Landlord pleads guilty for renting to medical marijuana grower

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Apr 02, 2012 Landlord pleads guilty for renting to medical marijuana grower

Medical marijuana may be lawful under several states’ laws. However, federal law is undisturbed by such state laws, and federal prosecutors are displaying a retrenchment — as we come closer to the 2012 presidential election — from Attorney General Holder’s early 2009 assurances that  curtailing federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries "is now American policy."

A case in point is a recent prosecution and guilty plea (awaiting sentencing) for a landlord who apparently rented space to a medical marijuana operation. Did this landlord do anything less innocent than knowingly renting to people growing marijuana? His guilty plea for landlording to them, at least, does not reveal anything more than such landlording. 

Here is an article on this marijuana landlording case, as well as the case docket and superseding indictment. The case is U.S. v. Janetski,  U.S. Dist. Ct. (D. Mt.) Crim. No. 9:11-cr-00037-DWM.

Thanks to a fellow listserv member for alerting me to this Janetski case. 

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