Case Conclusion Date: 07.31.2012
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Description: In October of 2011 Federal and local law enforcement agents conducted a raid on a Denver warehouse suspected of illegally (not in compliance with Colorado state, local, and administrative regulations) growing marijuana plants for medical marijuana dispensaries or centers. Four defendants were charged with a violation of 21 U.S.C. 841 (more than 1000 plants), which carries a prison sentence of 10 years to life. Although a few other smaller raids have been conducted in the last year, this represents the first, and largest concentrated effort by Federal law enforcement agencies attempting to assert and enforce the Federal Controlled Substances Act within the State of Colorado since the medical marijuana craze began in 2008-2009. Without discussing the merit or lack of merit of this Federal prosecution, and regardless of the outcome, the arrests have a chilling effect on the medical marijuana commercial community. After receiving this case, The Evans Firm ceased all representation of any medical marijuana commercial enterprises. As we like to explain to clients who call our office for these services, we have never seen a business plan or a return on investment so high that it would be worth risking spending a life time in prison. (You don't get to spend your business profits in prison).