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Medical marijuana advocate pleads guilty

A medical marijuana advocate arrested on felony drug dealing charges has pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor.

Darren J. McCrea, 43, was given a suspended jail sentence and credited for two days already served. He was a given a suspended $5,000 fine, will be on probation for two years and is prohibited from selling marijuana under any circumstances.

McCrea, a medical marijuana patient and founder of the support group SpoCannabis, originally was charged with seven drug-related felonies for distributing marijuana to other medical marijuana prescription holders.

Police searched his home in 2008 and found 5 pounds of pot and $32,000. Spokane County prosecutors say Washington's medial marijuana law allows pot caretakers to distribute only to one person. McCrea pleaded guilty in Spokane County District Court last week to misdemeanor solicitation to commit delivery of a controlled substance.

His lawyer, David Miller, said the resolution was fair “under the current state of law.”

“I think that one day we will look back at these times and look at them as we do the prohibition days,” Miller said.