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Michigan man gets year in county jail for bringing concentrated cannabis to Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 July 2019 at 4:13 pm

ALBION – A Michigan man was sentenced to a year in the Orleans County Jail this afternoon for having concentrated cannabis in the form of edible chocolate and edible candies.

William Q. Nowak, 41, was sentenced for attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

He was stopped in Orleans County on Nov. 20. Nowak said in a previous court appearance he planned to sell the concentrated cannabis products in the county.

Nowak asked to be sentenced to jail rather than a longer sentence of probation.

“I just want to get this over with,” he told County Court Judge Sanford Church.

In another case, a Rochester woman was praised for completing a judicial diversion, where she stayed off drugs and completed a treatment program.

Adrienne Williams, 53, battled addictions for many years. The diversion program, which requires treatment, gives her a chance for breaking the cycle.

She faced a felony charge for bringing 49 pills to the Albion Correctional Facility. That was reduced to a misdemeanor of promoting prison contraband in the second degree. She will be on probation for three years and will serve that in Monroe County.

She thanked the local court for the opportunity to be on the diversion program.

“Thank you, your honor,” she said. “I am very proud of myself. There are successes with this program and I am one of them.”

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