Former congressional aide who helped draft marijuana legalization to serve prison for pot

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A former California congressional aide and Democratic party organizer who helped draft marijuana legalization initiatives will now have to do prison time in Texas for transporting marijuana through Wichita County. 

Samuel Clauder, 66, was arrested in 2016 on U.S. 287 near Iowa Park for transporting seven duffle bags of marijuana bricks worth more than $1 million.

Clauder received a 10-year deferred probation sentence with the stipulation he would serve 60 days of the suspended sentence in the Wichita County Jail, but then he was charged with violating his probation by testing positive for marijuana when he checked in at the probation office a few months later.  

Friday, Judge Barney Fudge adjudicated Clauder’s sentence and ordered him to serve two-years in prison.

Clauder claimed on social media he was told by a probation officer he could use his medical marijuana when he got back to California. 

Friday, Clauder’s attorney played a recording Clauder said he secretly made and claims proves the probation officer gave him the “okay” to use medical marijuana back in California. He also played interviews of Clauder in California about the treatment he was receiving in court, in what Clauder described as this small backward Texas town.

Clauder claims Prosecutor Dobie Kosub is using his case to gain publicity in his campaign for judge, by being tough on crime and sending a well known liberal party activist to prison.

Clauder also criticized Judge Fudge for not allowing his service dog in court, though the dog has been in court in previous hearings. The dog was not seen in court today.

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