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High Times Medical Cannabis Cup returning with Amendment 64-friendly free-puff zone


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Art by D-Wreck.
Best Glass
3. Dopeass Glass
2. Hitman Glass: Worm torch tube
1. Mad Hatter Glass: "Marble Madness"

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Just another nondescript, private warehouse...
Best Edibles
3. Standing Akimbo: Bubble Brownies
2. Dixie Elixirs: Chocolate Truffles
1. Dabba Chocolate Company: Mint Chocolate Chip
(side note: Who are these guys? The owner said, "We'll see you in dispensaries real soon.")

Best Concentrates
3. River Rock North: Blueberry
2. The Clinic Highlands: Strawberry Cough Nectar
1. Top Shelf Extracts: 707 Headband Shatter Oil

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Top Solventless extracts
1. Pink House Blooms: Lemon OG Solventless Wax

Highest CBD
3. Natural Mystic Co.: Tora Bora
2. Greenwerkz: R4
1. River Rock South: CBD Oil

Patient's Choice Award (voted on by patients who sampled both)
(tie)

1. Pink House Blooms: Super Silver Haze
1. The Clinic: Kosher Kush

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Best Hybrid
3. The Clinic: Rascal OG
2. Fresh Baked Boulder: Jack Flash
1. The Green Man: Skunkberry

Best Sativa
3. Medicine Man Denver: Jack Herer
2. Natural Remedies: Red Headed Stranger
1. The Clinic: Stardog OG xGuava

Best Indica
3. River Rock: Cataract Kush
2. 420 Wellness Alameda: Kurple Fantasy
1. Pink House Blooms: SFV OG Kush

More from our Mile Highs and Lows archive circa April 2012: "Photos, video: High Times Denver Medical Cannabis Cup recap."



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11er
11er

DAMN.. Why all the hostility fellows fuck can't "we all just get a bong", or something like that... peace to all.

jack420flash

Jason Breault
Jason Breault

um Charles pretty sure we passed 64 what are you protesting for? its legal important going to the cannabis cup last year was so much fun!!!!!

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Oh wow free puff zone!!! Where is the story about the ken gorman end of the month smoke out at the Capitol or the d 420 rally. Both are more public and more of a protest against cannabis Prohibition. Way to spit on real cannabis activism you propagandists. Oh wow a smoking area! Oh wow a bunch of corporate whores with computers good job Wasteword you are the best free sell out rag in Denver.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If the MMED did their JOB and enforced the REGULATIONS you clueless clowns begged for -- any Dispensary that provided, supplied or delivered ANY "medical" marijuana off-premises to this commercial competition would be BUSTED for violating numerous laws under the "regulatory framework" provided by HB-1284 and the myriad rules and crimes created by the Dept. of Revenue et. seq.


orson
orson

$50 so you can hangout in a building with other marijuana users...BYOB...LMAO.  Sounds like Rob's scam but I guess suckers will keep falling for it.

If you want marijuana to be taken seriously by the public, don't give one fucking cent to anyone who acts like a stupid stoner, and of course that includes the idiots behind this event.  Vote with your money, and starve the stoners out of the industry.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

@michael.roberts Wow, Michael moderating a lot. What law enforcement or the sham cannabis groups did not have propagand for you to print? Wil, good job. The high times cannabis cup is coming back to Denver and they are going to have a smoking area. Way to discredit the 420 rally which has had way more people smoke way more publicly or the Ken Gorman end of the month rally were way more people fight for legalization. Wil you know you are printing propaganda, stop.

Monkey
Monkey

"Skye said keeping it dispensary-herb only "allow[s] us to have a high assurance that the entries will be healthy and contaminant-free."

FUCK YOU!!!!

The most contaminated weed comes from warehouse "dispensary-herb". That's why the entries from the dispensaries will secretly come from a friends basement......shhhh, don't tell anyone.

Have fun kids, ignorance is bliss.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jason Breault  ... um, pretty sure you're a stupid stoner if you think A64 legalized marijuana.


BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@orson Hmmm... $50 for a quarter of decent stuff or $50 to get into an event... I'd go with the former, order a pizza, and fire up the Netflix.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@orson ... Puerile Pot Punks who were pathetic ostracized losers as teenagers desperately searching for other ostracized losers in a vain attempt to validate their stump-stupid stammering illiteracy and pig-ignorant slacker existence ... not much different than the drooling lowlife Juggalos who haunt ICP concerts.

