Prosecutor: I wanted prison for SE Mich. pot farmer
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:26:00 GMT —
The chief federal prosecutor in eastern Michigan says she's disappointed that a farmer caught growing more than 8,000 marijuana plants dodged a prison sentence.
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade tells The Associated Press that a light punishment of probation doesn't mean it's "open season" for marijuana growers in Michigan.
Edwin Schmieding of Lenawee County was placed on supervised release for two years. Federal Judge Bernard Friedman gave him a very unusual break this week, saying he's lived a good life.
Schmieding is recovering from cancer and had many letters of support from friends and family.
McQuade says she wanted a minimum prison sentence of seven years. She respects the judge's discretion to determine a sentence but says her office will continue to crack down on large-scale marijuana growers.