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Federal Judge Releases Luke Scarmazzo, Who Was Imprisoned 14 Years For Running A Medical Marijuana D

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Luke Scarmazzo, who has served 14 years of a 22-year sentence in federal prison for operating a medical cannabis dispensary in California, is scheduled to be released Friday, Feb. 3 after winning his compassionate release case in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The petition was originally filed in 2019. Most recently he has been incarcerated at Yazoo City, MS-based FCI Yazoo City.

During the final days of the Trump Administration, Scarmazzo was told that he would be pardoned and released but was stymied at the last minute without explanation.