Reader: Colorado stood and watched as feds burned Cherry Top Farms dispensary

The conversation about the DEA raid on the Cherry Top Farms dispensary continued on an update post, in which attorney Bob Hoban spoke positively about the decision by the feds not to bust the center's employees.

One reader found this viewpoint hopelessly naive.

Monkey writes:

Can't wait to get back to work for a state that offered you no protection yet collects money from you. You do realize they have all your info and can press charges years from now right? You think because they left without arresting you that you're in the clear? They know you will start up again, they want you to, it's called a trap. Now, years from now, they can say you have repeatedly and knowingly broken the law. I love how desperate people clinging to meaningless rules set up by the state still think they're safe. You call it safe, I call it building a case against you. You can't say you thought everything was cool because you have a license when the Feds took your weed. Apparently it would be ok with you if they did that every month as long as they don't arrest you. Really? Doesn't sound like a wise business to be in if arrest is your only concern. I think the state should fight for your rights, but you don't? And you're going to pay the fee next year too. Colorado has you by the balls and you seem to like it, even after they stepped aside and watched you burn.

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Gobnugget9
Gobnugget9

You play in the dirt you get dirty. The Do's came to my shop to try and sell there dirty product, they reeked of shadiness and I kicked them right out.  It's people like them and Cherry Top that are going to ruin it for all of us trying to do this right. Cherry Top is far from innocent, first OPC to MMC delivery is against the law, second there is no way they are caregivers for enough patients to grow 2500 plants.  All parties were clearly disobeying local, state & federal laws.  IMO Cherry Top is lucky they didn't get charged, they are Asian mafia too. I would be disappointed if our state starts supporting these street dealers.

Joey Ramone
Joey Ramone

Good job, gobnugget! You go right ahead and put those bad pot smokers in jail! It only costs $30,000/year to house a prisoner. This will be for their OWN GOOD because they are BAD POT SMOKERS! Bad, bad, pot smokers. You are superior b/c you are trying to Kiss the state's and the DEA's ass. So what if you haven't been given a license yet, you are still trying to kiss ass. Good intentions have to be worth something. It's all those BAD POT SMOKERS screwing everything up for you that is the problem, not 70+ years of prohibition. You are so smart to figure it out. If the GOOD POT SMOKERS just pay enough money in licensing fees, then that will pay to keep the BAD POT SMOKESRS in jail, and the GOOD POT SMOKERS can go free!

Ian Williams
Ian Williams

Dude, he isn't really calling for a crack down on cannabis users (omg, lol, "pot smoker" is SO 1990's, furealz). He's pointing out a truth of our industry: that, while most in the industry are attempting to legitimize and integrate Medical Cannabis into the community, some are using the loopholes to profit off of a black market substance while riding the bureaucratic flying carpet of regulation to protect their business. 

There's hundreds of pages of laws we have added to "weed out" illegitimate, profit driven, or criminal supported businesses that had, in mass, come to Colorado during the Green Rush to exploit the system. The process is ONGOING and given our circumstances and the 70+ years of prohibition which have placed the drug into the secure control of violence, greed, and self-interested persons, we're doing a pretty good job of "wringing out the grunge" in the community. 

Every single person involved in the Medical Cannabis community and industry, from lowly workers, to patients, to advocates, to legislators, to marketers, package manufacturers, landlords  contractors and print editors, has made a conscious choice to put aside the aggravation and pugnacious retorts to try and cooperate with local and state law makers and make this a reality, not some, pipe dream where everyone's first name is either Cheech or Chong, but a stable integration of functional medicine into modern laws and regulations of a substance outlawed before the second world war...

It's a leap of faith for everyone. (Feds Not Included)

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Strong post, Ian -- one that deserves to be designated the Comment of the Day. Congrats, and thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

shackhouser
shackhouser

I find it disturbing to have local authorities cooperating with the federal goons on these things. I thought the state was supposed to be protecting us, not directing an armed military force to our doors....

DontWorryBeHopi
DontWorryBeHopi

its extremely disturbing.

before the Feds tipped their hand they were shaking us down for Fees that they knew no other business would ever have to pay, because they knew the Feds would not give a shit if some local authorities were criminally extorting Marijuana business.

now they are going to take all that Money and Run it looks like. beware. 

if a supreme authority comes to your door and tells you that the money your were paid to do a service is yours and that you do not have to fulfill your contract, why would you fulfill your contract? ESPECIALLY if they threaten you for fulfilling the contract!! And especially if that supreme authority is essentially your boss!!! 

LOL, what do you think they would choose under those circumstances?

Bob Smith
Bob Smith

Let's see - the DEA has agents who have seen large grows at this address; they have confiscated many plants from you; they have seen you working with a drug scofflaw, and you're on public records affirming you grow marijuana. Just how hard do you think it will be for the DEA to get a warrant for your place the next time they decide they need some publicity? Judges are probably lining up.

Can we start a pool on when the raid will take place? Put me down for two months from now. I'm assuming, of course, that these people actually are stupid enough to resume.

Matt in Boulder
Matt in Boulder

Suthers is too busy suing the federal government over Health care to bother getting involved with the DEA's clear violation of state's rights.  I love the quote below from him, couldn't get any more hypocritical:“What I’m trying to do is protect the individual citizens ofColorado from pervasive coercion by the federal government becausewhat they’ve set up is constitutionally infirm,”

You might think he's talking about the DEA raid on a state-legal, tax-paying business.  Think again...http://www.ourcoloradonews.com...

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