Colorado pot grower gets 5 years in federal prison |

Colorado pot grower gets 5 years in federal prison

DENVER (AP) – A suburban Denver pot grower who tried to use state medical marijuana law in his defense has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.

The Denver Post reports that Christopher Bartkowicz was sentenced Friday after judge Philip Brimmer accepted a plea bargain he had reached with federal prosecutors.

Bartkowicz pleaded guilty to three drug charges after federal drug agents raided his Highlands Ranch home last February and seized hundreds of pot plants growing in his basement.

The raid came after a Denver TV station promoted a story in which Bartkowicz bragged about how much money he would make growing pot under Colorado’s medical marijuana law. Federal agents say they targeted him because they believe he was growing more pot than allowed under state law.

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