For those insisting that President Obama is likely to turn over a new leaf in his Administration’s crackdown on medical marijuana, you might want to tell Aaron Sandusky who was just given 10 years in prison for operating three medical marijuana growing enterprises in California.
U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson gave Sandusky the lowest possible sentence but the Administration stacked the counts to guarantee a decade in jail for growing marijuana for medical purposes. Sandusky was charged with conspiring to manufacture and possess marijuana with intent to distribute it, conspiring to operate a drug-involved premises and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute it. The Obama Administration is pursuing three other medical marijuana cases.
In his sentencing memo, Anderson acknowledged that Sandusky was running a marijuana operation under cover of California’s medical marijuana laws. However, he insisted that Sandusky was not acting for altruistic purposes in this operation.
In 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215 allowing medical marijuana in the state. These cases reaffirm statements from prosecutors after the recent legalization of marijuana in two statutes. Obama officials are quoted as saying that they would continue prior enforcement policies.
Sandusky was sentenced on his 43 birthday.
Source: Contra Costa Times