Medical Marijuana dispensary owners continue to apply for permits through cities. They continue to pay fees. They continue to pay lawyers to help them make the dispensaries legal. The problem is that they are not legal! Federal law prohibits the sale of medical marijuana, even though state law permits it. It is that simple. If you own, run, work in, distribute to or grow for a medical marijuana dispensary it is only a matter of time before the feds come knocking on your door. Even lawyers who assist dispensary owners in obtaining licenses are being targeted by the feds for aiding and abetting and/or conspiracy. They are not joking around!
The first thing that is likely to happen is that the FBI or DEA will show up with a search warrant and seize all of the inventory and cash on the premises. Nothing may happen for a while after that and some dispensaries actually continue to operate as if nothing has happened. The FBI or DEA just executed a search warrant. This means that a criminal investigation is underway and a Federal Magistrate Judge signed the warrant. In order for a magistrate to sign a warrant he or she has to have probable cause to believe a crime is being committed in that location. Probable cause is enough for an indictment.
What does this mean? It means that at any time, most likely very early one morning, the same agents will show up at your door and arrest you. You will be facing charges in federal court.
What is the crime? The U.S. attorney’s office is indicting people who are involved with medical marijuana dispensaries with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and to maintain a drug involved premises; and maintaining a drug involved premises.
What is the penalty? Depending on the amount of marijuana sold and whether or not the person charged has any prior convictions for sales of narcotics, anywhere from 5 years to life in federal prison.
What should you do? Hire an experienced federal criminal defense attorney to represent you immediately! Call The Law Office of Diane C. Bass.