Dispensary Owner Convicted of Marijuana Crimes After Judge Bars Him From Using State Legalization as a Defense

Associated Press:  “A jury on Thursday convicted a medical marijuana provider of drug trafficking and firearms charges, upholding the U.S. government’s raids of state-regulated pot dispensaries in its first test at trial.  The provider, Chris Williams, was barred by the trial judge from making the case that he and Montana Cannabis followed the state medical marijuana law that voters approved in 2004. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled state laws were irrelevant in the case involving alleged violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act. . . . Williams’ case is the only one to go to trial after the government raided 26 medical marijuana provider homes, offices and business on March 14, 2011, in a crackdown on large Montana grow operations and dispensaries.”

Note to Arizona medical marijuana dispensary owners and their lawyers:  Are you paying attention to what the Department of Justice is doing in other states?

ACLU asks Arizona Judge to Stop Attorney General from Stopping Marijuana Dispensaries

East Valley Tribune:  “The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to rebuff efforts by Attorney General Tom Horne to block state licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries.  In legal papers filed Thursday, attorneys for the group want Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon to rule [in the White Mountain Health Center lawsuit] that Arizona is constitutionally entitled to determine what it does and does not want to make a crime. Click here to find out more! They acknowledged the federal Controlled Substances Act makes possession, sale and transportation of marijuana a felony. But they told Gordon that none of that criminalizes the activities of state and local employees in processing the paperwork for everything from licenses to zoning permits, the reason Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery contend that part — if not all — of the state law is void.”

By |2015-04-06T18:55:45-07:00September 28th, 2012|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Legal Issues, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on ACLU asks Arizona Judge to Stop Attorney General from Stopping Marijuana Dispensaries

Former Colorado Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner’s Felony Conviction Haunts Her New Life

Daily Camera:  “Veronica Carpio has heard all the rumors. . . . ‘There’s been a thought out there that I’m some big Mafioso drug boss or a ruthless drug dealer,’ Carpio said. ‘All of that, all those rumors, are completely untrue. I used to own a medical marijuana dispensary, that’s it. If you know me at all, you know all that other stuff is ludicrous’. . . . Last month, Carpio agreed to a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to felony marijuana possession”

By |2012-09-28T06:56:15-07:00September 28th, 2012|Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Former Colorado Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner’s Felony Conviction Haunts Her New Life

Feds Cracking Down on Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

KLAS TV Las Vegas:  “Federal, state and local law enforcement around southern Nevada are cracking down on the marijuana trade in the Las Vegas valley.  Two busts took place this week alone. One grow house was shut down in an upscale community, and a marijuana dispensary was shut down at a shopping center.”

By |2012-09-28T06:32:45-07:00September 28th, 2012|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Feds Cracking Down on Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Feds Take Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown to L.A.

Los Angeles Times:  “Federal officials took their war on medical marijuana dispensaries to Los Angeles on Tuesday, raiding several shops and issuing warning letters to dozens more.  Officials at the U.S. attorney’s office said it was the first large-scale federal action taken against cannabis shops in the city and said more would probably follow. . . . On Tuesday, prosecutors went to court to file civil asset forfeiture complaints against the owners of three Eagle Rock properties for allowing three commercial marijuana stores to operate: ‘Together for Change Collective,’ ‘House of Kush,’ and ‘ER Collective.’  The Drug Enforcement Administration also executed federal search warrants at three other locations in downtown, Boyle Heights and Silver Lake.”

See also “Feds Target LA in Medical Marijuana Crackdown.”

“Federal prosecutors looking to take out California’s medical marijuana shops have now set their sights on Los Angeles, where city officials have struggled to stop a blooming of dispensaries. . . . ‘As today’s operations make clear, the sale and distribution of marijuana violates federal law, and we intend to enforce the law,’ U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said.

Note to Arizona medical marijuana dispensary owners and their lawyers:  Are you paying attention to what the Department of Justice is doing in other states?

By |2015-04-06T18:55:45-07:00September 26th, 2012|California News, Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Feds Take Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown to L.A.

Cops in Graham County Search Medical Marijuan Patient’s Home & Find too Many Plants

Eastern Arizona Courier:  “Officers got more than they bargained for Friday morning when they discovered an illegal medical marijuana grow during a domestic call in a remote area of Graham County. . . . Based on the deputies’ observations, a search warrant was granted for the residence. Inside, officers discovered a sophisticated grow operation with more than 60 plants in various stages of development – from seedlings to about 20 mature plants about five feet tall in two rooms. Another 11 plants that were recently harvested were located in a tool box on a trailer in the driveway.”

