Trimmed marijuana flowers sit in a tray at the Medicine Man cultivation facility in Denver in December 2013. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post file)

D.C. man who ‘gave away’ weed for donations pleads guilty to distribution

WASHINGTON — A Washington, D.C., man accused of selling marijuana to an undercover officer has pleaded guilty to marijuana distribution charges.

A judge sentenced 30-year-old Nicholas Cunningham to 180 days in jail Monday but suspended the jail sentence and placed him on two years’ probation.

Cunningham operated a fleet of vehicles that authorities say were used to sell marijuana in Washington. Cunningham argued that he gave away the drug in exchange for financial donations.

The Washington Post reports that in Washington it’s legal for a person over 21 to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and give up to one ounce to another adult.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Barker argued that Cunningham didn’t have a vendor’s license and didn’t have a system in place to ensure the drugs weren’t sold to children.