Man Defends Pot Growing Operation

William Bradley was arrested after posting videos of his pot growing operation on YouTube

By Amanda Raus
|  Thursday, Jan 16, 2014  |  Updated 8:04 PM EDT
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William Bradley says he is growing the marijuana to help himself and other cancer patients.

Amanda Raus, Chris Podosek

William Bradley says he is growing the marijuana to help himself and other cancer patients.

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The Connecticut man arrested after posting video of his marijuana garden on YouTube, is pleading his case to the public.

Clinton police arrested William Bradley on Monday at a storage facility on Nod Place.

“I was at my storage unit, and they asked if they could search my unit with my consent, and I told them no. They put me in the police cruiser and they got a warrant to search the facility against my will,” Bradley said on Thursday.

Police said they found marijuana, hashish, cocaine, oxycodone as well as $1,000, packaging supplies, scales and drug notes inside the storage unit.

Bradley disputes some of their findings.

“I don't do cocaine,” he said.

What he doesn't dispute is the marijuana and the growing operation he displayed on two YouTube videos.

“I grow marijuana for my own medicinal uses and I also give it to people who have terminal cancer,” said Bradley.

In the videos, Bradley asks for donations to help provide others with marijuana for free, rather than having to sell it.

He claims the pot has helped to cure his own cancer. He said he tried to get a license for a legal growing operation in Connecticut, but got nowhere with the state or his own doctors.

“They said they cannot participate in the medical marijuana program, and I am not willing to doctor shop because they are saving my life,” said Bradley.

He says he doesn't want to grow the plants, but he feels he has to in order to help himself and others. He's hoping that people will fight to make it legal.

“Please help me by calling your senators and your congressmen, and stop the ridiculousness of this being illegal, so people like me and other people with terminal cancer can use it as a medicine,” Bradley said.

He faces multiple narcotics charges and is expected to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Jan. 21.

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