Monday, October 15, 2012

SoCal Dispensary Owner Could Face Life in Prison

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 1:41 PM

That's correct: A cannabis dispensary owner could wind up serving the kind of prison term that's typically reserved for society's most heinous and violent criminals.

Aaron Sandusky was operating three medical marijuana dispensaries in compliance with state law, but over the weekend a federal jury convicted him of a handful of drug-related charges that carry a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison, according to the L.A. Weekly.

Last October, Sandusky received threatening letters from the U.S. Attorney's Office, as did many other dispensaries across the state, as the Journal noted at the time. Local dispensary owners and their landlords have received similar letters.

These federal crackdowns on state law-abiding dispensaries run counter to public statements by President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder (see video above). But, as noted by The Huffington Post, the judge wouldn't allow Sandusky to use those statements in his defense.

Sandusky's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 7.

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Ryan Burns worked for the Journal from 2008 to 2013, covering a diverse mix of North Coast subjects, from education, politics and marijuana to human suspension, sex parties and amateur fight contests. He won awards for investigative reporting, feature stories and news coverage.

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