Clinic manager gets prison for selling medical pot

Discussion in 'Marijuana News' started by oltex, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Clinic manager gets prison for selling medical pot
    MSNBC / AP / 11,14,2011

    Judge says people that use the Oregon medical marijuana law to cover up illegal drug dealing will be punished

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The manager of a medical marijuana clinic in Southern Oregon has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for growing and selling pot.

    Josephine County Circuit Judge Pat Wolke told Brenda Thomas on Monday that he was imposing the sentence to show people that using the Oregon medical marijuana law to cover up illegal drug dealing will be punished. "The majority of people in the Medical Marijuana Program are obeying the law," Wolke said. "There is a substantial minority who are not. They are overgrowing, and they are selling. ... I think the Medical Marijuana Program is hurt by people who thumb their nose at the law."

    Thomas was led away in handcuffs and in tears to begin serving her sentence immediately. She called out to supporters to arrange for someone to take her roommate to the doctor.

    Thomas was the manager of the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation office in Grants Pass, part of a chain of medical marijuana clinics owned by marijuana activist Paul Stanford. After turning down a plea bargain with an offer of probation, she went to trial, trying to throw the blame on grower Thomas Bletco, who had turned state's evidence. She was convicted in July of possessing, manufacturing and selling marijuana.

    Police raided Thomas' home in the rural community of Wilderville in October 2009 after a Las Vegas couple pulled over in a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Ashland told investigators that they bought the pound of marijuana found in their car from Thomas.

    According to testimony from Bletko, he and Thomas had a deal to grow marijuana for money, not just for patients, and were careful to have enough medical marijuana cards to cover the 72 plants in the ground.

    But when police raided the property, they found drying plants and processed marijuana amounting to 200 pounds, far more than the 19.5 pounds of processed pot authorized by holding medical cards for 13 patients. Under Oregon's medical marijuana law, patients can have someone else grow pot for them, but growers cannot charge patients for the marijuana they produce. They can only collect for expenses, such as electricity and fertilizer.
  2. Cant say I feel sorry for the example having to be made, but i'm sorry it was her unless she was complacent, however it seems like she was thrown under the bus.

    That said, they were operating outside the confines of the law.. we have very very liberal laws in wa, or and ca.. people pushing those and going outside those boundries? Well if you want to play the game then play, otherwise just go be another illegal grower, it sucks its illegal but staining the medical field is not really cool
  3. While i still believe that no one should ever be punished for growing or possessing marijuana, nor should "growing too much weed" be adequate evidence for jailing someone, but this lady is damn lucky for only getting 13 months. Quote the woman who got like 20 years for 2.4 grams of bud.

    I really hope she doesn't get raped or something in that 13 month span. I hope she walks out of that jail as sound as possible.

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