The owner of CannaHelp, a medical marijuna dispensary in Palm Desert, is scheduled to appear today in an Indio courtoom for a preliminary hearing on a February arrest.

December 03, 2006

Marie McCain, Desert Sun (CA)

Stacy Hochanadel, 30, is scheduled to appear today in an Indio courtoom for a preliminary hearing on a February arrest. The owner of CannaHelp, a medical marijuna dispensary in Palm Desert, Hochanadel was arrested at the time on a felony charge of possession of concentrated cannabis and a misdemeanor weapons charge, according to court records.

His hearing is scheduled to begin in the Larson Justice Center in Indio at 8:30 a.m.

Last week, investigators with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Special Investigation Unit raided CannaHelp, 73-350 El Paseo, as part of an investigation into whether the dispensary was selling pot for profit.

No arrests were made and Hochanadel was questioned by investigators. He has denied any wrongdoing.

At the time of the raid, Hochanadel described his talk with police as "professional." He said investigators wanted to know how his business worked.

Allegations of for profit sales at medical marijuana dispensaries in the Coachella Valley culminated with the multiple raids of a dispensary in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Caregivers, on Palm Canyon Drive.

There were allegations that an employee left items from the dispensary as a tip for a worker at the Spa Resort & Casino.

Caregivers was raided at least twice. The dispensary closed following the second raid, on Nov. 2, and has yet to reopen.

Hochanadel has said that CannaHelp remains open.

View video of Hochanadel discussing last week's raid on CannaHelp

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