No Insurance for Pot Plants Stolen in Washington

June 29, 2012

A Clarkston, Wash., woman whose medical marijuana was stolen can’t recover the loss under her renter’s insurance policy because no legal value for the drug can be established.

The Lewiston Tribune reports a judge in Dayton dismissed claims Tuesday against the insurance company that were brought by Thomas and Deborah McDonald. She has a Washington medical marijuana card for treatment of her brain cancer.

Ten plants were stolen from their home last spring. The couple filed a claim under a section of their insurance that covers trees, shrubs and lawn.

Court documents say the claim was rejected because there’s no fair market value for an illegal drug.

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