GENEVA, Ill. — A Chicago cancer patient who ordered THC-infused chocolates has been sentenced to four years in prison, the Associated Press reported.
Thomas J. Franzen pleaded guilty to possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, which is a felony carrying a sentence ranging from probation to up to 15 years in prison, the AP said. The 37-year-old ordered a 42-pound package of THC chocolates from a California dispensary in 2014 to self-medicate, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The Sun-Times said prosecutors dropped more serious charges of drug trafficking in "recognition of the seriousness of Mr. Franzen's medical condition."
Franzen's defense attorney said he has stage 4 cancer and was using the candy to relieve symptoms like nausea.
The Sun-Times reported officers later searched Franzen's home after the chocolates were intercepted and found cocaine, more than 100 additional grams of marijuana and other items.
Franzen returns to court June 14 to present new medical test results and to find out when he will begin serving his prison term.
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