Fights Over Medical Marijuana Case Evidence Could Be Costly

A medical marijuana grower acquitted of drug-cultivation charges at a December trial wants Colorado Springs police to return her marijuana — or fork over $3.3 million in compensation.

The request by Alvida Hillery is the latest sign that failed medical marijuana prosecutions in El Paso County might end up costing taxpayers.

Hillery, founder of the Rocky Mountain Miracles medical marijuana dispensary at 2316 E. Bijou St. in the city’s Knob Hill neighborhood, was found not-guilty of felony drug charges after a three-day trial last month.

The El Paso County District Attorney’s Office has until Monday to respond to a Dec. 16 motion demanding the return of Hillery’s marijuana — 36 pounds of refined marijuana and 304 plants seized during a March 2012 raid by Colorado Springs police and the state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division.

If the marijuana isn’t returned — or ends up being spoiled — Hillery is entitled to recoup $3,327,460, according to her attorney, Sean McAllister of Denver. McAllister said he used Drug Enforcement Agency standards to determine the value.

– Read the entire article at The Colorado Springs Gazette.