Tom Daubert, a drug policy reform activist with a long history of work for humane medical marijuana laws, received five years probation and a $50,000 fine in a decision reached by the US District Court, the Helena IR reports. He was facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Daubert started working for patients in 2004, when he headed up the advocacy group Patients and Families United, which fought for the 2004 voter initiative. Daubert’s former business, Montana Cannabis, was raided by federal agents in March 2011. Despite having worked closely with state and local law enforcement leaders throughout his involvement in marijuana production for state-legal patients, Tom was prevented from submitting a defense under federal law that his company complied with Montana’s medical marijuana law.
Although federal criminal law does not have an exception for the medical use of marijuana, a memo issued by the Department of Justice in 2009 indicated that federal interference in state medical marijuana laws would be a low priority. But the recent federal crackdown on medical marijuana growers shows a major shift from that federal drug policy starting in early 2011. Daubert was not charged under state law with any violation of Montana’s Medical Marijuana, only federal law.
Daubert’s former business partner, Richard Flor, died in federal custody. Flor sentenced to serve five years.