Macosko wants to set precedent |

Macosko wants to set precedent

by Timothy Bowman

Well-known South Shore medical marijuana distributor Matt Macosko is expected back in court Monday.

An 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing is set for Macosko, who was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and transportation of marijuana.

If Macosko is found guilty, he could face three years in state prison.

Macosko was arrested April 11 after mailing a package containing a quarter-pound of marijuana to a medical marijuana patient in Kentucky. The package never reached the intended recipient and was returned to Macosko’s South Lake Tahoe address.

A postal inspector became suspicious of the package and discovered it contained marijuana. The South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team was notified.

SLEDNET allowed the package to be returned to Macosko’s address and waited for him to pick it up. When Macosko retrieved the package, law enforcement arrested him. Authorities found the marijuana in addition to $10,550 cash on Macosko.

Macosko’s bail was set at $250,000, but Judge Suzanne Kingsbury released him on his own recognizance, citing the ambiguity of medical marijuana laws and the probability Macosko would return to stand trial.

Macosko said he wants to use his case to set legal precedents allowing distribution of medical marijuana through the mail.

Macosko is being represented by attorney Dave Rogers from the El Dorado County Public Defender’s Office.

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