Calif pot dispensary owner given 1-year sentence

June 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A federal judge in Los Angeles has sentenced a medical marijuana dispensary owner to a year and a day in prison in one of the nation's first cases since the Obama administration adjusted its pot policy. U.S. District George Wu on Thursday found that the case of 47-year-old Charles Lynch merited an exception to the mandatory minimum five-year sentence that guidelines called for.

The judge felt, however, he was bound by the law to issue at least a one-year prison term.

Lynch was convicted of five marijuana-related offenses last year for running a medical marijuana dispensary collective in San Luis Obispo County.

He sought leniency after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced earlier this year that federal agents will now target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state laws.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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