go to MSN.com
Found April 17, 2013 on 5thRound.com:

Via 5thRound.com:

Looks like Josh Rosenthal won’t be celebrating 4/20 this year. It appears Rosenthal’s MMA refereeing career may have gone up in smoke after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute.

According to court documents obtained by MMAJunkie on Wednesday, Rosenthal was arrested last year on felony charges after authorities raided an Oakland, California warehouse owned by Rosenthal and an associate and confiscated 1,356 marijuana plants.

The street value of the weed was roughly $6 million.

Rosenthal initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in October, but changed his tune in January as part of a plea agreement.

Under terms of the deal, prosecutors are recommending 37 months in jail, fines and five years of probation, during which he would be subject to random searches. Without the plea, Rosenthal faced 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a minimum of five years probation.

Rosenthal is scheduled for sentencing May 17.

Quite a sticky icky predicament for one of MMA’s top refs. 

 

More from 5thRound.com:
2 Comments:
  • his warehouse is in the wrong state. stupid that the stuff is not legal. what better way to paid the taxes for this country.
  • This is criminal not the marijuana. There are dispensaries and delivery stores all over my area in Sacramento and the entire state,somebody has to grow it, it is not that many plants really considering demand for the legal product! The only reason 1500 plants are worth $ 6million dollars is because it was illegal! Imagine if watermelons or apples were illegal, they would be $50 an apple too,an orchard would sound like a billion dollar enterprise! I can see if there was tax dodging but that is not mentioned here and certainly would have had stiffer consequences, 3 years of a mans life in a prison for this non violent alleged offense is what offends me as an American. Try sitting in a closet with a light bulb on alone for 23 hours and for 1 hour MAYBE let yourself walk around the back yard 30 times in circles and go back to your closet.
    Oh yes, there are homicidal killers, serial killers, sociopaths, the dregs of the earth there that do belong there and they want to rape you too!Is this what we want? What in the world did he do to deserve to be destroyed?
    The set up of if you assert your rights you must be penalized is anti American and makes many criminals out of those who are not but unwilling to roll the dice on a potential lifetime sentence! or even 10 yrs, he should be able to go to trial knowing if he loses he has the punishment initially offered by the DA, This is a brave soul who would ever assert their rights in this scenario no matter how innocent you were!
    This sickens and saddens me.
THE BACKYARD
MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Colts offer $500K for predicting temperature at all 2014 games

The Indianapolis Colts are offering fans the chance to win $500,000. Unfortunately, the likelihood of doing so is extremely slim to none.From now through August 7 at 12:01 p.m. ET, fans can guess the kickoff temperature for all four preseason and 16 regular-season games, along with whether the roof will be open for the team’s home games.  Anyone who nails all 30 variables will...
Via Bush League Chronicle
1 hour ago

Report: Rockets targeting Rondo in trade after losing out on Bosh

Despite failing to secure Chris Bosh’s services, the Houston Rockets are not finished trying to make moves this summer. With Bosh spurning the Rockets to re-sign with the Miami Heat, the Rockets have turned their attention to Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported Monday. It is unclear what, if any, assets the Rockets have that might interest the...
Via NESN.com
53 minutes ago

Bernard Pollard: Broncos cut off hot water in showers after game

The NFL has seen the likes of SpyGate, BountyGate, and, most recently, PlaybookGate. Allow Bernard Pollard to introduce ShowerGate. In comments made to ESPN.com, the Titans' veteran safety accused the Broncos of turning off the hot water after last year's matchup at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. “You know the hot water was working before the game, then all...
Via Helmet2Helmet
15 hours ago

Dan Gilbert opens up about secret meeting with LeBron

Dan Gilbert talked about his secret meeting he had with LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert probably feels like he is on cloud nine right now with the recent news of LeBron James coming back to Cleveland. But this feeling of euphoria took four long years to experience along with no communication between the two. “The Decision,” certainly wasn’t LeBron’s finest...
Via Pass The Pill
12 hours ago

Heat re-sign Mario Chalmers

Mario Chalmers has re-signed with the Heat moments after Miami acquired Luol Deng, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The Heat are interested in Eric Bledsoe, and would like to re-sign Chris Andersen. They have also signed Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts this off-season. Chalmers, 28, averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 assists... The post Mario Chalmers Re-Signs With Miami Heat appeared first...
Via Hoops-Nation
15 hours ago

Bulls re-sign Kirk Hinrich

Posted to Runnin' With Da BullsThe Chicago Bulls chose to bring back veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich as he re-signed today. Kirk Hinrich has re-signed with the Bulls, per source. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 13, 2014 Hinrich, who has spent nine of his 12 NBA season here in Chicago, will fill the role of back-up to Derrick Rose. Hinrich is nearing the end of a solid...
Via Sports Mockery
17 hours ago

Phil Jackson has funny reaction to Pau Gasol signing with Bulls

PHOTO COURTESY: MADDIE MEYER/GETTY IMAGES VIA NY DAILY NEWS New Knicks president Phil Jackson has had a busy off season so far with the recruitment of Carmelo Anthony.  Despite making it seem like all the eggs were in the Melo basket, he had his eyes on other targets as well and cleverly showed his disappointment after missing out on one this weekend. Pau Gasol played under Phil...
Via New York Sports-Kings
14 hours ago

Report: Rockets get Trevor Ariza in sign-and-trade

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with Trevor Ariza, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. He will replace Chandler Parsons as the starting forward for the Rockets. Ariza’s contract will decline per season. He will first make $8.6 million, then $8.2 million, $7.8 million, and finally... The post Rockets Sign Trevor Ariza appeared first on Hoops-Nation.
Via Hoops-Nation
1 day ago

Report: Rockets to let Chandler Parsons sign with Mavs

Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Houston Rockets won’t match Dallas’ offer sheet for Chandler Parsons. Houston will not match the $46M Dallas offer sheet for Chandler Parsons, league source tells Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2014 The Rockets declined to match a three-year, $46 million offer...
Via The Sideline
16 hours ago

Report: Braves suspend Dan Uggla after he's late to game

getty images The Atlanta Braves have suspended second baseman Dan Uggla for one game without pay. That is just over $80,000 for those doing the math at home. Uggla’s suspension comes after he was extremely tardy. The Braves have not been using Uggla much as he has just 18 trips to the plate since the end of May. The veteran second baseman is hitting just .162/.241/.331 on the...
Via Tireball.com
18 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.