The Puerile Pot Punk Posse = the PPPP

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Charles Gleason  ... the 420 Rally is about the PEOPLE ... the High Times convention is about CORPORATE $$$ and Greedy Dispensary Cartels ... 

... which one do you honestly think WW would support given their financial dependence on Dispensary Cartel advertising $$?


mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

@Monkey Uhhhh that's one of the most ignorant things I've heard in awhile. Dispensaries have to prove where their product comes from which means establishments with licensing that can provide manifests that is submitted to the MMED. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about

Monkey
Monkey

@mattleising You clearly have no idea what licensed establishments are doing. Regulations don't make people honest, they makes people lie, cheat and steal. You really think paperwork is hard to fake?

Have fun kid, ignorance is bliss. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising = Black Market Drug Dealing PIMP for the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising = too stupid to read, much less comprehend the USDOJ Ogden and Cole memos.

Typical clueless stoner fucktard.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising = dumber than a bucket of dirt

You're breaking the SAME FEDERAL LAWS that all of the above clueless dispensary criminals were breaking.

Stay ignorant, it's your best skill.


mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @mattleising I'm sure they did Donkey but thankfully that has nothing to do with us or any other dispensary I know of. Sucks people break the law but thankfully we aren't that's why we're in business still. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising

  • October 5, 2011 - In conjunction with a new federal assault on California's medical marijuana providers, a criminal case was unsealed naming six defendants linked to a now-defunct North Hollywood marijuana collective called NoHo Caregivers. The organization allegedly sold marijuana to other stores, and sent marijuana to affiliates in New York and Pennsylvania - distributed approximately 600 to 700 pounds of marijuana per month, according to the indictment. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of $14.7 million. The defendants named in the NoHo Caregivers indictment are Paul A. Montoya, Noah Joel Kleinman, Kathy Thabet, James Stanley, Bryant Watson, and Casey Wheat. Their trial is set for May 22, 2012.
  • Prosecutors also filed three forfeiture actions against owners of buildings whereThe Wildomar Patients Compassionate Group, Montclair Caregivers in San Bernardino County, and eight stores located in a two-story strip mall at 26402 Raymond Way in Lake Forest.

    Federal authorities arrested Ron Chang, 43, of the Wildomar collective; Amanda Theresa Ventura, 28; Peter Arthur Suhan, 54; Hal Delno Pilotte, 57; and Gary David Maddox, 55. A sixth defendant, James Travis Brand, 28, was extradited from Texas and also charged. Pilotte had a hearing in San Diego on January 10, 2012, where the judge granted the defense team time to investigate a wiretap order.

    Pilotte had lots of support in court from other senior citizens, most of them not medical marijuana patients. His next hearing is November 28, 2012 at 9:30AM.

    In addition to the criminal case and the forfeiture actions, the United States Attorney's Office sent dozens of letters yesterday to people affiliated with 38 marijuana dispensaries in selected cities across the Southland. Those receiving letters are warned that the stores are operating in violation of federal law and that they have two weeks to "take the necessary steps to discontinue the sale and/or distribution of marijuana" at the stores. The letters note that the operation of a marijuana store "may result in criminal prosecution, imprisonment, fines, and forfeiture of assets, including the real property on which the dispensary is operating and any money you receive (or have received) from the dispensary operator."

    The cities are:

    • Orange County - the cities of Lake Forest, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, and Rancho Santa Margarita;

    • Riverside County - the cities of Murrieta, Wildomar, and Temecula; and

    • Inland Empire - the cities of Pomona, Claremont, Upland, Montclair, and Chino.

    Also receiving a letter was the building owner of the state's longest-operating dispensary, the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Fairfax. It warns the landlord that he could be liable for imprisonment of up to 40 years, forfeiture of the property, and forfeiture of all rental proceeds from the last 15 years for violating federal law if MAMM isn't evicted.

    Building owners for three dispensaries in San Francisco also received letters, as did the Ocean Beach Wellness Centers and Oasis Herbal Center in San Diego. In recent weeks, federal authorities seized the bank accounts of two dispensaries in Sacramento and announced a $2.4 million tax penalty against Harborside Health Center in Oakland.

