In just the latest and perhaps harshest example of the schizophrenic nature of California
's medical marijuana industry, the owner of a trio of Inland Empire medical marijuana clubs has been sentenced to serve a decade in federal prison. As Dennis Romero
of the Weekly
's sister paper LA Weekly just reported
, Aaron Sandusky
, 42, of Rancho Cucamonga
and president of G3 Holistics, Inc
. was sentenced to a mandatory minimum of ten years behind bars with an additional five years of supervised probation for allegedly selling pot in violation of the federal ban on marijuana.
Specifically, according to a press release issued by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, Sandusky was convicted last year of conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, both counts involving more than 1000 plants. Prosecutors allege that Sandusky is nothing more than "an unrepentant manipulator who used the perceived ambiguity surrounding 'medical' marijuana to exploit a business opportunity for himself."
Furthermore, the feds claim, he "used G3 as a means to replace the vast income he lost from the collapse of his real estate business. 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."
According to a member of the marijuana activist group The Human Solution
who spoke with the Weekly
today he and at least 30 supporters were on hand in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson
as he read out the sentence. Sandusky spoke in his own defense, trying to explain that he was simply following state law, and trying to help sick people, to which Anderson replied that clearly, the defendant felt no remorse.
"We were just shaking our heads in disbelief as he mentioned problems with drug cartels and he associated Aaron with them. We are trying to get rid of them and it's the federal government that arms the cartels with weapons. It's a sick joke."