Medical-Marijuana Clubs Busted in Tempe, Phoenix; Arizona Patient Education Center Sold Pot, Cops Say

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The Arizona Patient Education Center's Tempe and Phoenix locations were raided and shut down yesterday by Phoenix police.

The Tempe and Phoenix locations of the Arizona Patient Education Center, which provided medical marijuana to state-registered patients, were raided on Thursday by Phoenix police.

 

"These guys applied for a (dispensary) license but didn't have one, but it doesn't matter anyway because they're not allowed to sell marijuana," says Sergeant Tommy Thompson, Phoenix police spokesman.

Police shut down the businesses' two offices at 209 East Baseline Road in Tempe and 4150 West Northern Avenue in Phoenix.

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No arrests were made, but police are conducting an "ongoing investigation" into APEC's operations. Thompson says both places were owned by the same person; police aren't ready to release his name.

 

Asked if the business used the "club" model we've written about previously, in which donations are made in return for "free" medicine, Thompson says, "We're quite certain they were actually selling."

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act prohibits sales of marijuana except by licensed dispensaries, but that hasn't stopped several places around town from offering education and "free" marijuana to donors. The APEC bust comes after other raids that have made the news:

* In October, police raided the 2811 Club, LLC, managed by high-profile medical-marijuana marketer Al Sobol. Sobol and five co-defendants were later indicted on 10 felony counts each.

* The DEA raided Arizona Go Green in November and turned the case over to the state Attorney General's office, which dropped the charges.

* In March, the Phoenix New Times wrote an article about the Arizona Cannabis Society in El Mirage. The business was raided and shut down by police in April. Court records show that the founder, Bill Hayes, an outspoken marijuana activist, hasn't yet been charged with a crime.

Other cannabis clubs remain open around the Valley, but it would seem their operations are risk.

Al Sobol, medical-marijuana marketer, has been slammed with 10 criminal counts related to the cannabis club he managed.

Sobol is also a defendant and plaintiff in ongoing Maricopa County Superior Court civil cases concerning the legality of the compassion clubs and their marijuana-distribution services. Last summer, state Attorney General Tom Horne filed a lawsuit in an attempt to have a court declare that the clubs are illegal.

The question of the clubs' lawfulness hasn't yet been answered by a judge -- but that hasn't stopped police and County Attorney Bill Montgomery from moving ahead with raids and prosecutions.

It's unclear why law enforcers care so much about busting accused pot sellers, though perhaps it's just a case of old habits dying hard.

In a few months, state-authorized dispensaries are expected to open that will provide medical-marijuana to qualified patients.

If anything, these compassion clubs are guilty of little more than offering a legal product a few months too early, (and without the proper license).

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jaclyn8946
jaclyn8946

Other cannabis clubs remain open around the Valley, but it would seem their operations are risk.

acherkhl
acherkhl

If anything, these compassion clubs are guilty of little more than offering a legal product a few months too early, (and without the proper license).

 

dhoschouer
dhoschouer

THE ARIZONA MEDICAL MARIJUANA GUIDE  www.arizonamedicalmarijuanaguide.com is concerned about Medical Marijuana information dispensing little lone the drug itself...

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Kim R.
Kim R.

What a shame.  This was the most professionally-staffed and overall best club out of every other one I've been to (eight so far).  I still don't understand, police think they were selling?   What constitutes a sale?  They, just like all the other clubs, offer access to medication for patients, and in return, patients donate for the costs incurred for growing and processing the medication.  After all, medical grade cannabis does not grow by itself and is neither cheap nor easy to cultivate.   Call it a donation, call it compensation, call it tic tac toe, there will always be a cost associated with producing medical cannabis that must be recognized by government officials, and until dispensaries come around, clubs are very much needed service for patients to have safe access to their medication.   I can verify as an actual patient and club member (#436)  that I was never "sold" cannabis or offered any medication I did not need.  I would request the type of medication I was seeking, they would provide me it to me, usually in a stapled white bag, and I would place my donation in a tray on the desk on my way out.  That was a serious injustice to the patients of the Valley.

