Seattle medical marijuana entrepreneur sentenced

December 20, 2012 8:28 a.m. - Updated: 8:31 a.m.

SEATTLE — A Seattle medical marijuana entrepreneur whose dispensaries were raided last year was sentenced Wednesday in federal court.

The 48-year-old Brionne Corbray avoided prison time and was sentenced to five years on probation and fined $25,000.

Corbray pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to deal drugs, based on undercover drug buys at his three dispensaries. They were raided along with his home in November 2011 when federal agents seized seven pounds of dried marijuana and $1,700.

The prosecutor said the dispensaries were clearly illegal under federal law. The defense lawyer said Corbray was operating in a gray area and should not bear the brunt of mixed messages from federal, state and local governments.

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