Cancer patient who ordered 42 pounds of THC chocolates gets 4 years in prison


A Montgomery man who, according to his attorney, ordered a 42-pound package of THC-infused chocolates from a California dispensary to self-medicate as he battled cancer, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Thomas J. Franzen, 37, of the 900 block of Harmony Drive, recently pleaded guilty in Kane County court to a reduced charge of possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, a felony that carried a prison term of four to 15 years but also was eligible for probation, according to Kane County court records.

Defense attorney David Camic said prosecutors showed “compassion” in dismissing the most severe charge of cannabis trafficking after authorities said in February 2014 they intercepted a 42-pound package from a California dispensary containing 430 individually foil-wrapped marijuana chocolates.

The felony charge of cannabis trafficking of more than 5,000 grams carried a prison term of 12 to 60 years with no chance of probation. The penalties were heightened because of the weight of drugs

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