Retrial of Marijuana Advocate Ed Rosenthal Underway

The retrial of marijuana advocate Ed Rosenthal is underway in San Francisco.

The self-described "Guru of Ganja" is being retried in federal court on five charges of marijuana cultivation and distribution.

During opening statements this morning, the prosecution described Rosenthal as a person who ran a major marijuana growing operation out of his home and a warehouse in Oakland.

But Rosenthal's defense lawyer countered by saying he was a prominent scientist and medical marijuana advocate.

After both sides were finished with opening statements, the government called a Drug Enforcement Agent as its first witness. The agent is the first of more than 40 witnesses expected to be called by federal prosecutors.

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