Medical marijuana advocate pleads guilty to federal drug charge – The Missoulian

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012 by admin No Comments

Medical marijuana advocate Tom Daubert pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to a charge of conspiracy to maintain drug-involved premises.

Daubert, 59, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and three years’ supervised probation. U.S. Magistrate Jeremiah Lynch set sentencing for Sept. 6.

Under a plea agreement, Daubert will pay a total fine of $50,000. However, any possible prison time won’t be known until Judge Dana Christensen sentences him.

When Lynch explained to Daubert Thursday that Christensen might give him a lengthier sentence than recommended by federal prosecutors, Daubert said, “But he could also go lower?”

Lynch said he was obligated to outline the worst-case scenario.

“I’m a little more interested in the others,” Daubert responded.

Daubert fashioned the 2004 voter initiative that legalized the medical use of marijuana in Montana, and was an outspoken proponent of regulation.

For a time, he was a partner in Montana Cannabis, a medical marijuana business that was among several raided in March 2011, an action that led to federal drug charges against him and his former business associates.

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