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Pot Lounge Owner from Aloha Guilty of Unlawful Distribution

Pleading guilty to charges of unlawful marijuana distribution, the owner of an Aloha medical marijuana dispensary is prosecuted in Oregon. This is the first case of marijuana related charges in the state. According to sources, the Wake’ n’ Bake Cannabis Lounge co-owner Kathleen O’Shea Cambron was arraigned last Tuesday, August 23 in the County Circuit Court of Washington. The lounge is located in 18918 SW Shaw Street. Co-owner Kat Cambron is 44 years old. Cambron was charged with two counts of felony from the illegal distribution of marijuana. She pleaded guilty and is now sentenced to three years with probation.

On June 15, the warrants were served by the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team to the Wake’ n’ Bake lounge including the residences and owners of the store. After investigations, detectives have concluded that the business was selling the pot to customers, which violates the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. Inside the store, the warrants served were at a Beaverton apartment. It has been identified as a “corporate” venue for the 17000 block, the 21000 block, and the 45000 block of Northwest Cornell Road, Southwest Jay Street, and Southeast Teakwood Street respectively for an Aloha and Hillsboro residence. During that time, there was no arrest made. It is yet to be verified whether Andrew Grin, co-owner and business partner of Cambron, was part of those who were given the warrants. From the letter provided in June by the district attorney of Oregon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon, and the Attorney’s Office of the Washington County District, selling of marijuana is a violation of the federal law and the state law. It will not be tolerated and should serve as a warning to other dispensaries which are located in the metropolitan area of Portland. Since its opening in November of 2010, the Wake’ n’ Bake continued its operation until the time the warrants were still pending. According to Cambron’s attorney Celia Howes, the shop will be closed permanently as a pot lounge until the changes on the law will be made.

According to her attorney, Cambron thought of opening the lounge based on the experience of having a hard time in safely acquiring medical marijuana for personal purposes. Before opening Wake’ n’ Bake, Cambron had a consultation with two different attorneys. She was convinced that the operation of her lounge was legal. According to Howes, Cambron’s attorney, the probationary sentence was based on good faith with the attempt of opening a legal dispensary. It just happened that Cambron fell short off the mark in becoming a legal dispensary.

Is It a Business or Pot Club?

According to a federal prosecutor, it is called an illegal drug sale An unnamed man carrying a few dollars walks into a new business location and then leaves carrying a small brown bag with marijuana inside it. This is a new business operated by Curtis Shimmin in Eugene, Oregon. According to Dwight Holton, U.S. attorney for Oregon, this is no doubt an illegal transaction related to the selling of marijuana. Shimmin, who has rented the commercial space in 401 W. 11th Avenue claims otherwise. After seeking advice from his appointed attorney, his business does not involve selling pot to drug addicts. He claims that he is providing medicine to qualified patients who are registered in the state. The patients are paying him to provide “reimbursement” of the green buds of growers which are listed on the “strain menu” of Kannabosm. Shimmin says that he knows with all his heart that he is doing the right thing. His business is not involved with the selling of marijuana. Along with several medical marijuana lounges or clubs that have opened in Oregon since November of 2010, Kannabosm is one where in voters of the state have rejected the ballot measure which should have authorized the set-up of nonprofit groups of dispensaries of medical marijuana.

According to Holton, people vote on the measure and say “no” is an example of being undemocratic. Early this June, Kannabosm opened and has been operating since then. It was during this period when Holton gave a letter that notifies medical marijuana club owners that selling marijuana by any means and purpose including medicinal is illegal under the federal law and state law. According to District Attorney Alex Gardner for Lane County who signed the notice, he has not heard of Kannabosm prior to his signing of the notice. He is one of the 34 District Attorneys in the state. On the other hand, Eugene police are aware that Shimmin’s club exists. According to Melinda McLaughlin, a policewoman, citizens have made their inquiries, but the police have not taken any further action whether the operation of the business is legal or not. While there are certain ambiguities with the medical marijuana programs and the laws in Oregon, it is still unclear if the authorities are anticipating work on these cases and have these clubs shut down permanently.

