Feds Sentence Aaron Sandusky to 10 Years for Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana dispensary owner Aaron Sandusky was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday after being convicted of two felonies related to the production and distribution of marijuana in October 2012. Reason TV previously has covered Sandusky's case in great detail here.

"Aaron was in full compliance with California law, but the federal government says that California law is irrelevant," said Sandusky's lawyer Roger Diamond. Diamond is filing an appeal on Sandusky's behalf and hopes to take the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Percy Anderson presided over Sandusky's case and used the sentencing hearing as an opportunity to lecture the defendant on the "rule of law."

"I'm going to take a stand for the rule of law, is what I'm going to do in this case," Anderson said.

He also mentioned that he found "disturbing" Sandusky's "refusal to take responsibility" for his lawbreaking activities and that Sandusky had proven that he was "incapable or unwilling" to conform with the law or norms of society.

"He's kind of lost his way about what's right and what's wrong--his moral compass," Anderson said.

Sandusky also spoke in court, but he did not express any remorse for providing medical marijuana to willing customers within the legal framework established by the state of California. Instead, he apologized to the business partners who had been indicted alongside him (they all pled out), their families, and his own family and friends for all that the legal ordeal had put them through. He also took the opportunity to lambast the conduct of the federal government in prosecuting this case.

"There are no winners here. Not the state. Not the federal government. And not the [medical marijuana] patients," said Sandusky. "This is the federal government taking action against the will of the people."

After Sandusky spoke, the judge asked if there were any victims who wished to be heard. Nobody stepped forward.


Aaron Sandusky has requested to serve out his sentence at Victorville Federal Correctional Complex. He has also started a petition at whitehouse.gov and is hoping for a presidential pardon.

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  • Stormy Dragon||

    I would not want to be going into prison with the last name Sandusky right now...

  • Hyperion||

    "This is the federal government taking action against the will of the people."

    Well, duh, that's what they do best.

    I really hope this guy is not waiting on a pardon from Obozo, seriously, he has a better chance of the magical pot fairy showing up and breaking him out. Obozo has bigger fish to fry, like grabbing guns and spending the country into oblivion.

  • JeremyR||

    Prohibition might not actually prohibit things, but it makes people's lives miserable.

    I suppose we should be thankful that the Feds aren't distributing poisoned pot that kills people.

  • gaoxiaen||

    I suppose that you don't remember paraquat?

  • Sevo||

    "Judge Percy Anderson presided over Sandusky's case and used the sentencing hearing as an opportunity to lecture the defendant on the "rule of law.""

    Yeah, jackoff, the "law" you prefer. The other laws? Well, I'm guessing you don't like those, right?

  • hotsy totsy||

    Inspector Javert is alive and well.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    At least the judge was a better singer than Russell Crowe.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Let me know when he jumps in the river.

  • Hyperion||

    Yeah, jackoff, the "law" you prefer. The other laws? Well, I'm guessing you don't like those, right?

    Well, at least we can find some comfort in the legalization in 2 states. You know it has to be secretly eating away at the emperor. The one does not like anyone defying his authoritah.

    That doesn't help Sandusky any of course, right now, but if he's lucky the turning of the tide on the pot war might get him out early.

    10 years in prison for selling parts of a plant. We are a society of primitives. This tyranny must end.

  • John C. Randolph||

    I've reached the point where I treat anyone advocating the drug war the same way I'd treat someone advocating chattel slavery or raping babies. My patience has run out.

    -jcr

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Funny, you guys were French kissing the Supremacy Clause back when Arizona SB 1070 was getting gutted because of it.

  • ||

    How was that now?

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Exhibit A: Jacob Sullum twisting himself into a pretzel to support Supremacy Clause vs. SB 1070.

    Or if you prefer a visual of a Reason writer practicing selective federalism, here's a Nick Gillespie joint.

  • Paul.||

    Given that border control is a federal responsibility, letting states go their own way on immigration seems much more constitutionally problematic to me than, say, letting states decide for themselves whether to let patients use marijuana as a medicine.

    Yeah, really twisting himself with his argument. Twisting himself like a Romney supporter on election-eve...

  • ||

    Funny that you don't understand how the cases are different.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Do not confuse "law" with "statute". The legal positivism bullshit of SCOTUS not withstanding, they are not at all the same.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Judge Percy Anderson is such a retard that he can't distinguish between the law and his "moral compass". Judge Percy Anderson can suck a cheetah's spermy dick.

  • ||

    Cheetahs cum too fast for him, he deserves something slower.

  • Jubal Harshaw||

    What's gray and comes in quarts?

  • The Sego Sago Kid||

    Sloth jizz?

