijuana remained illegal in the state in most cases. However, voters in November 2016 approved a constitutional amendment — with a 70 percent vote — to allow medicinal use of the drug. Bay County voters, where the Fluhrs’ jury would have been drawn, approved the measure by 69 percent, according to official records.
The case started June 9, 2016, when the smell of “fresh marijuana” led the Panama City Police Department to the Fluhrs’ Cincinnati Avenue home, officers reported. An officer on patrol in the area about