Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner Charles Lynch Given One Year Sentence

June 12, 2009

California (ChattahBox) – The man who was dubiously arrested for running a medical marijuana dispensary and came to be one of the center’s of the national pot debate, has been given a reduced sentence, where he will still have to serve a year and a day.

While it is still a blow to many who were laboring for Charles Lynch’s full release, it is thought to be the first step in a fully changing policy, where those caught selling medical marijuana to people with prescriptions will not be prosecuted.

“I really think you are now looking at, if not the last, certainly the next to last medical marijuana dispensary prosecution in the United States,” Reuven Cohen, Lynch’s defense attorney, was quoted in the Associated Press.

It also points out a rather contradictory set of laws that will force new legislation to be sought in the state, and may trigger a national change as well.

For his part, U.S. District Judge George Wu, who tried and sentenced the case, seems to have shown that he was not in total agreement with the charge, but understood his place within the confines of the current legal regulations.

“As empathetic as I can be, I cannot change the law,” he told Lynch before delivering the sentence, reduced from a mandatory five years to one year and one day.


2 Responses to “Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner Charles Lynch Given One Year Sentence”

  1. Charles Lynch on September 28th, 2009 2:37 am

    The photo of marijuana in this story is not reprsentative of medical marijuana. It appears to be some illegal Mexican rag weed. I would never have allowed such low grade marijuana as this photo depicts to be available in my dispensary. It would be appreciated if you could put a photo of some real Californian medical marijuana.

  2. olivia on September 28th, 2009 11:32 am

    Charles – This is not a photography site, it is a news blog. We use public domain photographs to best depict the spirit of a story, as we can offer without violating any copyright. Other photos that are not public domain are only used with heavy sourcing. But in the end the photo in a story is usually a minimum enhancement, nothing more.

    In other words, no, we probably won’t be putting up a picture of real California medical marijuana unless we do a story about the differences in the look. We are here for two reasons: 1) to report certain news stories from all over the world, and 2) to provide commentary on some of those stories. Not cater to individual readers by putting in pictures they would be more likely to see.

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