Eli Traufield busted for 61 pounds of marijuana apparently intended for closed dispensary

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Eli Traufield's Facebook photo gallery alternates sexy shots like this one with family pics featuring his son. But most of the posts tout the healing abilities of marijuana -- appropriate given that he's listed as an owner of Fort COllins ORganics and Earthly Elements, a dispensary. Problem is, Earthly Elements is no longer open -- a fact that appears to have grabbed the attention of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, which participated in a bust of Traufield that included serious charges and the seizure of 350 plants and more than 61 pounds of pot. Details and more below.

The Facebook link to Earthly Elements take surfers to a placeholder page, while most online references to the business reference a Fort Collins address on Elizabeth Street, not the 1324 North College Avenue location where the operation was set to move. Here's an interactive graphic of the building in question, on the left; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Earthly Elements was slated to move from its Elizabeth Street digs to College due to zoning regulations circa 2011. But later that year, Fort Collins voters prohibited dispensaries entirely effective on Valentine's Day 2012. The next November, Fort Collins reversed its ban, and since then, a number of medical marijuana centers have reopened -- but not Earthly Elements. And even before then, Traufield and Derek Golden, previously listed as the dispensary's owner, had already run afoul of the law.

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Another photo of Traufield from his Facebook page.
The Coloradoan reports that Traufield and Golden were targeted in 2010 regarding marijuana possession following an investigation by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

Traufield pleaded guilty the following year to growing thirty or more pot plans and possession six-to-twelve ounces of weeds -- a felony and a misdemeanor, respectively. He received seven days in jail, 160 hours of community service and a deferred sentence that isn't set to expire until this November -- meaning that his current arrest appears to violate that accord. And as a convicted felon, he's precluded from owning a dispensary under Colorado law.

Golden pleaded guilty to possessing six-to-twelve ounces of marijuana, too, and received a year's probation.

Nonetheless, Traufield remains a public booster of MMJ. Here's an image from his Facebook page....

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...and here's another, shared on August 6 along with a note reading, "Howdy, from Northern California:"

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Such graphics are accompanied by posts like this one: "Harvard University scientists reported that THC slows tumor growth in common lung cancer and "significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread." What's more, like a heat-seeking missile, THC selectively targets and destroys tumor cells while leaving healthy cells unscathed. Conventional chemotherapy drugs, by contrast, are highly toxic; they indiscriminately damage the brain and body."

Such claims don't appear to have much impact on the DEA; while medical marijuana is legal in Colorado, it remains forbidden at the federal level. As such, the agency, working with the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force, drew a bead on Traufield again.

Continue for more on the arrest of Eli Traufield, including additional photos.

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

My neighbor's next . He's so f'n illegal & treats everyone like shit ! He's a thief & a liar, and I can't wait for karma to pay his little operation a visit !

I hate him like you wouldn't believe, but not close to that of my feelings towards law enforcement !

I can only hope for a MASSIVE shootout leaving dozens of officers dead !!!

Joey Buhrer
Joey Buhrer

Law enforcement should stop wasting our money harassing people who are trying to satisfy a demand for a product that the people of Colorado have long since accepted.

Monkey
Monkey

Who busted him, the DEA or the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force? If it was the DEA, and he goes to federal court, why would "medical marijuana laws in Fort Collins" be the reason for delay? They don't care about Colorado law, why would they be "puzzled" over Ft. Collins law? If he was a patient and caregiver, on the Colorado level, his "crimes" could be easily dismissed with a good lawyer, but if it was the feds who charged him, he's fucked.

"distributing less than five pounds of marijuana". Caregivers have always been allowed to do this, and now anyone 21 or older can too.

"cultivating thirty or more planTs". Caregivers have always been allowed to do this, even without the relatively new limit waiver for more than 5 patients. 5 patients + yourself = 36 plants, and there is no indication the CDPHE has ever denied a caregiver to serve more than 5 patients. Many patients have extended plant count recommendations as well, giving them an affirmative defense for growing more than 30 plants. 

"conspiracy involving five to 100 pounds of marijuana". What does that mean? Anyone 21 and over can possess what they grow where they grew it. If you accumulate over 5 pounds, is that conspiracy? 

But like I said, if it's the feds who busted him, none of our laws will be considered, and he'll have a long time to regret that sale in the Walmart parking lot.

Randal Friedman
Randal Friedman

I have Spina Bifida and I am HIV positive. Would you prefer people load up on Vicodin or Percocet? cmon now, of course it helps people.

WillieStortz
WillieStortz

There is no money in selling retail pot in Colorado. The real money is shipping it out of state where the stoners will pay top dollar. 

Yea Tax Evasion. 

George
George

Can't wait to hear all the self-righteous pro-regulation people write in saying how this person "got what he deserved" because he wasn't "legal" and wasn't "playing by the rules." How far have we really progressed in Colorado, when people are still willing to condemn someone, anyone, for growing pot? Newsflash, it's not "legal" for anyone in the fed's eyes. The War on Cannabis is nowhere near over.

"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Joey Buhrer Simply put, Joey. Thanks for the post.

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

@Monkey"distributing less than five pounds of marijuana". Caregivers have always been allowed to do this, and now anyone 21 or older can too. "

Where did you get the idea that this was legal?   Nobody can sell marijuana in Colorado except for a licensed dispensary.  Caregivers can recover expenses from patients assigned to them and A64 only allows up to one ounce to be given for free.  (donations are currently being tested in court)  Don't fuck up the good thing we have going here.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Randal Friedman Thanks for sharing your experiences, Randal. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@WillieStortz Interesting argument, Willie. We're going to feature it in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

Reet
Reet

@George 

And you don't have to condemn someone for growing pot to accept that this guy was violating the laws we put in place and has to face the consequences. It's called reality, most of us operate within it -- you should try it.

Reet
Reet

@George Get a fucking clue. That's like saying we aren't all free as drivers until we stop arresting the drunk drivers.

Reet
Reet

@George clearly regulation does work, as they caught this guy violating the regulations.



George
George

Told you the prohibitionists would come out in force against this "bad" pot smoker.

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

@George Being a p"ot smoker" is fine.  Slinging pounds into the Black market and unregulated sales are outside of the law.  Things are moving forward small steps at a time, so we need to stay within the defined parameters as we move forward.

Don't fuck up the progress that we have made to this point by getting greedy.

Reet
Reet

@George Typical response from someone with your ignorant point of view. By your logic, all laws are purely divisive and create "good" humans and "bad" humans.


It's really too bad that people like you are so out of touch or we might actually get more accomplished with this plant.

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