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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Sisters claim they turned to illegal weed due to ‘expense’ of medical marijuana

Rylea Ann Anacleto
Rylea Ann Anacleto
Jayden Elise Anacleto
Jayden Elise Anacleto

Two sisters defended their possession of illegal weed complaining the “expense” of medical marijuana put it out of reach for their budget.

Jayden Elise Anacleto, 20, of Boca Raton, was driving a white Lincoln in the wee hours Wednesday westbound on State Road 44 when a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy noticed the vehicle had an inoperable headlight.

The deputy approached the car and “detected the odor of fresh marijuana emitting from the vehicle,” according to an arrest report. Jayden Anacleto presented the deputy with her medical marijuana card, but it had expired on Dec. 2. She also handed over a glass jar containing 11 grams of marijuana. A glass bong was found in the trunk of the vehicle.

A passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Rylea Ann Anacleto of Inverness, also had a medical marijuana card with the same expiration date of her sister’s card. She was in possession of 25 grams of marijuana and a grinder.

Rylea Anacleto complained that medical marijuana is “expensive.” She said it is much “cheaper to find it in other places to help with her sister’s medical disorder,” the report said.

Due to the amount in her possession, Rylea Anacleto was arrested on a felony charge of possession of marijuana while her sister was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. Both were charged with possession of drug equipment. Both were booked at the Sumter County Detention Center. Rylea Anacleto was released after posting $3,000 bond and Jayden Anacleto was released after posting $2,000 bond.

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