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Chicago Man Slapped with 4 Year Sentence for Marijuana Possession Day Before State Legalized It

California Dispensaries Report Shortage On Edible Marijuana Products In Wake Of Full Legalization At Year's Start
OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 16: A worker prepares to package freshly made marijuana infused chocolate bars at Kiva Confections on January 16, 2018 in Oakland, California. Less than one month after recreational marijuana sales became legal in California, dispensaries are reporting a shortage in pot edibles. The number of manufacturers in the state has been reduced by nearly two thirds due to new regulations and state approved potency levels. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

*An Illinois man has been sentenced to four years in prison for ordering 42 pounds of marijuana-infused chocolate from California, and prosecutors believe his intention was to sell the goodies.

Thomas Franzen from suburban Chicago pled guilty to possession of upwards of 5000 grams of cannabis and received the minimum sentence, CNN reports. Franzen is suffering from testicular cancer and was given a reduced sentence in light of his medical condition, according to State Attorney Joe McMahon.

“In recognition of the seriousness of Mr. Franzen’s medical condition, our office reduced a 12-year mandatory minimum sentence to 4 years, of which he is required to serve only 2 years,” McMahon said in the statement. “We did this in spite of evidence that proves that Mr. Franzen is a drug dealer.”

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McMahon added that “the marijuana-laced product found at Mr. Franzen’s home was not purchased from a medical marijuana business, and the amount he purchased far exceeds what would be used for personal consumption.”

Authorities were tipped off about Franzen after postal workers became suspicious of his unusual shipping habits. After obtaining a search warrant in 2014 to open a package, they found more than 19,000 grams of chocolate infused with THC. A further search of his home yielded 100 grams of marijuana, cocaine and evidence of a drug dealing operation.

Prosecutors reportedly dismissed several serious charges of marijuana trafficking, a felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

“He got the best disposition that was available given the constraints of Illinois law,” Franzen’s attorney, David Camic, told CNN.

Franzen was sentenced one day before the Illinois legislature voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana beginning this January. As noted by Complex, residents 21 and up will be allowed to have 30 grams of flower, 5 grams of concentrate, or 500 mg of THC-infused items. 

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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