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​Two Michigan men face federal marijuana charges in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, but the lawyer for one of the defendants said the men were in compliance with the state’s Medical Marihuana Act.

The number of plants seized was within state law because of the number of caregivers who were growing at the location, according to the lawyer, Bob Baldori, reports Andy Balaskovitz at Lansing City Pulse.
Randall Darling, 24, and Joseph Johnson, also in his 20s, each face counts of growing more than 100 marijuana plants, according to court documents.
The federal cultivation charges come with a five-year minimum prison sentence. Warrants were issued for Darling and Johnson on January 20. Both await pretrial hearings.
Both defendants were within the state’s medical marijuana law, according to Baldori, who represents Johnson. While the DEA confiscated more than 200 plants from a grow operation in Mason, Baldori said Johnson and Darling are both patients and caregivers with the maximum allowed five patients.

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​Law enforcement claimed the Wednesday raid by Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies of the Oak Park offices and warehouse of a well-known medical marijuana dispensary was spurred by tips to police that the site was “supplying drug dealers.”
The Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team, wearing bullet-proof vests and masks, executed a search warrant and seized about $2,874 in cash, nine pounds of harvested marijuana stored in a freezer, five pounds of packaged marijuana, about two dozen cannabis plants, and 10 pounds of baked goods from facilities belonging to Big Daddy’s Management Group, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said, reports Bill Laitner of the Detroit Free Press.

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Rev. Wayne Dagit, 60, during a July preliminary hearing. The minister faces up to 7 years in prison for providing medical marijuana to patients in Michigan.

​Undercover agents spent untold thousands of tax dollars and man hours “monitoring” Rev. Wayne Dagit and patrons of the Green Leaf Smokers Club in Williamstown Township, Michigan, as part of their surveillance of the medical marijuana collective. Now the minister is headed for trial on pot charges, facing up to seven years in prison.
“He was set up from the beginning,” Rev. Dagit’s son, Mike James, told Toke of the Town. “My dad didn’t even have money for the alleged marijuana. He was so broke, he couldn’t even pay attention. They think that a man that moved into town with his 15 year old six months ago would suddenly have money and connections in Michigan for 100 pounds? There’s more to the story.”
“My father was doing everything by the book,” Jones told us. “He was set up by some kid named Matt that was supposedly a new friend of my dad’s church. He was an informant sent in to do everything in his power to set my dad up. This guy was a snake, and he did everything he could to get my dad to do something that he could get busted for. My dad never had money to buy the amount that is advertised that they confiscated.”

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Rev. Wayne Dagit before the bust: “I’m not serving pot, I’m serving the Lord.” Dagit remains in jail on $500,000 bond.

​A Michigan medical marijuana smokers club has reopened for business while its owner, the Rev. Frederick Wayne Dagit, remains in jail on $500,000 bond.

Dagit, 60, was arrested May 26 after the Tri-County Narcotics Team raided the Green Leaf Smokers Club and his home in Meridian Township east of Lansing. Police said they seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana, mostly at Dagit’s home, reports the Lansing State Journal.
“They treated us like criminals, forced us to the ground, even though I have to walk with a cane,” said patient Terry Clark, 48, who said he suffers from arthritis, seizures and chronic pain.
Clark and the one other customer in the club at the time eventually were asked to show their state-issued medical marijuana cards, which they did, according to Clark. They were then allowed to leave.