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Michigan man who provided medical marijuana gets 120-day sentence

A man from Rome Township claimed that he was growing and distributing marijuana legally and for five medical patients of which he was a registered caregiver.

Prosecutors did not agree and rang the 44-year-old up on drug charges, which will send him to jail to serve 120 days behind bars. He was also ordered to tend to 120 hours of community service and pay $1,400 for court costs and $500 in fines.

Police originally found his marijuana-growing operation when they raided his residence in the summer of 2011. The man contended that his activity was legal under the state's medical marijuana law. He pointed out that the drugs were for himself and to give to patients.

The man's patients had signed Michigan medical marijuana applications, but prosecutors called into question whether the documents were legitimate or not.

Before the completion of the trial, the man decided to plead guilty to lesser charges, presumably so that he would be put in line for a more lenient sentence. The man pleaded guilty to two counts of possession. Both charges were misdemeanors. Originally, he faced felony marijuana and firearms charges. Each charge alone could have put the man away for a maximum of two years.

The man's troubled legal past likely did not help his efforts in court. He has twice been convicted of driving under the influence and was convicted before of possessing marijuana.

The judge presiding over the case said that these are signs he suffers from addiction, and he is not allowed to be a caregiver for his patients for a two-year probation period.

Source: The Daily Telegram, "Medical pot legal battle ends with handcuffs," Dennis Pelham, Feb. 20, 2013

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