Who Is This Man?

Does anybody recognize the man in the picture below?  Who is he?  When was the picture taken and why?  If you know this man send an email to rickkeyt@keytlaw.com and identify the man and anything you know about the picture.

By |2017-02-04T07:39:01-07:00March 31st, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Who Is This Man?

Man Sues Idaho Cops for Arresting Him Because He Had CO License on His Car

CBS Seattle:  “An Idaho state trooper arrested and fully searched a 70-year-old Washington man’s vehicle solely because he had a Colorado license plate – a state where marijuana is legal – a federal ‘license plate profiling’ lawsuit alleges. . . . Roseen’s federal lawsuit seeking punitive damages alleges that Klitch, the second officer Christensen, Payette County Sheriff’s Deputy Webster (first names unlisted), and the Idaho State Police violated his Fourth, Fifth and 14th Amendment Rights and claims the search of his car was unjustified.

By |2019-06-14T08:27:51-07:00March 31st, 2014|Colorado News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Man Sues Idaho Cops for Arresting Him Because He Had CO License on His Car

Marijuana Entrepreneurs Fear Potentially Violent Consequences of an All-cash Industry

The Oregonian:  “Brian Stroh is not taking any chances.  Aware of the inherent risks associated with his line of work, Stroh pays monthly for armed security guards to assist him in guarded revenue transport and facility supervision. He’s planning to use lockboxes and a variety other methods to store his money, which he will keep away from his home and place of employment. And while he’s taking major precautions, he’s even more worried about the people buying his product.  His business: marijuana production and processing, one of Washington’s first to be licensed since the state legalized cannabis for recreational use.  His worry: the continued federal prohibition of marijuana, which prevents banks from offering any legal financial services to state-licensed cannabis   businesses.  With marijuana retailers scheduled to open in June, prospective business owners are worried the state industry could be plagued with violent crime.”

By |2014-03-29T08:36:57-07:00March 29th, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Marijuana Entrepreneurs Fear Potentially Violent Consequences of an All-cash Industry

Will Feds Crack Down on Medical Marijuana after Allowing Legalization of Recreational Marijuana?

Forbes:  ““The Washington legislative proposals will create a licensing scheme that permits large-scale marijuana cultivation and distribution,” Durkan and Ormsby wrote in a letter to Gregoire. “This would authorize conduct contrary to federal law . . . Accordingly, the Department could consider civil and criminal legal remedies regarding those who set up marijuana growing facilities and dispensaries . . . Others who knowingly facilitate the actions of the licensees, including property owners, landlords, and financiers, should also know that their conduct violates federal law. In addition, state employees who conducted activities mandated by the Washington legislative proposals would not be immune from liability under the CSA [Controlled Substances Act].”

By |2014-03-23T08:40:14-07:00March 23rd, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Will Feds Crack Down on Medical Marijuana after Allowing Legalization of Recreational Marijuana?

Zander Welton Wins Arizona Medical-Marijuana Extracts Case

Phoenix New Times:  “In a ruling with wide impact on the Arizona medical-marijuana program, Zander Welton and his family have won their battle to provide extracts to the boy for his seizures.  The East Valley family sued on October 29 in Maricopa County Superior Court, receiving legal help from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, after threats of possible felony prosecution by County Attorney Bill Montgomery.  Judge Katherine Cooper sets Montgomery straight in a ruling filed on Friday, telling him and the state plaintiffs that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Law ‘authorizes qualifying patients to use extracts, including CBD oil, prepared from the marijuana plant‘.”

Read the Judge’s ruling and the plaintiff’s Complaint.

By |2017-02-04T07:39:02-07:00March 23rd, 2014|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Zander Welton Wins Arizona Medical-Marijuana Extracts Case

Complaints Raised on Marijuana Dispensary Investors

Boston Globe:  “two women say they put their life savings into two marijuana dispensaries in Arizona, but ran short of cash when implementation of that state’s medical marijuana law stalled. In a complaint they filed in September with Arizona regulators, they allege that the New York investors they turned to for help took control of the company without their knowledge.  ‘I was so mad for so long, when we finally realized we had been totally duped,’ said Linda Shaughnessy, 66. ‘I lost $400,000’. . . . the lawsuit filed by 4Front Advisors LLC . . . says in its Arizona suit that [Nicola] Vita and his partners owe a $50,000 fee and 5 percent of a Prescott, Ariz., dispensary’s gross revenues.”

