Man Gets Two Years Of Probation For Growing Medicinal Marijuana


Norman "Duke" Arrington, 48, Payson, faced four felony counts for production of medicinal marijuana. When the state asked three counts to be dismissed, he pleaded guilty to only a single count.

He was given 24 months probation and ordered to pay $7,765 in fines.


Duke Arrington

The charges stemmed from a July 2001 raid on Arrington's Beaver Valley home by the Payson Police Department Special Response team and the Gila County Narcotics Task Force.

Officers found plants in the back-yard garden, packets of marijuana and seeds, plus several heirloom weapons.

Arrington and his wife, Cindy, said they were growing marijuana to cope with the ravages of two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy, the treatment they needed for chronic hepatitis C, an incurable liver disease.

They're both now in remission and are working to get their lives and family back on track, Arrington told the Roundup.

Arrington waived the right to a trial and pleaded guilty to the single count. He was sentenced Jan. 9.

Following the raid, Arrington told the Roundup, "This is such a loving community, and hopefully the people who know us will keep being our friends."

The judge also ordered Arrington write a letter to the local newspaper thanking, by name, the local citizens who wrote letters of support on his behalf.

Arrington is being re-certified as a paramedic and has been asked by the community and board of directors of the Beaver Valley Fire District to serve as its chief.

"I am very honored by the invitation to serve and protect the loving community I live in, as well as my neighbors in the surrounding areas," Arrington said.

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