Time in German prison altered pot activist’s life

MEDFORD — A German prison was the last place Alex Rogers expected to find himself shortly after marrying his Slovenian bride.

Three weeks earlier, on Dec. 19, 2005, the Ashland resident was in Medford, where he had married Tina Rogers. Gathered around him at the family home were his parents, Hank and Charlotte Rogers, and his sister, Paige, who was attending Princeton University. Retired Judge Ray White performed the ceremony.

The couple returned to Europe and landed Jan. 13, 2006, in Salzburg, Austria, where authorities arrested Rogers on an international warrant related to the sale of 50 pounds of marijuana a couple of years earlier. It was Friday the 13th.

“I was a horrible drug dealer,” said Rogers, 44, who at the time had dreadlocks and was known as rapper “Jah Bhang.”

Fast-forward 10 years, and Rogers has graduated magna cum laude from Southern Oregon University with a political science...

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