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Plea deals reached in Tacoma medical marijuana case

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on March 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm with 4 Comments »
March 4, 2011 12:49 pm

Five people accused of running an illegal network of pot-growing operations tied to a Tacoma medical marijuana dispensary have pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

The defendants, including Tacoma Cross owner James Canyon Lucas, received either suspended or deferred jail sentences in exchange for their guilty pleas to the gross misdemeanor of unlawful solicitation to manufacture a controlled substance.

Prosecutors originally charged eight people with felonies following a law-enforcement investigation that included raids on seven homes in Federal Way, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Fife and Lake Tapps last summer.

Detectives seized marijuana plants, growing equipment, firearms, cash and other drugs, court records show. They said the group was growing and distributing illegal amounts of pot.

Lucas, 31, said in a plea agreement signed this week he “offered money to others to help me in the manufacture of marijuana. I believed at the time I was complying with medical marijuana laws.”

Lucas is permitted to possess some marijuana under the state’s medical marijuana laws, his attorney said following Lucas’ arrest.

Also convicted were Loren Gordner, 31; Ryan Needham, 29; Edward Dumas, 40; and Mark Nowels, 41.

Prosecutors dismissed all charges against Lucas’ wife, Sarah Lucas, 29; Kari Levi, 42; and Kaelah Singleton, 27.

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  1. Alison7613 says:

    Prosecutor’s, please spend less time on these cases and focus on cases involving the abuse of our most vulnerable. David Vernon’s case sits on your desk right now. Please stop the heavy emphasis on marijuana and keep us safe from caregivers and caregiving agencies by holding them accountable. These marijuana cases are a waste of our tax dollars.

  2. Why is taxpayers’ money being wasted on cases like this when there’s not even enough money to solve the real crimes?

    Shame on all the officers and prosecutors involved in this horrible waste of public time and resources.

  3. Troygrad_2011 says:

    For you people who think pot is a harmless crime think again! Remember that ,when your home is broken into and your safety is at risk. We need more enforcement of our drug laws not less! Jail should be a hell on earth for those who choose to go there, and perpetrate crime against the innocent. The pity culture that has been established in our country has created the circumstances we find ourselves in today. Illegal drug abuse and drug addiction needs to be treated like a choice it is, and there should be consequences for those choices. When someone chooses do drugs and becomes an addict they should be treated with contempt not compassion or pity.

  4. notSpicoli says:

    In reply to Troygrand: For those who think marijuana prohibition is harmless or works, think again.

    When one equates marijuana and heroin, think again.

    If one thinks jailing millions more Americans for using a plant less harmful than alcohol, think again.

    If you fear that “marijuana addicts” are breaking into your home to fund their “habit,” rest assured. You are safe.

    If you really believe in consequences, then don’t impose artificial ones. You’ll find that the consequences of marijuana use, for most people, is equivalent to that of responsible alcohol use.

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