Marijuana: John Suthers hits Silver Lizard dispensary with 59-count indictment

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John Suthers.
The office of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has just announced a 59-count indictment against The Silver Lizard, a Denver medical marijuana dispensary reviewed in March by our MMJ critic, William Breathes.

Among the claims: The center was selling marijuana for non-medical purposes to thirteen states and Washington, D.C.

The indictment, which is on view below, names Tanner John Kimberlin, 29, Jeremy S. Crawford, 23, Kyle Abt, 26, and Leon Cisneros, 49. They're accused of directing marijuana illegally to "Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia."

According to an AG office release, Kimberlin and Abt are accused of "participating in the cultivation of marijuana at their individual Elbert County homes, acting as suppliers, and utilizing members of the enterprise to assist in harvests." Kimberlin is also accused of "transporting approximately 100 pounds of marijuana from Colorado to Iowa as part of the distribution ring."

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The Silver Lizard.
Cisneros, who owns The Silver Lizard, allegedly "used his position...to illegally sell dispensary marijuana to undercover law enforcement officers," who "specifically told Cisneros the marijuana was destined for sale to out-of-state college students." He's also said to have "diverted nearly $16,000 in state sales tax money from his marijuana dispensary sales," and providing false information about total taxable sales after being confronted by a Colorado Department of Revenue employee last April.

Finally, Crawford "is alleged to be the central distributor who coordinated the majority of the interstate deliveries of the ring. The majority of the out-of-state drug deliveries were sent using the United States mail. He is also alleged to have grown marijuana in the basement of his home."

In his review, Breathes generally gave Silver Lizard strong marks, expressing particular enthusiasm for what he called "extremely well-made icewater bubble hash" but noting that the strain selection was modest. However, he added this interesting side note: "Originally in Five Points on Welton Street, the Silver Lizard preemptively moved to its current location last January because of its proximity to a school." Since January, as you know, U.S. Attorney John Walsh has issued three waves of closure-threat letters to dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools.

In a statement, Suthers makes specific mention of "Colorado's 'Medical' Marijuana," a report issued earlier this month by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. The folks behind the survey say it proves medical marijuana is being illegally diverted.

"This indictment and its allegation that medical marijuana was sold out of the back door of a dispensary for distribution to other states is consistent with information gathered by a recent Rocky Mountain HIDTA survey of Colorado law enforcement agencies," Suthers said. "It is becoming clear that as predicted in 2010 legislative hearings, Colorado is becoming a significant exporter of marijuana to the rest of the country."

Here's the indictment.

Silver Lizard Indictment

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana: Ten dispensaries targeted in third wave of U.S. Attorney closure letters."

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ggs2112
ggs2112

One thing that should get paid more attention, is who are the industry "mmj" lawyers representing people like this, like these defendants, this business.  This business was represented by BOB HOBAN, and his law firm Hoban Feola, as was the principal owner (Leon Cisneros) - Bob Hoban represented some of these defendants in their efforts to avoid paying creditors, avoid performing contractual promises, and so on.  Bob Hoban also vigorously represented this business in front of the MMED - just as he represented Cherry Top Farms as well.

 

These defendants all have the right to use attorney of their choosing and be represented by counsel, and all attorneys have the right to represent clients of their choosing.  But the industry as a whole should take note of WHO chooses to represent known (or alleged we should say) criminals like this - an attorney that take money from Silver Lizard, Cherry Top Farms, etc., and tries to convince the MMED that they are legitimate law-abiding businesses is DESTROYING the industry's credibility, when that same attorney is viewed as an "industry advocate."  Wake up people, and hold the professionals accountable who enable people like these defendants to have an air of legitimacy.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The general attitude towards marijuana by local police agencies has eased up tremendously in the last five years. Even going into the Maiden show last night , I brought a dozen rolled and the cop only commented on it's strong odor. Otherwise , he was uninterested. They are likely more to react if you're being an ass and are in possession.

When the price came down, I allowed my card to expire and now buy direct from grower. Way less hassle and $125 - $150 per zip, is damn fair.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hippie Lady, Purple Guy, Smirnoff, South Dakota Guy, Big Jeremy, Chem Dog, Scat ...

 

LOL!

 

Hey Michael, can we get some mug shots to go along with these characters?

 

And is this really the FIRST Grand Jury case of the entire year as per the Case # ??

.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Amendment 64 wouldn't have helped ANY of these people ...

 

... because it DOES NOT legalize marijuana as the promoters falsely claim.

 

Wonder if the A64 liars and pimps could be charged with Felony "Attempting to Influence a Public Servant" for their willful and deliberate LIES and DECEPTIONS regarding the festering turd that is Amendment 64 ...

 

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

Thats the problem with greed. I'm sure they were making plenty of money with out selling outside of the dispensary. But hey, guess they made their bed and now just may get to lie in it.

Kalei N Rick Troch
Kalei N Rick Troch

The War on Drugs, y'all lost and will never win until you learn to properly treat those who've been affected by those negative drugs, and if you want to get marijuana even more into the mix then on the feds part thats a stupid idea, because just like the war on drugs, its an even bigger loss on them- itll end up like the prohibition except dispensarys will do what they want, wont allow police or fed in and the ones who're benefitted by the effects of marijuana wont take it and generally the govt will lose, this is america we pick and choose what we wanna do via vote we're not forced to do or see or hear something by big wigs upstairs, atleast thats how its supposed to be..

