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Chris Williams

Medical marijuana grower Chris Williams

Medical marijuana grower Chris Williams

Medical marijuana grower Chris Williams was sentenced Friday to a mandatory five years on a federal gun charge, and time served on a marijuana charge.

February 02, 2013 9:19 amLoading…
Medical-marijuana grower gets 5 years in federal prison

Medical-marijuana grower gets 5 years in federal prison

MISSOULA — Calling certain mandatory minimum sentences “unfair and absurd,” a federal judge Friday sentenced medical marijuana grower Chris Williams to five years in prison — the least amount mandated for his federal gun conviction.

February 01, 2013 1:15 pmLoading…
Medical marijuana grower Williams to be sentenced despite new filing

Medical marijuana grower Williams to be sentenced despite new filing

MISSOULA - A last-minute flurry of activity surrounding the case of convicted medical marijuana grower Chris Williams did not halt Williams' scheduled sentencing in U.S. District Court in Missoula on Friday.

January 31, 2013 9:15 pmLoading…

Prosecutor recommends 10 years for ex-pot provider

HELENA — A prosecutor is recommending 10 years in prison for a former medical marijuana provider who struck a plea deal after he was convicted on eight drug and weapons charges.

January 15, 2013 12:43 pmLoading…

Former Griz QB Washington goes on trial on drug charges

MISSOULA — One of the last, and highest-profile, targets of a series of federal raids on medical marijuana businesses around Montana went on trial in U.S. District Court in Missoula on Monday.

January 14, 2013 6:42 pmLoading…
Donahoe asks to withdraw from Chris Williams marijuana case

Donahoe asks to withdraw from Chris Williams marijuana case

HELENA — The strange saga of Christopher Williams and his marijuana conviction took another twist Tuesday after his defense attorney Michael Donahoe filed a motion to withdraw from the case.

January 09, 2013 6:39 amLoading…
Montana Cannabis partner sentenced to probation

Montana Cannabis partner sentenced to probation

HELENA — The president of a medical marijuana advocacy group said Friday that he will remain in that position despite a judge's order that he no longer use the drug.

January 04, 2013 12:41 pmLoading…
Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Christopher Williams stands in front of the U.S. District Courthouse in Helena, where his trial was held.

November 25, 2012 8:10 pmLoading…
Support slim for pot provider's challenge of raids

Support slim for pot provider's challenge of raids

HELENA — A Montana medical marijuana provider staring down an 80-year prison sentence has become something of a martyr among pot advocates, but he's not finding much support for his constitutional challenge of the federal raids that landed him in jail.

November 25, 2012 2:36 pmLoading…

Online petitions seek to free Montana medical marijuana grower

Medical marijuana grower Chris Williams is seeking a new trial after being convicted in a federal drug and weapons case that carries the potential for a prison sentence of up to 92 years. He’s appealing, but his supporters aren’t waiting for the justice system.

November 23, 2012 8:00 amLoading…

Judge refuses convicted pot provider's release

HELENA — A judge has denied the temporary release of a convicted medical marijuana provider who faces a possible 92-year prison sentence.

November 15, 2012 1:38 pmLoading…

Convicted marijuana caregiver Williams painted as 'compassionate,' 'intimidating'

HELENA — As Chris Williams waited for a 12-member jury to decide his fate last month on eight marijuana-related charges, he was surprisingly calm for a man who knew he could be jailed for 85 years. He mentioned that he had taken a nap and was reading a book, “Ethics for a New Millennium” by …

October 28, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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Convicted medical pot provider asks for new trial

HELENA - A Helena medical marijuana provider convicted of eight federal drug and weapons crimes is asking a judge to set aside the jury's verdict and order a new trial.

October 12, 2012 3:32 pmLoading…

Medical pot verdict bodes ill for other providers

HELENA — Now that a jury has found a medical marijuana provider guilty of drug and weapons charges, there are just two people left who could challenge a two-year federal investigation into Montana's pot industry by going to trial.

September 28, 2012 3:00 pmLoading…
Medical marijuana provider convicted of drug trafficking

Medical marijuana provider convicted of drug trafficking

HELENA — A jury on Thursday convicted a medical marijuana provider of drug trafficking and firearms charges, upholding the U.S. government's raids of state-regulated pot dispensaries in its first test at trial.

September 27, 2012 6:04 pmLoading…

Jury weighs case against medical pot provider

HELENA - A jury was deliberating Thursday whether to convict a Helena medical marijuana provider of federal drug trafficking charges in the only trial from last year's U.S. government raids of Montana-regulated pot dispensaries.

September 27, 2012 8:23 amLoading…

DEA: Complaint of visible pot plants spurred probe

HELENA — The beginning of the end of Montana's once-booming medical marijuana industry came with a phone call from a citizen who was upset that hundreds of pot plants were in plain sight in a greenhouse near a busy roadway outside Helena.

September 25, 2012 2:03 pmLoading…
Partners testify against former Montana pot provider

Partners testify against former Montana pot provider

HELENA - The only Montana medical marijuana provider to reject a deal with the government after his business was raided in last year's federal crackdown appeared at trial Monday with two former partners who did make deals testifying against him.

September 24, 2012 5:55 pmLoading…
Ex-medical marijuana provider can't claim entrapment in drug case

Ex-medical marijuana provider can't claim entrapment in drug case

HELENA — A former medical marijuana provider who goes to trial Monday over last year's federal crackdown will not be allowed to claim that government officials entrapped him by making statements that led him to believe he would not be prosecuted.

September 24, 2012 7:20 amLoading…

18 months later, grim times for ex-pot providers

HELENA — When federal agents raided 26 Montana medical marijuana provider homes, businesses and warehouses in March 2011, prominent among those targeted were the owners of Montana Cannabis.

September 09, 2012 2:35 pmLoading…

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