Back in June, police raided a medical pot dispensary in Sacramento. Because, you know, it’s legal to buy it, it’s legal to own it and, if you’re the proprietor of a medical marijuana store, it’s legal to sell it.
The owners of R & R Wellness on Quinta Court are accused of abusing Proposition 215, the 1986 Compassionate Care Act, specifically regulations regarding turning a profit, said Officer Chris Trimm, spokesman for the Elk Grove Police Department. The probe started when Elk Grove police found an indoor pot-growing operation at a home belonging to one of two men taken into custody, Trimm said. “It’s like a seven layer cake and we have to dig into every layer,” Trimm said. “All of that ties into this.”
Apparently running a pot store like this requires you to do it for the good of helping people feel better after smoking your product. But, it’s America remember, and people like to make money and stuff.
Ashley told News10 she wasn’t sure if any profits were made, but if they were, the money was going back into the business.
Fast-forward to today when we learn that six people connected to a south Sacramento medical marijuana dispensary raided by local authorities in June now face federal charges that carry a potential 40-year prison term.
On June 16, Elk Grove police and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies raided R & R Wellness on Quinta Court. A search of Bryan Smith’s home uncovered $256,000 in cash in the master bedroom closet.
I’m sure that cash was going into a a better website to let me know about their “Tastey Treats” (Rice Crispy Treats, Muddy Buddies, Chocolate Carmel Muffins, with more to come!).
Go figure, right? Oh, these guys are also associated with a stealing power from SMUD. Legalize it! Oh, wait, you did? And people still broke the law? Get out.
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The were charged with mfg marijuana and conspiracy… so the “non-profit” element of the story is a bit of red herring.
It seems the feds could just as easily have slapped a bona fide non-profit (without bags of cash in the closet) with the same charges. Per federal law, growing marijuana is illegal even if Kaiser Permanente is the one setting up the grow lamps.
I agree cogmeyer. I’ve never understood the legality of these shops. I am sure stealing power from SMUD isn’t going to go over well either, right?
Cultivation of any amount of marijuana is a felony under Health and Safety Code 11358. People who grow for personal use are eligible for diversion under Penal Code 1000 so long as there is no evidence of intent to sell. There are no fixed plant number limits to personal use cultivation.
Medical marijuana: Medical patients and their designated primary caregivers may legally possess and cultivate (but not distribute or sell) marijuana under Health and Safety Code 11362.5 (Prop 215) if they have a physician’s recommendation or approval. State law SB420, now codified as California Health & Safety code sections 11362.7-11362.83, set a state threshold of 6 mature OR 12 immature plants per patient, allowing locals to pass higher allowances (many have).
From my understanding, the state law can say whatever about medical marijuana etc but it is still a federal crime nontheless (which I disagree with BTW).
To the feds it is the felony whether you are under the state medical marijuana statues, claim non-profit status, or if you just some dude growing for profit up on the ridge in North San Juan.