The High Cost of Toking
Anne Stanton 10/26/09
When the Express ran a cover story of Archie Kiel growing medical marijuana plants in Antrim County, people overwhelmingly responded with letters and phone calls with their own stories of marijuana and the law.
The following story is about the late Trevor Coddington and his odyssey through the Grand Traverse County probate system. It is by no means typical, but does show the consequences that attach not only to the child, but also to the family.
Part II is coming in November.
By Anne Stanton
Dan Coddington opened his door to his home in Traverse Citys central neighborhood, where he was babysitting his two-year-old granddaughter. She gleefully showed off her new coloring book.
Dan was not so happy.
Over on the counter were two cardboard boxes filled with papers that reflected the legal and financial challenges that began when his late son, Trevor, was caught smoking pot six years ago.
Trevor entered the Grand Traverse County probate court system for possession of marijuana at the age of 14. He was in and out of court-ordered drug rehabilitation for 15 months. His treatment and court fines added up to $53,054 and his divorced parents were billed the amount due, nearly $26,000 apiece. The total bill was later reduced by $8,593.