From: Miami New Times
In April, Julian Stroleny and Christopher Pagan, a pair of 29-year-old litigators, quit their jobs at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office to get in on the pot boom. Pagan, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, prosecuted serious felony cases such as shootings, rapes, and drug trafficking. Asked how many grow-house cases he prosecuted, Pagan replied, “Too many, unfortunately.”
Stroleny, a Coconut Grove native, handled misdemeanor drug cases and DUIs. “A high percentage were cannabis cases,” he affirms. “In Florida, you can’t claim medical use as a defense. The constitutional amendment [will change] that.”
Stroleny and Pagan quit to get into medical marijuana consulting for the same reason everyone else is: cash money. Stroleny says his father recently passed away and he now has to help his mom and brothers. Pagan says he’s having a baby.
“The State Attorney’s Office doesn’t pay very well,” Stroleny adds. “We get paid less than a school teacher. We found ourselves in a position where we had to provide for our families.”