Cops raid Sacramento medical pot dispensary

June 16, 2011

C. Johnson, News 10 - Sacramento

A medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento was raided Thursday for alleged violations of the state's medical marijuana laws, according to authorities.

The owners of R & R Wellness on Quinta Court are accused of abusing Proposition 215, the 1986 Compassionate Care Act, specifically regulations regarding turning a profit, said Officer Chris Trimm, spokesman for the Elk Grove Police Department.

A warehouse and two residences were also searched in connection with the investigation, Trimm said.

The probe started when Elk Grove police found an indoor pot-growing operation at a home belonging to one of two men taken into custody, Trimm said.

"It's like a seven layer cake and we have to dig into every layer," Trimm said.  "All of that ties into this."

Arrested were Bryan Smith, 26, the owner of the dispensary and his father, Kelly Smith, 52. They face charges of cultivating marijuana to sell, selling marijuana and potentially conspiracy.

A woman, who asked to be identified only as Ashley, was working inside the dispensary when the raid began.

"They were totally fine, it was fine, it went smoothly," she said. "I don't know what's happening now and where Bryan is, we'll have to see what happens from here."

Ashley told News10 she wasn't sure if any profits were made, but if they were, the money was going back into the business.

"I just know that we put a lot of money into our business, it's a nice place and we want it to be nice for our customers. So if any profit it's going into the shop."

During the raid Elk Grove detectives utilized help from the Sacramento Sheriff's Narcotics Unit and K-9's to sniff for drugs. 

They filled an entire van with evidence bags full of pot, documents, computers and cash.

Courtney Sheats with Americans for Safe Access said the raid was excessive.

"If they're making a profit I would think that we could sit down and look at the books, not raid the place and take away patient's access to medicine," Sheats said.

R & R Wellness could stay closed for a while, unless another operator chooses to take over, according to Trimm.

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