  • July 20, 2011 - Jerry LaberdeeDennis WhitedRussell BlakeCharles Wrightand Jon Vivian have been indicted on federal charges that arose from a crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane, Washington earlier this year. The charges carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising

  • January 19, 2012 - A former University of Montana Grizzly quarterback pleaded not guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana. Jason Washington entered his plea in front of U.S. Magistrate Jeremiah Lynch. Washington is one of six defendants named in the indictment, which follows a widespread federal raid last November on numerous businesses, homes and warehouses linked to marijuana businesses in western Montana. Read more.UPDATE January 2013: Washington has been found guilty of "conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana" and "possession with intent to distribute marijuana," but was acquitted of another felony possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-related crime. He is facing a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence, up to 40 years in prison, and more than $10 million in fines and forfeitures.
  • UPDATE 9/10/12 - Christopher Cronshaw, 25, was sentenced to 125 days in prison and three months home arrest and Gregory Zuckert to three days in prison and three months home arrest. Prosecutors say the 25-year-old Cronshaw was the head grower at Washington's greenhouse.
  • January 18, 2012 - As part of a continuing, coordinated effort against commercial marijuana operations in California that started last fall, federal prosecutors have filed four asset forfeiture lawsuits against properties housing marijuana storefronts in Los Angeles and Orange counties and have sent warning letters to property owners and operators of illegal marijuana stores in several Southland cities.

    The forfeiture actions include American Collective, Otherside Farms, and three other marijuana stores operating at 440 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. All known collectives in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach are now the subject of federal enforcement actions.

    Another asset forfeiture lawsuit has been filed against the building that houses the Alternative Medicinal Cannabis Collective (AMCC) in an unincorporated part of Covina.

    Warning letters were sent last week to property owners and operators associated with marijuana stores in unincorporated Walnut, La Puente, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore, where a total of 17 stores are believed to be currently operating. Those receiving letters were warned that the stores are operating in violation of federal law and that they have 15 days to take steps to discontinue the sale and distribution of marijuana at the stores.

    Three civil forfeiture actions filed in October are still pending, but the stores in the properties have been closed. And dozens of letters sent to those associated with marijuana stores in 13 Southland cities have resulted in nearly all of the stores being closed, with the remainder currently being the subject of eviction proceedings.

    Read more.

  • January 12, 2012 - United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced the filing of a civil forfeiture complaint against Grass, aka Sacramento Holistic Healing Center. According to the complaint, Grass/SHHC is located less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school and a high school. Read more.

    And federal agents raided three pot dispensaries in San Diego acting on a "landlord law" that was put into action by the U.S. Attorney's office last year. Agents targeted Golden West Collective on University Avenue in North Park with assistance from San Diego Police. Read more.

    Cal NORML has received word that in Sacramento County, a score of dispensaries have closed voluntarily in response to the landlord letters. Also, in the Northern District several well-regarded dispensaries have been targeted on the spurious grounds that they were within 1,000 feet of playgrounds or parks, including theHumboldt Medical Supply in Arcata.

  • October 14, 2011 - Federal prosecutors are warning 16 Sacramento-area landlords they could lose their buildings for renting to marijuana dispensaries. United States Attorney Ben Wagner is following through on a threat formally announced at a news conference last Friday, and confirmed the number of landlord letters in an interview Thursday on Capital Public Radio.
  • October 13, 2011 - DEA agents along with BNE and one Mendocino county sheriff deputy raided the garden of Northstone Organics, one of the county-licensed medical marijuana growers. Northstone has been involved in a court case in Sonoma county after two of their drivers were caught there while transporting marijuana to medical patients in the Bay area. A Mendocino sheriff and county supervisor testified on behalf of Northstone in that trial.

    Also on this day, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment Mark Bagdasarian and his sonRyan Bagdasarian with conspiring to cultivate and distribute marijuana and possessing marijuana through their Buds 4 Life dispensaries in Fresno. According to the criminal complaint, in June 2011, the Bagdasarian’s stores were searched and law enforcement officers found 3,669 marijuana plants, 219 pounds of processed marijuana, and more than $546,000 in cash. A more recent search yielded another 35 pounds of processed marijuana and $40,000 in cash.

