The Florence Federal Correctional Complex in Colorado features some of the worst criminals in the United States. Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and even Zacarias Moussaoui, an al Qaeda operative who was involved in 9/11, are all imprisoned there. And so is Aaron Sandusky, a man in prison for operating a LEGAL medical marijuana business.
Sandusky was sentenced in 2013 for conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana for running three medical marijuana dispensaries in California, which was 100 percent legal at the time. But that didn't matter to the Obama administration, who early on went after marijuana businesses and charged them under federal law.
Technically Sandusky is held in a lower security wing of the Florence Federal Correctional Complex than the terrorists mentioned, but he does work in the maximum security wing several days during the week.
Sandusky's fought his conviction ever since 2013, and he's gotten nowhere. But now he believes he may have finally found his savior in President Donald Trump.
Trump apparently loves his new clemency powers. He's granted it to nine people since taking office, including most recently 63-year-old Alice Johnson who was in prison for nonviolent drug offenses and was even denied clemency three times by the Obama administration.
Last month the Trump White House asked advocacy groups to submit names they believe deserve clemency. A non-profit that works to free people with nonviolent drug convictions, CAN-DO Foundation, submitted a list of 60 names that included Sandusky.
It doesn't appear that Sandusky is any more or less likely to receive clemency than anyone else on the list. But Sandusky and others are hoping that Trump will use his newfound admiration for pardons to make some wide-sweeping changes.
Let's just hope Jeff Sessions doesn't find out about this.
(h/t Huffington Post)