Plea deal offered in medical pot distribution case
Glenwood Springs Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A juvenile who was arrested and charged for allegedly selling his father’s medical marijuana, agreed to a plea deal Wednesday in Garfield County Court.
The juvenile pleaded guilty to possession of between 1 ounce and 8 ounces of marijuana, which prosecutors say belonged to the child’s father who has a prescription for medical marijuana.
Carbondale Police arrested the juvenile after he allegedly sold an unspecified amount of the medical marijuana at Carbondale Middle School. It was unclear if the juvenile was a student at the middle school or not.
“I think this is an unintentional consequence from the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes,” said Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey who was prosecuting the case.
Hershey agreed to drop the original charges of distribution and possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana as part of the plea deal, and recommended a deferred judgment in the case, saying that this kind of drug offense on the juvenile’s record could affect his life, in many ways, for years to come.
“This is a big break,” Hershey said. “But, it’s a one time break and I hope [they] see that.”
The student has been expelled from school, and was placed on home detention following the arrest. However, Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger agreed to release the juvenile from home detention after contacting the probation department.
Specifics of the incident and subsequent arrest were not available because juvenile records are sealed. According to Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling, this specific crime involving medical marijuana was an isolated incident, however, he fears that they could see an increase.
“I have concerns that we might,” Schilling said. “So far we haven’t.”
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