Cannabis Pioneer Asks Public for Money After Raid

A cannabis industry pioneer is asking the public to help raise $150,00 for a legal defense fund, saying law enforcement authorities raided his San Diego medical marijuana company and froze bank accounts as well as seized money, raw materials and computers.

James Slatic, CEO of Med-West and a board member of the California Cannabis Industry Association, is making his pitch via the crowfunding site Indiegogo. The posting on the Indiegogo website includes video footage and a detailed description of the raid, which occurred Jan. 28.

“Cash was seized. Bank accounts were frozen. Two employees of MedWest were handcuffed and detained for hours and later arrested,” the posting reads. “Med-West is a legal business that is highly regulated.”

The company is a wholesale distributor of CO2-extracted medical marijuana products.

Slatic’s appeal adds that 21 employees are jobless and the patients and “hundreds of collectives” that Med-West company serves no longer receive their medicine.

“With their assets frozen, Slatic and his team need funds to pay attorneys, consulting experts, and others who will help them fight back against this misguided raid,” the posting says.

The campaign’s proceeds will go toward legal costs and other fees and costs tied to reopening Med-West, according to Slatic.

7 comments on “Cannabis Pioneer Asks Public for Money After Raid
  1. Adam Mintz on

    Yes, let’s give our hard earned money to an operator that operated outside of clear zoning, permitting, and consumer-cooperative laws of San Diego. Let’s all stop what we are doing and reward non-compliance…

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    • Joy Greenfield on

      The permitting process at City Hall in San Diego is corrupt and as the 3rd person to apply for a permit, owning the building in my zone, I have first hand knowledge of the crooked conduct, and as the person that got the permit told others “I greased the right palm.” I have never been arrested, and the person that received the permit (oh yes, issued to someone that never applied) because the person that got the permit was a felon.

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    • James Slatic on

      Out of the darkness and into the light adam.
      I’m amazed that you feel qualified to address our zoning and licensing status.
      I’m sure we deserved 28 swat officer’s for the possible zoning issue you seem to be expert in

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      • Adam Mintz on

        I never agree with law enforcement, and their response was inexcusable, but let’s be clear: In the City of San Diego, there are currently no permits that allow for manufacturing. My point is, Mr. Slatic, is that there are far more important causes to donate money to (i.e. patients who are still in jail from cultivating under Prop 215, non-violent drug offenders, policy reform, etc.), than Med-West. I too was a victim of a raid by the CA State DOJ in Los Angeles, 2009, and 18 jobs were lost…I’m very much in the light, sir. Lastly, I never said I was an “expert,” but I am literate, which allows me to read ordinances, regulations, etc. If anyone is to blame here, it is certainly your legal team for providing you with horrible advice and guidance. In that regard, I do feel far more “qualified” than any lawyer you may have retained, as their interpretation of San Diego’s ordinance is suspect, at best.

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  2. MyPotGuru on

    This is serious stuff. How many investors and so-called cannabis industry experts have I spoken with who falsely claim asset forfeiture is no longer an issue. By the time this brave soul straightens this mess out, his business and future will be in ruins.

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    • Cocktail King on

      He was breaking the law period …………..he was operating a BHO lab. no tolerance for that activity in Calif.

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  3. Adam Mintz on

    It appears my response has been censored, for reasons that seem antithetical for the purpose of a “Comments Section,” so allow me to try again, Mr. Slatic:

    I never agree with law enforcement, and their response was inexcusable, but let’s be clear: In the City of San Diego, there are currently no permits that allow for manufacturing. My point is, Mr. Slatic, is that there are far more important causes to donate money to (i.e. patients who are still in jail from cultivating under Prop 215, non-violent drug offenders, policy reform, etc.), than Med-West. I too was a victim of a raid by the CA State DOJ in Los Angeles, 2009, and 18 jobs were lost…I’m very much in the light, sir. Lastly, I never said I was an “expert,” but I am literate, which allows me to read ordinances, regulations, etc. If anyone is to blame here, it is certainly your legal team for providing you with horrible advice and guidance. In that regard, I do feel far more “qualified” than any lawyer you may have retained, as their interpretation of San Diego’s ordinance is suspect, at best.

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