Medical Marijuana Dispensary Manager Gets Jail Time
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Various types of marijuana are on display at Private Organic Therapy (P.O.T.), a non-profit co-operative medical marijuana dispensary, on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Attorney General Eric Holder announced new guidelines today for federal prosecutors in states where the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is allowed under state law. Federal prosecutors will no longer trump the state with raids on the southern California dispensaries as they had been doing, but Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley recently began a crackdown campaign that will include raids against the facilities. Cooley maintains that virtually all marijuana dispensaries are in violation of the law because they profit from their product. The city of LA has been slow to come to agreement on how to regulate its 800 to 1,000 dispensaries. Californians voted to allow sick people with referrals from doctors to consume cannabis with the passage of state ballot Proposition 215 in 1996 and a total of 14 states now allow the medicinal use of marijuana. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010 Updated at 4:05 PM PST
The ex-manager of a medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego has been sentenced to six months in jail and fined $5,000 for drug crimes.
Jovan Jackson was sentenced Wednesday on three felony counts of illegal possession and sale of marijuana. His attorney, Joe Elford, says he believes the judge made several errors and he will appeal.
The judge had ruled that Jackson couldn't use the state's medical marijuana law as a defense. Prosecutors argued that he exceeded the bounds of the law and sold the drug for profit.
Jackson, himself a medical user, was arrested after he sold pot to undercover police officers last year at the now-defunct Answerdam Alternative Care dispensary in Kearny Mesa.
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