|January 8, 2011||http://detnews.com/article/20110108/METRO/101080346|
Fake IDs got cops into pot dispensaries, hearing told
Exam for eight charged under medical marijuana law to resume Jan. 19
The Detroit News
Waterford Township— Eight co-defendants accused of running afoul of Michigan’s medical marijuana law will have to wait a bit longer to find out if they will be ordered to stand trial.
After a full day of testimony Friday in Waterford’s 51st District Court, Judge Richard Kuhn Jr. adjourned a preliminary exam for the defendants, who were arrested after an August raid at several locations in Waterford. The hearing will resume Jan. 19.
“We did nothing against the law,” said defendant William Teichman. “We followed the guidelines of the medical marijuana act.”
Undercover officers of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office testified that they showed fake medical ID cards to gain entry and make purchases at Everybody’s Café and Herbal Remedies, marijuana dispensaries owned by Teichman and his wife, Candace, last summer on several occasions.
The visits were part of an ongoing investigation that began in July and led to an Aug. 25 raid of the dispensaries and the Teichmans’ home.
The Teichmans and vendors affiliated with the two businesses were arrested after the bust on several charges, including a felony count of possession with intent to deliver.
Marijuana products were sold at the dispensaries by caregivers to people with patient identification cards issued by the Michigan Department of Community Health, the defense argued.
Oakland County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Beth Hand declined to comment on the case.
The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act has created legal controversy across the state since voters approved it in November 2008.
“Law enforcement has a general distrust for people who use marijuana for any purpose, so law enforcement has resisted the medical marijuana act,” said attorney Neil Rockind, who’s representing co-defendant Matthew Miller.
The co-defendants face up to four years in prison if convicted. William Teichman is also charged with felony firearm. He faces a mandatory two-year prison term if convicted.