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40 pounds weed seized from closed Santa Ana dispensary, 7 arrested

Published On: 11-20-2017 in Category: Medical Marijuana

40 pounds weed seized from closed Santa Ana dispensary 7 arrested

Santa Ana police, on Nov. 7, 2017, confiscated 40 pounds of marijuana and arrested seven workers of a dispensary after the staff re-entered it—the police sealed the pharmacy earlier in the day for a certain violation. The officers responded after an anonymous caller had tipped them off about a suspicious activity in and around the building in the 2500 block of N. Grand Avenue.

The arrested people included dispensary owner 32-year-old Navid Nourifard of Encino. Other accused were identified as 31-year-old Dylan Robert Peck of Huntington Beach, 22-year-old Kai Forrest Olson of Costa Mesa, 30-year-old Dayton Lee of Walnut, 25-year-old Jessica Caitlynn Rivera of La Puente, 22-year-old Amanda Elizabeth Willis of Irvine and 23-year-old Kaile Near of Lake Forest. Though the seven individuals attempted to flee, they were caught immediately and booked at Santa Ana police headquarters. They have been charged with vandalism, drug possession and intent to distribute. Authorities had earlier shut the dispensary for functioning without a city permit.

Authorities estimated the street value of 40 pounds of marijuana at $60,000 to $100,000. In November 2014, people in Santa Ana voted in favor of Measure BB, which allows up to 20 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city provided they are well-regulated and taxed. So far, there are 17 fully functional and duly licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

Marijuana menace in US

Although various states have passed medical cannabis laws with the good intention of providing relief to patients battling chronic ailments, many people have identified loopholes in the present system simply to satisfy their compulsive drug urges and feed their addiction.

Research shows that it is almost unimaginable to grow up in American society and remain unaffected by the allure of marijuana. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 22 million Americans aged 12 or older were using marijuana in 2015. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suggests those who use marijuana during adolescence are more likely to use other harder drugs such as cocaine or heroin later in adulthood. Thus, cannabis might prove to be a gateway drug.

Research shows that extended use of marijuana can impact multiple brain and body functions adversely. Besides, it is also known to wreak havoc in an individual’s social life as well as career making it difficult for those in the depths of addiction to break free from the shackles of the drug. The sky-rocketing surge in marijuana addiction rates nationwide can be attributed to the ever-growing ease of availability, perceived harmlessness and growing social acceptance of the drug.

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If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other harmful drug, seek treatment immediately. The Orange Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you avail one of the best addiction treatment programs and embark on your journey to sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 657-232-4008 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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