In a year when medical marijuana has dominated discussion at the state capitol and beyond, a Georgia middle school teacher says the pot he was growing in his home was to treat illness.

According to the Athens Banner-Herald and the Associated Press, Joseph Weston LePage of Athens posted an online note to coworkers about his drug arrest.

LePage says police discovered two flowering marijuana plants, which he says he was growing for medicinal use to treat back pain.

But the assistant police chief for Athens and Clarke County says officers found more plants than that, along with other items, including a hallucinogenic mushroom.

The teacher is now on administrative leave from the school where he's employed.

Medical marijuana is not legal in Georgia.

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