Albany, GA (WALB) - A southwest Georgia man who is known for advocating marijuana becomes the victim of an alleged robbery.
The man says two men beat him up and stole more than an ounce of marijuana from him.
70-year-old Buster Jones, still wearing the same blood-stained shirt he was attacked in, has terrible bruises around his mouth and ear where two masked men beat him. He says they seemed to be after one thing.
Jones says, "A small bag of marijuana sitting by my bed, which I always have."
Jones is an outspoken member of NORML, The National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, and even wore their button on his hat.
About 9:15, he heard noises outside his Broach Avenue home, and investigated, armed with his .410 shotgun and a knife.
"I just rounded the corner, like a fool and the shotgun and they just grabbed the gun and started beating the heck out of me," Jones explains.
While one man held Jones down, the other ransacked his home, then ran with his wallet, shotgun and bag of pot.
Jones called police and didn't try to hide what was stolen.
Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick with the Dougherty County Police says, "He reported a small amount of marijuana, a smoking pipe, and even his ashtray was stolen from him."
Jones suspects two men who tried to sell pot to him earlier this week.
"I told him I had better connections than that and I was fixing to get another ounce of pot and a couple of grams of Kush. And I guess, maybe, they could have come back thinking they was going to get a little bit more marijuana," Jones says.
But Jones stuck by his beliefs. He said this kind of violence is caused by marijuana laws.
Jones says, "The simple prohibition of it. If it was legal, nobody would be trying to rip somebody off."
Even though battered and bruised by a frighteningly violent crime, Jones sticks by his beliefs and wonders why the two masked men would attack him so violently.
Police have not filed any drug charges against Jones.
They say they did report the marijuana possession to the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit.
So far, no arrests have been made in the case.
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