Gov. Tom Wolf has forgiven an eye doctor who said he started growing marijuana to help his dying wife reduce opioid use.
Dr. Paul Ezell, 65, of Delaware County, outside Philadelphia, served a six-month prison sentence in 2014 and lost his ability to practice medicine after being convicted on a felony drug charge.
Ezell has stated that he began growing marijuana to help his wife reduce prescription opioid use. After her death, Ezell was in the process of finishing his basement operations, when a tipster noticed clippings in the trash and turned him over to the police. Haverford Township police raided Ezell’s home and seize 28 marijuana plants at various stages of development.
Ezell, a board-certified ophthalmologist, pleaded guilty less than two years before Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana.
“There’s a 30-year-old doctor here who didn’t have such a speeding ticket, and then is wasted his entire life giving drugs to his wife who is now legal in Pennsylvania,” said Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who He is the chairman of the state board. Sorry and who is an enthusiastic advocate for legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
According to the lieutenant governor’s office, the pardon may allow Ezell to return to the drug, which he announced.
Email and phone messages were sent to Easel seeking comment.
Next month, the Pardon Board will hear the case of Ezell’s daughter, Victoria Ezell, a nurse who pleaded guilty, served probation and also lost her license due to a marijuana case.