Colorado Springs man accused in pot-for-donations scheme claims it was not illegal, report says

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs man who is facing felony charges for distributing marijuana claims he thought it was legal because he exchanged the drugs for donations, according to the Denver Post.

Pritchard Garrett claims police stated the practice might not be illegal at the same time they were working on undercover stings, the Post reported.

Garrett said his service expanded quickly after Colorado Springs Police Lt. Mark Comte suggested it might not be illegal under Colorado's Amendment 64, according to the Post.  The interview was published by the Colorado Springs Independent on Jan. 30.

Police said Garrett gave undercover detectives marijuana in exchange for a specific price on Jan. 29, the Post reported. Police said Garrett was also delivering more marijuana than is allowed under Amendment 64.

Under Amendment 64, people over 21 may give up to an ounce of marijuana to another adult "without remuneration."  Investigators told the Post Garrett was trying to get around the law.