NOTICE: Due to an inordinate amount of work preparing for my sentencing hearing, ClubFed will not air the weekend of February 9th and 10th but will return the following week. Thanks for tuning in!
The Life of Sparky Rose, once California's largest medical cannabis provider. Now a federal statistic.
My name is Sparky Rose and I'm waiting to be sentenced to federal prison for running and owning California's largest medical marijuana company. I have no idea how long I'll be out, but until then I will routinely broadcast my life, tell my story, introduce you to Oscar (my dog), answer questions about cannabis, and do whatever else comes to mind. Have fun as that's what I'm going to try to do until my case is over.
Quick Hits: Age: 37 Location: Oakland, CA Hometown: Washington, DC Occupation: Design/Animation Status: Divorced
Is Sparky your real name? Yes.
Who is Oscar? My dog. He's an Alaskan Malamute/German Shepherd. He's hella cute.
Are you really going to federal prison? Odds are, yes. There is a slim chance I could get probation, house arrest, or something like that.
When were you arrested? October 3rd, 2006 @ 10am PST
What were you charged with? Two counts of maintaining a drug-involved premesis and thirteen counts of promotional money laundering.
Money laundering? You should have paid your taxes!! Ask me about that when I'm on. All income was reported, all taxes paid. Money laundering is a very broad charge.
When is your trial? I elected to forego a trial and plead guilty instead to spare my family the financial and emotional distress.
So, you're just a guilty drug dealer? Again, ask me for clarification, but what I did was 100% legal in the state of California, however cannabis remains federally scheduled and federally illegal. So yes, in the eyes of the federal government, I'm just another drug dealer. And yes, in federal court, I'm as guilty as they come.
I checked out your blog. It hasn't been updated for over a year! I know...my bad...honestly, very little has happened with respect to my case since I got out on bail. On top of that, it takes a lot of effort to deal with a federal case, recover from having all of your assets seized, and find a decent job after your arrest made headlines across the Bay Area. In short. No time. But I plan to pick it up again soon.
While I'm not doing this in order to go out there and beg for money, lots of people I meet always ask how they can help because there is just a bit of injustice associated with my case. Shortly I'll be posting 3 separate Chipin widgets if you want to make any sort of donations. Each widget directs your kind donation where you want.
Legal:::Any funds given here will go directly to my legal defense fund. Any monies that remain will be donated to Rural Area Medical Services (RAVS), part of the Humane Society that provides free veterinary services and training in rural areas that desperately need it. If you are interested in donating directly to RAVS, let me know and I'll give you the appropriate information.
Oscar:::Should I be sentenced to prison, I need to provide for my dog, Oscar. I've set up a fund for him should just such a situation come to fruition. Should I not be sentenced to prison, this money will be donated to RAVS (see above).
Sparky:::Chipping in here means you're just sliding me some cash for whatever I want. While it could (and likely would) go to legal bills or Oscar's fund, it could go to a new pair of shoes, my DSL bill, or lunch for a homeless guy. No strings attached.
Beer:::East Coast Vegas has his wine and I have my beer. If I'm broadcasting, I'm probably drinking a beer. Wanna buy me a cold one? This is the place.