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Josh Rosenthal Lets Referee License Expire

Josh Rosenthal has some legal trouble after being arrested with possession of over 1,300 marijuana plants. With his court date of May 17 looming, the veteran referee might be exchanging his clothes for a government prison suit.

He’s entered a guilty plea on conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute. MMA Fighting is now reporting that Rosenthal chose not to renew his referee licenses in California or Nevada.

The charges carry 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine. He faces a minimum five years to life on supervised release and a $100 assessment fee.

Rosenthal has refereed some big fights in the UFC such as Brock Lesnar defeating Shane Carwin at UFC 116 and Anderson Silva submitting Chael Sonnen at UFC 117.