Marijuana-Growing Couple Busted in March are Licensed "Caregivers" When Deputies Return in June

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Krista Leigh Roberts and Justin Curran of Desert Hills were busted in March for growing pot. Now, they're state-licensed medical marijuana caregivers.
​Arizona's medical marijuana program is presenting a strange, new world for law enforcement.

Before a single state resident had a registration card issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services, police in Mohave County were seeing pot-possession cases that would normally be routine suddenly dumped by prosecutors.

Yesterday, we wrote about a case in Gilbert in which police raided the home of a marijuana-business owner, seizing two ounces of the man's "medicine" even after he proved he was a bona fide medical marijuana patient. And of course, the state's highest ranking legal authorities, the governor and the state attorney general, (who just happen to be adversaries of the new law), have sued their own state in order to stymie the program.

The conservative Sonoran News, which covers the north Valley, published an interesting yarn a couple of days ago that touches on the confusing situation for cops and licensed marijuana users and growers:

The article by Linda Bentley describes how a couple in Desert Hills was busted in March for allegedly growing 50 pot plants in their home. When Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies returned to the home of Justin Curran and Krista Leigh Roberts on June 9 with another arrest warrant, they again found marijuana being grown in the home.

But now, either Curran or Roberts (or maybe both) had obtained a caregivers license from the DHS, which allows them to legally grow marijuana on behalf of others -- so the deputies left the pot plants alone.

 

 

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Justin Curran
​Curran and Roberts, however, were taken into custody and later charged with new marijuana offenses. Their 3-year-old child, who wasn't supposed to be in the home because of the previous bust, was taken away from them and placed in Child Protective Services custody.

We found this line intriguing:

Since marijuana is a controlled substance, whereas growing, possessing, distributing and selling marijuana is still a violation of federal law, MCSO attempted to get federal law enforcement involved in the case, but to no avail.

Obviously, it galls some cops to think they can't freely bust pot users anymore -- and they aren't going to quit without a fight.


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DEDLINES.COM
DEDLINES.COM

They can't just piss test them if they find pot in their house. That's not legal. They would have to consent to the unwarranted search and seizure of their piss. They didn't get popped driving around stoned. How many parents drink around their kids? Should alcoholics be piss tested by some cop out of the blue just to make sure they are not drinking around their kids? Now which one is more of a danger to kids, A) a plant that couldn't kill if you smoked a ton or B) a bottle of vodka that your teen has access too?

ILike
ILike

I believe the warrant being issued without verifying their status as a patient or caregiver should result in some empty heads rolling! Oh wait that would only work if the home invading terrorists weren't above the law!

stacy stanfa
stacy stanfa

Harry J. Anslinger said;“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, andmost are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music,jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white womento seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

James Madison said;“Each generation should be made to bear the burden of itsown wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.”

So I say; End the War.

Rurubean
Rurubean

So because someone is caught with marijuana they are no longer allowed to live with their children? Did I read that correctly???? I thought that draconian law was reserved for people on the registry.

Albert
Albert

ARS § 36-2813D. No person may be denied custody of or visitation or parenting time with a minor, and there is no presumption of neglect or child endangerment for conduct allowed under this chapter, unless the person’s behavior creates an unreasonable danger to the safety of the minor as established by clear and convincing evidence.

Rick
Rick

If MCSO gives these 2 a drug test and they come up positive for Pot, would they lose their grower's license for consuming the "medicinal pot" that was intended for a patient?  Would it be considered "pot embezzlement"?

DEDLINES.COM
DEDLINES.COM

It's also called quality control. Brewery's and winery's have people that work for them that drink their product to make sure it is OK for consumption..

anon
anon

It could only be speculated upon, there is no evidence that could prove the pot they smoked was the pot they grew.

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