DEA, police serve warrant at Upland medical marijuana clinic

UPLAND — The Drug Enforcement Administration served a search warrant at 9:30 a.m. today at G3 Holistic Inc., a medical marijuana dispensary that has been at odds with the city for the past couple of years. The most recent count of items seized during the raid include 25 pounds of marijuana and 89 pounds of edible products containing marijuana, according to the DEA. No arrests have been made. DEA spokeswoman Sarah Pullen confirmed that the search warrant had been issued at G3 and that the federal agency has been working with the state Attorney General’s Office. G3 President Aaron Sandusky said law enforcement officers also took security camera equipment and raided a safe as well as an ATM from the second floor facility at 1710 W. Foothill Blvd. Law enforcement “is acting like a terrorist organization,” Sandusky said. DEA officials came into the dispensary with guns drawn about 9:30 a.m., he said. “I had four patients in here and they were all handcuffed and interviewed,” Sandusky said. Law enforcement officials could be seen exiting the facility about 11:30 a.m. with evidence bags filled with marijuana. Paul Chabot, a founder of the Coalition for a Drug Free California, said G3 Holistic has been blatantly disregarding the will of the community. “I don’t think anyone should be surprised by this action,” Chabot said. “This business is in federal law violation from day one, and we are glad to see the DEA come into the Inland Empire.” Sandusky said it was unfortunate that the state allows the DEA to act in a reckless manner against the people’s will and tax-paying organizations. “The DEA to me is more interested in acting like a political enforcement agency then a drug enforcement agency,” Sandusky said. “It is unfortunate that they continue to steal from the people of the community.” The Upland Police Department was aware of the warrant and provided a uniform presence during the raid for security purposes, according to police officials.

About 10 a.m., law enforcement officers could be seen questioning two men on the first floor of the two-story building. Officers had handcuffed one of the men, but the cuffs were later removed. Sergio Munez, 50, of Ontario was one of the two men who were being questioned by police as he was sitting in his car near G3. “I’m clean, I have no record,” said Munez, who was not handcuffed. “I’m not scared. I’ve got nothing to hide. They asked if I was a customer and I said “A customer of what?'” Upland has spent hundreds of thousand of dollars in legal fees in their battle against G3. “Over the past months, I have been saying it makes little sense to be spending a half-million dollars in legal fees,” Councilman Gino Filippi said. “Allow the feds to do their job and let other cities break new legal ground contesting ordinances. There is no reason for the city of Upland to spend our scarce resources on unneeded legal fees.” The city of Upland and G3 have been engaged in a lengthy court battle that will soon find its way to the state Supreme Court. Federal law prohibits medical marijuana, but California voters approved the use of the drug for medical purposes in 1996. Upland’s zoning ordinance prohibits medical marijuana dispensaries. On Jan. 6, the city took the co-op to court on the belief they were open in violation of an injunction granted in August 2010 by the West Valley Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga. G3 appealed the injunction to the Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside. The Appellate Court in June granted a stay on the injunction allowing G3 to remain open pending the resolution of the appeal. The Appellate Court on Nov. 9 ruled in favor of the city’s ban, but G3 appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court, which decided in January to review the case. The co-op closed after a DEA raid on Nov. 1. G3 owners re-opened the collective on Dec. 30 because they believed a stay is still in effect since their case is pending. The Supreme Court will now decide if cities can ban dispensaries through zoning.

via : Daliy Bulletin

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