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Owner of Mid-Michigan Compassion Club Gets Probation, Community Service

Posted at 8:17 PM, Nov 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-07 20:17:14-05

750px-MarijuanaGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The owner of the Mid-Michigan Compassion Club will not serve any jail time following a September guilty plea of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

David Overholt was sentenced Thursday to two years probation and 150 hours of community service in addition to paying court fines.  He must also close his store as part of the deal.

Overholt pleaded guilty Sept. 16 after a judge would not allow him to use his medical marijuana card to help in his defense of selling medical marijuana to patients and other caregivers.

“Everyone understands I’ve been open-window clear,” Overholt said. “What I do, how I do it and who I do it to. I’ve never had an agenda. It’s always been open to the public and open to the police.”

Police said he was going beyond his limits as a cardholder, though.

“Through our investigation, many people were being sold to far beyond the scope of what that caregiver (Overholt) provides,” said Grand Rapids Police Detective Jim Watson.