Aaron Sandusky, a medical marijuana dispensary owner, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for operating three facilities in Upland, Colton and Moreno Valley, California.
Sandusky was convicted in October on federal charges of distributing marijuana, reported the Contra Costa Times.
Sandusky faced life in prison, but U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson gave him the minimum sentence possible under federal law.
Judge Anderson wrote in his ruling "In this case, as the defendant was warned, the court's hands are tied. Whether you agree with the defendant's position or not."
In his ruling, Judge Anderson did not seem to think Sandusky's medical marijuana business was legitimate: "Defendant used G3 as a means to replace the vast income he lost from the collapse of his real estate business. Defendant built a veneer of legitimacy around his criminal enterprise using his customers' good-faith search for pain relief. There is absolutely no altruistic component to defendant's continued and sustained criminality."
Sandusky is one of four medical marijuana cases in which federal prosecutors filed charges against individuals in states where medical marijuana is legal.
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Supporters of Sandusky shared their reactions (video below).