Helena medical marijuana provider sentenced

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 57-year-old Helena man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $750,000 after pleading guilty manufacturing marijuana and money laundering.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Paul Roy Schmidt was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell in Helena.

Schmidt was charged after a May 2011 raid of his medical marijuana business. During the search of Sleeping Giant Caregivers, law enforcement officers seized 289 marijuana plants, marijuana ready for distribution, assorted edible products containing marijuana, a log book of items sold and receipts for marijuana transactions.

Schmidt has said the number of plants was far fewer than what was allowed under the state's medical marijuana laws for the approximately 450 patients he served at the time.

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