Silverstein said Monday that he expected Ruhlin would face far less than the the maximum sentences due to the circumstances in the case.
Both men remain free on $5,000 unsecured bail.
While legal under state law, marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
On Monday, Ruhlin admitted to structuring three deposits of $9,000 cash each on May 28, 2013, according to court documents. In exchange for his guilty pleas, federal prosecutors will drop the other charges when Ruhlin is sentenced.
DEA agents seized 23 containers of processed marijuana from the 13 Owls Club smoking lounge, adjacent to Herbal Tea & Tobacco, court documents said.
Federal prosecutors declined to comment on Ruhlin’s plea changes. It is the practice of the U.S. attorney’s office not to comment on pending cases.
In November 2016, Maine voters approved a referendum legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The rules about distribution of recreational pot still are pending.
The plea agreement calls for Ruhlin to forfeit the government $115,000 instead of forfeiting real estate or other assets, which is standard practice in drug cases.
Ruhlin still owns the shop and has locations on both Main Street and Hogan Road, according to his attorney. He no longer runs the lounge but has rented out that space to raise funds, Silverstein said.
The owner of a head shop and former medical marijuana smoking lounge in downtown Bangor pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to a marijuana conspiracy charge and admitted trying to hide cash proceeds from bank regulators.. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.