U.S. Presses Case Against CA Pot Dispenser


The Obama administration wants the owner of a California medical marijuana dispensary to be sentenced to at least five years in prison, despite his assertion that he was following state law, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Justice Department official told a judge that the prosecution and conviction of Charles Lynch were “entirely consistent with the policies of (the department) and with public statements made by the attorney general,” Eric Holder.

Holder, citing President Obama’s campaign pledge to respect medical marijuana laws in California and 12 other states, said last month that federal agents would arrest only those who violated both state and federal law. He didn’t say how his policy would apply to defendants awaiting trial or sentencing, or whether the administration would defer to local authorities’ decision that a pot dispensary was complying with state law.

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