Conviction affirmed for Michigan marijuana dispensary owner serving 15-year prison term –

CINCINNATI, OH — A Michigan man’s federal conviction for marijuana-related charges was affirmed last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Danny Trevino, 49, of Lansing, is serving 15 years and eight months in prison after he was found guilty on five counts of maintaining a drug-involved premise, as well as multiple counts of manufacturing, distributing, possessing with intent to distribute and possessing an excess of 100 plants of marijuana.

Trevino appealed his conviction and sentence to the United States Court of Appeals, which affirmed the conviction in a July 30 opinion.

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Trevino owned Hydroworld dispensaries in Grand Rapids, Flint, Jackson, Lansing and elsewhere and had previously avoided state criminal and civil penalties.

Family members and pro-marijuana activists were upset at the length of Trevino’s prison sentence. However, the appeals court found the sentence was at the low end of the suggested length. The opinion also said a sentence length was needed that would “promote respect for federal drug laws.”

Trevino had an attitude of “defiance” of federal law during the trial, the opinion said.

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