A Newaygo County farmer who let his 160 acres of corn be planted with marijuana reluctantly agreed to the arrangement to help pay a dizzying array of bills for his cancer treatments, according to court records and investigators.
The October 2014 harvest was impressive. Police uprooted 860 marijuana plants and found another 780 pounds of harvested marijuana in various stages of drying.
John A. Mast, who’s been battling cancer since 2012, could have faced up to 20 years in prison. Instead, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney on Wednesday sentenced Mast to three years on supervised release and ordered that he pay a $7,500 fine.
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