DIAMOND SPRINGS, Calif. – The head of a marijuana dispensary raided by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office insists he and his staff were doing nothing illegal.
“There was no letter, no warning,” Pure Life Collective CEO Kelly Chiusano said. “They were just there with force.”
Chiusano said he and two employees were arrested during Monday’s raid and charged with three felonies relating to marijuana sales.
Customers arriving at the dispensary at 537 Pleasant Valley Road were greeted Wednesday by a sign saying it was closed until further notice.
“It’s a really good collective,” said Robert Jordan, who said he takes a non-intoxicating component of marijuana known as CBD to deal with post-traumatic stress. “They’ve always been legal. You have to be a California patient. You have to have your paperwork to be here.”
El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson would not discuss the specifics of the Pure Life case, but said his office is not interested in investigating legitimate medical marijuana collectives.
“The only types of cases we’re actually prosecuting is where it’s clearly a commercial enterprise,” Pierson said.
Chiusano said he and his staff kept meticulous records to document their non-profit status in an effort to avoid running afoul of the law.
“I know what I’m doing is legal in my heart. I’m helping people every day,” he said, choking back tears. “Most of our patients are 60-plus and they don’t want to deal with the black market.”
Chiusano said his collective serves nearly 6,000 clients and is one of five in El Dorado County.
He said in the Pure Life Collective’s three years of operation, the only previous contact with law enforcement was last month when he called the sheriff’s office to investigate a rock thrown through a window.
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