[COMMENTARY] Gilbert police bust Mesa medical marijuana club


By Ray Stern

Arizona Natural Solution’s Facebook site says this is a picture of “Paul Beezy” [Paul Bellesen] next to some Holy Grail Kush plants. / Image- FaceboBy Ray Stern
Phoenix New Times

Valley marijuana patients lost another over-the-counter source for their meds earlier this month when Gilbert police raided Arizona Natural Solutions in Mesa.

The cannabis/compassion club at 1055 North Mesa Drive had been operating since at least February, when its principals began its Facebook page and incorporated as a non-profit business in Arizona. Billing itself as a “cooperative educational center,” ANS also distributed killer bud to patients, as its Facebook site shows.

Gilbert police raided the place on October 5, serving a search warrant and seizing “suspected marijuana, candy, cookies, powder, suspected ecstasy, and US currency,” Gilbert police Sergeant Jesse Sanger wrote to New Times. No information was offered about the reason for the raid.

Paul Bellesen, 22, Chad Czarnecki, 24, and Robert Ryan, 25, are accused of selling pot and “narcotics,” (this is another example of police wanting to utilize the ludicrous state statute that defines marijuana products like hashish as something other than marijuana), and possessing drug paraphernalia. Police also want Bellesen charged with possessing a firearm as part of a drug offense.


If you’d like to discuss medical marijuana, contact Ryan Hurley, head of the Rose Law Group Medical Marijuana Dept., rhurley@roselawgroup.com

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