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HexRei 04-17-2013 01:11 PM

Ref Josh Rosenthal pleads guilty to marijuana charges
 
http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...marijuana-case

Veteran MMA referee Josh Rosenthal awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute.

One year ago, federal agents raided an Oakland, Calif., warehouse owned by Rosenthal and an associate that contained 1,356 marijuana plants, according to a copy of the agreement, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) obtained from the U.S. District Attorney's office in Oakland.

The drug's street value was estimated at more than $6 million.

Rosenthal is due in U.S. District Court on May 17. The government is recommending 37 months in jail, fines and five years of probation, during which he would be subject to random searches, according to the agreement. Without a deal, he faced 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a minimum of five years' probation.

However, the court ultimately will decide Rosenthal's sentence.

Rosenthal, who agreed to a plea deal in January, did not respond to request for comment. His lawyer of record, Ted W. Cassman, was unavailable for comment.

A jiu-jitsu practitioner and martial artist, Rosenthal has officiated dozens of high-profile bouts in the UFC, including a heavyweight title fight at UFC 116 between then-champ Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin. The Nevada State Athletic Commission chose Rosenthal after Lesnar and UFC officials objected to veteran ref Steve Mazzagatti getting the assignment.

After the fight, UFC President Dana White praised Rosenthal's restraint in the bout's first round, when Carwin unleashed a flurry of punches upon the downed Lesnar. The now-retired Lesnar went on to win the bout via second-round submission.

As of late, Rosenthal has been conspicuously absent from major MMA events. Earlier this month, he gave an interview to website BloodyElbow.com in which he said his absence was the result of a staph infection. He said he would be officiating an event in May and made no mention of legal trouble.

OU 04-17-2013 01:14 PM

Daaaaaaamn that's alotta weed!

Joabbuac 04-17-2013 03:27 PM

Ill miss him, he is one of the good refs as far as stoppages go...

He has missed some sure but he has also made some great decision not to step in when others would like in the Brock-Carwin fight and the great Rua-Henderson fight.

LL 04-17-2013 06:42 PM

After he nearly let Weidman kill Munoz I don't think his presence will be missed as much.


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RagingDemonMZ 04-17-2013 09:58 PM

that is a shitton of weed but its still just weed its not harmful for you so who gives a shit. I ****in hate america for making it illegal.

SideWays222 04-17-2013 11:18 PM

Josh Rosenthal pleads guilty to owning 6million$ worth of Marijuana
 
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Well-known MMA referee Josh Rosenthal has been a part of some of the UFC's most famous bouts, including Brock Lesnar's championship win over Shane Carwin and Dan Henderson's Fight of the Year win over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Now, it turns out he was also part of an illegal drug operation.
In a story that could have been the plot of the show "Weeds," Rosenthal plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana. He and an associate owned a warehouse that kept 1,356 marijuana plants with a street value of $6 million. According to MMA Junkie, he could spend more than three years in prison:
The government is recommending 37 months in jail, fines and five years of probation, during which he would be subject to random searches, according to the agreement. Without a deal, he faced 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a minimum of five years' probation.
The court will ultimately decide Rosenthal's fate. He is scheduled to appear on May 17.
Rosenthal was once a mainstay on the UFC refereeing rotation, but hasn't been in the cage recently as he healed from a staph infection. Though referees are assigned by state commissions, not the UFC, Rosenthal had earned the praise of UFC president Dana White for his role in the Lesnar-Carwin bout.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-ca...3049--mma.html

Ayy Karambaa

xxpillowxxjp 04-17-2013 11:29 PM

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Originally Posted by RagingDemonMZ (Post 1992202)
that is a shitton of weed but its still just weed its not harmful for you so who gives a shit. I ****in hate america for making it illegal.

People never get killed or robbed over weed either huh?

Idc about self usage but when you have 6 mil worth in a warehouse you are asking for it

HexRei 04-17-2013 11:38 PM

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Originally Posted by xxpillowxxjp (Post 1992370)
People never get killed or robbed over weed either huh?

Only because the fact that its illegal makes it inherent black market. Alcohol is far more addictive, but people almost never rob or kill someone for a bottle of liquor, because the trade operates in the open and is regulated and legal. Drug prohibition actually creates the crime surrounding it.

dudeabides 04-17-2013 11:39 PM

Man, that's a bummer.

Canadian Psycho 04-17-2013 11:39 PM

Welp, there goes one of few good referees.


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