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Deputies search Dryden dispensary



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September 01, 2010
DRYDEN — Deputies from the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at the medical marijuana dispensary on Main Street Tuesday afternoon.

Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin says deputies entered the Compassionate Care Center of Michigan around 1:30 p.m. and seized cash, a wide variety of marijuana species, and documents related to the business, that has been dispensing the plant to patients under the state's new Medical Marihuana Act since April.

The sheriff's department obtained information that the dispensary was selling marijuana to persons who hadn't met the guidelines issued in the Act, Kalanquin says, which is among the reasons listed as probable cause to search the facility.

No one was arrested and no weapons were found on the premises.

The process was peaceful, Kalanquin says, adding that deputies aren't interested in harassing people who are suffering from debilitating illnesses.

Referring to news reports that patients were allegedly thrown to the ground and handcuffed by members of the Oakland County Sheriff's Narcotics Enforcement Team during week's "raids" on dispensaries in Ferndale and Waterford Township, Kalanquin says everyone involved in yesterday's search was calm and cooperative.

"People were appreciative of how it was handled," he says. "There were zero arrests, no one was on the floor, no one handcuffed and nobody mistreated."

Once the evidence is sorted through, a report will be submitted to Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh for review. Based on the findings, Konschuh may or may not choose to issue criminal charges, Kalanquin says.

For more on this story and all of your local news pick up the September 8, 2010 issue of the Tri-City Times.

Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.
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