Russ Ogden
Russ Ogden

Serious BB? That attitude is whats got us up against the wall now .I see allot of knee jerk reactions to a real problem. These guys are selling weed out of state because of what? Think about it. A wicked OZ costs less than 200 now days in CO, during black market times it could cost up to 480. Now that capitalism is in play and people can produce and consume at a lower cost , it has driven the black market out of the state. This should show people that if its legalized the black market will dry up as legal alternatives take its place and cheaper prices prevail over imported bunk. People its all about supply and demand for this issue and the answers have been right in front of us for ages.

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

The war on drugs = Buy more Pharmeceuticals!! We dont want our market share to go to Mexico, Colombia or the golden triangle....and we don't want true capitalism locally. Bust local, support the drug war!!

Bill Black
Bill Black

Anyone who agrees with him is a stupid son a bitch.

Bill Black
Bill Black

I say ... good. Export marijuana to the other 49 states. It will provide JOBS to Colorado and also capital. Marijuana is a great industry for the state. If this particular POS can't recognize that the state needs job producing industries ... he should be fired. Let him look for a freaking job so he can see how that feels.

Bill Black
Bill Black

Vote this POS out of office. The People have already spoken. We want legal marijuana. If some POS politician can't get behind the WILL of the People ... he shouldn't be elected in the first place. This particular idiot needs to be run out of office. Elect someone who is marijuana friendly. In November mairijuana will be LEGAL. Period.

Monkey
Monkey

But they were regulated, I thought regulations were suppose to save us all from those un-regulated, drug dealing caregivers. Remember, MMC owners are industry leaders bringing legitimacy to cannabis. Or is it that MMCs are ruining the legitimacy of cannabis that patients and caregivers have built over the last 12 years? The sad thing is that their patients probably paid more for the weed they let them grow than the people buying it out the back door.

Russ Ogden
Russ Ogden

BS on best product- not even close.This case will give more validity to the recent report by the Rocky Mountain HIDTA survey of Colorado law enforcement agencies that basically states " Colorado is becoming a significant exporter of marijuana to the rest of the country." Which is also BS.How did people get it before mmj? There was a black market in place to support the distribution, that black market never went away people, it always will follow the path of least resistnace. This black market will always find a supply, regardless of where, so efforts to legalize in one state without legalizing federally will continue to breed losers like this willing to break laws to make a buck. I am for throwing the book at these hypocrits, they betrayed what so many are working so hard to support.

coloradommjpatient
coloradommjpatient

This should be interesting to see the fallout from all the little pigs squealing. Wonder why the Feds weren't involved. 

Paul Vincent Saurini
Paul Vincent Saurini

That was the BEST product in TOWN! Did that have anything to do with all this?

Paul Vincent Saurini
Paul Vincent Saurini

That was the BEST product in TOWN! Did that have anything to do with all this?

puzzlebox666
puzzlebox666

 @DonkeyHotay WTF? can you not shut the f*ck up and let ANYONE else comment without you spouting off something stupid? Are you seriously 23 years old? Are you retarded? Did your mother drink while pregnant and prostitute at the same time? Your like the gullom of these boards, a lonely dirty basement dwelling crusty fat troll. 

IcePick
IcePick

 @DonkeyHotay Never a missed opportunity with you, eh? 

 

Why should A64 protect people who had no intention of following any law?  These people, not unlike the Ha Do Gang, were and are criminals.

 

But readers should vote YES on A64, because when it passes Donkey will Cry.

FoRealz
FoRealz

 @Monkey "I thought regulations were suppose to save us all from those un-regulated, drug dealing caregivers."

 

They just did.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @coloradommjpatient Because, unlike they did with the Do case, the MMED and the State are supposed to do the "regulating".

 

They've got to justify all those New SUV's they just had to lease.

 

Mark85
Mark85

 @coloradommjpatient Who needs the feds when you've got the state DOR and attorney general's office doing their dirty work for them?

 

I suppose it would be a PR nightmare for the feds. After all, the dispensary wasn't near a school, so there's no "save the children" bandwagon to get on.

 

I wonder if this dispensary had a state license? All those greedy dispensary owners have been claiming they're "good to go" even if they don't have a license. This proves that theory wrong too.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @puzzlebox666 

Donkey,

Congrads on ANOTHER, die hard follower.

At this rate, WW is going to have to give you

your own blog.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick So you finally admit that A64 does not legalize marijuana.

 

Welcome to Reality.

Monkey
Monkey

 @FoRealz You are confused. The 59 count inditement doesn't show MMCED violations because they are irrelevant to both the prevention/prosecution of crime and the safety of patients/people.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick If MMCED were doing anything that resembled their job description -- there would be DOZENS of Dispensaries INDICTED for these same crimes, many for much larger quantities and frequency.

 

Without the hot "back door" action, most dispensaries in Colorado would collapse and FAIL.

 

That they've only targeted one group of Pot Clowns really illustrates how clueless, ineffective and willfully blind they are to the 1000s of pounds of "medical" pot that is diverted into the recreational market EVERY MONTH.

 

 

Monkey
Monkey

 @IcePick The MMCED probably found out about this when you did, after the fact. Your commercialized weed world makes weed look shady, not legitimate. The MMCED only collects money, real cops and old laws still bust criminals, despite MMC regulations and the illusion of legality.

IcePick
IcePick

 @Monkey Yes, they were regulated and when they were found to be ignoring the regulations they were shut down and arrested.  This is EXACTLY how this is supposed to work.  Looks like the MMED is doing what they are supposed to even though they are understaffed.

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