Medical marijuana grower sentenced
July 07, 2005
Bob Egelko, San Francsico ChronicleA Sonoma County marijuana grower who said his pot supply was for himself and other medical patients was sentenced Wednesday to three years and five months in federal prison.
Federal agents raided Robert Schmidt's rented property in Sebastopol in August 2002 and said they found 3,454 marijuana plants. Schmidt said he ran a nonprofit organization called Genesis 1:29, named for the biblical passage about God giving humans 'every herb-bearing seed'' and was acting legally under California's Proposition 215, which allows medical patients to obtain marijuana with their doctors' approval.
Schmidt, now 55, spent seven months in jail before pleading guilty in 2003 to cultivating and possessing nearly 600 pounds of marijuana, but his sentencing was delayed to await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The court ruled June 6 that the federal government can prosecute medical users of locally grown marijuana in states with medical marijuana laws.