AZ: Phoenix Police Bust Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Dispensary

AZ: Phoenix Police Bust Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Dispensary

PHOENIX, AZ — Police in Phoenix, Arizona say they arrested three men for pretending to operate a medical marijuana dispensary Friday.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson issued a statement saying officers served a search warrant Friday evening at what appears to be an unlicensed, illegal medical dispensary.

According to the statement, operators did not have a valid business license or a state-issued medical marijuana dispensary permit.

Police say they seized marijuana and marijuana edibles including brownies, muffins and candies.  Several weapons were also seized, according to police.

The three men arrested were Kenneth Winans, 52, Hernan Vega, 40, and Jeremy Skidmore, 34.  All three were booked at the Maricopa County Jail.

All three men will face charges for illegally controlling an enterprise and possession of marijuana for sale.  Vega and Skidmore also face additional charges of being in possession of a firearm during a drug offense.

Under Arizona’s 2010 voter approved medical marijuana law, non-profit medical marijuana dispensaries must be licensed by the Arizona Department of Public Health. Patients and caregivers may not grow their own medical marijuana unless they live more than 25 miles from a registered dispensary.