MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a request by a former medical marijuana provider to be released from probation early so he could rebuild his career and visit his ailing mother without travel restrictions.
Thomas Daubert, a lobbyist and consultant who helped draft Montana’s 2004 medical marijuana ballot initiative, was a founder of a medical marijuana business that was shut down during a statewide crackdown in 2011. In September 2012, Daubert was sentenced to five years on probation for maintaining a drug-involved premises.
Last month, Daubert asked for his probation to be lifted so he could rebuild his career and tend to his ailing mother without travel restrictions.
Attorney Peter Lacny said Daubert has paid his extensive fines in full and had gone far and above the community service component of his sentence by writing multiple grants for local nonprofits.
“We felt that with what Tom had done and his need to travel. … We thought it would be appropriate to end it,” Lacny told the Missoulian in a story published Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1hqBFvh).
“The ailing health of defendant’s mother, while unfortunate, does not warrant complete termination of probation because defendant can easily satisfy the conditions of his probation while caring for his mother,” Christensen wrote.
Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com