By |2019-06-14T08:27:51-07:00March 22nd, 2014|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Complaints Raised on Marijuana Dispensary Investors

IRC § 280E — An Albatross For Marijuana Industry

Marielys Rosado Barreras wrote in Law360:  “The use of marijuana (in various quantities and forms) has been legalized (in a variety of ways) in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nonetheless, marijuana is still listed as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), and therefore its possession, use and distribution remains a crime under federal law.  Further, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government has a right to regulate and criminalize the sale and use of marijuana, even when a state’s laws permit marijuana to be used for medical purposes. For example, in Gonzales v. Raich,

[1] where California had passed a law legalizing marijuana for medical use, the Supreme Court held that the Commerce Clause gave Congress authority to prohibit the local cultivation and use of marijuana, despite state law to the contrary. As explained in Justice Antonin Scalia’s concurrence:

Not only is it impossible to distinguish ‘controlled substances manufactured and distributed intrastate’ from ‘controlled substances manufactured and distributed interstate,’ but it hardly makes sense to speak in such terms. Drugs like marijuana are fungible commodities. As the court explains, marijuana that is grown at home and possessed for personal use is never more than an instant from the interstate market — and this is so whether or not the possession is for medicinal use or lawful use under the laws of a particular state.

Thus, the court held that even small amounts of home-grown marijuana triggered the CSA because there was a threat of unwanted commodity diversion that could disrupt Congress’ regulatory control over interstate commerce. “

By |2017-02-04T07:39:02-07:00March 19th, 2014|Stories & Articles, Tax Issues|Comments Off on IRC § 280E — An Albatross For Marijuana Industry

Job Seekers Swarm Marijuana Job Fair

CBS Denver: “If there was any doubt that the ‘green rush’ is on in Colorado, the scene outside a marijuana industry career fair in Denver on Thursday looked like a throwback to the Great Recession.  Thousands of people waited for hours with resumes in hand in a line that stretched several blocks. The O.penVAPE Cannabis Job Fair featured 15 different businesses associated with recreational marijuana sales, and it had turn people away by the day’s end.”

By |2014-03-15T16:50:50-07:00March 15th, 2014|Colorado News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Job Seekers Swarm Marijuana Job Fair

Federal Government Approves Marijuana Research

Los Angeles Times:  “The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory Friday, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug.”

By |2014-03-15T16:40:03-07:00March 15th, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Federal Government Approves Marijuana Research

AZ Dept. of Health Services Confirms Ultra Health, LLC Lacks a License for a Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Ultra Health, LLC, an Arizona limited liability company, sued Healing Healthcare 3, Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation for among other things, breach of a joint venture agreement that involves the marijuana grow facility at 410 S Madison, Tempe, Arizona (the “Premises”). See a copy of Ultra Health, LLC’s, Complaint.

During a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court on March 14, 2014, Ultra Health, LLC’s attorney claimed that Ultra Health, LLC, has some kind of license related somehow to medical marijuana.  The judge asked the parties to submit to him by the end of business that day proof from the Arizona Department of Health Services that the party had a medical marijuana dispensary license.

Healing Healthcare 3, Inc., is a co-tenant on the lease for the Premises with Holistic Patient Wellness Group, LLC.  Below is the text of a March 14, 2014, the letter sent by AZDHS to Holistic Patient Wellness Group, LLC, that Healing Healthcare 3, Inc., submitted to the judge on March 14, 2014.

March 14, 2014

Kathy Sanchez, Principal Officer
Holistic
45000 S, Lakeshore Drive, Suite 343
Tempe, Arizona 85285

RE: Medical Marijuana Program

Dear Ms. Sanchez:

Pursuant to the request of the dispensary certificate holder to clarify ownership and authority to operate a medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation site, the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) confirms that a dispensary registration certificate (DRC) was issued to Holistic Patient Wellness Group, LLC.  Further, AZDHS issued an approval to operate to Holistic Patient Wellness Group, LLC to operate a dispensary and cultivation site and AZDHS recognizes them as the current and sole holders of the DRC.

