Billy Hayes, Marijuana Activist, Busted Again in Vapor Lounge Raid

Categories: Medical Weed
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Jamie Peachey
Billy Hayes, marijuana activist, puffs on a blunt.
Phoenix police have busted marijuana activist Billy Hayes for the second time in two years in connection with running an unauthorized medical-marijuana dispensary.

Hayes seems to have more lives than a cat, so we're not betting yet on whether Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will be able to secure a successful prosecution.

See also: - Medical-Marijuana "Vapor Lounge" Allows Patients to Toke Up

Hayes was behind the Arizona Cannabis Society, a caregiver collective we wrote about in February of 2012 that grew buds for patients in an El Mirage warehouse. A few weeks after our article appeared, Phoenix police raided the place and claimed the co-op had exceeded the number of marijuana plants allowed by state law.

Hayes was never charged in that case. He separated himself from the ACS, whose new backers went on to turn the same location into a legitimate, state-authorized mmj dispensary.

Hayes turned his business acumen to the
Cannabis Spot Vapor Lounge, a place where card-carrying patients could become members, smoke their medicine in a private setting, (next to a bar that sells booze, a much more dangerous drug), and obtain "free" marijuana with the purchase of raffle tickets.

The flagship of the would-be franchise, at 4230 West Dunlap Avenue, had a good run. But after the January blog post in New Times, tons of promotion and advertising and finally, this week, an interview of the "bar manager" (we're not sure if it was Hayes) by Channel 5 (KPHO-TV) reporter Morgan Loew, police made their move on Hayes and the Vapor Lounge.

Police arrested at least five people, including Hayes. Four criminal charges are being sought against him: Illegal control of an enterprise, using electronic communications in a drug transaction, and possession of marijuana and narcotics for sale.

According to news reports, Bill Montgomery, the county's chief prosecutor, said on Wednesday that anyone operating one of these unauthorized dispensaries would be on the hook for potential drug-dealing charges.

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Ray Stern
Patrons at the Cannabis Spot Vapor Lounge.
Owners of state-approved dispensaries have been trying to get the cops to do something about the wildcat clubs, which compete with them.

As we've been reporting since the bust of Garry Ferguson's shop in 2011, these clubs have sprouted up because of the bad-faith actions by some Republican state leaders whose personal views on marijuana don't mesh with the majority of voters. While Hayes and others involved in the co-op and clubs don't deserve harsh treatment, in our humble opinion, the need for the clubs seems to have diminished greatly in recent months with the coming of dozens of approved dispensaries.

Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, stated in a recent blog post that his agency has handed out 61 operating permits to dispensaries at this point, with 21 more joints scheduled for final inspection.

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49 comments
Shari Bender
Shari Bender

When will this end??? Cops in Anthem (Joe's boys) are giving criminal tickets for possesion of any paraphenalia even if you have a card and have no pot in your possession! AZ is so backwards

One_Pro_Se
One_Pro_Se

A few corrections and updates:

1 person was arrested, Bill Hayes, me.
8 people were detained and released, 3 were staff members/volunteers, the rest were patrons/patients with medical marijuana cards.
The police seized the medication of everyone on the property.
I was detained inside a police van parked in the middle of the parking lot, for over 20 minutes with little or no ac on and asked several times to be removed from the extremely hot vehicle.
The police seized property that was and was not listed on the search warrant.
I was held and questioned at the vapor lounge for several hrs.
The police detained and questioned patrons as well as staff.
I was taken to 4th ave jail and booked.
I saw the Judge and she dropped the elec comm device during drug transaction charge.
I was released on bail Saturday night.
Tom Dean will be representing myself and the Vapor Lounge franchise on this matter.

More coming soon AZ, stay positive, we'll all get through these growing pains together.

1 Love AZ,

Billy

cmiller2900
cmiller2900

Sign the SaferArizona.com petition today and let local law enforcement worry about local issues!

EnuffUDumbFuccz
EnuffUDumbFuccz

Anyone who voted the MMJ proposition into law, this is what you wanted though.  You voted for it so you got.  Now quit your bitchin' slaves

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Behold the fracturing of marijuana users into Good Pot Users vs. Bad Pot Users as the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels now begin to use Politicians and Law Enforcement Goons to marginalize and attack individual Patients and their private Caregivers who dare "compete" against them by growing their own sustainable personal supply.

It's simply Colorado Redux.

You can count on New Times -- like Westword -- to firmly support the COMMERCIAL Dispensaries against private user/grower rights and freedoms, as the commercial dispensaries are the ones who pay big $$ for advertising to PNT.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

There is plenty of room for both the dispensaries and places like the Vapor Lounge.

