MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A registered medical marijuana grower has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to sell his crop illegally and for having machine guns and other illegal firearms.
Jason Nelson, owner of a Grants Pass bike shop, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Medford.
Prosecutor Doug Fong said he asked for the stiff sentence because Nelson lied during his trial, claiming he was growing only for four medical marijuana patients and denying he sold any of it.
At sentencing, Nelson admitted taking advantage of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program out of greed. He apologized to his family, the judge and Fong for his lies.
Nelson was arrested after police intercepted a pot shipment to the East Coast, and traced some of it back to Nelson.