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The Spokesman-Review
Scott Shupe of Change, a medical marijuana dispensary in Spokane, had his drug trafficking convictions reversed on Tuesday

Big Victory In Spokane

In a huge victory for medicinal cannabis, the “drug trafficking” convictions of Scott Q. Shupe, a man who operated Spokane, Washington’s first medical marijuana dispensary were reversed on Tuesday in a state Appeals Court ruling.
In the 2-1 decision, Judges Dennis Sweeney and Teresa Kulik ruled that Spokane police did not have probable cause to search Shupe’s residence and business, and that Spokane County prosecutors did not have enough evidence to justify Shupe’s 2011 convictions for drug trafficking.
One happy result of Tuesday’s decision, according to Shupe’s attorney, is that Spokane police will be forced to return more than $8,000 in cash and three jars filled with marijuana that were seized during the raid.