By Terrie Best – San Diego Americans for Safe Access
The thin-as-air manufacturing case against medical cannabis patient and collective operator, Shaun Smith swept so quickly through trial that before we knew it, Attorney Michael Cindrich had queued up his third cannabis-related not guilty verdict in four months.
The Cindrich winning streak started with defendant John Mazula in El Cajon, moved north to LA and then touched down in San Diego County’s Vista yesterday – surely making waves in District Attorney’s office and changing the landscape for medical cannabis patients.
Shaun’s arrest occurred May 13, 2015, near his Oceanside home. He had been running a small legal cannabis collective out of his residence, providing flower, bubble hash, cannabis butter, tinctures and ointments to his members. He was also trading shake for wax.
Team 9 of the San Diego Narcotic Task Force raided, confiscated the collective’s 35 pounds of flower, 20 pounds of cannabis shake, 1.5 ounces of wax, 40 thousand in cash and some unused extraction equipment. They also took Shaun’s gun collection, went to Bank of America and took from a safety deposit box the rest of the collective’s capital, 110 thousand – which was earmarked to open a storefront and grow their collective’s membership.
The District attorney’s office charged Shaun with possession of marijuana for sale and, because of a small extraction tube; some retail size cans of butane; filters and spatulas, they levied a butane manufacturing of concentrated cannabis charge against him.