California: Care By Design Medical Marijuana Facilities Prepare to Resume Operations

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Early Wednesday morning the Care By Design (CBD Guild) production facilities in Santa Rosa, California and Sonoma County were searched and temporarily closed by the Santa Rosa Police Department and the DEA (Federal Drug Enforcement Administration). Law enforcement seized equipment, computers, product, payroll, payroll taxes and financial paperwork, and detained Dennis Franklin Hunter, a founding patient-member of CBD Guild.

Initially, the court set Dennis’ bail at $5 million. However, he was released within 48 hours and no charges have been filed at this time. Employees were granted re-entry to the facilities this morning, where an all-employee meeting was held.

“The company will work closely with government officials and law enforcement to swiftly resolve the investigation and address any and all concerns regarding our operations," said Nick Caston, spokesman for CBD Guild. "We maintain our strong commitment to operating with full transparency.

"Our main focus is resuming operations and providing our thousands of patients with the medicine that they depend on," Caston said. "For some of our patients this is truly a matter of life or death.”

Dennis Hunter, a founding member/patient of CBD Guild, commented that he has been overwhelmed by the support CBD Guild has received. “We have heard from thousands of patients expressing their heartfelt hope that CBD Guild can continue making safe and effective cannabis medicines available as soon as possible,” he said.

Company officials are asking California medical marijuana patients to voice their support for medical marijuana companies operating within the state guidelines and current regulations.

CBD Guild is asking everyone to please contact the officials listed below and tell them to stop criminalizing companies that serve medical marijuana patients, and urge that Care By Design be allowed to resume operations immediately. Please feel free to adapt the email below—or write your own—and send it to:

Jill Ravitch, Sonoma County District Attorney
jill.ravitch@sonoma-county.org

Steve Freitas, Sonoma County Sheriff
Steve.freitas@sonoma-county.org

Ryan S. Sibbald, DEA
Ryan.s.sibbald@usdoj.gov

Sean McGlynn, Santa Rosa City Manager
cmoffice@srcity.org

Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Letters to Editor
letters@pressdemocrat.com

Julie Johnson, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Reporter
Julie.johnson@pressdemocrat.com

SAMPLE EMAIL

Dear _____________,

This week Santa Rosa and Sonoma County law enforcement and the DEA (Federal Drug Enforcement Administration) closed down the facilities of CBD Guild, Care By Design and AbsoluteXtracts, medical marijuana companies operating in full compliance with California State Law.

I am one of tens of thousands of patients that use a medical marijuana product made at those facilities. I use it for a medical condition at the recommendation of my doctor. I use it because CBD Guild’s products are safely extracted, consistently formulated, lab tested, clearly labeled, and effective.

This law enforcement action deprives patients like me of access to medical marijuana that is produced with exceptional attention to patient and community safety. This action also threatens the livelihood and employment of hundreds of Sonoma County residents.

Please allow CBD Guild operations to resume immediately, and restore patient access to their medicines.

Sincerely,
_____________

Visit the companies’ websites for more information: www.CBD.org and www.ABX.org.

Photo: Martin Lee, director of CBD Guild, speaks to supporters from the Sonoma County Courthouse steps on Thursday morning (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)