  • October 12, 2011 - DEA agents, assisted by Pomona police officers, raided the Green Cross USA dispensary, seizing marijuana, edibles, hashish, hashish oil and some documents as part of an investigation. The property owner had received a letter from DEA threatening civil and criminal charges; local authorities had also moved to close the shop. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising

  • 5/4/2012 - The DEA, along with the U.S. Attorney's Office, IRS and Santa Barbara police, served search warrants at several collectives and gardens in Santa Barbara county, and filed three forfeiture proceedings in court. "All known marijuana stores in Santa Barbara County are now the subject of federal enforcement actions," said to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    According to the U.S, Attorney's Office, the asset-forfeiture lawsuits were filed against Miramar Collective on Ortega Hill Road in Summerland, Pacific Coast Collective, at 331 N. Milpas St. in Santa Barbara, whose operator is currently being prosecuted in state court, and an indoor marijuana farm in the 300 block of East Haley Street in Santa Barbara.

    Warrants were also served Wednesday at Pacific Coast Collective, and the residence of operator Charles Jeff Restivo in Carpinteria, who is already facing felony charges related to the dispensary. Read more.

  • 4/25/2012 - Federal prosecutors filed forfeiture actions on April 23 against The Green Door Wellness Center and the Green Tiger Collective, both in Novato. The Green Tiger has closed, but the Green Door is fighting to stay open. Read more.
  • 2/29/2012 - US attorneys have sent landlord letters to over 50 more dispensaries in the Inland Empire area (San Bernardino, Fontana, Colton and Bloomington), where local officials have been pressing to close them. In addition, Cal NORML has learned of new landlord letters in Mendocino, apparently targeted at facilities within 1,000 feet of schools or playgrounds.

    On February 28, Benjamin Wagner, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, vowed a new crackdown on large medical marijuana grows. In an appearance at the Sacramento Press club, Wagner said in the coming months a new focus will be made on pot farms with tens of thousands of plants in the central valley, from Stanislaus County down to Kern County," Wagner said. When asked if he'd ever smoked marijuana himself, Wagner replied, "I'll say I went to college."

    That day, U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. dismissed one of five suits that had been filed in federal courts last fall in a bid to win legal support for medical marijuana use in California and other states. Burrell's order came in a suit filed in federal court in Sacramento last November on behalf of the El Camino Wellness Center and Ryan Landers, a 40-year-old Sacramento man who uses medical marijuana to alleviate suffering from AIDS and other illnesses.

  • February 21, 2012 - Matthew Shotwell, operator and founder of Greenwell Cooperative in Vallejo was arrested by Vallejo Police and taken into custody. Almost 800 plants were seized from the different locations, police said. The U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of California is also investigating a potential civil action against the building's owner, Vallejo Police Lt. Ken Weaver said. Other collectives in Valljeo were reportedly raided on the same day.
  • January 25, 2012 - Federal agents seized more than 2,500 marijuana plants and arrested at least six people in connection with alleged marijuana grows in an industrial complex just outside Murrieta city limits. On Jan. 18, there were 1,827 marijuana plants seized from the Disabled American Veteran's Collective (DAVC), in the same complex. Two people were arrested in that raid: Kevin Freeman, 38, of Temecula, the director of the collective, and Dennis Earl Zuniga, 32. Prior to the raids, DAVC was visited twice in December by an undercover Riverside County Sheriff's detective who had obtained a medical marijuana card and was able to purchase marijuana twice at the dispensary, according to the warrant. The building's owner Jonathan Cringan, according to the warrant, who was among four arrested. Read more.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising

  • October 19, 2012 - Raymond Arthur Gentile, 51, and Gustavo Angel Salinas, 24, are accused of various crimes related to marijuana cultivation and distribution for involvement with ANP Collective in Bakersfield. Gentile, who was arrested in San Bernardino County after a high-speed chase with California Highway Patrol officers, also faces a federal firearm charge. The case began after a customer accused them of assault with a baseball bat and a Glock handgun after he allegedly stole one gram of marijuana during a purchase. Agents seized 170 marijuana plants, 25 pounds of processed marijuana, nearly 3,000 pills, a 12-gauge shotgun and more than $68,000 in cash. Gentile and Salinas each face a maximum of 40 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines, the U.S. Attorney's office said. Read more.
  • October 11, 2012 - OAKLAND SUES FEDS WHILE LONG BEACH RAIDS 7 DISPENSARIES
    In contrasting moves, the city of Oakland has sued the federal government to stop its forfeiture actions against city-regulated dispensaries, while Long Beach has joined the feds to arrest 40 dispensary workers and is threatening to arrest more.
  • October 12, 2012 - Aaron Sandusky, whose G3 Holistic collective had storefronts in Upland, Colton and Moreno Valley, was found guilty on two felony counts of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute charges. The jury deadlocked on four other charges having to do with operating a location involved with drugs. Judge Anderson declared a mistrial on those counts. Sandusky was sentenced to 10 years in prison on January 7, 2013. He plans to appeal. Read more.

