Nearly four months to the day their grow operation was searched by the Colorado Springs Police Department, a group of MMJ businesspeople were subjected to an arrest warrant from the district attorney's office.
Jason Hampton, one of the individuals being charged with "illegal cultivation of marijuana" in May, says police arrested him at his home Sept. 18. (He spoke to us under our conditional use of a pseudonym.)
"I'm just very, very upset with how the system is trying to work," he says, adding that he, like all the defendants, is scrambling to obtain an attorney.
"When it's, 'Pay this ungodly amount of money to a lawyer, or get charged with a felony, possibly go to prison for a while and still have to pay thousands of dollars in fines anyway' ... What are you going to do?" Hampton asks.
The grower says he's not worried about future outcomes because his patient and plant counts match, but he is worried about the sentiment of local law enforcement toward MMJ.
"I'm feeling betrayed by our government, to be honest," Hampton says. "Obviously they're trying to do whatever they want, and not what the state of Colorado wants, or the voters of the state of Colorado."
In related news, Mary McNeely of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council says two others from separate grows have been arrested as well; those individuals could not be reached. The DA's office did not respond to a request for comment.
Check out the IndyBlog for more as this story develops.
Greet the green
The Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Expo is this Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Doubletree Hotel (1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., csmcc-net.org). Five bucks gets you in the door; $15 buys admission to the six presentations occurring during the expo. Topics range from "The Science/Art of the Medical Cannabis Evaluation" to "The Web and the Medical Marijuana Revolution."
• Our MMJ quote of the week: "Please remove my name from your distribution list." That, from Fountain City Councilor Lois Landgraf, in response to an e-mailed invitation to tour a center, from the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council.
• Add Green Pharm (325 Delaware Drive, 591-2070) to your list (and our ReLeaf list) of east-side centers. Grams of medication start at $9, eighths at $29 and ounces can be had for $180. "We're trying to be fair with people," says co-owner Gary Beierle, adding: "We run a clean, professional dispensary. That's our main thing."
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