Medical marijuana user found guilty of violating federal drug laws
November 22, 2006
Associated Press, North County TimesFRESNO -- A medical marijuana user could face more than two decades in prison after a jury convicted him of violating federal drug laws and other charges. Dustin Costa, 60, a former Marine turned medical marijuana activist, was found guilty Wednesday in Fresno federal court of growing marijuana, possession of marijuana for distribution, and possession of a firearm. 'The conviction of another medical cannabis patient is a senseless tragedy for all involved,' said Steph Sherer, executive director of the medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access. A previous U.S. Supreme Court decision prevented Costa from using the phrase 'medical marijuana' or relying on a medical defense in court. His sentencing date has not been scheduled. Costa said he plans to appeal the decision.