A Glendale SWAT team raided one of Arizona’s most popular medical marijuana clubs last Wednesday. Six vendors and three business proprietors were arrested while twenty registered, card-holding patients have been threatened with future charges.
Several of the 7ten Club’s locations in and around Glendale, Buckeye, and Phoenix were served search warrants resulting from suspicious activity complaints and law enforcement surveillance at the club’s biweekly Farmer’s Market. “Detectives conducted both surveillance and undercover operations that included 18 illegal marijuana transactions,” a press release from the Glendale Police Department stated. Specifics regarding the illegal transactions were not provided.
The raid came as a surprise for many of the vendors who thought they were abiding by Arizona’s state laws regarding medical marijuana. An unnamed vendor at the 7ten Club event felt that law enforcement’s primary motive was to confiscate marijuana since cannabis-infused edibles were not seized during the raid. “It sounds like entrapment to me,” the vendor said.
The raid did result in the seizure of illegal drugs (non-cannabis) and firearms, which did even more to cast a shadow upon 7ten Club’s popular weekly event. Glendale police reported:
“In total fifty pounds of high-grade marijuana, numerous items of hash oil and a quantity of methamphetamine were recovered. Also seized were thirteen firearms and U.S. currency.”
While marijuana, hash oil, and U.S. currency are expected to be found at events such as this one, methamphetamine and firearms most certainly are not. As a result, not only does the seizure of these items justify the raid, but it could set back the progress medical marijuana patients in Arizona have worked so hard to achieve.