Sam Fox
Sam Fox

If WR Hurst had not gotten away with his lies about cannabis we would not have these problems with LEO. Any one doing any decent research knows that cannabis prohibition is based on lies, deceit, disingenuous yellow journalism. And the public fear arising from the false reporting spawned by Hurst 'news'papers & the Reefer Madness propaganda that soon followed.

The cannabis that was & is smoked was not even the real target. Industrial hemp was the prohibitionist goal of Hurst & sock puppet Harry Anslinger.  Marijuana/hemp prohibition is a national travesty belying greedy inane people in DC, law enforcement & the synthetic chemical industry. 

We know the banning of hemp & cannabis is NOT about public safety or any such 'noble aspiration'. If ya take the time to look, you will find that Rx drugs now kill more than prohibited substances.  Then there are the botched raids where innocents are gunned down by militarized cops. What was that AZ Marine's name again...?

The real danger from cannabis is prohibition, not the use of a God given herb.

While you are at your research, look up jury nullification. Jury nullification is the last line of defense for We The People against crappy, dangerous & liberty stealing legislation;  drug prohibition & the war on civil liberties, err, 'drugs', comes quickly to mind.

Thanks.

SamFox.

Albert
Albert

25 mile "halo" should be voided because of the passing of prop 106... along with prop 203. No resident, doctor, employer can be forced into ANY health care program, decision by RULE or LAW.  That also includes the dispensary "PROGRAM" for prop 203. I don't think they authors and even the state was really aware that the "public" was also going to give the final decision on the possibility of invalidating ARS 36-2804.02 sec. (F) A designation as to who will be allowed to cultivate marijuana plants for
the qualifying patient's medical use if a registered nonprofit medical marijuana
dispensary is not operating within twenty-five miles of the qualifying patient's
home. And also being unfair to other patients who live outside SOME 25 mile halo.

 The CHAA areas are not within the health departments powers.. grated by prop 203. ARS 36- 2806.01.... that power belongs only to cities, towns, and counties to give, but not PROHIBITED reasonable distance zoning regulations. So again the health department took and is trying to wield more authority than what prop 203 allows. Which according to the state law... any agency that makes and passes rules that are not authorized by the proposition, initiative or legislative act must be made in compliance and those made without expressed authority are INVALID. (in short and basic version) 36- 41-1005 to 41-10?? Rule making section....I think it's kind of funny all these officials keep saying they(clubs) weren't in compliance, because they were not following the law....  WAIT.... I'd say most of them were following the law for the most part. All of the COMPLIANCE that they are speaking about APPLY to official dispensaries. These clubs are just following existing law relating to clubs and fraternal type organizations. Thats it!!!!!

Mr singh
Mr singh

It would seem their operations are risk.

Joyfully1
Joyfully1

and when are they going after the people listed on craigslist?

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

It's going to happen..it already has..the mmj genie is out of the bottle and you mouth breathing, self serving, Bible using and anti MMJ so called non-profits with a paycheck organizations are on the way back down to the shallow end of the gene pool. YOU LOSE...Now have a nice day and crawl back into your closet of self loathing...freaks.

fearthecitizens
fearthecitizens

And these pig cocksuckers wonder why we hate them so.
I cheer when one gets knocked off nowdays.

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

There remains a very obvious trend with the raids...both here in AZ and California - If a "club" dispensary or other "outlet" - is making big money on MedMarij - they
will get raided sooner than later. If there is a true non-profit operation, I don't think the
raids will happen - assuming all other ducks are in a row (taxes, card verify etc). Non profit does not mean you cannot pay the staff and the owner operator a decent salary - not $300k per month mind you - but decent - and you will keep your lights on.

But let’s face it…70% of these so-called “compassion clinics” are in it for the money.