AZDHS can confirm that it does not recognize Ultra Health, LLC as a holder of this or any other dispensary registration certificate.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bloomberg, Manager
Division for Planning and Operations, Administrative Counsel and Rules

I’m sorry, but I can’t help but repeat my favorite part of the above letter:

AZDHS can confirm that it does not recognize Ultra Health, LLC as a holder of this or any other dispensary registration certificate.”

To learn more about Ultra Health, LLC, enter Ultra Health in the search box at the top right of this page and press your enter key or click on the topic in the right column called “Zoned Properties & Duke Rodriguez.”

For the record, Holistic Patient Wellness Group, LLC, is a client of mine.

By |2014-05-24T09:26:13-07:00March 15th, 2014|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Dept Health Services, Stories & Articles, Zoned Properties & Duke Rodriguez|Comments Off on AZ Dept. of Health Services Confirms Ultra Health, LLC Lacks a License for a Medical Marijuana Dispensary

The Grass Is Greener

Wall St. Journal:  “Colorado Governor and now drug kingpin John Hickenlooper is doing booming business in the marijuana trade. This week the Mile High State reported a revenue windfall of $2 million from merely the first month of recreational pot taxes.”

By |2019-06-14T08:27:47-07:00March 13th, 2014|Colorado News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on The Grass Is Greener

Online Sales of Medical Marijuana

KVOA News 4 Tucson:  “News 4 Tucson Investigators discovered, there’s another marketplace for medical marijuana – the online marketplace.  A simple search on craigslist reveals what we’re talking about. Sellers advertising their goods, including different varieties, or strains of marijuana. And, it’s all just a few clicks away.  Will Humble, with the Arizona Department of Health Services tells the news 4 Tucson Investigators, these online sellers aren’t following state law as it was approved by voters.  ‘Patients can exchange marijuana with each other, as long they’re a qualified patient with a current card, they’re allowed to exchange marijuana with each other, as long as nothing of value, other the than the marijuana is exchanged,’ Humble says.”

By |2015-04-06T18:57:50-07:00March 12th, 2014|Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Online Sales of Medical Marijuana

Charges Dropped Against Patient Who Had Pot Infused Candy

Phoenix New Times:  “we wanted to catch you up on a situation we wrote about in November, when another bona fide patient was caught in a DUI stop and found to be in possession of a single piece of infused candy.  The patient, whom New Times is not identifying at his request, had purchased the Tootsie Pop-like candy at a local “compassion club” that isn’t approved by the state to sell marijuana. . . . In January, Montgomery’s office dropped the charge unexpectedly, claiming that the evidence had been destroyed.”

By |2014-03-10T07:59:58-07:00March 10th, 2014|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Charges Dropped Against Patient Who Had Pot Infused Candy

Another Citron Reseach Report on Medbox

A February 24, 2014, report by Citron Research starts with:

“As a service to all retail investors who do not have access to a Bloomberg terminal, Citron publishes the latest stock sales Form 144’s filed by Bruce Bedrick, CEO of Medbox (OTCBB:MDBX), as he sells $4.5 million worth of stock and tries to hide it from investors and the SEC. Here are the documents Form 144 #1 and Form 144 #2. And here are some of the more entertaining things we noticed

Read the entire report.

Query: If you know of a licensed medical marijuana dispensary in the US that has a fully operational Medbox medical marijuana dispensing system please leave a comment with the name and address of the dispensary.

Query: If Citron Research is making untrue defamatory statements about Medbox, why doesn’t Medbox sue Citron Research?

See “Zoned Properties, Inc. Acquires Real Estate for Key Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensary.”

By |2014-04-27T11:14:43-07:00March 8th, 2014|Medbox, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Another Citron Reseach Report on Medbox

Medical Marijuana Grow Coming to Santa Cruz County

Nogales International:  “A clear-cut field east of Interstate 19 in Amado will be the new site of a medical marijuana greenhouse that operators say will produce 1,700 pounds of organic pot each year.  The grow site comes as Arizona’s medical marijuana industry gets off the ground and companies expand their operations. In the case of the Amado grow site, all of the marijuana produced there will be sent to the Nature’s AZ Medicines dispensary in Fountain Hills.

By |2014-03-08T09:25:47-07:00March 8th, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical Marijuana Grow Coming to Santa Cruz County