DEA, Murrieta Police Raid Marijuana Dispensary

Armed with a federal warrant, law enforcement seized 11 pounds of marijuana, 22 pounds of edible products and 21 plants Thursday from Greenhouse Cannabis Club in Murrieta.

Federal agents with the help of Murrieta police raided a medical marijuana dispensary this week.

At about 10 a.m. Thursday, Drug Enforcement Administration agents served a federal warrant at Greenhouse Cannabis Club, 26151 Jefferson Ave. Suite A.

The warrant was served without incident, DEA Special Agent and Spokesperson Sarah Pullen confirmed, in an email to Patch.

"No arrests were made and DEA seized approximately 22 pounds of edible products containing marijuana, 11 pounds of dried marijuana and 21 plants," Pullen said.

The Temecula home of Eric McNeil, who is the director of Greenhouse Cannabis Club, was also searched, according to the warrant obtained by Patch. The home is located in the 40100 block of Medford Road.

Neither McNeil nor an attorney representing him could be reached Friday for comment about the raids.

Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad confirmed four special enforcement Murrieta police detectives assisted federal agents in the warrant service.

"The U.S. Department of Justice (and) U.S. Attorney have stated on many occasions they are committed to the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act," Conrad said, in an email to Patch.

"Persons who are in the business of cultivating, selling and distributing marijuana are in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, and the federal government can pursue criminal and civil actions against those persons. In this case, the DEA and U.S. Attorney have chosen to pursue these actions," Conrad said.

Marijuana can legally be obtained and used for medical reasons in the state of California, however a Murrieta city ordinance forbids medical marijuana dispensaries.

McNeil in previous comments has stated Greenhouse Cannabis Club was not operating as a dispensary but as a cooperative.

"A dispensary is a place where you go and purchase products; a co-op is a club where members bring products," McNeil told Patch in January after he relocated the operation to Murrieta from Lakeland Village near Lake Elsinore.

"We are allowed to take donations and those go toward (overhead)," McNeil said.

According to the federal warrant, on Feb. 8 a detective with the Riverside Police Department entered Greenhouse Cannabis Club and purchased one gram of marijuana for $20. He presented a medical marijuana registrant card for the purchase, the warrant stated.

The warrant also went into detail about Murrieta police surveillance of Greenhouse Cannabis Club. On one occasion, a client was stopped by an officer as he left. He was initially stopped for using his cellphone while driving. While speaking with the officer, he admitted to purchasing marijuana at the club, the warrant stated.

The city of Murrieta has been embroiled in a court battle with Greenhouse Cannabis Club since it opened. On Feb. 17, that stipulated no more than two patients could be served at the location.

When McNeil—on the advice of his attorney—continued to operate, city attorneys filed a contempt of court charge against him. A contempt of court charge has also been filed against Temecula Valley Food Service, Inc., the owner of the Jefferson Avenue building, court records show.

Both were due in court July 25 for a hearing on the contempt charges.

McNeil has also been issued daily fines for operating despite a city ordinance.

