Josh Rosenthal Pleas Guilty To Distribution Of Marijuana


Possibly soon to be “former” mixed martial arts referee Josh Rosenthal is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute.

A year ago in Oakland California, police raided a warehouse linked to Rosenthal with approximately 1,356 marijuana plants with a projected value of over 6 million dollars worth of marijuana.

His court date is set for May 17th. His plea bargain consists of 37 months in jail, fines, and 5 years of probation. If the judge decides to reject the deal, he could face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison, a 10 million dollar fine, and a minimum of five years probation.  Of course with life in prison looming, the fines and probation are likely the least of his worries.

This news certainly explains why Rosenthal hasn’t been refereeing any UFC events lately and it looks like we wont be seeing Rosenthal’s officiating anytime soon either.

  • Evan Stoumbelis

    I am speechless…$6 million dollars worth…his life is ruined.

    • If only he got to keep the money it would have been worth a few years in jail to him I’m sure. Who knows how much he actually sold if any. You gamble and lose. Really sad and I agree probably not the best risk to take.

      • Evan Stoumbelis

        Lol yeah if only he got to keep that money. A well known high profile refferee like him makes good money too.

  • gumby3489

    that fool is my hero!! he almost lets people die in the ring, no wonder his ass is so slow at stopping fights