A cancer patient from Montgomery, Illinois, has been sentenced to four years in prison for ordering a 42-pound package of chocolate marijuana edibles to self-medicate. The day after he pleaded guilty, the state legalized recreational marijuana.
Thomas J. Franzen says he ordered 430 marijuana-infused chocolate bars from a California dispensary in 2014 in order to abate some of his symptoms, such as nausea. He pleaded guilty on May 30 to possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, which carries a prison term of four to 14 years.
Prosecutors dropped the more serious charge of trafficking over 5,000 grams of cannabis, which could have put Franzen behind bars for up to 60 years.
David Camic, Franzen’s attorney, praised the judge who presided over the case. “The judge was cognizant of his health and wanted to give him a break, but ultimately 40 pounds of cannabis is a large amount,” he tells the Chicago Tribune.