Paula Pennypacker
Paula Pennypacker

Doesn't the Phoenix police department have more important thing to do with their time?  It's unbelievable to me that we waste so much money and resources chasing pot smokers.

REBMEIR
REBMEIR

REPEAL THE 25 MILE RULE.

Coz
Coz

Whats amazing is the state takes in millions of dollars through the permit process and then makes it as tough as they can to get it.

Whats wrong with that picture ?

Johnny Earl Hammond
Johnny Earl Hammond

It is amazing that everyone thinks when dispensaries open everything will be ok then. The feds love our model. One grow facility for each dispensary makes it so easy for them to shut them down. You expect us to trust that the feds WON'T raid facilities with thousands and thousands of plants? Once the feds hit the grow facilities what will the patients do then? Drive 50 miles 100? If the feds don't want big grow ops then why do we have a 25 mile rule that will guarantee big grow ops? It's just another example of how we fear our gov't instead of the way it should be where they fear the people they are supposed to represent....PROHIBITION DOESN'T WORK!!! Do we really need another 50 year war on a plant created by nature? END PROHIBITION!

Westvalleymeds
Westvalleymeds

Shit....Al sobol...lol....Im sorry...but anyone who wears a Bluetooth in his ear 24/7 is shady in my book...lol

Wanumba
Wanumba

It is high(!) time that the last remaining remnants of Officer Joe Friday become daisy propellant.  Pot kills no one, it hurts no one.  We voted for this several times.

Its time for a dying generation to just hurry up a bit and get out of power.

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Sam Fox
Sam Fox

 Yo, Tim. Please don't be so quick to throw the Bible users under the bus. I am a Bible user. Jesus saved my life.

Check out the website Christians 4 Cannabis. I'm one of them.

I am also a small time activist Christian who opposes MMJ prohibition. Even many of our Founders called for the use of Indian Hemp. Many used the smoking kind & almost all were into growing hemp.

God gave us the herb. That settles it & I believe it. :-)

Thanks boss!

SamFox

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

It's called regulation. That's what democrats like you are pushing for in every other field. The dispensaries have rules they have to play by. Because te culture is criminal to begin with, it proves difficult for the proprietors to now act properly.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

See 'fearthecitizens' comment below. That is the gaggle you choose to associate yourself with?

azbluesgal
azbluesgal

can we put something in their Geritol to hasten the process???OOOps i didn't say that. eventually these obese idiots will die off, but not soon enough. Send the more donuts.

John
John

 Kind of following along behind Obama's& Holders attack's in other states, something of which Obama claimed he would not do when running the first time.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

They should regulate and they should watch what goes on.

Just because now it is legal does not take the bad guys out of the picture.

I'm not saying all clinics are bad or that this one was....but there have been many reported issues with security among other things. That is what I was told from an insider on the situation.

I understand the need for the medication to be available to the people who are card holders and they need to be safe and not ripped off.

I agree with Ms Pennypacker that cops could be doing other things....but here in Tempe with the Sinoloa cartel being arrested by the hundreds somebody still needs to keep an eye on the bad guys who are involved in the marijuana trade.

Accountability of where the product comes from should be part of the equation if it already isn't.

I had heard that this clinic had been busted a couple of months ago but that wasn't the truth but perhaps they were being watched.

savatage
savatage

Obama said he would not pursue "individuals" using and growing medicinal cannabis as long as they followed state law. Big businesses... now that's another story. I personally hope every dispensary is closed by the DEA. That way everyone can grow and smoke their own instead of being forced by the state to pay through the nose to some rich dispensary owner, licensed to charge outrageous prices for something that you can grow in your friggin closet.

bobunf
bobunf

Beating up on Paul is kind of like beating a very dead horse at this point, but here are a couple that might suggest some disadvantages to having an inflexible ideologue in high office:

Paul was the only member of Congress to oppose the issuing of a Congressional Gold Medal to Rosa Parks. Supposedly because of the expense of the Medal. A tree that doesn't sway in the wind, breaks and falls.

