Mesa Medical-Marijuana Club Busted by Gilbert PD; Paul Bellesen, Chad Czarnecki and Robert Ryan Face Charges

Categories: Medical Weed

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Valley marijuana patients lost another over-the-counter source for their meds earlier this month when Gilbert police raided Arizona Natural Solutions in Mesa.

The cannabis/compassion club at 1055 North Mesa Drive had been operating since at least February, when its principals began its Facebook page and incorporated as a non-profit business in Arizona. Billing itself as a "cooperative educational center," ANS also distributed killer bud to patients, as its Facebook site shows.

Gilbert police raided the place on October 5, serving a search warrant and seizing "suspected marijuana, candy, cookies, powder, suspected ecstasy, and US currency," Gilbert police Sergeant Jesse Sanger wrote to New Times. No information was offered about the reason for the raid.

Paul Bellesen, 22, Chad Czarnecki, 24, and Robert Ryan, 25, are accused of selling pot and "narcotics," (this is another example of police wanting to utilize the ludicrous state statute that defines marijuana products like hashish as something other than marijuana), and possessing drug paraphernalia. Police also want Bellesen charged with possessing a firearm as part of a drug offense.

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Arizona Natural Solution's Facebook site says this is a picture of "Paul Beezy" [Paul Bellesen] next to some Holy Grail Kush plants.

Although the raid occurred nearly a month ago, Gilbert police failed to issue a news release about it for some reason. We heard about the bust from a reader, but Mesa and Phoenix police disavowed knowledge of it. We only recently heard that it had been Gilbert's doing, and Sanger confirmed that. But we'll just point here that police in Gilbert, Phoenix and Tempe have all taken part in raids of compassion clubs, but the agencies never put out news releases about these actions. It's as if they're embarrassed at what they're doing.

At the least, police know the foundation for these raids is not as firm as in a non-medical-marijuana-related drug bust. Last year, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne declared that compassion clubs are breaking the law if they're distributing marijuana, even if the clubs claim they merely give away pot for "free" to donation-paying members. Horne asked a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to rule that the clubs' business model is illegal under the voter-approved, 2010 medical-marijuana law. But the case was settled without any resolution of the clubs' legal status.

County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a staunch prohibitionist, has his prosecutors busy on a few different criminal cases involving medical-pot clubs and their operators, (like Allan Sobol, whom we wrote about in August). But the cases have taken a while to wend through the courts, and there have been no convictions yet.

Besides the clubs already raided, police have announced publicly that they have several investigations active on other businesses. The Green Cross in Mesa, for example, has been under investigation since the bust of the makers of Zonka Bars. And Tempe police say that Top Shelf Meds, where an employee was shot by an unknown assailant last week, is currently under investigation.

Arizona Natural Solutions put out a short note on Facebook on October 8 to give members some info about what happened.

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Chad Czarnecki's Facebook profile shot.

"Sorry to all patients but to let you know, we are all ok and safe. Love you guys it was all worth it if I even helped one person, Love, You know who," a post by the club states.

Asked by a Facebook friend if cops shut them down, ANS replied, "Not shut down. They came and went threw [sic] everything. We are choosing to close the doors."

The club's friends lament the action in their responses. One, from Chris Benhoff, says, " As a cancer patient i hate to see this. Good people like paul who help people like me should be rewarded not punished. Stay up paul your a great person- chris patient 150."

More than 32,000 medical-marijuana patients are now registered in Arizona, but right-wing leaders in the state have so far thwarted voters' wishes for state-authorized dispensaries. As long as they remain open, the cannabis/compassion clubs are these legal pot patients' only alternative to the black market.


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tyler4azcs
tyler4azcs

 These people make me sick!!!! These criminals got what they deserved! Dont stop here! There are more people like these ones that we need to get rid of.

MrDuke
MrDuke

I was going to post something fairly lucid, but then I read through some of the current gibberish. And damn...some motherfuckers need to get a life. This is who you are? Seriously? We are doomed. 

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

Wake up people ! Horn dog and billy bullwinkle are of the mind NOT to let the will of the people prevail .Two dinosaurs stuck in the middle ages  they have no business telling citizens what they can or can't do in their homes Grow your own............. its not rocket science anyone can do it !If your registered with DHS they have your number and believe me They are liars when they say they're not coming after patients.   BULL Stay green!

Real_Marijuana_User
Real_Marijuana_User

Grow your own people! There is no need for these commercial dispensaries that invite police and DEA problems!

drbeezyisinthehouse
drbeezyisinthehouse

Oh man! this sucks! beezy looks exactly like the kind of person I'd turn to for my life-saving meds. he's a fucking compassionate caregiver if I've ever seen one. you know why he has that monkey grin on his face in the garden picture above? he's thinking about all the lives he's gonna save with that shit.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

*** Is Arizona STUPID enough to make the SAME MISTAKES that Colorado made with MMJ? ***

 

Be specific, and show your work.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

Donkey - this was a pretty reasonable place until you arrived.  Don't know why you're here or what you beef is, but you keep saying the same thing over and over.  We get it.  You don't like A64 and you really don't like Kevin Hunt.  You've said it, now move on and at least have something new of value to add to the conversation if you keep posting.  Right now you just look like a troll and no one likes a troll.

indignant
indignant

you fucking stupid stoners, puff puff pass, you're fucking up the rotation!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

**** Legalize Marijuana Like Oregano !! ****

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

Hey everyone, if you don't want "Donkey Hotay" to make this forum useless and unreadable like it did at westword.com, please flag all their posts as offensive...because they are.

