State Drops Charges Against DEA-Busted Operators of a Tempe Medical Marijuana Clinic

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James Chaney, in the mug shot taken by police after September's raid of the Arizona Go Green Co-Op.

All charges have been dropped from September's high-profile bust by the Drug Enforcement Agency of a Tempe medical marijuana clinic.

The DEA arrested James Chaney and Rachel Beeder of Arizona Go Green Co-Op on September 29 following a morning raid on the clinic and Chaney's Phoenix home. About 60 or 70 pounds of marijuana and pot-infused edibles were seized, along with at least one price list for various strains of high-quality herb.

Despite all that apparent evidence, plus the word of DEA undercover agents who claim to have purchased marijuana at the clinic, Go Green's seemingly off the hook.

The DEA turned over prosecution of the case to the office of Tom Horne, state Attorney General.

But Horne, despite his previous legal action against the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, dropped the charges last month against Beeder and Chaney.



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Arizona Go Green's logo.

Horne's office filed a motion on October 14, which was later granted, to dismiss the eight felony counts against the pair for alleged conspiracy, operating an illegal enterprise, sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana.

"The AG's office is not pursuing the case at this time," wrote Horne's spokeswoman, Amy Rezzonico, in an e-mail when we asked for comment.

No charges have been filed in federal court, either.

Arizona Go Green Co-Op, located in an office complex near Southern Avenue and Rural Road, is open for business. The doctor is in -- but they're not currently stocking medicine, James Chaney tells us.

"Our caregivers are taking care of that," he says, adding that the folks who may supply card-holding patients with medical marijuana operate independently of the clinic. Chaney says he hopes to open a "college" at the site by the first of the year, at which "free" medicine would be given away.

Sounds like Al Sobol's business model for the 2811 Club. But Sobol's place was raided by Phoenix police on October 12, so that might not be the safest route.

Then again, no charges have been filed as of yet in Sobol's case, Jerry Cobb of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office confirmed for us this week.

Nor were charges ever filed in two high-profile busts in June by Gilbert PD: Garry Ferguson and the Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group in Tempe, and the raid of a Gilbert patient's home over two ounces of weed.

So is medical marijuana winning the legal fight? Could be.

Prosecutors are in new territory when it comes to Arizona's medical pot law, which was approved in a narrow election just over a year ago. They're apparently being far more cautious than police -- or even the DEA.

Horne, however, is passing up pawns on his way to what he hopes is a checkmate. He's working diligently on a lawsuit against the pot law that was launched by his ally, Governor Jan Brewer. And he's still pressing for a declaratory judgment against compassion clubs, which he believes violate the Medical Marijuana Act.

At the least, the lack of convictions for accused medical-marijuana sellers seems to indicate some respect by government officials for the voter-approved law.

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Tmiller777
Tmiller777

I agree Horne and Brewer are breaking the law. As such, are they not subject to impeachment?

John Bosman
John Bosman

Horne is an rightwing mormon republican asshole who cares nothing about the will of the people!!! Wake up people and vote!!!

Derrick Schnur
Derrick Schnur

Funny, Tom Horne and Jan Brewer are both violating the law by keeping dispensaries from opening. Both should be out on their asses!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

The alcoholics are so against any other drug but their own, they'll try to do what they can to defeat this law.  That's what this whole thing is about.  Satisfying the numbskulls who can't see beyond the rim of their martini glass.

Cocktails anyone? 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Marijuana Dispensary Operator "Dr Reefer" Given 41 Months In Federal Prison

Former marijuana activist Pierre Werner -- known as "Dr Reefer" after one of the dispensaries operated by his family -- on Monday was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Philip Pro also ordered Werner to pay $27,438 in restitution and placed him on three years of supervised release once he gets out of prison, reports Jeff German at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.Werner, 39, has until January 9 to surrender to federal prison officials.

Judge Pro last week sentenced Werner's mother, Reynalda Barnett, to four months in prison and four months of home detention for her role in running the marijuana dispensary once known as Dr. Reefer. Pro had earlier placed Werner's younger brother, Clyde Barnett, on three years of supervised release.

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Allamony
Allamony

HYFR

Hell Ya, Fuckin Right Alright. 

Wanumba
Wanumba

Typical Bullshit from Brewer.  You stopped the law we voted for, this is the result.  Medical Marijuana is legal here, get over it and let the damned clinics be open, and stop listening to the morons, and stop listening to your whiskey bottle Governor! 

Liberty
Liberty

politicians following the will of the people? sounds ridiculous, sounds absurd, unbelievable..... wait, this is what we should expect to happen. People should be on the streets, waving flags, yelling out at the top of their lungs.....LIBERTY! PLEASE read the constitution, support libertarians, and take this country back! Marijuana is just one aspect of PERSONAL LIBERTIES !!

Sticky.green.worm
Sticky.green.worm

These raids are nothing more than propaganda. The powers that be are trying to sensationalize these incidents, that they create, so they can point a finger and say "I told you so!". I would hope the people of Arizona are smart enough to recognize cheap politics. 

Coz
Coz

Finally, Horne did something right.

x1134x
x1134x

The longer the dispensaries are held off, the more home -grows that start up, and the strength to repeal the unconstitutional 25-mile "no-grow zones" around dispensaries from the arizona law.

Jeff
Jeff

Not only can they not see over the rims of there martini glasses they also see two yellow lines on the road.  Marijuana medicine only shows the original yellow line.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol she isn't listening to her whiskey bottle she is listening to the AZ GOP toe the line retards!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

" I would hope the people of Arizona are smart enough to recognize cheap politics."

Are you serious???????????????

Look at the kind of people they elect.The "People of Arizona" have made this state the only place Mississippi and Alabama can look down their noses at.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

it's also the stupid people trying to make pot seem like such a bad thing or something, and trying to intimidate people from giving people their medicine.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Horne is so incompetent he probably would lose the case anyways so he cut his losses and didn't file the charges against them.

Sticky.green.worm
Sticky.green.worm

On many issues I would agree with you, but on this one the Arizona voters have been consistent. 

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