All eyes should be focusing on the Aaron Sandusky trial, a man who faces a federal sentence of 10 years to life for running the G3 Holistic medical marijuana dispensary in accordance with California state law. The G3 Holistic dispensary was located in Upland, San Bernardino County and was banned due to a local ordinance. The ordinance was appealed and headed to the California Supreme Court, during the injunction Sandusky reopened his dispensary. Before the case could get to trial, the Feds raided the G3 Holistic dispensary and arrested Sandusky on drug trafficking charges (even though he was compliant with state law… thank you President Obama for lying to the public about your intentions with medical marijuana).
Sandusky recently gave an interview to Reason.tv, and said he’s going to fight this all the way to the end without plea bargain, even though it could cost him his freedom.
Highlights from 10 Years to Life for Medical Marijuana: The Aaron Sandusky Trial
- “What I’m not going to be doing is use Justice Department resources, ah, to circumvent, ah, state laws on this issue” – President Obama [0:24 mark]
- Sandusky’s operation was shut down, all of his assets seized [1:00 mark]
- [Sandusky] won injunctions against cities trying to ban dispensaries, Sandusky reopened [G3 Holistic] as the case went up to the California Supreme Court, the Feds were not happy with this outcome [1:16 mark]
- Sandusky has spent the last 7 weeks in county prison await a bond hearing… awaiting trial for Federal drug trafficking charges [1:35 mark]
- “Yeah this was my first time in prison, I was surrounded by people who were in for parole violations and/or possession of drugs… we’re populating our prisons with people that really shouldn’t be there” [1:53 mark]
- “You are guilty until proven innocent” [2:45 mark]
- “I consider it aggressive action against everybody in our state, especially those that voted for medical marijuana” [2:56 mark]
- “We have 50 full-time W2 employees, that in 1 day everyone lost their jobs, had to file for unemployment and lost their medical benefits, 50 employees being put on unemployment is a $70,000 obligation now put on the state” [3:33 mark]
- Letter from Upland’s mayor, Ray Musser, requesting help from the DOJ cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries [4:02 mark]
- “This is my message to LA dispensaries: be careful how you are moving forward… if you are aggressive with the city council and city officials, they will be aggressive with you” [4:42 mark]
- “This is a constitutional battle and we are going to defend our rights as American citizens” [5:14 mark]
- “I’m not pleading out… if I have to go to jail for 20 years, so be it” [6:05 mark]