 

Once the Donkey takes over, the collective IQ of the discussion drops about 100 points and degenerates into a shouting match.  Donkey has alreaady been banned from several sites, including Huffington Post.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Strike another blow for the police state you call Arizona. Don't blame the elected officials for this travesty, blame the ones who are really responsible, the brain dead, malignant souled, christo-fascist voters who populate this sorry excuse for a state.

cbenhoff
cbenhoff

You are a duche bag I hope you come down with cancer have it almost kill you and have the 1 medicine that makes you better taken from you

mongoloid
mongoloid

 @MrDuke good, keep your sniveling to yourself. in the words of FEAR, one of the greatest punk rock bands ever:

 

I don't care about you!

Oh noooooo!!

I don't care about you

Fuck you!

I don't care about you!

Hey! Hey!

I don't care about you!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @phxmusicman64 Horne is a straight up crook.  If he drags out the tired old routine about "marijuana induced car crashes", be sure to remind him of this:

 

"Horne last week received a misdemeanor citation alleging he caused paint damage to the bumper of a parked vehicle during a March 27 fender bender that he did not report. The citation was for one count of leaving the scene of a collision/unattended vehicle, a class three misdemeanor. "

 

http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20121030horne-hit-run-thousand-dollars-damage.html

cbenhoff
cbenhoff

I live to close to a dispensary to legally grow

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 **** Legalize Marijuana Like Oregano !! ****

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @LegitQuestions You have got it right, Legit.

 

My main concern is to get a few states to legalize marijuana for all purposes to accelerate the demise of federal prohibition.  I would like to see that happen before marijuana is pigeonholed into a federal pharmaceutical regulation scheme that prevents folks from growing their own.  GW pharmaceuticals has already started this process with Sativex and their computer controlled medication dispenser that notifies your doctor whenever you take a hit of their overpriced hash oil.

 

Eleven states repealed alcohol prohibition before the feds did.  When it was repealed federally, it wasn't considered "medical" anymore, despite the availability of "medical liquor prescriptions" during prohibition.

 

We can now brew 200 gallons of beer or wine per year at home, and buy all of the booze we want without doctor shopping.  Pretty sweet deal.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay Donkey Hotay has said that a $100 fine and mandatory court appearance for < 2 oz marijuana possession is alright with them because it is a "tax on stupidity".  Doesn't sound like legalization.

 

They have admitted that they don't  have a plan to legalize marijuana.  If they do now, then let's hear it.  What is the plan and who are your backers?  Where do I sign the petition to legalize marijuana?

 

Most likely, the response will be more insults.

 

Donkey Hotay = Kathleen Chippi, well known anti A64 activist and failed dispensary owner, "One Brown Mouse Dispensary" Nederland Colorado.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt = a sef-confessed SNITCH, Big $$ Dispensary Cartel Shill, who favors FORCING marijuana users and patients to purchase pathetic ounces from GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED retail stores.

 

Kevin Hunt = your enemy.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @shadeaux14 The same fools in Colorado are attempting to turn TOTAL CONTROL of marijuana over to BigGovernment Regulators and Tax Pigs -- the same Regulators and Tax Pigs that have DESTROYED the Medical Marijuana Industry in less than 24 months, decimating the dispensaries which once numbered 1000+ ... forcing over 750 of them into bankruptcy and closure ... in less than 24 months.

 

The liars promoting this BigGovernmen takeover call it "legalization" -- Amendment 64. 

 

A64 = written for fools and tools too stupid to read, much less comprehend what it proposes.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @DonkeyHotay

 I don't really want to read your posts, but its hard to read this blog without feeling like I'm being bashed over the head by your posts.  Its like being in a coffee house and the person 3 tables over is talking so loudly that he is drowning out every other conversation in the place.  Or you're like the new guy invited to join a bunch of old friends but all you do is butt in and talk over everyone else and talk about nothing but yourself.  No one needs that. 

 

I don't want to listen to you, but you are so brash and obnoxious that you give the rest of us no choice.  Your points may be valid for all I know, but the delivery is so abrasive its hard to tell.

 

Take it down a big notch.  Have a pooint of view and advocate for it.  Express yourself intelligibly.  That simple etiquette will go a long way towards not soundling like the troll that you now sound like.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt Keep lying, you lowlife prohibitionist scum.

 

Your days as a snitch are numbered.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay So I am a big dispensary shill who wants people to buy marijuana AND I am a "prohibitionist"?

 

No one is going to buy that argument.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay  @shadeaux14 Colorado Amendment 64 legalizes one ounce and six plants for adults 21 and up. 

