Pueblo County sheriff's deputies found and destroyed 128 plants growing on Sexton's property in 2007. Jurors convicted him of marijuana possession but acquitted him of cultivating the drug.
Sexton expressed frustration at the verdict. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but Colorado law allows patients and caregivers on a state registry to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana and six plants to treat certain medical conditions.
"I've been found guilty of possessing that which I'm legally able to cultivate," Sexton said. "This case is about a mistake and the taking of my medical marijuana garden without any investigation. What I do is try to help people improve their quality of life and I do that by providing a safe, alternative modality for treatment."