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  • American Cannabis Report Editorial Staff

Cannabis Consultant Gets Off

A South Dakota jury on Wednesday cleared a consultant of drug charges after he helped an American Indian tribe grow marijuana for a pot resort that the tribe once hoped would include a nightclub, an outdoor music venue and bring in millions of dollars.

It took the jury two hours to reject state charges against Monarch America CEO Eric Hagen of "conspiracy to possess, possession by aiding and abetting and attempted possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana" Cannabis is illegal in South Dakota and the possession charge carried a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and $30,000 fine.

Many believe that the case was never really about Eric Hagen, but rather that politically motivated State representatives, including Attorney General Marty Jackley who is running for governor in 2018, and Assistant Attorney General Bridget Mayer, brought the suit as a way to demonstrate State dominance over tribal authority.

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