Governor J.B. Pritzker has commuted the remainder of a four-year prison sentence for a Montgomery man and cancer patient, who was convicted on a felony cannabis charge for possessing over 42 pounds of THC-infused chocolates.
Illinois Department of Corrections records show 37 year-old Thomas Franzen of Harmony Dr. was discharged on parole on Monday from the Stateville Correctional Center.
As WSPY reported in October of 2019, Franzen went before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board who gave a confidential recommendation to Governor Pritzker who made the decision.
In May of 2019, Franzen was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for more severe cannabis trafficking charges being dropped. He pleaded guilty to Unlawful Possession of More than 5,000 grams of Cannabis, which is a Class 1 Felony.
Franzen ordered and possessed 42 pounds of THC-infused chocolates that he said were self-medication for cancer. Prosecutors, on the other hand, argued cocaine and additional items, “known to be evidence of drug dealing” were found in Franzen’s possession and that the amount of chocolates found, “far exceeds what would be used for personal consumption.”