    Sandusky's brother Keith and four other former employees of G3 Holistic have pleaded guilty in the case. They are awaiting sentencing. G3 medical marijuana co-defendents all facing prison time

    G3 co-founder John Leslie Nuckolls II testified at Aaron's trial, a condition of his plea bargain. Nuckolls testified he had been friends with Sandusky for about 11 years. In 2009 he approached Sandusky, who had real estate and broker experience, about opening a medical marijuana dispensary.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Robinson asked Nuckolls if, in June 2009, he was working as a confidential informant for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

    "I was not," Nuckolls, who added that he talked with the agency, along with San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office and the DEA, and worked with them, but never worked as an informant.

    Robinson then pointed out that Nuckolls had an agreement with the DA's Office at that time and after helping them with cases had a felony charge dismissed. Read more.

  • September 27, 2012 - 150 agents from US Homeland Security (!), FBI, DEA, CHP and Sonoma sheriff's deputies wearing military garb and were accompanied by an armored military vehicle stormed from house to house, pulling up backyard gardens, in an impoverished section of Santa Rosa. Read more.

    On September 25, Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided the Live Love Collective in Anaheim.

    Meanwhile, five medical marijuana patients and caregivers from Michigan will be sentenced in federal court next week. Read more.

  • September 25 - Federal authorities took legal action against 71 medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles County, including all known collectives in downtown and Eagle Rock part of an ongoing campaign to crack down on medical marijuana.

    According to the U.S. attorney's office, officials sent warning letters to 68 pot dispensaries, filed forfeiture lawsuits against three properties that house such businesses and served search warrants at three additional facilities. Read more.

  • 7/17/2012 - Federal agents raided a medical marijuana dispensary in unincorporated Lake Elsinore, for the second time in three months. Drug Enforcement Agency agents seized marijuana from Compassionate Patients Association, in the 17500 block of Grand Avenue, and told them to shut down. No arrests were made.
  • 7/16/2012 - Mark Bagdasarian, the Clovis pot dispensary owner who already is facing marijuana possession and distribution allegations, is now being hit with federal money laundering charges, even as HSBC bank apologizes to a Senate committee for laundering billions in Mexican cartel drug assets (but faces no criminal charges).
  • 7/12/2012 - The federal government filed property forfeiture suits aimed at closing Harborside, the foremost medical cannabis dispensary still operating in Northern California. In addition to its flagship Oakland location, Harborside operates a branch in San Jose. The landlords of both received forfeiture notices from the DOJ.Read more.
  • 7/11/2012 - A federal search warrant was served at the Pacific Collective in Venice; the facility is now closed.

    The federal government has sent a letter to the landlord for Golden State Patient Care Collective in Colfax, threatening him with forfeiture and criminal charges. "Once again, the DOJ is violating AG Holder's own supposed policy by targeting not rogue criminal profiteers,  but a well-run, respected dispensary that is abiding in full accordance with California law," said Dale Gieringer of CalNORML. "The DOJ's real agenda is to try to destroy the most successful leaders in the medical cannabis industry because they prove that lawful access to cannabis works, contrary to the government's bankrupt policy of prohibition."

    In June, federal authorities filed two asset forfeiture lawsuits against properties housing three pot shops in Santa Fe Springs and sent warning letters to 34 people associated with allegedly illegal marijuana operations in Los Angeles County. The warning letters targeted known marijuana stores in Santa Fe Springs, Whittier, South El Monte, La Mirada, Diamond Bar, Artesia, Paramount, South Gate, City of Commerce, Agoura Hills and Malibu.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising ... that what these delusional criminal fools thought too -- 

  • January 13, 2013 - Matthew R. Davies, 34, of Stockton is being offered a plea deal with a five year mandatory minimum sentence. According to the New York Times,federal agents raided two of Mr. Davies’s dispensaries and a warehouse, where 2,000 marijuana plants were grown, in 2011. The federal authorities said they stumbled across the operation after two men were spotted apparently breaking into Mr. Davies’s 30,000-square-foot Stockton warehouse. The police said they smelled marijuana plants. Federal agents conducted a raid and confiscated 1,962 plants and 200 pounds of marijuana.
  • Also see The Atlantic story on Davies's bust. and supporters' websiteKeepMattFree.com

