Chris Williams, a former medical marijuana provider in Montana, has been found guilty of all eight of his charges, including conspiracy to manufacture, possess, and distribute marijuana.
Williams was head of one of the largest medical marijuana providers in Montana, with a greenhouse containing 950 plants. The greenhouse was raided in March 2011 and Williams became the target of federal action.
During the case in federal court, Williams wasn’t allowed to argue that he was in compliance with Montana’s medical marijuana law.
US District Judge Dana Christensen agreed with the federal prosecutors who argued that it doesn’t matter whether Williams was following state law, because he was still violating the federal Controlled Substances Act. In cases relating to the CSA federal law trumps state law, according to the prosecutors.
Williams plans to appeal the ruling.