Authorities say two aspiring elected officials in Rhode Island were also operating a sizable marijuana farm at their residence in West Greenwich.
According to Fox News, state police officers arrested 48-year-old Alan Gordon and 58-year-old Anne Armstrong on Thursday after receiving a report of a strong odor coming from the property.
Upon an initial investigation, the suspects — currently campaigning as Compassion Party candidates to be the state’s next attorney general and governor, respectively — were found to be in illegal possession of 48 pounds of marijuana.
Armstrong reportedly posted a tweet after the encounter, declaring that the pair were headed “to the Wickford barracks under arrest for cannabis again.”
Both suspects were identified as leaders in The Healing Church, which uses cannabis as part of its ceremonies and eschews the supposedly racist term “marijuana.”
Reports indicate they have previously spoken out against what they deem unconstitutional religious discrimination against their Christian sect and its use of the drug.
Police say they lacked the proper authorization to grow the pot, though, and noted that a juvenile was in the home where the substance was being grown in the open.
Gordon and Armstrong were booked into jail with bail set at $25,000.
They are expected to face charges including possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to The Providence Journal, the charges — including one count of intent to deliver — could land the pair behind bars for life if convicted.
[Featured image: Alan Gordon and Anne Armstrong, Rhode Island State Police]