  • January 9, 2013 - Former South Lake Tahoe medical marijuana dispensary operatorGino DiMatteo pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, as part of a plea agreement. On August 31, 2012, US agents say they found 5 pounds of processed marijuana and 15 pounds of “shake,” at DeMatteo's home. Also found were various edible marijuana products, a scale, pay/owe sheets and a heat sealing machine. DiMatteo listed himself as receiving $7,000 biweekly in one of the documents found. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on April 17. The maximum penalty for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana is 30 years in prison. Source.
  • December 11, 2012 - Bryan Smith, 28, of Elk Grove, pleaded guilty to federal drug charges stemming from owning and operating the R & R Wellness marijuana dispensary formerly located at 75 Quita Court in Sacramento and growing marijuana related to the dispensary operation.

    According to the terms of the plea agreement, Smith agreed to a sentence of not less than 5 years in prison and not more than 7 years and 3 months in prison. His sentencing date is scheduled for Jan. 25.

    Smith is the last defendant to plead guilty in the case. Co-defendants Daniel Goldsmith, 27, Galt- Elk Grove; Robert Klaus, 36, San Diego; Ryder Phillips, 27, Galt; Kelly Smith, 55, Elk Grove and Bruce Goldsmith, 61.

    All are pending sentencing. Read more.

  • October 25, 2012 - The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the arrests of 12 people associated with a chain of pot shops in Southern California.

    John Melvin Walker allegedly operated 9 dispensaries in L.A. and Orange counties; he's been charged with failure to report taxable income, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and maintaining a drug location near schools. The suspect, who had previously been convicted of cocaine and pot charges, was also allegedly in possession of an AK-47 and shotgun.

    Defendants, according to the feds, include:

    -John Melvin Walker, also knows an "Pops," 56, of San Clemente, the owner/operator of the nine marijuana stores;
    -Ryan Aparicio Mondragon, 30, Westminster, who managed Santa Ana Superior Care and who is currently being sought by authorities;
    -Danielle Pamela Stebel, also known as "Mob Queen," 25, of Long Beach, who helped manage Belmont Shore Natural Care;
    -Nicholas Einar Lattu, also known as "Dragon 6," 28, of Long Beach, who owned Shadow Ops Security, a company that provided security services to the marijuana stores, and who is currently being sought by authorities;
    -Ryan Scott Hunt, 36, of Fullerton, who managed Garden Grove Alternative Care;
    -Perry Brooks Forehand, also known as "Bucky," 33, of Mission Viejo, the manager of Safe Harbor Collective;
    -Nicholas Martin Butier III, 32, of Lakewood, who was the manager of Alternative Herbal Health;
    -Sierra Marina Serhan, also known as "Happy Chick," 33, of Long Beach, who helped manage Belmont Shore Natural Care;
    -Alvin Wesley Walker, 29, of Long Beach, who is believed to be John Walker's nephew and who helped manage Belmont Shore Natural Care;
    -John Eugene Scandalios, 59, of Lakewood, who allegedly supplied marijuana to Santa Fe Compassionate Health Care;
    -Karen Lee Leto, 70, of Huntington Beach, who allegedly helped manage Costa Mesa Patients Association;
    -Craig Lawrence Leto, 49, of Newport Beach who is Karen Leto's son and who allegedly helped manage Costa Mesa Patients Association;
    -Michael Alan Nixon, 33, of Long Beach, who allegedly supplied marijuana to Santa Fe Compassionate Health Care;
    -Alan David Nixon, 59, of Long Beach, who is Michael Nixon's father and who allegedly managed Santa Fe Compassionate Health Care.

    All of the above are charged with conspiracy. They were arraigned on 10/26 in Orange County.


mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Lmao so says you in your opinion in everyone else's I'm just another business man and tax paying citizen

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising " What dispensaries are delivering marijuana to the event?"

There's at least one that won't be ... yours!, Matt "black market drug dealer" Leising.

mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay What dispensaries are delivering marijuana to the event? And if they are, why is the state and the Feds allowing it? It's not like it's a big secret or something Lmao

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising " Why would I use some basement batch when our warehouse stuff is far better and legal to use?"

Since when is it LEGAL for a Dispensary to DELIVER marijuana off-premises for non-medicinal use by stoners -- i.e. a commercial competition sponsored by High Times magazine?