In May of 2011 Ron Paul introduced legislation that would allow shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk products for human consumption across state lines.Non pasteurized, raw, milk, according to the Centers for Disease Control, was responsible for 86 reported food poisoning outbreaks between 1998 and 2008, resulting in 1,676 illnesses, 191 hospitalizations, and two deaths. Raw milk is responsible for nearly three times more hospitalizations than any other foodborne disease outbreak.  All this in spite of the fact that it is currently illegal to ship raw milk in interstate commerce. If Paul has his way that will change.Diseases that pasteurization can prevent include tuberculosis, brucellosis, diphtheria, scarlet fever, and Q-fever; it also kills the harmful bacteria Salmonella, Listeria, Yersinia, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli 157 among others. Raw milk consumption is also associated with Guillain-Barré syndromeAll this so that some crazy parents can feed their kids, who have no choice, a dangerous food product?  How can anyone, excepting the aforementioned crazies, think that a man, who devotes serious time to encouraging this nonsense, could ever be considered for President of the United States?

Sam Fox
Sam Fox

 bobnuf, 0 could stop the Cali raids, but he won't. To much lobbyist $$ from the Rx & synthetic industries I would say.

If we want some one who believes in personal freedom, loves the Bill of Rights & Constitution, we should put in Ron Paul. He is not campaigning the way he was, but he is still in the race.

Dr. Paul would pull the feds off MMJ people all across the board. Paul would pardon ALL non violent 'drug offenders' across the nation.

He would also work to get rid of the 'Patriot' Act & the indefinite detention part of the NDAA bill.

The good Dr. also knows how to fix the economy. Before any one jumps my case Rules For Radicals style, do honest in depth research. At YouTube look up--

Judge Napolitano on Ron Paul

The Southern Avenger on Ron Paul

Combat Veterans for Ron Paul

Michael Scheuer on Ron Paul

That's a good start. Thanks.

SamFox

Interesting!
Interesting!

Pussy huh? Guess you are some Billy Bad Ass Dude or something. If he's such a pussy to you, why is your name not on the ballot to beat that Pussy out of office? Sorry you are not smarter than him. Sorry you are so ignorant and he's probably a pussy to you cuz all you like is Dick(s), not saying you're republican...but I've heard lots of them are

herban hustle
herban hustle

im in! greedy folks fakin the funk. recreational reggie will "let my people go"...keep it pushin

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

you got that right brother....we can take care of our own with out Big out of town money charging street prices for our medicine...that issue will go to court...safe! inexpensive(non street prices) medicine for all!

bobunf
bobunf

Obama doesn't make the laws.  He took an oath to enforce what laws there are.  He's going easy on MJ, and can't really do much more than that.

You think Romney will be better?  HAH!

Havok
Havok

And as for the Obama situation, he's a pussy, 'nuff said. Just making false promises like every other president or person running for office. If he really wanted to protect patients, he would do whatever he could to stop the DEA and Sherriffs from raiding clinics and patients private homes, yet it continues to happen all the time anyways all across the country.

Havok
Havok

Coming from a medical patient from Cali, I kinda agree and disagree with you. Yeah, who could argue with having your own bad ass stash legally growing in your home! Smoking as much as you want and not having to worry about cops? Sign me up! Lol. But that being said, look at how much drug cartel problems AZ has, especially with weed. Weed prices are expensive in SOME clinics, but not all of them though; alot less than what it costs on the street usually for the same thing, if not better. And if prices keep dropping, cartels will eventually not make any money and probably give up on it too. I personally think the government should just give up on it, because they're never going to win with medical MJ gaining more and more support all across the country everyday. Just like Johnny Earl said, and our country's founding fathers for that matter (who were also cannabis/hemp farmers believe it or not!), the people shouldn't fear their government, it should be the other way around, and eventually will be, once all these fat, rich, stuck-up assholes get out of office and we start electing REAL people that actually care about this country's citizens more than themselves. However, that may be a while unfortunately. Lol

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