The owner of a Morro Bay pot dispensary who emerged as a key figure in the national debate over medical marijuana was sentenced to one year and one day in prison Thursday by a federal judge in Los Angeles, a relatively lenient sentence compared with the five years prosecutors were seeking.
After court, he told reporters he was "a little bit disappointed" that he had been given prison time.
"I don't think I should be a convicted felon for doing things that the state of California and the city of Morro Bay told me I could do to help people in our area," Lynch said.
Nonetheless, he said he thought Wu "showed a lot of compassion" in opting for the more lenient sentence.
"The government tried to make me the Pablo Escobar of medical marijuana, and the judge saw past that," Lynch said, referring to the Colombian drug lord who ran the Medellin cartel.