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100 Years in Jail for selling Medical Marijuana?

100 Years in Jail for selling Medical Marijuana?

Jail for Selling Medical MarijuanaCharlie Lynch Faces Jail Even Though Medical Marijuana Is Allowed Under California Law By JOHN STOSSEL and ANDREW SULLIVAN March 10, 2009 If the voters in your state say it’s OK to do something, is it? Apparently not. Charlie Lynch learned that the hard way, when federal authorities raided his home and small business in southern California in March 2007. Tune in March 13 for a special hour with John Stossel: “Bailouts and Bull.” “I hear the banging of my front door,” Lynch recalled. “I opened the door and about 10 to 15 agents with shields, bullet-proof vests, guns, masks, they came barreling in.” Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized 30 pounds of marijuana from Lynch’s business. The action wasn’t a surprise to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Pat Hedges, who had been investigating Lynch for about a year. What tipped the sheriff off to Lynch’s operation? It may have been the ribbon-cutting ceremony that Lynch held when he started selling marijuana. ‘It Is Nothing About Getting High’ Lynch wasn’t dealing drugs in back alleys. He was selling medical marijuana. He had applied for a business license, joined the Chamber of Commerce, consulted with attorneys and even called the DEA before opening his medical marijuana dispensary. Thirteen states, including California, allow patients to use marijuana for medicinal use, and Lynch was selling marijuana to patients whose doctors had recommended the drug. Hundreds of dispensaries across

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