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

Gilbert32 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 7:23 PM
The sad thing is that the government has prevented any real research on marijuana for 75 years. The only research they would approve was research that was preordained to prove marijuana is bad. Unapproved research runs the risk of jail. Unapproved results are not accepted.

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...