You = Legal Fucktard


mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Lol wheres the rest of the quote or did you just stop reading? Are you in the Tea Party lmao?

Here I can be like you

"I admit that" (I have no idea what I'm talking about)

Noted lol

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


@mattleising  "I admit that ... " [ 100s of pounds of "medical" pot is sold out the back door of "badged" and licensed dispensaries ]

Noted.

mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

@Monkey @mattleising Why would I use some basement batch when our warehouse stuff is far better and legal to use? Nice opinion again by the way facts are still most definitely missing lmao

Monkey
Monkey

 @mattleising  You can't be that dumb, can you? When a few ounces of your well documented warehouse weed leaves for the cup, they sell it to some dumb kid like you, and pick up the real entry from their friends basement batch. The facts you're looking for are incriminating, so people like you are not informed of the facts.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising ... so you admit that 100s of pounds of "medical" pot is sold out the back door of "badged" and licensed dispensaries, eh numbnuts?


mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @mattleising Thats super Donkey I remember hearing about that glad you heard about it too. Still has nothing to do with my shop or the rest of us lol

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising

*** Colorado's medical pot industry fuels illegal trade, review shows ***

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21221031/colorados-medical-pot-industry-fuels-illegal-trade-review

*** Medical marijuana dispensary owner admits to selling $400K worth of pot ***

DENVER - The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary has pleaded guilty to charges that he illegally sold almost $400,000 worth of marijuana last year.

Dmitriy Genzer, who owns the Cannabis and Company on Tejon Street in Denver, was arrested after he tried to sell 200 pounds of marijuana to an undercover police officer last year.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mattleising "I know exactly what's going on because I'm fully involved."

Your confession to operating a Continuous Criminal Enterprise and Money Laundering in violation of Federal Drug Laws is hereby noted.

Matt Leising = Chris Bartkowicz's future cellmate 

mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @mattleising Not ours Donkey lol Prove that 100 of pounds are regularly being sold by dispensaries to the black market then we can talk otherwise we'll leave your opinion at just that, an opinion

mattleising
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@Monkey Lol no I know exactly what's going on because I'm fully involved. I know exactly what's happening with our marijuana from seed/clone all the way till it's processed. Maybe pull up some facts instead of opinion?

Monkey
Monkey

@mattleising  Ok, you're not ignorant, you're stupid. It's obvious who ever you work for keeps you in the dark, as they should, and you think the world works the way they told you it does. That's cute. 

DonkeyHotay
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@mattleising = clueless drug dealing dispensary pimp

As if 100s of pounds of pot don't fall out the back-door of "licensed" dispensaries every month ...

Ignorant fuckwit.

mattleising
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@Monkey @mattleising Lmao your ignorance is apparent and your reading skills worse. The MMED gets the paper trail of ever single bud that goes into and out of shops. The paperwork therefore is extremely difficult to fake  if it can be done at all. Obviously, the only ignorant person here is you. Maybe argue with facts and logic rather than opinion and anger?

DonkeyHotay
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@mattleising = ignorant fuckwit

*** Feds seized 2,500 plants from Cherry Top Farms in Colorado ***

The arrestees thus far are Nathan Do, 21, and his father, Ha Do, 48. Also being sought are Ha's brother Hai Do, 44, and Richard Crosse, 48. 

The four are charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants.
[ 10 year MINIMUM Mandatory Prison sentence ] 

The arraignment of Nathan and Ha Do took place at 2 p.m.  "They're being held pending a detention hearing, which is scheduled for next Wednesday at 10 a.m.," says U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner. "At that hearing, a judge will determine if they're eligible for bond. And that could be a preliminary hearing as well."

Ha, Nathan and Hai Do are all affiliated with Earth's Medicine, a dispensary on Federal Boulevard; Ha is the general manager, Nathan the cultivator and Hai the owner. 

As for Crosse, he owns at a warehouse 3885 Forrest where the trio installed a grow operation; he also allegedly invested approximately $325,000 in the operation, purchasing the equipment needed and leasing it back to the Do family.