LBV Collins March 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Thank God the DEA and our Murrieta Police are closing down these establishments that provide medicine to patients in a safe environment and are instead supporting the Cartel’s drug dealers lurking in our back alleys. I feel SO much safer now. Macanudo! (No doubt the drug Cartels also just LOVE what the DEA and Murrieta Police are doing to support the Cartel’s multi-billion dollar business. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the Mexican Drug Cartels have lobbyists in Washington supporting the DEA’s activities and creating new anti-drug laws to ensure their multi-billion dollar business continues to grow.)
scott hunter March 17, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Could not have said it better myself. This is ridiculous.
Fired up March 17, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I agree a total waste of tax payers dollars. These patients need this medication they chose to use a natural product rather then choosing pharmaceuticals that poison and destroy our bodies and make pharmaceuticals companies rich.
Fired up March 17, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I agree a total waste of tax payers dollars. These patients need this medication they chose to use a natural product rather then choosing pharmaceuticals that poison and destroy our bodies and make pharmaceuticals companies rich.
Dog March 17, 2012 at 05:58 PM
What a waste...for what?
Galactic Cannibal March 17, 2012 at 06:58 PM
The DEA are nothing less than a gang of NAZI's and hypocrites. Afghanistan is the worlds largest supplier of Heroin and Opium from its poppy crops. Why don't NATO and our 90,000 U.S. troops incinerate that massive source of hard drugs. Instead of DEA wasting TAX dollars on pitiful pot sellers locally in Murrieta. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Galactic Cannibal March 17, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Another obstacle to getting rid of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is the reluctant collaboration between US forces and Afghan warlords in hunting drug traffickers. In the absence of Taliban, the warlords largely control the opium trade but are also highly useful to the US forces in scouting, providing local intelligence, keeping their own territories clean from Al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents, and even taking part in military operations. Former U.S. State Department Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Thomas Schweich, in a New York Times article dated July 27, 2007, asserts that opium production is protected by the government of Hamid Karzai as well as by the Taliban, as all parties to political conflict in Afghanistan as well as criminals benefit from opium production, and, in Schweich's opinion, the U.S. military turns a blind eye to opium production as not being central to its anti-terrorism mission.[17][18] In March 2010, NATO rejected Russian proposals for Afghan poppy spraying, citing concerns over income of Afghan people.[19] There have also been allegations of American and European involvement in Afghanistan's drug trafficking with links to Taliban
Kingpin March 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I know of several seniors who take marijuana for their ailments. They say it really helps to eliminate pain. Why don't the cops and feds back off?! These veterans and seniors have paid the price. They have served their Country. They aren't hurting anyone. I've yet to see someone take marijuana and start a fight. It's always alcohol that causes problems. I don't take the stuff myself, but I don't agree with the law. And Obama said he wasn't going to make this an issue - but he lied.
Tonto March 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Hey Galacster, they gotta knock out the competion of the Mexican drug cartels don't they?
Gina March 18, 2012 at 02:21 AM
It does help a lot for pain. Also, if you have a stomach bug it helps with nausea. I use it for anxiety and panic disorders... helps ground me. I think it's really sad that we have let our government control us. We think we are free, but we really, in many ways we are not. Laws like this, regardless of how you feel about medical marajuana, are just another way the government is controlling us... and it's all for their finanical gain. All politicians are liars.
Ron Paul Revolution March 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
The Feds need to stay out of the states problems. Its ok for somone to be strung out on pain medicine (which is highly addicting) but marijuana is prohibited. I have three cousins who got into heroin, they all started out taking prescription pain medicine. I also know many poeple working construction including myself, who smoke to relieve pain, mainly back pain.
Hearld Smith March 19, 2012 at 12:47 AM
You are a retard. Why don't you go to Afghanistan and help thoes people. If you never been to Afghanistan or been part of their way of life you have no idea what the Afghanistan people are up against. Tribal leaders and warlords are telling them what to do. Their struggle is life and death. My suggestion is you go over their and provide the Afghan people a way to make a living other than drugs. Just point to them and give two thumbs up.
Bill March 20, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Murrieta city council u little dictators keep messing with the medical canabis and u will end up with pot being completely legal. The DEA appears to be turning into the KGB. There couldent be a more clear violation of the 10th amendement.
Galactic Cannibal March 20, 2012 at 06:29 PM
To the conditioned masses BEWARE the U.S. is not "The Land of the Free". ... Try sitting in Mission Bay Park on a sunny day , in San Diego smoking a joint and not bothering anyone. Then you will experience how UN-FREE our country is. Suddenly you are surrounded by bunch of Dep. Sherri f cruisers. and arrested. Remember Prohibition was once the LAW and that turned into a national disaster creating crime waves across the country. When that law was repealed the gang killings stopped. Go to a party where everyone is drinking alcohol and its 90% certain people will argue and start a fight. Go ta a party where everyone is smoking marijuana, and all the people are laid back , laughing and goofing off. No one is fighting
Eric Johnson March 31, 2012 at 10:06 PM
By fully adjudicated law, the California Constitution holds in it a provision that in the case of conflict between Federal and State law, California officials are not allowed to help the Federal Government enforce it's laws. There is no question about this, as it went through the courts in 2009, causing the Attorney General Jerry Brown to issue guidelines for what is and isn't legal, and who can cooperate with whom, and why. This is also why the California Highway Patrol doesn't confiscate medical cannabis from authorized users. That the Murrretta police helped the DEA to carry out this raid is illegal behavior ojn the part of that poklice department. If the DEA wants to raid a dispensary in California, it can, as Federal law trumps state law. But the decisions also indicate that the state does not have to cooperate nor must it have legislation which conforms to the Federal Government's wishes. For example the Supreme court left intact California's law, after having twice the opportunity to strike it down. Ms. Raich was not entitled to an exemption from the Controlled Substances Act for medical reasons, and thuis she remained at peril of Federal arrest and prosecution.But the court left the state law alone. Imagine that. This dispensary suffered a raid and lost some inventory, but there were not arrests, and it will likely be operating again shortly. The scandal is the Murrietta police violating the California Constitution by assisting the DEA in such a raid.
Galactic Cannibal April 01, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Eric Johnson : Unless you have deep pockets or just won the $640 million lottery . You are wasting your time. To fight a bureaucratic Gov Dept. the size of the DEA requires you spend $millions and millions, with no guarantee you will win. The DEA only differs from Hitler's NAZI's by the shape of their badge. Forget it dude... "In the Land of the Free"
Cindy Petersen April 02, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Mr. McNeil, how in the world did you do this? Getting so much media attention? As a patient, I'm so happy this is happening. What is making G.H.C.C. different from all the other dispensaries? Please share so we can help!
Galactic Cannibal April 02, 2012 at 10:56 PM
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/02/us-usa-crime-california-idUSBRE8310SV20120402 Open this link above and , put leather jackboots on these DEA enforcers, and what have you got ?. Nothing less than Hitler's SS enforcers. All have the same mentality . nothing less than "total control". The State of California say this operation is legal and gave it a business license . But the U.S. Fed Gov say no its illegal , and we will shut it down All this in the "Land of the Free and Home of the Brave"
LBV Collins April 02, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Hi GC. I think we may have reached a tipping point regarding the War on Drugs... And I think the tipping point has tilted in favor of legalizing marijuana. Here’s why I think that: Yesterday, Fareed Zakaria quoted a former conservative presidential candidate as saying, "I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol. I've never used marijuana and I don't intend to, but it's just one of those things that I think. This war on drugs just hasn't succeeded." The reason this conservative is in favor of legalizing marijuana is because our Drug War has created a prison problem in America that is well beyond what most Americans imagine. "It's completely out of control," he continued. "Prisons are being overcrowded with juvenile offenders having to do with drugs. And the penalties - the maximums - some of them could get 10 years for possession of a joint of marijuana. It makes no sense at all." So who is this former conservative presidential candidate? Pat Robertson, the Evangelical Christian conservative. He made this point during his 700 Club show. When a conservative Evangelical such as Pat Robertson says it's time to stop the Drug War, then I think it's safe to say that we've reached a tipping point. At least I hope we have. Here’s a link to Zakaria’s video: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/30/zakaria-incarceration-nation-2/


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