Federal prosecutors busy dismantling Montana’s state-sanctioned medical marijuana clinics have filed appeals over the length of prison time the defendants received. After U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen gave former Montana U. quarterback Jason Washington two years in prison, instead of the five that the government demanded, US. Attorney Michael Cotter, an Obama appointee, filed an appeal to the 9th Circuit. Others, including activist Richard Flor did get 5 years. Flor died in federal custody last year.
After Montana approved medical marijuana in 2004, the program became the target of the Obama Justice Department. On March 14, 2011, twenty-four medical marijuana clinics were raided. Eventually 33 people – all non-violent, first time offenders – were prosecuted in federal court on marijuana charges. Fortunately, QB Washington is represented by DC Superlawyer Kwame Manley of Patton Boggs. Manley and others might find more work closer to home if the Obama Justice Department decides to crack down in the District of Columbia. Stay tuned.
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