Michigan Pot Shop Owner Gets 16 Years In Prison

WWJ News
January 29, 2020 - 8:16 am
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GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ/AP) - The owner of multiple pot shops in Michigan is heading to federal prison for nearly16 years.

Marijuana has been legal in Michigan to ease the effects of certain illnesses, long before recreational pot use was approved in 2018. But federal investigators say Danny Trevino -- who owned Hydroworld dispensaries in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Flint and Mount Pleasant -- operated outside the medical marijuana law.

The government says Trevino was allowed to possess small amounts of marijuana with his own medical marijuana card, but that his criminal record -- with prior drug felony convictions for cocaine and marijuana -- prevented him from being a registered caregiver who can grow pot for others.

The U.S. Attorney's Office alleged that Trevino cultivated thousands of marijuana plants and sold hundreds of kilograms of marijuana, generating sales of at least $2.9 million.

Trevino was convicted of 10 felony charges, including marijuana conspiracy, and sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison.

Defense attorney Nicholas Bostic says Trevino "thought he was legal."