Colorado Springs Cops Face Lawsuit Over Seized Pot Money


Zappiste: j'ai eu le Westword de Denver Colorado version papier.
Il y a au moins 7 pages d'annonces de Médical Marijuana Dispensaries, Y'a des gens qui en vendent et en achètent, Livraison. Ouvert 24/7. Y'en a qui offrent des 1/4 d'once gratuit. Des Doctor on site, examens qui vont de 79$ à 109$. Clone store next door. Etc...
Quelques variétés: Sage. Taz. White Elephant. AK-47. Grape Ape. Hawaii Indica. Jack Herer. Venus Fly Trap. Chocolate Chunk. Banana Kush, Durban Poison. Romulan Chemo.

À rendre malade !

Rumeur: il se pourrait que dans deux ans le cannabis soit légalisé au Colorado.

Colorado Springs Cops Face Lawsuit Over Seized Pot Money
By Steve Elliott in Dispensaries, News
Thursday, Jul. 22 2010 @ 1:32PM

Here's a scenario which, unfortunately, could become all too familiar in the near future. A pot-phobic local police department, still angry and in denial over the legalization of medical marijuana, steals -- I mean, "seizes" -- cash from a dispensary owner, accuses him of "money laundering," and threatens to call in federal agents if the owner squawks.

Sound unlikely? Guess again. And welcome to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A medical marijuana dispensary owner said he intends to sue the Colorado Springs Police Department over what he said was the illegal seizure of $14,000.

Doctor's Orders and dispensary co-owner Robert Pooler plan to ask for $120,000 in damages from the city, reports Carlyn Ray Mitchell at The Colorado Springs Gazette. The money, proceeds from Pooler's medical marijuana business, was confiscated from him during a traffic stop.

Pooler said his car was illegally searched on June 30 after an officer saw a near-collision between Pooler's car and another vehicle, according to Pooler's attorney, Sean McAllister.

Pooler parked in a lot and got out of his car. When the officer asked for Pooler's license and proof of insurance, Pooler told the officer it was in the vehicle, at which point the officer went to the car and discovered the bank bag of money, McAllister said.

Many national banks are closing the accounts of medical marijuana dispensaries in order to avoid moving "marijuana money" across state lines, since cannabis is illegal under federal law, McAllister said. Pooler's bank account in Denver had been closed, and Pooler was moving his money to a Colorado Springs bank at the time of the incident, the attorney said.

Pooler wasn't arrested, but a police sergeant who called McAllister after police seized (stole) the money told McAllister police were "investigating Pooler for money laundering."

"It's not money laundering if it's legal under Colorado state law," McAllister said. "This is basically theft."

The officer also threatened to get the federal Drug Enforcement Administration involved, despite the federal government's current policy of not pursuing medical marijuana cases in states where it is legal, McAllister said.

Police have also seized Pooler's bank account, according to McAllister, making it impossible for him to deposit money from his marijuana dispensaries in Denver and Colorado Springs.

"This is legal money," McAllister said. "It is legal in the state of Colorado. This is a city police officer that should be enforcing the constitution of our state and not enforce federal law."

Pooler's notice of intent to sue gives the city 90 days to respond to his demand for repayment.

"If they don't see the light here, my client is willing to litigate his rights," McAllister said.

"Our hope is that they will see the light and resolve this short of a lawsuit, but if they don't, I think my clients are willing to teach them a lesson and show them how to comply with state law," McAllister said, reports Bryce Crawford at the Colorado Springs Independent.

The Colorado Springs Police Department, predictably, declined to comment.

Tensions between Colorado Springs police and dispensary owners have been very high in recent months.

In May, police searched seven medical marijuana dispensaries, supposedly as part of some unspecified "ongoing investigation."

Medical marijuana advocates said they were blind-sided by the raids, and that the searches were politically motivated.

No arrests were made in those searches, either.


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