A former California medical marijuana dispensary owner was sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison for operating three facilities in the State where marijuana is legal.
Aaron Sandusky is one of a handful of defendants that have been singled out by Federal authorities for running medical marijuana dispensaries in States where possession of the plant is legal under State law. U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson gave him the minimum sentence possible under Federal guidelines.
“In this case, as the defendant was warned, the court’s hands are tied,” Anderson said, “whether you agree with the defendant’s position or not.”
The 42-year-old defendant was convicted in October on charges of conspiring to manufacture and possess marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiring to operate a drug-involved premises and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute it.
In sentencing the man, Anderson wrote that Sandusky “used G3 as a means to replace the vast income he lost from the collapse of his real estate business. Defendant built a veneer of legitimacy around his criminal enterprise using his customers’ good-faith search for pain relief.
“There is absolutely no altruistic component to defendant’s continued and sustained criminality.”
Sandusky’s lawyer Roger Diamond is filing an appeal on Sandusky’s behalf in an attempt to take the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Aaron was in full compliance with California law, but the federal government says that California law is irrelevant,” said Diamond.