San Diego Marijuana Dispensary Owner Pleads Guilty In Federal Case


Green Kross Cooperative
Another casualty of D.A. Bonnie Dumanis’ medical marijuana crackdown, in which she invites federal DEA agents to thwart the will of the people of California

​A San Diego medical marijuana dispensary owner pleaded guilty Thursday to three federal charges.

Joseph Nunes was arrested when federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and local law enforcement executed a search warrant at Green Kross Cooperative on Sept. 9. The agents said they seized $38,000 in cash from the dispensary.
The Green Kross warrant was part of a crackdown involving raids of 14 marijuana dispensaries in San Diego County.
​San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who oversaw the Sept. 9 raids (and who seems to be quite a lover of headlines), issued a press release gloating about how she shut down the operations of “drug dealers.” Yet, according to Dave Maass at Safe Access San Diego, the preening D.A. provided very little evidence to back up her claims.

Green Kross Cooperative
The office of Green Kross Cooperative in happier days.

Nunes was one of two men charged with federal drug violations after the raids. The second man, James Stacy of Vista, Calif., is awaiting trial. The two cases are unrelated, according to the North County Times.
Nunes pleaded guilty to growing marijuana, “renting, using and maintaining two drug-related premises,” and money laundering.
“The Green Kross Cooperative is steps away from the boardwalk on Mission Beach, about 1000 feet north of the roller coaster,” the dispensary’s website says in a poignant reminder of happier days. “We specialize in medical-grade cannabis. We hold our growers to the highest standard for the benefit of our patients.”
Nunes is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court March 22.