A Kalispell contractor who rented and maintained property to a medical marijuana business has been sentenced to a year in prison. Jonathan Janetski will likely serve about ten months.
Janetski leased his Kalispell property before the legislature tightened Montana's medical marijuana law. When that happened, and the business was raided, Janetski found himself in legal trouble.
Federal law trumped Montana's controversial backed state law. The contractor pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug involved premises, but he said he had no ties to the growing operation.
The prosecution said Janetski wasn't just a landlord, that he didn't take money for rent for a year, and that he was an equal partner.
Judge Donald Molloy said he doesn't think the business was legitimate, but he called Janetski a contributing member of his community, with a good work ethic. Janetski had no criminal record.
The contractor told the judge he takes responsibility, but he said he didn't know that he was doing wrong. The men who ran the business received similar sentences.