Pot grower sentenced

September 14, 2005

, The Record (Sto9ckton, CA)

SAN ANDREAS -- Vallecito medical marijuana grower Bill Roth Harrison will serve up to 16 months in prison under a sentence announced this week.

The Calaveras County District Attorney's Office announced that Harrison plead guilty to growing marijuana to avoid a longer sentence of up to two years if the case had gone to trial.

Counting time served, Harrison could be released in eight months.

A Calaveras County sheriff's deputy reported that Harrison had more than 33 marijuana plants and more than 2 pounds of processed marijuana. Officers said the plants could have produced 21 pounds of the dried drug.

Harrison is a medical marijuana user. He suffers from vertigo and pain and was permitted under local rules to grow up to six plants.

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