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LOCKPORT – A man who grew marijuana outside his former home in Porter last summer said Tuesday that he disagrees with the laws against the practice.

“I think the laws need to be changed. Yes, I do,” Jeffery R. Thomas, 48, told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Thomas said he thinks there is substantial public support for altering marijuana laws.

“You don’t have any inclination to follow the laws,” Murphy said, and gave Thomas six months in jail for second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

The county Drug Task Force raided the Youngstown-Lockport Road residence Aug. 15 and seized 12.57 pounds of marijuana.

“I realized I was taking a tremendous chance in doing what I was doing,” said Thomas, who moved to Webb Street in Lockport after his arrest.