I would like to contribute to Bill's defense if somebody would tell me where. I frequented AZCS when Bill was there and I visited his Vapor Lounge when it was open. All MMJ patients owe a lot to this man for literally putting his ass on the line to help people get their meds while the state tried their best to obstruct the implementation of Prop 203

Nick A Thomas
Nick A Thomas

??? "Owners of state-approved dispensaries have been trying to get the cops to do something about the wildcat clubs, which compete with them."

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

(next to a bar that sells booze, a much more dangerous drug) fuck you. a pot head fuckin high as the sky can cause a tragic traffic accident just as often as someone who has been drinking. its a fuckin drug that alters your state of mind and is just as dangerous as the hardest of illicit drugs out there. the weed being produced today is bred to be stronger and more potent just to fuck people up. this whole medical guise is a just a ploy so pot heads can try to be even more cool by bragging about their medical cards they have, just because their bunions prevent them from working and being a productive part of society. yeah, im so sure the smokers at that lounge were more sober than the dangerous drinkers at the bar next door. somehow these people were more responsible in their drug use. fuck you. might as well have tweakers write your articles because it makes them more "productive and creative". jack ass.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Shari Bender ... because the clueless stoners who wrote Arizona's MMJ law made the SAME MISTAKES that Colorado made -- over 10 years ago -- and didn't learn a fucking thing -- e.g. forgetting to decriminalize paraphernalia 

jetdoc
jetdoc

@Shari Bender Another example of a WASTE of Taxpayer money.  Those charges will be DROPPED when they go to court.  This is Symbolism over Substance coming from local Law Enforcement, but then again that's what Joe's BEST at

wiseistolearn54
wiseistolearn54

Very interesting Blogs !  Maybe getting very well politically organized,will make us strong,we need to get more politically vocal,take it to the streets,demonstrations,we are not criminals,what we need to do is to fight back, I truly believe Marijuana or Cannibis is much safer than alcohol. I support the legalization of Marijuana. In you're search engine,type in LEAP  "law enforcement against Prohibition" 

GratefulGrower
GratefulGrower

@pr003 Thanks for the update, Positive Thoughts and IRIE vibes your way Billy!

ray.stern
ray.stern moderator

@pr003 Sorry for the misinformation, which was apparently mis-reported by other news media as well: "It was originally reported that at least five people were detained in the raid. Hayes was the only person booked into jail, Martos said, but the people who were detained could still face charges." -- From the Arizona Republic story (http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20130726phoenix-police-arrest-owner-marijuna-compassion-club-abrk.html)

Thanks for the update, Billy. 

EYECEEU
EYECEEU

@cmiller2900 Folks, signing this petition and voting for these propositions and amendments, is signing away your rights!.  2.5 ounces? 12 plants?  Get the f%#$ out of here.  Who the f&%$ are you to tell people what they can grow an possess?!?!  Stop the taxation without representation!  Regulate like alcohol?  How is that working out?!?!  Tell both big business and big government hands off!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@cmiller2900 ... if you support Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels and want to see Individual Users, Growers and Caregiver continue to suffer ARREST and PRISON for marijuana crimes.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

@EnuffUDumbFuccz I voted for it because I have MS and it works better that the opiates the medical profession prescribes. Not "bitchin" and ain't nobody's "slave."

FYF.
FYF.

@DonkeyHotay pure divisionism from a proven divisionist.


Donkey Hotay is a pot grower in the foothills of Colorado who is upset that he can't make the money he used to make.


That is all.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay This problem can easily be solved by signing the petition to legalize it for adult recreational use. Of course, when this prop gets on the ballot and passes(and it will),  Our "States Rights" cons will do everything in their power to obstruct it.

 Cathi Herrod would probably give birth to a Hell spawn right on the spot. No abortion for you Cathi.

