EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The owner of what's billed as a medical marijuana "resource center" in Eugene has been charged with illegal pot dealing and money laundering.
The operation, called Kannabosm (KAN-nuh-baz-uhm), provides marijuana to people who use the drug legally for medical reasons.
The Eugene Register-Guard (bit.ly/TjIBR3) reports police arrested the owner last week. An affidavit says patrons paid not only membership fees but also street prices for marijuana. The medical marijuana laws don't allow sales.
The owner is 58-year-old Curtis Dean Shimmin (SHI-min). He hasn't appeared in court. In a Facebook post Monday, he said raids at Kannabosm and his properties involved illegal seizures of medical marijuana.
He has argued in a Register-Guard interview the transactions aren't technically sales. Instead, he says, they offset grower expenses and "storage and handling" at Kannabosm.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com