By |2012-09-26T06:17:48-07:00September 26th, 2012|Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Cops in Graham County Search Medical Marijuan Patient’s Home & Find too Many Plants

Two Prescott Businesses Raided & Four People Arrested for Alleged Marijuana Sales

The Daily Courier:  “Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT), in conjunction with numerous local and Phoenix-area law enforcement agencies, conducted a lengthy investigation that resulted in the service of search warrants on 10 locations in Yavapai and Maricopa counties on Sept. 12 and 13. . . . agents have served search warrants on two Prescott businesses, Green Cross . . . and Hippie Village Emporium . . . . Christopher Martin and Andrea Lyn Martin, 33, both of Prescott, and Todd James, 40, and Christopher Goodrich, 39, both of Phoenix, have been charged in the alleged operation”

By |2017-02-12T07:39:21-07:00September 16th, 2012|Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Two Prescott Businesses Raided & Four People Arrested for Alleged Marijuana Sales

Tucson’s Shop 420 Raided & 10 are Arrested

KVOA:  “Wednesday’s bust of five medical marijuana businesses in Southern Arizona that resulted in the seizure of about 14 pounds of marijuana, 25 pounds of marijuana candy, and the arrests of 10 people. In August, the Counter Narcotics Alliance, a multi-jurisdictional drug task force, received information about marijuana sales from a business called ‘Shop 420’,”

By |2015-04-06T18:55:44-07:00September 15th, 2012|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Tucson’s Shop 420 Raided & 10 are Arrested

Montana Marijuana Activist Sentenced in Dispensary Bust

The Missoulian:  Tom Daubert was sentenced for his role in a medical marijuana dispensary called Montana Cannibis located in Helena.  He was started the dispensary with two friends.  At the time of the raid, however, he had cut ties with the business.

By |2012-09-15T07:24:43-07:00September 15th, 2012|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Montana Marijuana Activist Sentenced in Dispensary Bust

ADHS Poised to Pull Medical-marijuana Cards of Violators

Arizona Republic:  “The Arizona Department of Health Services could revoke more than a dozen medical-marijuana cards, saying patients and caregivers have either violated the state’s new medical-marijuana law since receiving a card or lied about their histories when applying for one.”

By |2012-09-12T06:21:21-07:00September 12th, 2012|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on ADHS Poised to Pull Medical-marijuana Cards of Violators

Medical-marijuana Fees to Aid Arizona Program

Arizona Republic:  “Arizona health officials will dip into a pot of money generated by medical-marijuana fees with the goal to improve the state’s controversial new program.  The Arizona Department of Health Services will soon spend more than $1.2 million to weed out physicians who improperly recommend marijuana to patients, help train marijuana-dispensary staff, hire private accountants or auditors to examine dispensary financial statements, and hire private attorneys to assist the department with legal issues arising from the program.”

By |2012-09-10T06:36:48-07:00September 10th, 2012|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical-marijuana Fees to Aid Arizona Program

Medical Pot Returning to Underground

Los Angeles Times:  “Under increased legal pressure, ‘Ricky’ closed his dispensaries and resumed selling marijuana — but only to those with a doctor’s recommendation. Ricky rants about a federal and local crackdown on medical marijuana that closed various dispensaries that he ran and forced him back to the streets, where he began as a teenager in the 1970s. (Except then, he was a dealer. Now he is a ‘mobile dispensary.’)”

By |2012-09-09T07:45:04-07:00September 9th, 2012|California News, Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical Pot Returning to Underground

Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan Says States Should be Able to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Arizona Republic:  “Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told a Colorado television station that he thinks the federal government shouldn’t interfere with states that have legalized medical marijuana. . . . he said that states should have the right to choose whether to legalize the drug for medical purposes.”

By |2012-09-08T07:28:15-07:00September 8th, 2012|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan Says States Should be Able to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Eugene, Oregon, Pot Center Raided

The Register-Guard:  “The owner of a medical cannabis ‘resource center’ in Eugene faces felony charges after police raided his business and two residential properties he owns while investigating allegations of illegal pot dealing and money laundering. Detectives with Lane County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team served a search warrant on Thursday night at Kannabosm, a business at 401 W. 11th Ave. that provides marijuana to people who are allowed to use the drug under the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law. Kannabosm opened in June 2011.”

By |2017-02-12T07:39:20-07:00September 6th, 2012|Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Eugene, Oregon, Pot Center Raided

Problems for Marijuana Patients Cropping Up

azfamily.com:  “When Arizona voters legalized medical marijuana in 2010 the intent was to help patients, but now some medical marijuana patients say parts of the law are doing more harm than good. First, there’s the portion of the law that requires the Arizona Department of Health to keep a database of everyone who has a medical marijuana card.”

By |2015-04-06T18:55:44-07:00September 6th, 2012|AZ Legislation, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Problems for Marijuana Patients Cropping Up