CannabisLawyer
CannabisLawyer

It is well established that alcohol increases accident risk. Evidence of marijuana’s culpability in on-road driving accidents is much less convincing.  Although cannabis intoxication has been shown to mildly impair psychomotor skills, this impairment does not appear to be severe or long lasting. In driving simulator tests, this impairment is typically manifested by subjects decreasing their driving speed and requiring greater time to respond to emergency situations. Nevertheless, this impairment does not appear to play a significant role in on-road traffic accidents. A 2002 review of seven separate studies involving 7,934 drivers reported, “Crash culpability studies have failed to demonstrate that drivers with cannabinoids in the blood are significantly more likely than drug-free drivers to be culpable in road crashes.” This result is likely because subject under the influence of marijuana are aware of their impairment and compensate for it accordingly, such as by slowing down and by focusing their attention when they know a response will be required. This reaction is just the opposite of that exhibited by drivers under the influence of alcohol, who tend to drive in a more risky manner proportional to their intoxication.Today, a large body of research exists exploring the impact of marijuana on psychomotor skills and actual driving performance. This research consists of driving simulator studies, on-road performance studies, crash culpability studies, and summary reviews of the existing evidence. To date, the result of this research is fairly consistent: Marijuana has a measurable yet relatively mild effect on psychomotor skills, yet it does not appear to play a significant role in vehicle crashes, particularly when compared to alcohol. Below is a summary of some of the existing data. For the studies, go here: http://norml.org/library/item/marijuana-and-driving-a-review-of-the-scientific-evidence

MrDuke
MrDuke

@Marco CruzThe only thing potheads are a danger to is the snack aisle at Fry's!! Your   outdated reefer madness viewpoint is almost as pathetic as your command of the english language. Have another buddy! Clearly the booze is doing wonders for you! 

One_Pro_Se
One_Pro_Se

@Marco Cruz "is just as dangerous as the hardest of illicit drugs out there." = 0 credibility


please play again ;)

patients4patients
patients4patients

@Marco Cruz You have no clue. "its a fuckin drug that alters your state of mind and is just as dangerous as the hardest of illicit drugs out there"

Prove this statement, please.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jetdoc ... it's clearly EXACTLY what the People of Maricopa want, as they keep RE-electing that fascist corrupt pig to office.

The VOTERS have Spoken!

One_Pro_Se
One_Pro_Se

@ray.stern@pr003Hey Ray, it went viral like I said it would once people figured out the true objective of the PHXPD!!

I forced Will to respond

http://directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/?p=4427

Now, me and Tom Dean, my attorney in this matter are ready to talk.

Talk about the rights violations that occurred that day and in the subsequent police action at the lounge, yup, they came back one week to the date of the first raid.

Talk about the miranda violations, talk about detaining patients on dialysis risking their health, talk about all the BS that cop tried shoving down our throats as "facts" that were allegedly given to him by his bosses.

Talk about Bill M. and Tom H. and their CONTINUED attempts to thwart the will of the voters !!

Anyone notice all these "new crimes" started showing up about the same time?? Paraphernalia charges, narcotics charges etc...

Compare that date to Bill M's speech on TV about the clubs and you quickly find a meeting took place where the state prosecutorial team figured out "loop-holes" to start arresting patients again!!

People are ready to talk, regardless of who gets burned in the process.

And I am one of them ;)

I will NOT stand by or take a plea while this pathetic attempt to ignore those that voted this law into place continues.

Those that are taking plea agreements are contributing to the problem, a problem with the law that even AZDHS has finally acknowledged.

Save AZ's Concentrates!!!
Stop arresting patients!!

call me Ray,

Bill Hayes


1 <3 AZ

One_Pro_Se
One_Pro_Se

@ray.stern @pr003 of course Ray. No worries at all about the info corrections, thanks for keeping the article up to date. You can call me for a statement (if you want one) tomorrow evening, or come by the lounge for an interview. I will try and keep you in the loop as best I can.

I can't comment yet, but I will ;)

Thanks again,
Billy

cmiller2900
cmiller2900

@EYECEEU The proposed initiative is nothing but a stepping stone to the utopia you so well describe. In time we will reach for the stars, but for now we have to fight the battle we can win and if not win atleast edge us closer to that final finish line of true freedom indeed.

cmiller2900
cmiller2900

@DonkeyHotay @cmiller2900 does not support Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels nor do I want to see Individual Users, Growers and Caregiver continue to suffer ARREST and PRISON for marijuana crimes.The time to end this madness is now! Lets get the initiative on the ballot and change all of the examples you stated from ever happening again! 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@shadeaux14

When you say ADULT use, you better mean EVERY ADULT 18 and older.

And your proposition better be for more than 1 (one) pathetic ounce, and more than 6 pathetic plants, and better include individual rights to private sales between consenting adults, and better state a specific, scientifically based DUI-m standard ... in other words, don't make ALL the same fucked-up mistakes that Colorado's festering turd A64 made.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CannabisLawyer ... if marijuana use doesn't impair cognitive or physical performance, then YOU would have no problem allowing Airline Pilots, School Bus Drivers or Brain Surgeons to get high before they go to work, eh "lawyer" ?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jetdoc ... reap what ye sow, repugs.

A Democracy gets the Government it DESERVES.

