James Chaney, Tempe Pot Club Owner, Busted Again; Charges Were Dropped After '11 Raid

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James Chaney, a Tempe compassion club owner who was arrested in 2011 but freed after a grand jury refused to indict him, was arrested again today on suspicion of selling marijuana.

James Chaney, the owner of a Tempe medical-marijuana club that was the site of a shooting last year, was arrested today in a raid of the club and two alleged Tempe "grow houses."

In a news release that invites the media to talk to cops about the raids at, hilariously, 4:20 p.m., Tempe police detail how search warrants were served today at the Top Shelf Hydro College, (formerly AZ Go Green), at 1706 East Curry Road, two alleged grow houses and Chaney's residence in Phoenix. More arrests may be coming, cops say.

Chaney was arrested in 2011 following a raid by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on the compassion club's old location, 426 East Southern Avenue. The feds referred the case to the office of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. Chaney claimed his club's activities were backed by the voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. A grand jury refused to indict.

Amazingly, the club sprouted again in the same office-front location, continuing to offer "medicine" for card-carrying medical-marijuana patients.

Then came October's shooting, which wounded an employee.

See also: Tempe Cannabis Club Under Investigation has Shooting; Employee Wounded, Three or More Suspects on Loose

Police said at the time that the club had already been under investigation.

It was hardly the first. Such clubs have proliferated across the state, filling the void left by Governor Jan Brewer's heavy-handed actions against the dispensary portion of the medical-pot law.

Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery have warned repeatedly against selling marijuana outside the boundaries of the law, and Montgomery's obtained several guilty pleas from former club affiliates, like medical-marijuana marketer Al Sobol, of whom we wrote last year.

Several clubs -- and at least one medical-marijuana "vapor lounge" -- remain open in the Valley. Last week, a group that included owners of some of the state-authorized dispensaries rallied at the State Capitol, and one of their points was that it's time for the clubs to go.

Police seized several firearms while serving the warrants, including two "assault rifles." Cops say they're working closely with Montgomery's office on this one.

Click here for the news release, (in a .doc file), if you want to see police pictures of the rifles and the interior of the grow houses. Police say 120 plants were seized.

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If marijuana is legal why the big fuss.James is my nephew and i havent seen him in 15 years.I hate this for him,but im very glad i found him.And to all the ones calling him a crack head and crap are just jealous that they couldnt do what he has suceeded in doing.Before you call someone a crack head you better look in the mirror of your own life.

So Jimmy if you are out there get in touch with me. Papaw been wondering about you. We all want to see you.im in class right now be home at 5pm 606-272-4066


E-mail the Chief of the Tempe Police and thank him for protecting us against SICK PEOPLE.


Useless cops, go find some REAL crime to pursue!


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