Today, a North Michigan man, Don Koshmider, was sentenced to 13 – 180 months in prison for selling cannabis to a medical marijuana patient. That patient was an informant for the Michigan State Police. In exchange for his crime of selling heroin, the informant was given clemency, issued a State cannabis card and agreed to buy medical marijuana from State registered grower, Don Koshmider.
Mr. Koshmider was aggressively targeted for his political activism in support of Michigan’s medical marihuana act [see photo]. Prosecutors, state and local law enforcement, even the media, all aided in the arrest, conviction and today’s sentence.
Fellow activist, Chad Morrow has updated the cannabis community throughout Don’s trial. Chad explains, through his Facebook page how the jury was forbidden from learning evidence that showed Mr. Koshmiders legal status to use, grow and sale the medicine. Jurors were not made aware the informant (and witness) at Don’s trial traded his testimony for the dismissal of heroin selling charges and had a medical patient card.
Society will not benefit from today’s sentencing but the court system sent a warning to citizens. Michigan State Police let a heroin dealer walk free while sending a legal grower to prison for 15 years [the prosecutor tried for a life sentence].