MEDFORD, Ore. — Cannabis community center SONORML is back open after being raided and seeing four of their members arrested. The raid was the result of a two year investigation. Police say SONORML and three other Jackson County businesses were illegally selling medical marijuana.
It is legal for a safe access point or dispensary to charge a card-holding patient for reimbursement of expenses. Anything above those expenses that be considered profit is illegal. Three of the four arrested also face could charges for selling within a thousand feet of a school.
Police declined to give out all of the details of the investigation, but said the amount of income the businesses were bringing in was too high to be considered reimbursement. Representatives of Oregon cannabis connection say those arrested were operating and selling legally.
All of the cannabis plants at SO-NORML were confiscated during the raid. Police say there is still a long investigation and court process ahead. They say in addition to revealing whether or not these charges are valid, it could also reveal whether or not any additional businesses were participating in similar activity.
This raid comes as some lawmakers in the state push for state run medical marijuana dispensaries. That initiative is currently in the House, although no votes have been held yet.