Arpaio, MCSO Create Team to Target "Medical Marijuana Frauds"

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​Medical marijuana dispensaries are still months from opening their doors, but Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is getting antsy.

A press release from the Sheriff's Office Wednesday says it has created a new enforcement unit that targets "medical marijuana frauds," even though medical marijuana patients can't even apply for privileges until April 14.

The Sheriff's Office says the point of the unit is "targeting people who violate state laws against marijuana while trying to hide under the guise of the recently-passed Arizona medical marijuana law, Proposition 203."

Arpaio says he wants to be prepared for unauthorized pot dealers or smokers who try to abuse the new law.

"Proposition 203 permits the medicinal use of marijuana in certain narrowly defined medically-necessary circumstances," Arpaio says. "It will not be a get out [of] jail free card that allows drug dealers and other criminals to sell to anyone with money or use it illegally."

Arpaio says he and his staff have already met with Department of Health Services director Will Humble to talk about implementation of the law, although the finalized medical marijuana rules aren't expected until March 28.

The release also notes that Arpaio requests cooperation with future dispensaries, asking them to notify the sheriff's office any time medical marijuana is being transported within the county.

"This will allow his deputies to know of lawful shipments, and knowing of this will ensure that the Sheriff's Office has full awareness of the additional risks that might go with transporting a product that may be targeted for theft and/or robbery by the criminal element," states the release.

Apraio wouldn't say whether he agreed with the law, but is hopeful that marijuana sales-tax revenue will help pay law enforcement costs.

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Gerry-c
Gerry-c

Jail Enhancement Funds?

Bong422
Bong422

I figure Joe has a lot of karma he's earned coming his way.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I guess they have a lot of honesty and integrity going to waste since they broke up the MACE unit. This will make a home for those persons.

svivar9087
svivar9087

Let me get this straight, Arizona hates1. Latinos-(show me your papers)2. Those in need of Life-saving surgeries-(96's) 3. Gays-(denied health care 4 partners/kids)4. Native Americans-(West Valley Resort)5. The Prez6. PotheadsI'm sure I missed a few......Is their anyone you people like?

Charles Ward
Charles Ward

Me? I dislike narcs. Hate is an awfully strong word, but I do dislike them. Joe qualifies as that's how he began his career.

Southern  Kinfolk
Southern Kinfolk

everybody hates hates everybody. its just no one likes to admit it. no one really cares about anyone but themselves. the human race sucks!

svivar9087
svivar9087

It's not the human race, just a few opportunist, who know what button to push, and a lot of mindless people still yearning for the days of "leave it to beaver" and Archie Bunker

BR549
BR549

as soon as your unemployed and homeless you will see what i mean. NO ONE KNOWS YOU WHEN YOUR DOWN AND OUT. lyrics from an old blues song. everybody pretends to care about when you have a job and a home and things are going great in your life but as soon as you lose all that you lose all your so called friends. try it and find out. i been there. i lived it.

BR549
BR549

go do time in any prison or become homeless on the mean streets of any big city USA and you will find out very fast no one cares about you.

Woodstock 69 Refugee
Woodstock 69 Refugee

Joe is a Mental Wackdoo and Pseudo Redneck. he is so old he needs to get a mental evaluation for Dementia and Alzheimers. he has really gone off the hook on this one. unauthorized drugs use has been going on since the 1960s hippie days.

Crazy Joe Davola
Crazy Joe Davola

i know where a local moonshine still is Joe. i bet you cant find it either.

Crazy Joe Davola
Crazy Joe Davola

oh yea i forgot, and its an unauthorized local moonshine still. it brings in more cash than pot or a meth lab and takes less time to make or grow. and the cops atf or feds never think of a moonshiner in these here parts fellow kinfolk. so its easy living. $$ another smart hillbilly from back in south east Kentucky living large in the desert of Arizona.

Zeek
Zeek

only $20 bucks a gallon i heard?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Why? I would think MCSO has much bigger fish to fry. But, I guess there's a reason the Old Goober is known as "nickle bag joe".

Crazed Country Acid Head
Crazed Country Acid Head

or just by pot and speed from the guys across the street from me. they been in business 8 years strong and never been pinched yet. cops dont even know they exist. that means you to sheriff Joe and MCSO.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Anything to avoid serving warrants, keeping our innocent accused safe and transporting people charged with crimes to court, huh, Sheriff Joke!

Just do your freakin job and leave the people alone!!!

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