In February, HIghlands Ranch's Chris Bartkowicz showed off his home medical marijuana grow to Channel 9, after which he was promptly busted by the DEA -- an arrest that earned criticism from MMJ advocate Rob Corry and even Representative Jared Polis.
Despite such support, Bartkowicz reportedly planned to plead guilty in relation to the charges against him -- but last month, he changed his mind. That led to the U.S. Attorney's Office formally indicting Bartkowicz on three counts related to possession and intent to distribute marijuana. And the potential punishment if he's found guilty could be hefty.
Of course he intended to distribute the marijuana, he supplied the medical marijuana stores with product. Someone has to grow the stuff, it seems silly to me for the government to claim that selling the marijuana is not illegal if it is for MMJ patients, but growing it to supply the stores that sell it is illegal. What tangled webs the government creates when they interfere in commerce.