The president of a medical marijuana advocacy group said Friday he will remain in that position despite a judge’s order that he no longer use the drug.
Chris Lindsey was sentenced in Missoula to five years of probation and ordered not to use marijuana after pleading guilty to conspiracy to maintain a drug premises for his role in a dispensary raided in 2011.
Lindsey was one of four partners in Montana Cannabis, a dispensary with locations across the state that was raided in a federal crackdown on large pot operations.
Lindsey also is an attorney and president of the Montana Cannabis Industry Association, an advocacy group that filed a lawsuit against medical marijuana restrictions passed by the Legislature in 2011. The group also organized a voter referendum that failed to recall the law.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered Lindsey to undergo regular drug testing, complete 200 hours of community service, stay away from firearms and forfeit $288,000 in bank accounts held under the name Montana Caregivers Association.
Lindsey said he intends to remain as the head of Montana Cannabis Industry Association and has the blessing of its board.