- Thomas J. Franzen acquired 42lbs of cannabis-infused chocolate.
- His attorney called the judge “compassionate” in his sentencing of only 4 years after Franzen pled guilty.
Medical marijuana is known as a helpful treatment for patients that are undergoing cancer treatment, due to its healing properties and ability to stimulate hunger. Most states that have legalized medical marijuana will impose rules that determine how much someone is able to hold, which is often a few ounces at a time. However, one man did not believe that this would be enough, apparently.
According to reports from the Chicago Tribune, a man in Montgomery named Thomas J. Franzen, 37, has been diagnosed with cancer, and decided to make a major purchase to help him with his disease – a 42-pound back of chocolates, which have been infused with marijuana. As a result of his choices, the authorities have locked him up for the next four years, according to his lawyer.
Franzen decided to plead guilty to the charges, which gave him a reduced charge – possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis. This charge is a felony, which is an automatic 4 to 14 years, according to the court records in Kane County. More severe charges, included cannabis trafficking in February 2014, were dismissed by the prosecutors, which would have given Franzen 12 to 60 years in jail. Unfortunately for Franzen, the laws that legalized recreational marijuana in the state just one day after his actions.
The attorney for Franzen, David Camic, commented that the judge was compassionate about the sentencing, commenting that Franzen is “very relieved to have the case over.” Camic added,
“The judge was cognizant of his health and wanted to give him a break, but ultimately 40 pounds of cannabis is a large amount.”
According to the court petition that allowed an expert to evaluate Franzen to see if he was fit for trial, the defendant is diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer, which has already metastasized to the lungs and abdominal cavity. The defendant has previously had a reoccurrence of renal cell cancer, which happened within his right remaining kidney.
Franzen is scheduled to be back in court on June 14th, showing Judge Clint Hull his medical test results. At that hearing, the judge will decide when the prison term will begin . Camic spoke about his client, saying,
“He’s going through necessary medical treatment and hopefully he’s in a period of remission.” He added, “The judge was very kind to delay the sentencing because he will not receive the same level of care in prison that he’s receiving now.”