 

No more doctor's visits!!

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @DonkeyHotay  Repeating the same thing over and over isn't going to make us believe it any more or less.

 

ImOffended
ImOffended

 @kevin_hunt yeah I don't know or care about all that, but I'm ImOffended and not any of those other names.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @ImOffended One thing you will notice is that the Donkey will assume multiple screen names like "stupid stoner", "HG Street", "Kevins_mom", "ImOffended"  in a vain attempt to provide credibility for their posts.

 

ImOffended
ImOffended

 @kevin_hunt  @DonkeyHotay I just flagged as offensive your post about donkey's offensiveness. I don't know why I did that, it just seemed like the thing to do at the time.

pitchman101
pitchman101

 @LegitQuestions  @DonkeyHotay

 No way Man!. We dont need Donkey back in Denver.You keep him. BTW, Colorado MMJ has worked for 12 yrs and soon state Legalization will jump statrt the rest of the nation into doing whats right for, and is the will of its citizens.

 Please just hang out here Donkey!.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @DonkeyHotay

 But I want to participate in a discussion that you are boorishly attempting to dominate.

 

Somewhere in Colorado a village has lost its idiot...they'd like you to come back.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @LegitQuestions " I don't really want to read your posts, but ..." "I don't want to listen to you, but ..."

 

You lack any self-control?

 

Tell us again who's forcing you to read my posts ... post you claim you don't want to read.

 

Idiot.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @LegitQuestions  My apologies for "soiling" your post, but I felt it necessary to counter the Donkey's arguments against legalization in Colorado and let you know who they are and what their agenda is.  

 

Anyone not versed in Donkey-logic might seem a bit confused as to why they immediately are met with an avalanche of insults the moment they disagree with them.

 

Regarding Arizona: I feel sympathy for you citizens that have to put up with the likes of the election law criminal Tom Horne and Montgomery.  I've got a friend working in the industry there and I have my fingers crossed that Montgomery doesn't send him to Sheriff Joe's tent city for activities that are lawful under Arizona State Law.

 

 I've tangled with your legendary online prohibitionists like "marvin01" and "Carolyn Short/Keep Arizona Drug Free" before.  I know you have a lot of work to do there dispelling the reefer madness lies.

 

Keep the ball rollin' and keep the grass growin'.

 

 

 

 

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @DonkeyHotay

 Or maybe both you and Kevin can take your act back to Denver where I'm sure both of you are enjoyed and appreciated.  You've got your own Village Voice Media publication there to soil - no need to soil ours too.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt 

 

Your continued admission to being a lowlife SNITCH is hereby noted.

 

Reap what ye sow, snitch-bitch.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay  "Your days as a snitch are numbered."

 

How so?  What are you going to do to me?  Is that a threat of violence?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt  Behold the LIES and Deceptions of Kevin Hunt.

 

A64 only allows 3 (three) flowering plants, only for those over 21 yrs old.

 

3 pathetic plants! -- no where near enough for a Private User/Grower or Caregiver to cultivate and maintain a Continuous, Self-Sufficient Supply -- once again forcing people into the Greedy Big $$$ Retail - Big Government Regulation - Big TAX models that enemies of individual freedom like KevinHunt support.

 

Why is marijuana so harmful and dangerous that KevinHunt would DENY EVERYONE under 21 yrs old ANY legal access to it?

 

KevinHunt = prohibitionist scum.

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay Yes, pelase review my posting history at westword.com or facebook.com

 

A64 legalizes the cultivation of six plants for those 21 and over.  That's the best part about A64...no one is reliant on dispensaries or doctors.

 

Anyone can verify this  http://www.regulatemarijuana.org/s/regulate-marijuana-alcohol-act-2012

 

 THE FOLLOWING ACTS ARE NOT UNLAWFUL.

 

(b) POSSESSING, GROWING, PROCESSING, OR TRANSPORTING NO MORE THAN SIX MARIJUANA PLANTS, WITH THREE OR FEWER BEING MATURE, FLOWERING PLANTS, AND POSSESSION OF THE MARIJUANA

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt Yes, you want to PROHIBIT the INDIVIDUAL and private caregivers -- forcing them to buy crappy weed from your overpriced big-government regulated big-tax greedy retail stores.

 

You = an ENEMY of the Individual User/Grower.

 

You've stated so yourself 100s of times, anyone can review your posting history and see your contempt and disdain for Private Growers and Caregivers.

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt  @shadeaux14 

 

A64 maintains CRIMINAL PROHIBITION for 99.9% of ALL marijuana users and growers ... and turns TOTAL CONTROL of all marijuana over to BigGovernment Regulators, and proposes an UNLIMITED excise tax on marijuana to the insatiable Dept. of Revenue -- the same DOR that has wasted MILLIONS of marijuana fees and taxes and destroyed 80% of the existing Dispensary Industry in Colorado.

 

Kevin Hunt = a BigGovernment BigTax Nanny Statist.

 

... and a self-confessed SNITCH.

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