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3 grams of medical marijuana shared = life sentence in Montana

Did You Realize that in Montana – a Gram of Marijuana can get you a LIFE SENTENCEOtto was convicted of sharing a bowl of his medical marijuana with two friends in a car traveling down Reserve Street, where the trio passed a Missoula County Sheriff’s detective on his way home from work last November.

there is no mention of any penalty for the two friends who Mr Otto shared his prescription with. actually this is the heat of the problem – he shared.

Yeah,  he let them hit his pipe while they were driving him home from work in their vehicle.

Testimony from the two people with Otto that day made it murkier. they said they couldn’t remember who or where the weed came from. yeah right – when he was stopped and had the medical marijuana certification card, and the medical marijuana prescription on him.

Sounds almost like a case of Frienemies…

Samantha and Jordan Lambert, who was driving the car, originally told Missoula County Sheriff’s Detective Jon Gunter that they’d gotten the marijuana from Otto, according to court papers. Wednesday, they testified they didn’t remember who lit the bowl or where the marijuana in it came from.

Daly repeatedly pointed out that neither of the Lamberts was charged with possessing or distributing marijuana, even though the bowl was shared among the trio.

“The detective told me if I was honest with him about taking a hit off the pipe, I would not be in trouble,” Jordan Lambert testified.

Gunter testified that as a narcotics investigator, he felt it was more important to home in on the source of the drug.

Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Burt, who questioned Otto while Gunter was talking with the Lamberts, videotaped that encounter.

On the tape, Otto told Burt that he had a medical marijuana card and that he used cannabis for back and knee pain.

“I’ve got all kinds of pain from carrying all this equipment,” Burt replied. “… My point is, you’re doing it for the recreation.”

The point, Paul said after the trial, was that Otto’s legal marijuana became illegal the minute he gave it to someone else.

Otto faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.

this is a part of the legacy of anslinger and hearst – the paper barons.  Montana grows trees so this is one area where the old laws will live on until they are challenged and a new generation of voters comes into the picture.

Read this and remember Weed Is ILLEGAL IN MONTANA. so tokers, avoid it.

Montana jury convicts man for sharing 3 grams of medical marijuanaAs Montana lawmakers debated the fallout of Montana’s medical marijuana law Wednesday, some of the same points were playing out in a Missoula County courtroom.

There, an eight-woman, four-man jury found Matthew Otto, 27, guilty of a single charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs – in this case, 3 grams (well under an ounce) of marijuana.

Otto faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Otto stood accused of sharing a bowl of his medical marijuana with two friends in a car traveling down Reserve Street, where the trio passed a Missoula County Sheriff’s detective on his way home from work last November.

As Otto’s trial began Wednesday, Public Defender Chris Daly told potential jurors that “a central issue to today’s case (involves) views of medical marijuana.”

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Daly summed up the case against Otto as nothing more than “a puff of smoke.”

“Keep in mind that this is not benign smoke,” Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul said in response. “It’s marijuana smoke.

“It’s still controlled, people,” he said. “It’s not just free-form. It has not been legalized.” (The last medical marijuana reform bill stalled in the Montana Senate, and the chamber will focus on repealing the law.)

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