  • gaoxiaen||

    I do, but I'm not gray yet, only salt-and-pepper.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    From the Anderson link:

    One anonymous attorney wrote of Anderson on The Robing Room: “Judge Anderson displays the kind of personality of the child of an authoritarian military man, which he happens to be.” Another defense lawyer speculated, “I’ll bet when he was a kid he used to enjoy pulling the wings off of flies and cooking ants with a magnifying glass. He still does this to attorneys appearing before him.”

  • waaminn||

    IM sorry but that is the most ridiculous thing I have EVER heard!

    www.anon-mix.tk

  • C. Anacreon||

    That makes two of us, Anon-Bot.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    "He's kind of lost his way about what's right and what's wrong--his moral compass," Anderson said.

    The projection, it burns.

    Despite being a proud LAOL, I would never confuse the law with morality.

  • Voros McCracken||

    That one hit me too. Talk about unmitigated gall. He just sentenced someone to 10 years of hell for a victimless crime that by his own state's laws wasn't even a crime.

    And Sandusky's the one lacking a moral compass? Convict him if you feel you have to, but give him probation and move on.

    Physician heal thyself.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Again, Tulpa, I invite you to try the natural law and the spontaneous order. They're delicious!

  • Jubal Harshaw||

    Sandusky had proven that he was "incapable or unwilling" to conform with the law or norms of society.

    Poor Sandusky. He doesn't know solemnly rubbing blue mud in your belly button is an indispensable survival skill.

  • ||

    Could someone tell me what is the Constitutional basis of the federal government's criminal police powers?

  • Paul.||

    Very little, that's for sure. Unfortunately, [make up your argument here] AKA, commerce clause.

  • ||

    So the judge sits in a court not unlike the Volksgerichtshof and holds forth on the majesty of the law and the lack of moral compass of the defendant.

    Special.

  • Ted S.||

    Because fuck you, that's why.

  • Bill||

    I see you are beginning to lose your moral compass.

  • John C. Randolph||

    It took a constitutional amendment to ban alcohol, and that amendment was repealed. There is no remaining constitutional authority for the federal government to ban any drug, and any federal statutes that purport to do so are unconstitutional, and therefore are not laws at all, but proof of usurpation.

    This defendant is innocent, and he is a political prisoner. It is the duty of the State of California to protect its residents from criminal acts, including kidnapping and false imprisonment by minions of the federal government.

    -jcr

  • John C. Randolph||

    Anderson's forum was not a court of law at all, it was a kangaroo court in which the defendant was not permitted to defend himself. Anderson is no lawman, he is thug in a dress.

    -jcr

  • waaminn||

    That seems a bit steep to me dude.
    www.AnonFosho.tk

  • Spartacus||

    After Sandusky spoke, the judge asked if there were any victims who wished to be heard. Nobody stepped forward.

    That's because there are no victims.

    "I'm going to take a stand for the rule of law, is what I'm going to do in this case," Anderson said.

    No Judge, you're taking a stand for oppression, tyranny, and complete disregard for the constitution. You should be proud.

  • califernian||

    "I'm going to take a stand for the rule of law, is what I'm going to do in this case," Anderson said.

    A much smarter man than you once said "The law is an ass". And so are you Judge Anderson.

  • Espantapajaros||

    That judge is an idiot. Actions that are legal in California are consistent with the law and norms of society, and the federal government has fuckall to do with the latter.

  • Flemur||

    "That judge is an idiot."

    Affirmative action at work.

  • Flemur||

    "I have kind of lost my way about what's right and what's wrong--my moral compass," Anderson said.

  • An0nB0t||

    "He has also started a petition at whitehouse.gov and is hoping for a presidential pardon."

    Tee hee?

    (Guffaw)?

    HAHAHAHA?

  • RSteeb||

    This abominable atrocity must not stand. Wake up and PARDON him, Obama.

  • Ben1234||

    When the judge asked for victims to step forward and be heard, Sandusky should have stepped forward, since he's the only victim. Well, also patients that can't get their medicine from him anymore. Victims of this judge and the federal government.

    Remember, Obama could put a stop to this sort of thing any time he wants to. He just doesn't want to.

  • dinkster||

    I believe this is an appropriate time to use a gun mob and demand release with full pardon. Can Jerry Brown pardon him?

  • hdc77494||

    We're spending huge sums of money locking up violent dealers of illegal drugs. Do we really want to spend the people's resources crucifying legitimate businessmen? What a waste. (BTW, I'm against the broad legalization of pot, but this is insanity.

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  • Mr. Truth||

    Hope and change... remember, 0bamabots?

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