Police Arrest Owner Of Medical Marijuana Storefronts

July 06, 2005

, 10 News (san Deigo)

San Diego police have arrested the operator of two medical marijuana dispensaries on charges he illegally possessed marijuana with the intent to sell the drug, it was reported Thursday.

Jon Sullivan was handcuffed at his La Jolla Boulevard home Wednesday morning while a team of drug agents executed a search warrant, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Police obtained the warrant last week based on a neighbor's complaint, not on the fact that Sullivan operates marijuana dispensaries in North Park and Pacific Beach, Damon Mosler, chief of the district attorney's narcotics division, told the newspaper.

Police 'are focusing on activities that were not occurring at the businesses,' Mosler also told the newspaper.

Sullivan chose to stay open despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that federal authorities may prosecute dispensary owners even if they comply with state law, the newspaper reported.

California is one of 10 states to adopt laws that allow sick and dying patients to use marijuana to ease symptoms, the newspaper reported.

Sullivan's girlfriend, Joanna Howell, told the newspaper she and Sullivan cooperated with police. Howell said marijuana inside their home was going to be used to stock the dispensaries. She said Sullivan was operating within the letter of the law.

In previous interviews, Sullivan said his storefronts sell marijuana products to qualified patients who have a doctor's recommendation to use the drug.

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