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5/9/2013 6:00:00 AM
Second marijuana grow defendant sentenced
Brandon Militello
Brandon Militello
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Brandon Militello, the man who was arrested in a marijuana grow operation along with Trent Salem, the son of Kingman Mayor John Salem, this week received the same sentence as his co-defendant did two weeks ago.

According to defense attorney Bryan Whitney, Militello, 20, was sentenced to 21 days in the Mohave County jail and three years probation.

Both men had valid medical marijuana cards when they were arrested, but the four-plus pounds of cultivated marijuana, half-pound of hashish and dozens of pot plants police recovered far exceed the law's limits on what a cardholder can possess.

The law allows cardholders to possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana and up to 12 plants.

Originally charged with felony counts of cultivation of marijuana, Militello pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Like Salem, if he successfully completes his probation his conviction will be labeled a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Judge Derek Carlisle, who also sentenced Salem, indicated at the time he would have sentenced the men to prison a few years ago, but the medical marijuana law and society's evolving attitude toward the drug compelled him to sentence the men in line with "the will of the people."

Militello's father, William Militello, 46, was later arrested in relation to the grow operation. The elder Militello also has a valid medical marijuana card. He has not entered into a plea agreement, according to Whitney.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Article comment by: @ saw it coming

I wonder where all that alcohol and tobacco is going too! Americans sure like their drugs a nation of drug abusers, right? Let's put them ALL in jail! What say you? I don't know about you but I'm all giddy just thinkin about tent cities in Golden Valley full of Arizonans who can't refrain from the demon's rum and other such intoxicants! They should be staying at home praying like the rest of us good Americans.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: its not noneya

Reasons people have Marijuana cards frankly is NONE OF YOUR business. Let me read over your medical records and make a judgement on YOUR health.

I cant believe we have people so stupid to even Think my medical records are their business.

Mined your own business nosey.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: saw it coming

The Daily Miner supported so-called "medical" marijuana back in 2010, and would not print anything opposing it. Responsible editorial pages will print an opposing view they didn't. That's how badly they wanted it to pass. Now that it turns out most of the pot is going to drug abuse, they should be calling for repeal. or at the very least, apologizing.

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: @ Some will...

The individual's need is no one's business. That is between the patient and their physician. Hoping for a provision that patients must share their ailment with their local newspaper reporters or even the police?

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Legalize Already

Why would anyone who cares about health issues or keeping the drug out of the hands of children support prohibitionist policies that place the responsibility for the production and distribution of the substance into the hands of criminal predators via the black market?

Criminalization isn't a moral or rational response to this issue. The control and regulation afforded under legalization is.

Let's do the right thing folks and legalize the drug already!

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: Some Will Ruin it for Those in Need

The reason for them holding cards would be a valid question the Miner article should have answered.

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: Nothing Like Irresponsible Statements

Just nobody - do research so you can correct your statement, "...damaging drugs like marijuana"

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

Those that criticize Marijuana and Hemp are just ignorant of the many uses for thousands of years. Everything can be abused. Wake up, it's 1776. Much more important issues in the world today that weed growing and consumption. It's just another seed bearing plant as described in Genesis.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: No Nonsense

Arizona's medical marijuana program is a joke. Just like California's. Anybody who wants a card gets one from one of several doctors who will write a recommendation for anybody who pays his fee. The biggest joke of all? The health department officials who haplessly serve as pawns for the dispensary owners. Everybody knows pot isn't medicine. Everybody knows it is harmful and addictive. So somebody please remind me why our HEALTH department is running this crazy program that sets up kids like Brandon in the marijuana business. If this were being run out of any other state department, the HEALTH department would be going after this fraud that is endangering public health and safety.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“…just look at the way people drive, or act and tell me its NOT abused.”

Uhh, those would be drunks driving and a acting out under the influence of the drug alcohol.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Welcome to Arizona (cough, cough).

I bet the ten degree temperature difference in Needles, California is looking like not such a big deal to these defendants or to anyone else looking for a little common sense in medical cannabis policy.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Still Disgusted.... in Kingman

How about if you folks do a little homework on the subject before you start a rant!!

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: here's how

You go into the smoke shop and they have you skype with a doctor in india, you tell him about your illness and he faxes you your medical card. The fees are divided between the doctor and the smoke shop..stupid huh!!

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: jack a lope

just how easy is is to get a card. im stressed after work and need something to ease that.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

I would like someone to answer my question?? Why do these (3) men qualify to have a medical marijuana card? It seems to me there has to be some valid reason!! Just wanting to smoke pot and having a license .... isn't one!! It also would be interesting to know who is the doctors that are writing the prescriptions.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

Its very obvious marijuana cards ARE handed out easily, and for no apparent reason,
seems like everyone has one, and whether they need it or not.
I'm guessing this marijuana card deal is a joke!
we do not allow people to make their own antibiotics , why encourage them to make known damaging drugs like marijuana?
I'm sure all you pro marijuana abusers will speak up, but it is what it is!
just look at the way people drive, or act and tell me its NOT abused.

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