Californians Will Spend Half a Million in Tax Money to Lock Up a Pot Offender

Aaron Sandusky was sentenced to ten years in prison for owning and operating three medical marijuana dispensaries in southern California. Despite complying with state laws, he got nabbed because of a competing federal ban on medical pot. District Court Judge Percy Anderson gave him the mandatory minimum sentence.

Since the annual living cost for California inmates is roughly $45,000 per person, the total cost of Sandusky’s ten-year incarceration sentence will amount to about $450,000 in today's dollars. That's in a state with the worst budget deficit in the country. Sound like a good use of money to you?

The price of incarceration in some states reaches as high as $50,000-$60,000 per person. And Sandusky's not the only man in America with such a case; check out three similar ones.

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