Phoenix New Times:  “A Chandler medical-marijuana lawyer’s license could go up in smoke in a State Bar of Arizona discipline case that involves accusations of shady deals, backstabbing her own clients, and making a dishonest grab for tainted cash.  The allegations of ethical misconduct, conflict of interest, and lying appear in an explosive 25-page complaint filed by the State Bar in late September against Kathryne Ward, . . . The bulk of the document . . . concerns a complex, fouled relationship between would-be cannabis-business partners and a tricky real estate deal conducted as part of an attempt to open a state-licensed dispensary in Winslow.”

Here are some of the names mentioned in the New Times article:

  • MERC medical-marijuana facility, 1811 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, Arizona, Steven Smigay and Michael Colburn.
  • Compassionate Care Dispensary, Inc., Michael Colburn, Joe Kendall and John Gally.  This nonprofit corporation’s articles of incorporation states that it was organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Owning and operating a medical marijuana dispensary is not a 501(c)(3) activity and therefor would be a violation of the corporation’s Articles of Incorporation.
  • Arizona Grass Roots Dispensary in Mayer is where Colburn now works.
  • Natural Earth Providers, Timothy Thiess, NEP Holding, LLC and Ingrid-Joy Warrick.
  • NEP Holding, LLC, whose initial members included Bruce Bedrick of Medbox.  This LLC is owned by Jennifer Sanchez, John Romero, and Hector Martinez.
  • The Bar complaint alleges that Warrick introduced Ward to Jennifer Sanchez, John Romero, and Hector Martinez. All four would eventually file grievances with the Arizona Bar Association that would lead to the official complaint against Ward.
  • QPAC LLC, owned by Rimm Education Center, Inc. who only shareholder listed in its 2015 annual report filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission is D Taylor.