CBS's Arenstein Arrested for Growing Marijuana

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    Young marijuana plants are shown Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, in Seattle. The marijuana is distributed to members of a cooperative of medical patients who have received doctor's authorization to use the drug to treat their illnesses, such as AIDS and multiple sclerosis. Unlike several other states which permit marijuana sales to patients, Washington requires patients to grow marijuana themselves or designate a caregiver to grow it for them.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Original Filename: Medical_Marijuana_WATW102.jpg

    Metropolitan Police Department officials confirmed that Howard Arenstein and his wife Orly Katz were arrested at their Georgetown home last night for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

    Arenstein's lawyer confirmed that Arenstein is the CBS Radio reporter and D.C. Bureau Chief.

    According to court documents, Arenstein and Katz grew marijuana plants in planters outside. The couple had several plants ranging as large as 8 feet in height. Police discovered drug paraphernalia in their home.

    The arrest was made after police received an anonymous tip. Both Arenstein and his wife were released on personal recognizance.

    CBS declined to comment for this story.

    Arenstein is the executive producer of the weekly public affairs broadcast, "The CBS News Weekend Roundup," which airs on hundreds of CBS News affiliates. He won an individual Edward R. Murrow award for Feature Reporting in 2002 and a second in 2006 for his coverage of the Washington Nationals' first home game.

    This story has been updated since it was initially posted.