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Lockport pot grower avoids state prison

Graham D. Manners, who was growing marijuana in his City of Lockport home to sell to friends, avoided a state prison sentence Monday.

Although Judge Matthew J. Murphy III grumbled about letters from Manners' friends criticizing New York's marijuana laws, he imposed probation for five years and ordered Manners to perform 100 hours of community service.

"Some of my friends tend to get political," said Manners, 54, of Lock Street, who was caught with 7.55 pounds of pot when police raided his home April 25. Manners said he disagreed with the letters criticizing the use of public resources to prosecute him.

"The law is the law," said Manners, who pleaded guilty to a felony and could have been sent to prison for as long as 18 months.

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