A trio of entrepreneurs in Alaska may have jumped the gun in starting their cannabis companies, as now they’re all facing multiple criminal charges for selling marijuana.
Although both medical and recreational cannabis are currently legal to possess in Alaska, the state has not yet finalized regulations for sales or businesses, meaning that it’s still technically illegal to engage in marijuana commerce without getting a license from the Marijuana Control Board. The first business licenses aren’t scheduled to be issued until next May.
The three individuals and their respective companies all sold cannabis to undercover police officers, reported the Alaska Dispatch News, and all have been charged with several felonies and misdemeanors.
Greene, who owns the Alaska Cannabis Club, was charged with four felonies and four misdemeanors. Law enforcement agents say they purchased marijuana from the club six times.
Rocky Burns, the co-owner of Discreet Deliveries, was charged with seven felonies and one misdemeanor, but his partner was not charged. Officers say they bought marijuana from Discreet Deliveries seven times. The agents also said that during raid they found a chart indicating the company had made $700,000 in sales during the first half of the year.
Michael Crites, the owner of Absolutely Chronic Delivery Co., was charged with five felonies and a single misdemeanor. Police say they purchased marijuana five times from the delivery company.