(Denver Post) Owners of a now-closed medical-marijuana dispensary who are facing federal charges for allegedly running an unlicensed grow warehouse say they received state permission to move 1,200 cannabis plants into the warehouse.
Ha, Hai and Nathan Do argue in court filings that officials with the state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division gave the OK for the family to transport 1,200 marijuana clones from their dispensary to the warehouse in northeast Denver. Clones are baby marijuana plants.When federal agents raided the warehousein October, they announced they seized more than 1,100 plants.
The three Do family members, along with a fourth man, Richard Crosse, face two charges each of possession with intent to distribute more than 1,000 marijuana plants.
The approval by the MMED — coming in four OK’d “medical marijuana transportation manifests” — is a key element in several motions filed by the Dos last month seeking to have the charges against them thrown out.
The Dos argue they are victims of “entrapment by estoppel,” wherein government officials mislead people about the law, then arrest them for breaking the same law.