Pot-Shop Owner Arrested By DEA; First Dispensary Arrest Since Obama Ordered Feds To Back Off
A Southern California pot-shop owner was arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration because he allegedly tried to open two marijuana dispensaries while awaiting sentencing on a drug charge -- a no-no according to limits set by the judge in the case.
Forty-two-year-old Vigil Grant III was taken
into custody at a pot shop in the city of L.A., DEA spokeswoman Sarah Pullen confirmed to LA Weekly. Grant wasn't supposed to be around dispensaries while he roamed free before his sentencing next month. Pullen said Grant is scheduled to appear in court Friday at 2 p.m. to explain why he was allegedly trying to open two dispensaries while on bond.
The suspect's legal troubles began in late 2007 when a man involved in a fatal accident on the 101 freeway in Ventura County said he had been high on marijuana that investigators linked to Grant's The Holistic Caregivers (THC) store in Compton.
While authorities tried to throw the book at the pot-shop entrepreneur, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana as part of a deal. This was the first DEA arrest since the Obama administration ordered the agency to lay off pot shops in states where medical marijuana is approved, so long as the businesses are abiding by state laws.
More details via the Associated Press.
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