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Plead Guilty or Go to Prison for Life: The Medical Marijuana Grower's Stark Choice

ducks13 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 6:47 PM
Because there are no mandatory minimums if drugs are not involved. The they you mentioned you your first sentence is politicians. It was politicians putting on a show for us doing something about drugs, mandatory minimums. It was much like the fiscal cliff show we've just watched. It helps to convince us of how much we need them so we keep giving them our money and liberty.

Chris Williams, a Montana medical marijuana grower, faces at least five years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 1. The penalty seems unduly severe, especially because his business openly supplied marijuana to patients who were allowed to use it under state law.

Yet five years is a cakewalk compared to the sentence Williams originally faced, which would have kept the 38-year-old father behind bars for the rest of his life. The difference is due to an extremely unusual post-conviction agreement that highlights the enormous power prosecutors wield as a result of mandatory minimum sentences so grotesquely unjust that...