Sunday, June 14, 2009

Jailed for providing medicinal marijuana – 100% legally

In yet another disgusting abuse of power and neglect to actually follow the damn laws, Charlie Lynch, the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in California, has been sentenced to a year in prison for "marijuana-related offenses" – despite his activities being completely legal under California pot and drug laws.

A federal judge in Los Angeles has sentenced a medical marijuana dispensary owner to a year and a day in prison in one of the nation's first such cases since the Obama administration adjusted its pot policy.

U.S. District Judge George Wu on Thursday found that the case of 47-year-old Charles Lynch merited an exception to the mandatory minimum five-year sentence that guidelines called for.Lynch was convicted of five marijuana-related offenses last year for running a medical marijuana dispensary collective in San Luis Obispo County.

He sought leniency after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced earlier this year that federal agents will now target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state laws.

While there is definitely some relief to be found in that his sentence was considerably alleviated from the default 5 years in prison, it's still a grave injustice that the man need spend any time behind bars at all, seeing as he never broke a single law with his medical marijuana dispensing. Really, these idealogical jurists need to start upholding the very law they're supposed to be governed by.


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