Medical Marijuana Advocate Jailed

For the second time in little more than a year, the proprietor of a medical marijuana center has been jailed on accusations of illegally manufacturing and delivering marijuana.

Larry Lacey, 62, of 367 Frontage Road in Wolf Creek, was arrested at his home Wednesday by officers working with the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team, according to team Sgt. Jim Johnson. Lacey was released from the Josephine County Jail on Thursday, jail records show.

Oregon State Police announced in a news release Thursday that officers had seized more than 15 pounds of marijuana and more than 300 small marijuana plants. They also seized about a pound of marijuana-laced candy from the Sixth Street business.

The news release said the estimated value of the seized processed marijuana was $37,500.

Johnson said officers searched Lacey’s residential property and his Get Your Hemp On business at 1457-B N.E. Sixth St.

A hand-written sign was posted on the door Wednesday night, stating the business was closed until further notice. The business also is known as the Grants Pass Compassion Center.

Lacey is awaiting trial on similar charges, stemming from allegations in February 2011 that he offered to sell pounds of marijuana, and that an alleged donations-for-product enterprise at his center amounted to illegal sales of marijuana.

Lacey has pleaded not guilty in that case, and is due to stand trial starting Sept. 11. His trial was scheduled for this week, but was delayed while Lacey pursued a claim that police conducted an illegal search last year, based on information from what he claimed was an unreliable informant.

– Original article from Mail Tribune.