Medical Marijuana Super Grower Takes Plea

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 13, 2014 · 0 comments

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Yan Eybam, an Oakland super grower, is taking a plea deal for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana as part of a corporate venture.


In October 2011, Eybam’s growing operation was busted when federal authorizes found 2,168 plants at one facility and 3,105 plants at another. The large-scale operations were a violation of state and federal law. Eybam is accused of persuading two Sutter County farmers to convert their greenhouse operations from Heirloom tomatoes to medical marijuana. He also rented space at a California wholesale floral company, where he planned to grow another estimated 1,000 marijuana plants.


Although the Justice Department pledged in 2009 not to go after medical marijuana operations that were in compliance with state law, a series of busts were conducted in 2011 to weed out large-scale operations that were in violation of medical marijuana laws.


Eybam’s plea deal means he will serve somewhere between 6 and 8 years in prison. He goes to sentencing in October 2014. Under federal law, he would have received 10 years to life and up to a $10 million fine without a deal.


California’s Proposition 215 limits medical marijuana growers to 6 adult plants or 12 immature plants per patient. The rules stipulate that since growers are considered “caregivers” under medical marijuana laws, they can grow up to the limit for each patient, but large operations can’t conceivably serve as “caregivers.” Most California cities have regulations limiting even large cooperatives to 99 plants in total, no matter how many patients they serve.


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