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United States v. James Stacy and Joseph Nunes

posted Jan 31, 2013, 11:15 AM by The Editor
September 11, 2009 - James Stacy and Joseph Nunes faced federal charges after 30 people were arrested during a DEA-assisted raid of medical-marijuana collectives in the San Diego area. Stacy, 45, operated Movement in Action in Vista when an undercover San Diego County sheriff's detective posed as a patient and went to the cooperative in June. The warrant said Stacy was not following state law because he did not fit the definition of a caregiver who can provide medical marijuana to patients. Nunes operated the Green Kross Collective in San Diego, where police also made undercover purchases. Court records claim Nunes seemed to be profiting from the collective, which by state guidelines must be nonprofit. Nunes pleaded guilty in May 2010 and was sentenced to 1 year in prison and 3 years probation. Stacy's medical marijuana defense was denied in July 2010, causing a storm of protest by advocates. UPDATE 11/10 - Just before trial in October, Stacy signed a 6-month sentence agreement. Judge Moskowitz accepted the agreement and set a sentencing date for January 7, 2011. In front of a courtroom filled to the brim with supporters wearing green solidarity ribbons, James Stacy was instead sentenced to 2 years probation. UPDATE 5/12: Nunes was released from prison on 4/29/2011.

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