After Being Denied a Medical Marijuana Defense, Another Montana Cultivator was Convicted in Federal Court Yesterday

Former Univ. of Montana quarterback Jason Washington is the latest casualty in Obama Administration’s war on medical marijuana

Montana medical marijuana patient, cultivator and former University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jason Washington was convicted yesterday in federal court of two felonies, “conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana” and “possession with intent to distribute marijuana,” but was acquitted of another felony possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-related crime.

Washington claimed to be in compliance with Montana’s medical marijuana law but, as is typical with such federal cases, defendants like Washington are routinely denied a defense. He is facing a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence, up to 40 years in prison, and more than $10 million in fines and forfeitures.

Washington and six others were arrested and similarly charged in November 2011, after the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided his Big Sky Health dispensary in Missoula. Five of his six co-defendants pleaded guilty and cooperated with the government’s case against Washington.

Illustrating the government’s prosecutorial disparity, Washington’s co-defendants received far more lenient sentences than what he’s facing, the longest of which was only 125 days. Charges against the sixth defendant were thrown out by U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen, who presided over the cases. Twenty other people in the case were never charged, and were offered immunity by the government to testify against Washington.

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