Pot salesman sent to prison
December 9, 2004
A 44-year-old Verdi man who said he earns his living selling marijuana was sentenced Tuesday to up to four years in Nevada State Prison for sales of a controlled substance.
Eric Dewayne Rhodes was arrested June 30 at the Target parking lot in northern Douglas County after he sold a pound of marijuana for $4,000 to a drug informant. Rhodes had another two pounds in his possession.
“Mr. Rhodes doesn’t believe marijuana should be a crime,” said Reno lawyer John Oakes.
Rhodes told District Judge Dave Gamble that Gamble was making an “educated guess” when the judge said all the defendants who come before him for using cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine started with marijuana.”You are going to prison because of your commerce,” Gamble said. “Every time you sold it, you committed a felony.
“You say you’re not a drug user, you’re a pot smoker. Your task as a citizen is to abide by the laws.”
He ordered Rhodes to serve a minimum of 12 months before he is eligible for parole. Rhodes faced up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.