Allan Sobol, Medical-Marijuana Marketer, and Three Former Compassion Club Employees Plead Guilty To Selling Pot

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Allan Sobol, a prominent Arizona medical-marijuana marketer, has pleaded guilty to a felony county of selling marijuana following last year's raid on the compassion club he helped launch.

Allan Sobol, the brash medical-marijuana marketer who got himself busted last year for opening a compassion club, has pleaded guilty to selling pot along with three former club employees.

We profiled Sobol earlier this year in a feature story (see link below), chronicling his fights with other members of the medical-marijuana industry as well as local law-enforcement authorities.

See also: Allan Sobol: Arizona's Medical-Pot Martyr?


Hated by many in the industry for his cut-throat business tactics, he was an early adopter of the compassion/cannabis club movement, opening a storefront location in which qualified medical-marijuana patients could join a club for a stiff fee and receive "free" marijuana in return. After Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne declared the clubs were likely acting illegally under the voter-approved 2010 Medical Marijuana Act and sought a judge's opinion to back him up, Sobol told the news media he'd close immediately if the judge ruled his club was unlawful.

The case ended recently with a settlement instead of a firm opinion about the clubs' legality, and several clubs continue to operate around the state while state-approved dispensaries have yet to open.

But well before the judge in that civil case ruled, Phoenix police sent in undercover officers to the 2811 Club who encountered a system that seemed more like retail sales than patient-to-patient sharing. Following an October 2011 raid on the club, Sobol and five others were slapped with 10 felony counts that could have put them in prison for years.

Two of the employees, Stephen Michael and Dawn Cammllarie, took plea deals in May to one felony count of selling pot, and were later sentenced to a year of probation and a $10,000 fine.

Sobol, a de-certified legal document preparer and private eye who prefers to serve as his own attorney, told the New Times before our August feature article that he and the remaining "Phoenix Four" defendants, as he called them, would prefer to stick it out on the defense that the club was serving patients legally.

But in the end, the possibility of getting no prison time likely changed his opinion. He and the other three former club employees have taken the same plea deal as the Cammllaries. They'll presumably be able to stay out of prison, too, when they're sentenced on December 14.

Though the issue of the compassion clubs' legality still hasn't been tested in court, the plea deals are a victory for Horne and Maricopa County Bill Montgomery, two Republicans who have taken a strong stance against the clubs and the issue of medical marijuana in general.

But for the prosecutor's office, the win must be somewhat bittersweet considering the state's chief opponent in this case -- the high-profile Sobol -- was struck down by a still-unconfirmed illness several weeks ago and is said in court documents to be struggling with memory problems. After we heard about his rumored brain embolism several weeks ago, we talked to one of his associates who told us Sobol was in the hospital and uncommunicative. Sobol hasn't returned our calls since then.

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bobunf
bobunf

What a waste of time of money.  Stop the stupid drug war.

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @bobunf You are right.  Pharmacies should be unregulated and dispense drugs in whatever manner they see fit.

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@youproductsucks @bobunf and that's JUST about the dumbest thing I've ever heard.  Nobody's saying what you're inferring, and we DO need to "Re-evaluate the Drug War".  We just need to focus on the drugs that are doing SO MUCH HARM to our society instead of the "fish in a barrel" approach to PADDING their Crime Statistics without EVER fighting crime! Marijuana users are NOT hurting anyone, and I guarantee you that we'll NEVER see a case of someone overdosing on Marijuana.  They may get really tired and REALLY hungry, but I guarantee you they won't DIE!  How many times have you heard of a guy getting stoned and beating the hell outta his wife?  When's the last time you've heard of a guy getting stoned and creating ANY type of violence towards ANYONE?  I'm sure that I can answer that for you.... NEVER!  Fight the drugs coming in here that ARE killing people.  Meth, Cocaine, Heroin, and PCP's shouldn't be allowed and fought!  But instead, 98% of the Drug Wars money goes to arresting, prosecution, incarceration, appeals etc... of a guy for "SIMPLE POSSESSION".  A guy who no matter HOW you slice it has hurt NO ONE other than himself!  We're INCARCERATING people for doing something to THEIR body and hurts NO ONE ELSE?  WTF has this country come to?

thraxz13
thraxz13

 @youproductsucks  @bobunf Wait how are pharmacies doing anything but profiting from the drug war?  Prohibition has failed and no one should go to Jail for a plant...........

thcmc420
thcmc420

Ray,

When you want to do a REAL story about MMJ and the witch hunt being done by Will ( Jans Little Bitch) Humble let me know.

Mike Smith

CEO

www.thehealingcentermedicalclinic.org

The largest and most respected MMJ Doctors office in Alaska

 

SEE OUR TV COMMERCIAL AIRING ON FOX / ABC in Anchorage now on our website!!!

thcmc420
thcmc420

Hey Allen, I TOLD YOU YOU WERE WRONG !!!!!!

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

10k fine for selling a few lids of pot...keep voting republican and democrat. peace

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

all these law officers could have put a dent in REAL crime if they weren't after pot. i wonder how many man hours and how much money was spent for nothing.. let's hear their side of the story

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @barbarian.bob1 Drug dealers can't even do it right when it's made legal.

thraxz13
thraxz13 like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @youproductsucks  @barbarian.bob1 How are they supposed to when they pay taxes and do it right they are drug dealers like you say and if they dont they are drug dealers.. WTF? Alcohlics beat there wives, speed freaks burn there kids, Pill poppers try to kill themselves.. Pot smokers do none of the above..

 

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