Montgomery Cancer Patient Serving Prison Time For THC-Infused Chocolates Granted Clemency Hearing

Jim Gudas
August 09, 2019 - 8:34 pm

(Kane County Jail)


KANE COUNTY (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A cancer patient from Kane County, who said he bought chocolate infused with the main active ingredient of marijuana to ease symptoms of his cancer, will get a clemency hearing in October.

Thomas Franzen of Montgomery got four years in prison for ordering 42 pounds of THC-infused chocolate in 2014.

The Tribune reports Kane County prosecutors accused Franzen of being a drug dealer.

Franzen’s lawyer says his client ordered the THC-laced chocolate solely for his own medicinal purposes. The lawyer also claims after less than two months in prison, Franzen has lost at least 20 pounds because he’s getting inadequate medical care.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board will send recommendations to Governor Pritzker after the Oct. 9 clemency hearing, which comes less than three months before recreational marijuana becomes legal in Illinois. In July, Franzen's attorney sent a petition to Pritzker asking for clemency or a sentence pardon.