Marijuana Dispensary Operator Gets 10 Years In Federal Prison

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canada goose store Rancho Cucamonga resident Aaron Sandusky, 42, ran three Inland Empire dispensaries known as G3 Holistics. “I want to apologize to those with me and their families who have been victimized by the federal government who has not recognized the voters of this state,” Sandusky said in court Monday. His G3 dispensaries served 17,000 medical marijuana patients, according to marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access. canada goose store

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Sandusky “used G3 as a means to replace the vast income he lost from the canada goose outlet uk sale collapse of his real estate business,” the prosecution memo continued. “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.”

Kevin A. Sabet, former senior White House official in charge of drug policy, told HuffPost that the sentencing was appropriate because Sandusky was “exploitative.” “People aren’t supposed to parade around with a green cross slapped onto their storefront when they’re really just about distributing marijuana to anyone who can pay $100 to get a card,” Sabet said. “Even advocates admit that it’s a ruse.”

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“We have had more than 90 percent compliance with owners shutting down when warned, and we’ll continue to shut down more,” Mrozek told HuffPost. “Sandusky refused to come into compliance with the law.”

uk canada goose outlet Mrozek said that the retail stores are also in violation of California law because they are operating as for profit enterprises and because they are not operating as the primary caregiver to patients, as the state law requires. uk canada goose outlet

Judge Anderson did not allow Sandusky to claim entrapment based canada goose outlet usa on the public statements of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder about medical marijuana.

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uk canada goose Sabet defended Obama to HuffPost, saying the administration is “not going after the 2 percent with cancer or the so called 90 percent with back pain. They’re going after the large distributors only.” uk canada goose

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