While action has not yet been taken, the clubs still continue with their operation and attract many visitors from out of town. In Oregon, there are over 250 cardholders for medical marijuana who pay Kannabosm 20 dollars a month as a membership fee. In return, they get access to the marijuana in easing their pain or incapacitating condition. According to Shimmin, he is aiming at reaching 800 members to sign up in his club. The numbers are increasing at a fast rate, and he hopes to reach that target eventually. Tony Bard, an Oakridge resident, retired in 2009 due to a spinal condition. He has worked several years as part of the maintenance in Madras High School. The opiates and morphine that doctors prescribed to him disabled him from functioning properly. Soon, he was able to locate a doctor who recommended the use of marijuana as medical treatment for his condition. Bard became a state registered patient but still had to look for convenient ways to obtain the marijuana. He soon learned that growing pot was nowhere near easy.

At the early age of 48, Bard is now retired from work. He was able to find someone to grow the marijuana for him. Under the state law, he would only pay the grower for the costs, and he should not profit from selling the marijuana. The grower ripped Bard off by making money selling the marijuana to other people. To no luck, the same thing happened with another grower that he had found. Bard resorted to buying weed from street vendors, which, according to him was not what he wanted. After hearing about Kannabosm, he went to Eugene to check it out. According to him, the place was like a blessing. Along with Bard, another club member of Kannabosm is Eric Chavez. He is 36 years old from Creswell. According to them, the marijuana from Shimmin’s business is very affordable and is guaranteed to be of high quality.

According to sources, Shimmin decided to open up a business such as Kannabosm mainly because most cardholders usually obtained marijuana from the black market. With his business, these cardholders would have ease of access to the medical marijuana without getting ripped off. In Lane County alone, there are over 5,100 residents who are qualified patients of the medical marijuana program in Oregon. Shimmin is a patient registered by the state and is also a long time user of marijuana. He says that he only aims to give high-quality medical marijuana to patients with incapacitating medical conditions. According to Shimmin his business is all about helping people. Shimmin is a 53 year old patient who uses marijuana. He is registered by the state and he is aware that the medical marijuana in Oregon has many critics claiming that there are so-called “patients” who just want to be stoned. These people are willing to pay money just to find a physician who is willing to assist them in getting a card in order to become a state registered patient. Shimmin claims that his club members are not of that type. According to him, approximately 99 percent of the members in his club have chronic illnesses. There are eight cancer patients and 14 other member with Crohn’s disease. He never anticipated that he would have as much members already, but he is very thankful that he has many customers whom he can provide with help. Shimmin stated that he is only one of 10 Lane County growers whose marijuana is included on the Kannabosm menu. And because the opinions of others may vary, Shimmin states that with his team of attorneys, they view the transactions in Kannabosm not as illegal sales. Basically, patients pay a membership fee at Kannabosm. After doing so, that member can now access the back room of the club, where he or she can get to choose the marijuana to be used for his or her medical condition. Clearly, there is nothing illegal going on as these patients are cardholders of the medical marijuana program.

Portland is Oregon’s largest city and the seat of Multnomah County. It lies on the northern border of Oregon and has one of the busiest ports on the West Coast. The city was named for Portland, Maine. Two New England land developers, Asa Lovejoy of Boston and Francis Pettygrove of Portland, Maine, founded this site in 1845. Lovejoy and Pettygrove each wanted the new settlement to be named after his own home city. To settle the matter, they tossed a coin. Pettygrove won. Portland is known as the “City of Roses” and pitches an extravagant rose festival each June. It is home to 583,776 people.

Residential areas are located on the slopes, and business and industrial areas are near the water. Many natural attractions traverse Portland including the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast Range.

The city’s economy is diversified. Manufacturing industries of electronic equipment, trucks, machinery, clothing and textiles proliferate in the city. On the West Coast is the city’s largest livestock market.

Portland International Airport, located northeast of the downtown area on the Columbia River is utilized by a large number of domestic airlines. A rail transit system and two Interstate highways traverse the city.

Established in 1867, Lewis and Clark College is the city’s oldest college. Other institutes include Portland State University, the city’s largest four-year institution of higher learning. Cultural organizations and institutions include the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park has won worldwide fame for the assortment and beauty of their flowers.

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