Southern Illinois Man Admits to Growing 100+ Pot Plants

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Daniel Fulkerson grew at least 100 of these
Daniel J. Fulkerson has confessed he grew lots of pot -- at least 100 plants, in fact, down in Gallatin County, Illinois.

The 39-year-old from Ridgeway pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to one count of manufacturing marijuana plants -- which he did between April and August of this year -- and another count of conspiracy to do so.

He'll be sentenced on April 11 at the U.S. Courthouse in Benton, Illinois, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Fulkerson could get anywhere from five to 40 years behind bars, a maximum of a $5 million fine, and at least four years (and maybe the rest of life) on supervised release.

Fulkerson has been held without bond since September, at which time the government sought to lock him up because he was "a danger to the community," according to court records.

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance under federal law -- in the same league as heroin, Ecstasy and peyote (at least in the government's eyes).

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He should have just laundered money for the Mexican drug cartels and a few terrorist organizations. Just eight or ten billion dollars worth - you know, enough to make it interesting. Then, when he got caught red-handed, he would only get a slap on the wrist, maybe lose five weeks worth of profit, and have some of his bonus withheld. Oh wait, that can't be right. The principals at HSBC gets no time, but some guy in Southern Illinois who grows a hundred plants (what's that work out to, maybe ten pounds altogether?) is looking at a lifetime of grief. Those scales of justice are just swell.    


@RiverfrontTimes yes & taxed so it costs $20 a joint! #losersusedrugs


Legalize it, Regulate it and Tax it.

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