Missoula, MT -

A federal judge has rejected a request by a former medical marijuana provider to be released from probation early so he could rebuild his career and visit his ailing mother without travel restrictions.

Thomas Daubert, a lobbyist and consultant who helped draft Montana's 2004 medical marijuana ballot initiative, was a founder of a medical marijuana business that was shut down during a statewide crackdown in 2011. In September 2012, Daubert was sentenced to five years on probation for maintaining a drug-involved premises.

Last month, Daubert asked for his probation to be lifted.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen denied his request. The Missoulian reports Christensen noted that Daubert was granted leniency in his original sentencing and that he can still obtain permission to travel to Pennsylvania to care for his mother.