The Contra Costa Times is reporting that yesterday Aaron Sandusky, a 42-year-old former dispensary owner, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to manufacture marijuana; possession with intent to distribute; and conspiring to operate a drug-related premises.
Sandusky faced as much as life in prison, but 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." ...
"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.
Though the case is by no means unique, it's a good reminder that, whether you think it justified or not, pioneers in the cannabis industry risk it all.