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Colorado: Medical Pot Records Seized In Grow Op Search

Discussion in 'Medical Marijuana News' started by MacGuyver4.2.0, Mar 12, 2010.


    MacGuyver4.2.0 Well-Known Member

    Colorado: Medical Pot Records Seized In Grow Op Search

    ​A Colorado search warrant executed Tuesday authorized the seizure of records for more than 300 medical marijuana card holders, including doctors' recommendations and personal contact information.

    The warrant was issued after officers from the Grand Junction Police Department were called out Tuesday to investigate a suspicious odor emanating from a building near the offices of the U.S. Census Bureau, reports Paul Shockley at The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

    The warrant, signed by District Judge Thomas Deister, allowed for Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers to confiscate records "in order to verify who the current primary caregiver is" for the approximately 308 patient files found inside a large marijuana grow.

    Photo: Eagle County Sheriff's Office
    ​The warrant further allowed for the seizure of records and receipts indicating payment for marijuana sales and purchases, in addition to "photographs, video and samples of the marijuana plants in the business."

    "Task Force officers are looking to go through the records present to determine if they have adequate current medical marijuana card holders present to support the presence of over 1,000 marijuana plants," an affidavit said.

    The warrant was obtained after an employee with the U.S. Census Bureau, which is located in another unit at the same building, called authorities Tuesday afternoon reporting a strong "chemical odor" seeping from the ventilation system.

    The employee called the Grand Junction Fire Department, claiming he thought there was a fire, the affidavit said. The employee claimed he saw a man exit the rear of the complex, before the man ran back inside and locked a door behind him.

    "[Employee] observed what he thought were probably grow lights inside while the door was open," the affidavit said.

    Officers said they noticed "a strong odor of marijuana" standing 10 feet from the building's back door.

    The owner of the marijuana grow operation told the officers it was legal and allowed them inside the building. A second man told officers that the grow had been up and running since October and they were growing for Naturals Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Grand Junction.

    As pointed out by a commenter on the original newspaper story, according to Colorado's medical marijuana law, caregivers may cultivate "No more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana" per patient.

    With roughly 300 patients and about 1,000 plants, if 10 percent or more of the plants weren't yet mature, this was a legal grow under Colorado law.

    EdGreyfox Well-Known Member


    I can see why your annoyed, but since my business is all about keeping track of numbers I understand the need for them to be able to go through the companies records and verify that their paperwork is legitimate. As long as the law has the stupid plant count limit per patient in it commercial growers are going to have to make sure they've always got all the paperwork they need to back up the number of plants they are growing. Bury the local cops and courts in paperwork to prove your running a legitimate business a couple times and the problem will go away.

    MacGuyver4.2.0 Well-Known Member

    I see ALOT of privacy violations in this:
    Firstly- Doctor/patient confidentiality should be the same as Lawyer/patient...it's not information simply up for grabs, unless you twist the rules to your needs.

    Secondly...HIPA violations, which is state and federally enforced..supposedly.

    Thirdly: State level privacy violations of the MMJ Registry. As CO Amendment 20 stands NOW Law Enforcement cannot get the details of a license holding patient, only that the name is on the license and matches the registry name, or if they are caregiver, how many they can grow for. Now they have FULL details, social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers and medical histories. That's the whole reason why law enforcement (and others) were NOT given access to that data in the first place... patients personal information is NONE of thier business, period.
    Face it, LEO will use ANY excuse they can to justify their actions (or inactions). I hope the grow was 100% legal and the grow op SUES the living crap outta them. ONLY when enough lawsuits are brought against LEO and counties, states that allow illegal searches will the headaches stop.

    Again, the state of Colorado already has huge budget problems.. let's WASTE more taxdollars on police activities that are foolish or illegal. If the only way they will learn is thru multiple lawsuits, so be it.
    Rob Roy

    Rob Roy Well-Known Member

    The cops are getting desparate. As marijuana moves toward legality they are threatened with loss of their jobs. How scary it must be to change the focus from "victimless" crime to actually having to deal with real crime.

    420KUSH420BLuNTS Member

    @Rob Roy
    The reason they have to target victimless crime is because theyre to scared to handle the real shit..ya gotta think though would u rather be facing a big ass nigga or some plants?
    Bones 420

    Bones 420 Member

    What an old ass post to reply to ^ :p

    But since the ghost thread is back, OP are you saying that a grower who grows for a whole dispensary was only allowed to have 6 plants total?!?

    dbkick Well-Known Member

    that was per patient signed. with 300 patients that would be 1800 plants.

    dbkick Well-Known Member

    damn old thread for sure.

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