YOLO COUNTY — Paul Fullerton breathed a sigh of relief last month when drug charges against the Woodland business owner were expunged and his probation halted — a resolution more than three years in the making.

Fullerton is a retired UC Davis fire captain who owns  “Li’l Shop of Growers” in Woodland and was convicted of selling cannabis illegally. At the time of his arrest in 2016 — after a controversial investigation — the charges against Fullerton were felony counts of illegal cultivation and possession for sale, along with possession of a firearm and an extended magazine.

The gun-related charges were dropped after the arms were proven legit, but the cannabis charges stayed, even as laws changed, making illegal sales a misdemeanor, not a felony.

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