|Ohio pot distributor fails in discrimination claim|
|Written by By Associated Press|
|Thursday, 28 March 2013 07:01|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man charged with running a large marijuana distribution ring tried to convince a federal judge that he's a victim of discrimination because he lives in a state where pot is still illegal.
But U.S. District Judge Michael Watson didn't buy it, rejecting the argument last month. On Wednesday, he sentenced 34-year-old Antwane Rhodes to 10 years in federal prison.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/11N3dWZ ) says Watson noted that Rhodes, of Springfield, had pleaded guilty in September to the drug-conspiracy and money-laundering charges before he raised the discrimination claim.
Watson also wrote that when Rhodes was charged in June, marijuana was still illegal in the states that Rhodes mentions in his arguments — Washington and Colorado.
Rhodes said his arrest was a "humbling reality for me."
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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