and the war rages on...
Carri Geer Thevenot | Las Vegas Review-Journal | January 6, 2011
Authorities continued their assault on the city's medical marijuana dispensaries Thursday with the arrests of 12 people, including outspoken activist and convicted felon Pierre Werner, associated with the storefront businesses.
The arrests followed the September raids of several Las Vegas dispensaries, including Dr. Reefer, a business operated by Werner's mother and brother at 8975 S. Pecos Road.
"There seems to be a pretty clear political agenda right now with the dispensaries as a whole," said Werner's attorney, Conrad Claus.
Federal prosecutors filed criminal complaints three weeks ago against 15 defendants, but the charges were sealed until Thursday. Among those arrested in Las Vegas were Werner, 39; his mother, Reynalda Barnett, 59; and his brother, Clyde Barnett, 21.
Werner and the Barnetts are charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Reynalda and Clyde Barnett also are charged with distribution of marijuana. Werner and Reynalda Barnett face additional charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and concealing or failing to disclose information affecting Social Security benefits.
and the war rages on...
i fish, therefore i am.
marijuana forum. One of the people busted wasn't even supposed to be a dispensary operator-- he and his mom ran a consultation business to help people get medical marijuana cards, and now they're being charged with dealing. The others, I'm almost certain, did legitimately (or... I guess... illegitimately) run dispensaries.
As I said in the other thread, I give it about a 50/50 shot that that guy was actually dealing, but it makes little difference to me. (although I hope they don't do serious time for this... not a TOTALLY self-centered dick, haha) I was hoping to get my card here in short order, but now I'm really uneasy about making the attempt because I won't have someone to guide me over the paperwork and make sure I'm doing it right and to also recommend a doctor for me to see. I wouldn't want to shell out all this cash only to have my application rejected, after all.
There's also the fact that these people have subjected their customers to potential scrutiny, as their computers were seized (by FEDERAL and local agents) and, theoretically, anyone who did business with them is now on some watch list until los federales decide to bring the hammer down on those poor people. I guess someone would be on some sort of list, anyway, if they were accepted into the program. (and, potentially if they weren't) But I don't know how accessible that list would've been to the DEA, or whether or not they would even care about small-time medical marijuana patients rather than the large dispensaries.
But I agree with you. Ideally, people need to get cards and grow their own. (unless they're seriously ill... in which case there ought to be alternatives) 3 plants every few months is more than enough to keep your average stoner at bay. If it's not enough, then I guess they should grow better stuff.
It would also effectively address those whole narco-trafficking, anti-drug cartel arguments anti-legalization folks like to use--not that those people know a good argument from a bad one, anyway.
Well, at least I put it in the Nevada forum, so maybe it won't be COMPLETELY redundant.
Still... crazy shit. I guess Dr. Reefer's the one who needs to "Get Legal," now, poor guy. And all those others, too.
Hope they get off easy.
marijuana in this state.
When you play with fire you're gonna get burned if you're not careful.
Yeah, I had read a few of the stories and I've been to his site, so I've seen the news stories put on youtube as well.
I hadn't heard anything about his mom having a criminal record, though, and it seems as if that may change, provided that the charges aren't dropped. She and his brother (who is just a kid, if I remember right) were actually the ones arrested for supposedly dealing. Totally fucking weak. I've read reviews of the service online and everyone really seemed to enjoy dealing with her throughout the process.
Very very stupid of them, if it turns out to have been true. (which, as I've said, I could flip a coin on believing)
If I ran a consulting business like that, all of my employees, ESPECIALLY family would be told the four rules:
#1- DON'T sell pot out of the business. (or EVER, actually)
#2- DON'T tell people where to get pot outside of the business.
#3- DON'T provide any information to ANYONE about people associated with the business. (Doctors, employees, customers, etc.)
#4- DON'T fraternize with anyone you meet at the business. Or, if you must, do so on your own, far, far away from the business and follow rules 1-3.
It'd be pretty hard for something to go awry if you and your employees were following these rules, I'd think.
Maybe one of the reasons he got busted was precisely because he was so visible-- what, with the billboards, news stories and all. If you're going to do something like that, you may want to be, as Stephen Colbert put it, "a manila envelope glued to a beige wall." That's a good way to ensure that you're never made an example of. Then again, I wonder what all these other guys did to attract all that unwanted attention...
I had actually read that Las Vegas Weekly article you posted in another thread and they had a quote from a law enforcement official who said that dispensaries weren't illegal under Nevada law, but that they would raid dispensaries who operated on the fringes of legality or something like that... which is strange given the current federal justification that dispensaries are illegal in Nevada PERIOD. They also said that there were something like 60 dispensaries operating in Vegas... I wonder what their justifications were for NOT raiding the other ones, then? Are they just reserving the right to be TOTALLY arbitrary? Maybe they'll get to those later? Maybe they're making these decisions via some sort of dart board process?
It'll be interesting to see what happens with the dispensaries here over the next year, regardless...
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