SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A former owner of two medical marijuana dispensaries was sentenced Monday to time already served -- more than 18 months behind bars -- for money laundering.
Ronnie Chang was facing 77 charges, including conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, when he took a plea deal last October, pleading guilty to a federal money laundering count. The defendant -- who was indicted in 2011 -- ran Club One in San Marcos and Extreme Holistic Care in Wildomar in Riverside County.
Chang's attorney, Michael McCabe, said his client "tried to do the right thing" in setting up the dispensaries but got some bad legal advice and ending up depositing $100,000 in marijuana store proceeds into his mother's account in an attempt to hide the source of the funds.
McCabe said Chang now wants to become a trucker.
"Mr. Chang wants to move on with his life," his attorney said.
Chang, 46, apologized to his mother and U.S. District Judge Michael Anello for his actions.
Recently released Justice Department guidelines do not make marijuana legal under federal law, but signal a shift in how the federal government will respond to growing support for marijuana in some states, including Washington and Colorado.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and -- shhh! -- holiday shopping were on tap for Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
The California Highway Patrol arrested 15 in San Diego County on suspicion of drunken driving, during the first night of its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
Your living room often becomes your work space if you work from home. If you have kids, the house can be even more chaotic. Well now, more women are able to take 10-15 steps out of their home and into their "she shed."
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving meals were provided to the needy around San Diego County Wednesday, one day ahead of the holiday.