Ipso facto.

jetdoc
jetdoc

@DonkeyHotay @jetdoc Ya know DonkeyHotay, after thinking about this for a while, I'm not sure you're 100% correct. I'd say you're about 50% correct in your statements. IMHO I think that the people voting him in so overwhelmingly has NOT as MUCH to do with saying the people WANT that because they keep voting him in.  I don't think people voted for him due to his REDNECK stance on Cannabis or paraphernalia.  I think the reason he continually gets voted in is his stance on "Illegal Immigration".  People don't really understand Donkey how FED UP people are in AZ with having to DEAL with this problem while DC tells everyone...  it's SAFER THAN EVER.  BULLSHIT!  I think they also keep voting him in because his "Tent City Jail" is some place that people DON'T wanna go to, and if they DO, they don't wanna go back!  Every one of his opponents stated they'd CLOSE Tent City.  Which in turn would cost Taxpayers SEVERAL Million $$$ that we DON'T have due to OVERCROWDING at the Estrella Jail & 4th Ave. Jail which would REQUIRE us to have to build yet ANOTHER Jail to accommodate all the prisoners they bring in from Tent City Jail.  People forget, THAT'S the reason that Tent City came about.  We were ordered by the Courts to RELEASE "X" amount of prisoners due to overcrowding.  Joe called BULLSHIT, got on the phone and purchased all these Military tents for next to NOTHING, cleared county land and VOILA, moved the overcrowding problem out to Tent City. Thererore, he DIDN'T have to RELEASE one of them. PLUS he was a THORN in Fife Symington and Janet Napolitano's ass.  There's a lot of things that factor into his re-election bids because he's got his hands into EVERY THING!  I think however that the people are getting shit full of having to pay out MILLIONS of $$$ for his OVER ZEALOUSNESS against political enemies.  His LAST race was CLOSER than he's EVER had.  So I think the people want rid of him, but when I tell you he's got $200,000,000 in his Campaign Warchest, I mean it.  So all in all, he doesn't really even have to campaign HIMSELF, he just runs MORE ads than you could EVER imagine and not have to make but a handful of personal appearances and he STILL wins.  Money Talks and BULLSHIT walks!  People send him $$$ for his campaigns from ALL OVER the country. 

jetdoc
jetdoc

@DonkeyHotay @jetdoc You're right...  I'm a Republican and not even I voted for him in the last couple of elections.  He's served his time, his old ass needs to retire.  It REALLY is time.

FREEYOURMIND
FREEYOURMIND

@cmiller2900 Get your mind out of the clouds and your eyes out of the smoke screen.  You are not fighting a battle for the people.  You are creating more laws that give less rights.  You people need to wake up and end this collectivist society that you are instrumentally building up before you are left with nothing and living for THEM only.

jetdoc
jetdoc

@cmiller2900 @DonkeyHotay But let's NOT just buy a TURD, because it's the ONLY TURD on the menu!  Let's LEARN from the mistakes of A64 and the INTERPRETATIONS that are used when saying "Treat Marijuana like Alcohol".  SCREW THAT!  I support legalization, but NOT "Conditional Legalization"  I don't want ANYONE going to Jail anymore for this.  A64 that "SaferArizona" is modeling their initiative after, still ALLOWS for you to be thrown in jail for using it.  Where do you think the UNSCIENTIFIC "5 nanogram" limit came from? This Initiative MUST fix the problems that have arisen from A64!  THAT'S what I expect and the ONLY way I'll vote for it!  cmiller2900 you're right... the time to END this madness is NOW!  But let's do it RIGHT!

FYF.
FYF.

@EYECEEU Stay paranoid, it suits you well.


you should probably go buy more armor-piercing rounds, too.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jetdoc "The Dispensaries are actually going to FIGHT this because it cuts into their business.  I think they named a street after those bastards as well.  It's called ONE WAY!  They want ZERO competition and that means "Grow Rights", Cannabis Laws, they SUPPORT the 25 mile rule etc..."

Bingo! ... the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels can afford high $$ Lobbyists and big law firms to argue their case against Individual Patient/Growers. They even join in WITH law enforcement in labeling those private patient/growers as the "black market".

It's the epic failure of Colorado, Redux.

Problem is, your Broke Dick Dog Boys are using and modeling Arizona legislation after the failed "commercialization" model that Colorado Dispensary Cartels drafted and suckered naive stoners into passing.

The CORE PREMISE of Colorado's A64 is LAW ENFORCMENT, RESTRICTION and GOVERNMENT CONTROL of ALL Marijuana ... save a pathetic ounce for some adults.

