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O'Fallon, Mo., man who said marijuana was medicinal pleads guilty

O'Fallon, Mo., man who said marijuana was medicinal pleads guilty

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY  •   An O'Fallon, Mo., man who said he was growing marijuana for his own medicinal use, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Circuit Judge Nancy Schneider fined Kenneth Avery Unger, 53, of the first block of Hornbean Court, $300 on each count.

Unger originally had been charged with two felonies, including distributing the drug, but the charges were reduced in exchange for his guilty plea.

Unger has said he only used the drug himself to ease chronic pain from a Navy injury. He was injured in 1983, when a crane hook struck his head while he was serving in Grenada.

Neither Unger nor his attorney could be reached Wednesday for comment.

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