Marijuana Offense Sentence Delayed

By: Wallin & Klarich

U.S. District Judge Delays Sentencing for Convicted Marijuana Distributor Represented by Criminal Defense Attorney

A federal judge recently delayed the sentencing of a Morro Bay man on March 24, 2009, who was facing drug charges for running a medical marijuana dispensary, according to the LA Daily Journal. Last year, Charles C. Lynch was found guilty of distributing over 100 kilograms of marijuana from his Central Coast Compassionate Caregiver dispensary, and is facing up to five years in federal prison.

With the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration conducting over 80 raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in the past three years, distributing marijuana in what arguably may be a legal manner can have serious consequences. Although U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said “federal agents would only target marijuana dispensaries if their operators violated both federal and state law,” prosecutors are bringing legal actions against California residents who are in compliance with California law.

Due to these discrepancies, U.S. District Judge George H. Wu decided to delay Lynch’s sentencing and told prosecutors that before making a decision he would “need to know-in writing- whether the U.S. Department of Justice has changed its policy regarding the prosecution of medical marijuana dispensary operations,” and how that change would affect Lynch’s sentencing.

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