Mark Priester Gets Four Years for Pot Possession

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney:


Mark Priester

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Mark J. Priester, 39, pled guilty to Possession of Over 5,000 grams of Cannabis, a Class 1 Felony, before the Honorable James Cowlin.

On March 31, 2017, a search warrant was conducted on Priester’s residence in Cary.

Approximately 6,333 grams of cannabis were located in the residence.

Priester was sentenced to 4 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections pursuant to the plea.

This case was investigated by members of the Illinois State Police Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group.

This case was prosecuted by Robert Ladd of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.


Mark Priester Gets Four Years for Pot Possession — 5 Comments

  1. Dumb. What a waste of taxpayer dollars.

    Legalize it. Regulate it. Tax it.

  2. 6,333 grams is 14 pounds.

    The proposal is to legalize possessing 14 pounds of cannabis?

    Would be helpful to know if that 14 pounds is in its raw form or has been processed (dried, trimmed, etc.)

  3. **The proposal is to legalize possessing 14 pounds of cannabis?**

    No, and I didn’t say it was.

    Proposals in Springfield legalize, regulate and tax it. Just like with alcohol.

    This will largely take the pot off the back market and into the legal market.

    Why would someone buy pot from an illegal dealer instead of a legal seller?

  4. He pled guilty to possession.

    Legalizing marijuana will not stop people from illegally possessing marijuana.

    There is a grey market for marijuana in Colorado.

    There are many reasons why one would by marijuana from an illegal dealer, starting with money.

    Lack of understanding of that is one reason it should not be legal now.

    What do Illinois residents wan is another reason.

    Drive own the street, how many joint outlets does one want to pass.

    Look at all the video gaming outlets now.

    One can find them in lots of establishments that were in business before the video gaming act passed.

    The main reason given to pass video gaming, was terminals were already being used illegally.

    Well, a lot of establishments that have gaming terminals now, either were in business without machines, or were not in business at all, when video gaming passed.

    Just as we now see all the video gaming outlets, do we want to see lot of pot outlets.

    Some people do not mind, others do, but there is a lot to think about before passing such legislation, as Colorado has discovered.

    And California will discover in 2018.

    Where will Illinois government get all the money it needs for pensions, bonds, past due bills, retiree healthcare, and future pay and benefit hikes.

    Would be little surprise if legal marijuana and a Chicago Casino plus other forms of gambling are in store.

    But that will not be enough money either.

    Will be so much fun to see how this shakes out.

    Relax and smoke a joint.

    Maybe when they are lobbying for legal marijuana they will hand out scratch and sniff cards so everyone will know what they will be smelling in condos, apartments, parks, etc.

    You really think poor people are going to pay top dollar instead of getting their marijuana cheaper elsewhere.

    Just as noone buys illegal cigarettes now.

  5. @Alabama shake forst


    The “legalized” pot has 300-500% more THC than the weed the old hippies smoked say is “harmless”.

    Even if you legalize and decriminalize the black market weed flourishes as the greed of the State takes over.

    The result in Colorado and California price this.

    Like the tax stamp on cigarettes and bootleg alcohol, the state will need to increase enforcement.

    The Federal law mandates that many of these operations are created and funded by “dark” money so do

    You really know who is profiting from legalized weed?

    Decriminalizing makes sense for small possession but using the 14 lb as an example mutes any logical argument you may have. I

    don’t disagree with you on merit.

    I however don’t trust our politicians who refuse to draw a correlation with illegal immigration and an influx of heroin and meth literally killing our kids or the destruction brought by the widespread “legal” over prescription of opiates.

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