It's a model for FAILURE to protect the Rights of Private INDIVIDUAL Patients / Users / Growers and Sellers of Marijuana.

A64 did NOT repeal a SINGLE FELONY marijuana statute in Colorado -- afaik neither does Arizona's proposal.

A64 did NOT repeal a SINGLE MISDEMEANOR marijuana statute.

A64 did NOT allow ANY PRIVATE SALES between consenting Adults -- not even a single gram -- maintaining FELONY prosecution for same.

A64 EXPLICITLY declared that DUI-marijuana shall remain ILLEGAL -- without setting any rational quantifiable scientific standard to define that, ensuring that 10s of THOUSANDS of Pot users will be sucked into the insatiable maws of the Criminal JustUs System -- to the FINANCIAL WINDFALL of the Marijuana McLawyers who wrote that piece of crap into A64.

A64 EXPLICITLY declares that EMPLOYERS and Insurers shall have the right to discriminate against ANY/ALL Marijuana Users!

The whole steaming pile of excrement couldn't have been any worse if it was written by Prohibitionist Cops themselves.

Let's see if Arizona -- and other States -- are STUPID ENOUGH to follow the Colorado "model".




jetdoc
jetdoc

@EYECEEU Oh you're very wrong.  The guy's who started it, one of them's disabled w/MS IIRC and lives off of Disability. Cannabis helped him DRAMATICALLY.  The other guy used to BEG everyone I knew for medication EVERY DAY!  Then he decided he was going to put his "money where his mouth is".  Cleaned up his act as well as himself and became one of the most BOISTEROUS voices for Cannabis in AZ.  Trust me, there's NO money there!  They were looking for DONATIONS to help them file a "Class Action" lawsuit over the 25 Mile Rule.  I don't think they've actually reached their goal, as far as that goes.  But they weren't asking for MUCH in order to file it.  I believe it was something like $25 at first and I think it rose to $40 now if you want to sign onto the lawsuit.  I know that's NOT how a Class Action works, but hey... More power to em for taking this States Cannabis laws down.  There's A LOT of things I don't agree with what they're doing.  However, I CAN tell you this is TOTALLY Grassroots!  The Dispensaries are actually going to FIGHT this because it cuts into their business.  I think they named a street after those bastards as well.  It's called ONE WAY!  They want ZERO competition and that means "Grow Rights", Cannabis Laws, they SUPPORT the 25 mile rule etc...  But on this one, I KNOW a couple of guys involved in it and they're BROKE as a BROKE DICK DOG!

EYECEEU
EYECEEU

@patients4patients I have researched it plenty and know that people like George Soros are heavily involved because they (profiteers) want control of the drug trade in the United States.  Lobbying Groups such as "SAFER ARIZONA" masquerading as grass roots efforts are liars and wolves in sheep clothing.  F&$% YOU and your masters. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@arizonaeagletarian "that's what the decriminalization initiative is about. ALL adults, of the age of majority"

The assholes and liars behind Colorado's festering turd A64 EXPLICITLY EXCLUDED EVERY ADULT under 21 years old from ANY LEGAL PROTECTION -- not a single gram, nor a single plant are they allowed -- under penalty of Criminal Law.

The most perverse part of that chicanery is the < 21 demographic is the group that has always suffered the MOST ARRESTS and Prosecutions for Marijuana offenses.

Too bad Safer AZ has the same pathetically puny, unsustainable cultivation and possession limits, and does not allow any private sales between consenting adults.

It's a LIE and a FRAUD to call it "legalization" ... but carry on and make the SAME MISTAKES Colorado made.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@EYECEEU ... exactly.

Safer Colorado completely scammed and suckered the average individual marijuana user / caregiver in Colorado, marginalizing and restricting their freedoms in favor of the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel model of commercialized warehouse weed controlled by a limited few profiteers who then use LAWS and Enforcement to attack and arrest private INDIVIDUALS who would dare attempt to cultivate their own sustainable supplies.


patients4patients
patients4patients

@EYECEEU  

Safer Arizona is a Political Action Committee no big money here. Dennis Belhke is secretary and Robert Clark is chairman. Neither are rich.  We have no big money backing this is a grass roots effort. We are citizens of Arizona. So research before you run your mouth.

EYECEEU
EYECEEU

@arizonaeagletarian Who is SAFER ARIZONA?  They are not a legal entity through the Arizona Corporation Commission, which means they were created by deep pockets out of state with monetary interests.  This ballot measure is not for the people, this ballot measure is for certain people to cash in on marijuana and for the government to have more tax money to misspend.  Stay the f&%# out of our lives a**holes!

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