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Josh Rosenthal Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Charges Stemming From $6 Million Marijuana Bust


(“Alex, listen to me, you’re going to be alright. That weed you smoked was a new hybrid strain I’m working on. I call it…’The Nelmark‘.” / Photo via Getty)

Six months after pleading guilty to drug charges including conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute, MMA referee Josh Rosenthal has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison with no possibility of parole. MMAFighting.com confirmed the news with the office of Senior District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, who sentenced Rosenthal today in Oakland, California’s U.S. District Court. Rosenthal will also face three years of probation after being released from the clink.

In case you missed this story when it first broke, we’re not talking about a guy getting hassled for carrying a little weed. Rosenthal was secretly a big fish in the Bay Area marijuana-ecosystem, and owned a warehouse in Oakland containing over 1,300 marijuana plants. Federal agents raided the facility last year, putting the kibosh on an operation that was estimated to be worth $6 million.

Now, one of MMA’s most capable refs is heading to lockup. And yet Steve Mazzagatti is still at large. Just doesn’t seem fair, does it.

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BaghdadBob- July 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm
It would be the ref with all the tats, wouldn't it?
Barnaby Jones- July 4, 2013 at 10:43 am
*Anthropic
Barnaby Jones- July 4, 2013 at 10:43 am
@ Mrs. Anthorpic Troll:

Corporations do not set examples of "cool". Legal entities vs. people is a discussion that clearly shoots way above your capacity to comprehend.
Themod- July 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm
what Marcus implied I am shocked that a mom able to profit $6176 in a few weeks on the internet. have you read this webpage www.Blue46.com
Mr_Misanthropy- July 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm
@ Born a baby

Who says tax evasion isn't cool? The largest corporations and wealthiest people in America are pros at it.
CheckHisPee- July 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm
Taxes for what? The "War on Drugs"? Wake up! Most of the negative comments on here are just the bleating of sheep.
Barnaby Jones- July 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm
@Lex

Point taken. Tax evasion is not cool. Don't really have a choice though when you can't report your income for fearof jail time.
I'm at a moral road block here.

The amount of weed doesnt matter to me. Weed's A-ok as far as I'm concerned. But you're right, that six mil didn't contribute the way the rest of us had to.
macreadysshack- July 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm
Phatttousi - you stupid bastard. Don't you know satire is against the law?
macreadysshack- July 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm
Who gives a shit if he's carrying a gram or seven pounds? It's weed, bro. And I don't even smoke. At least I know it's because I've got issues and not because weed is Devil's Herb.
macreadysshack- July 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm
Mr Mrs ... You are going to need a shitload of water.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm
Whoa. I came here to party and post some comments but all the rage induced right wing rhetoric ruined my high. Fuck you guys, I'm going to go find a granola bar somewhere to deal with these hellacious munchies...
Thumblaster- July 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm
The govt. would just waste the money on some bullshit investigation or stupid fucking study conducted by "doctor" Rousey.
holeeball- July 2, 2013 at 6:18 pm
I don't think it should be smart for the guy to declare such profit to irs. besides, people are not magically stop buying drugs just because some faggot dealer went to jail. I'm sure there's more than a couple happy people thanking the cops for the void left in the market.
crappiefloper- July 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm
"Saturday night specials" shouldn't have been made illegal either, but they are.
Plain and simple, he owes the American Taxpayer cash money.
Oh and you new age ass clowning hipster liberal faggets can keep your pretentious hippy drum circle feel good circle jerking Utopia, I'll be working and kicking ass here in the real world.
BOOM!
CheckHisPee- July 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm
Let's just skip the fact that weed should'nt have been made illegal in the first place, if you knew the history of it, you'd know that. Knowing what we do about the police/media, what are we talking about here, a couple dime bags? LMAO Seriously though, I doubt it's even 1mil. in "street value".
Lex Talionis- July 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm
@ Barnaby "just for weed"? Just for 6 million dollars worth of weed you mean?? Aside from the tax evasion points already mentioned, Do you honestly believe you can run a 6 million dollar grow operation without breaking any other laws?
crappiefloper- July 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm
not that i would expect this crowd to back this, but 37 mnths for a 6 mill bust and 1300 plants? WTF? irregardless of where we all fall on the legality/morality of weed use, we should ALL be rightiously and royaly pissed at the fact that this fucktard failed to pay millions in tax revenue. thats taxes me and your poor ass has to pay, instead of Mr. Blackmarket. THATS what pisses me off, and i t should you too.... of course cali just gave some bitch who ground her husbands johnson into sausage,"life". she is elagable for parole in 7 yrs. thats 7. single digit then out on a life sentence. FOR GRINDING DICK SAUSAGE! like some crazy Amish dick sausage farmers market special.
Season of Fire- July 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm
Drug dealers are the scum of the earth. Good riddance.
Barnaby Jones- July 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm
37 months? Just for weed? Get your priorities straight, America.
Phattousai- July 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm
Boy I'm sure glad he's going away. I mean think of all the people that might have made the decision to smoke pot and completely ruin their lives. Not like going to prison for 37 months ruination but you know, whatever. Think of all those poor dumb bastards that we just saved from making the personal decision to get high, sit on their couch and play Xbox.

Liberals crying about the fact that there are 730 people in prison for every 100,000 Americans...I say that's not nearly enough! There's too much freedom in this country. If I had my way, every drug out there from Methamphetimines to Motrin would be illegal, the way Baby Jesus intended. But this should be expected from a country that refuses to make homo sex illegal. YOU ALL GET WHAT YOU DESERVE, HEATHENS!
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