Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wrongful Arrest: 37 Months in Federal Prison for Working at Dispensary

 via KTKZ / FRESNO, Calif. (AP)
A federal judge has sentenced a Bakersfield medical marijuana dispensary worker to 37 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana. Federal prosecutors said Monday that Jonathan Michael Chapman worked at Nature's Medicinal Co-Op between 2005 and 2007. Federal agents arrested the 32-year-old and seven other employees in a 2007 raid that also netted nearly 190 pounds of pot.A U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman says dispensaries are often targeted when they are not run as nonprofits as required under California law. Prosecutors say Nature's Medicinal Co-Op logged $9.6 million in sales from January 2006 to September 2006. The dispensary's owners are still awaiting trial.California law permits patients and caregivers to cultivate marijuana for medical use, but the drug remains banned under federal law.

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