It was the last thing you'd expect to see outside the Tulare County Courthouse in Visalia: a man and his lawyer carting out glass jars filled with marijuana.
The marijuana belonged to Richard Daleman, who on March 27 was acquitted by a jury of growing and selling marijuana.
A judge ruled last week that the medical marijuana confiscated from him in December by Tulare County sheriff's detectives had to be returned.
Daleman, 61, and his county public defender, Andy Rubinger, retrieved the marijuana Wednesday from the courthouse evidence room. It came out to just more than 12 pounds, Daleman said.
"There were about 3 ounces missing," he said.
Earlier in the day, Daleman had collected growing lights and other equipment from a sheriff's facility north of Visalia.
Daleman, who had a doctor's recommendation to grow and use marijuana to treat severe pain from arthritis and old injuries, was all smiles as he rolled his marijuana from the courthouse to the parking lot — using carts provided by court personnel. He emptied it into plastic trash bags before weighing it.