DonkeyHotay
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@mattleising ... one day Matt Leising will appear on this List of Fools --

  • July 13, 2011 - Ten people have pleaded not guilty to various federal charges of drug-trafficking conspiracy after approximately 30 law enforcement agencies executed 26 criminal search warrants in 13 Montana cities on March 14. Jason D. Burns, Joshua L. Schultz and Jesse D. Leland pleaded not guilty on June 23 to manufacturing, distribution, possession, and money laundering charges in U.S. District Court in Missoula. On June 30, Richard G. Flor, Justin L. Flor and Sherry L. Flor were each charged with 11 felonies, including possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking offense in U.S. District Court in Billings. On July 6, Jonathan Janetski, Michael Kassner, Tyler Roe and Evan Corum were charged with three counts each in Missoula. An eleventh person is yet to be arrested, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Fehr. All of the defendants face a mandatory minimum of five years, and up to 40 years in prison if convicted. The weapons charges against the Flors could lead to life imprisonment. Operators of the Montana Caregivers Association and MCM Caregivers, which were among the targets of the raids, have filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming their constitutional rights were violated.

    UPDATE: On Sept. 7, 2011, Schultz pleaded guilty to a charge of distributing more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. He agreed to forfeit at least $600,000 in cash and a Mercedes car, according to court documents. Leland pleaded guilty on Sept. 13. Both men are scheduled to be sentenced in December.

    Separate from the March raids, Shawn Slattery and Andrew Umhey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney. Prosecutors alleged that from October 2010 to February 2011, Slattery and Umhey operated the Four-Twenty Ranch LLC, where marijuana was produced and stored. In February, law enforcement officers seized 272 marijuana plants and 32.5 pounds of marijuana from the business. Both face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison. They are scheduled to be sentenced on December 22. (Source: Medical Marijuana Business Report

    UPDATE 3/12: Corum was sentenced to six months in prison, plus six months of house arrest. Kassner and Roe were sentenced to a year and a day each in prison.

    UPDATE: On May 22, 2012, Janetski was sentenced to a year in prison, and will likely serve about 10 months. This will make him the first landlord to do time in a medical marijuana case. Read more.

    UPDATE 8/29: Chris Lindsey, the president of an advocacy group behind a lawsuit and a ballot measure challenging Montana’s restrictive new medical marijuana law, has struck a deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to conspiracy to maintain a drug-involved premises for his involvement with Montana Cannabis. The charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine upon conviction.

    Dan Nichols, a former Montana Cannabis employee who is known for kidnapping a world-class biathlete in the 1980s with his father in a scheme to make the woman his mountain bride, has also been charged, as has Chris Williams. Source.

    UPDATE 8/30: Richard Flor was sentenced to 5 years and died in Federal custody.

    UPDATE 9/6: Tom Daubert, 59, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years probation on Sept. 6. He faces 20 years for his involvement in Montana Cannabis.

  • UPDATE 9/28: Williams was found guilty on eight charges by a jury on September 27, 2012.

    Williams wasn't able to tell the jurors anything about the Montana Medical Marijuana Act since Judge Christensen ruled that marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug under federal law; as such, possession, cultivation and distribution of it remains a federal crime. Montana laws, he added, weren't pertinent to the case and he didn't allow any mention of them before jurors or as a defense. [This is the case in all federal kangaroo court trials regarding medical marijuana.] Williams's lawyer Michael Donahoe stated that he believes the federal government is guilty of entrapment of his client, and will appeal on that basis and others.

DonkeyHotay
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@mattleising

January 19, 2012 - A former University of Montana Grizzly quarterback pleaded not guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana. 

Jason Washington entered his plea in front of U.S. Magistrate Jeremiah Lynch. Washington is one of six defendants named in the indictment, which follows a widespread federal raid last November on numerous businesses, homes and warehouses linked to medical marijuana businesses in western Montana

%sUPDATE January 2013: Washington has been found guilty of "conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana" and "possession with intent to distribute marijuana," but was acquitted of another felony possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-related crime. He is facing a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence, up to 40 years in prison, and more than $10 million in fines and forfeitures.

DonkeyHotay
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@mattleising ... brags the Black Market Drug dealer who admittedly participates in a Continuing Criminal Enterprise and Money Laundering crimes, all in direct, premeditated violation of Federal Drug Laws ... for personal profit.


mattleising
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@DonkeyHotay @mattleising Lmao been doing this for 3 years and they know it and aren't stopping me and have taken my tax money with a smile. Guess I'm ok in their book too lol

DonkeyHotay
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@mattleising = violates numerous Federal Drug laws every day, for profit, e.g. a black market drug dealer.

DonkeyHotay
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@mattleising  ... says the Black Market Drug Dealing PIMP for the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels.


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