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Medical pot providers sentenced on drug charges

Associated Press Published: November 9, 2012
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two former Belgrade medical marijuana providers have been sentenced after pleading guilty to federal drug manufacturing and money laundering charges.

Randy and Stephanie Leibenguth's Montana Cannabis Ministry was among the medical marijuana operations raided by federal agents in a March 2011 crackdown.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen sentenced Randy Leibenguth to three months in prison followed by nine months of home arrest. He has been ordered to forfeit $50,000 and perform 150 hours of community service.

Stephanie Leibenguth, whose last name is now Gibson, won't serve any prison time but she also must perform 150 hours of community service and forfeit $50,000.

The pair previously pleaded guilty to manufacture of marijuana and money laundering.