Look at the justice system actually making sense. Edwin Schmieding, a 61-year-old Michigan resident who was busted with 8,000 marijuana plants on his farm in 2011, was sentenced to probation rather than jail time. Schmieding and his wife were eager to join Michigan's medical marijuana business, even though growing it is still illegal to grow it in large quantities.
Schmiedling's friends and family sent U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman detailing his kindness. Clearly, Friedman was moved: "This is one that most screams out: This man deserves a break," he said in court. Rather than lock Scmiedling up for years, Friedman sentenced him to two years probation. If only all judges in similar cases could be that fair.