Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Six years in prison for medical marijuana grower

It sometimes always seems the things your good at, you don't want to do, and the things you want to, your no good at. It's a hard lesson to learn, but for most that is the reality of it no matter hard we try. One Colorado medical marijuana grower learned this lesson the hard way and now he's headed for prison.

29-year-old Ryan Bailey left his job in Chicago as mortgage broker and moved to Colorado to grow marijuana for licensed marijuana dispensaries. One of his customers being his wife who operated a licensed marijuana dispensary in Denver. It was a good honest plan, until Bailey allegedly used his situation for criminal activities.

Ryan Bailey was arrested last year for illegally growing several hundred marijuana plants in a warehouse outside of Denver. This while still awaiting trail for an arrest where he was busted growing 30 illegal cannabis plants just months prior. Bailey's grow operations were illegally founded and were not operating with-in the law police say.

Bailey was also arrested in 2010 in Chicago during a raid were he was found holding a large bag of marijuana. Apparently Bailey allegedly mailed a shipment of 42 pounds of packaged marijuana worth more than $300,000 to a home in Chicago on the 5100 block of North La Crosse. The box was shipped through the United Parcel Service and was delivered by an undercover police officer. Chicago Police say that once they entered the home, Bailey was sitting near the box holding a large package of marijuana. He told police he just in flew in from Colorado that morning.

It is believed that Ryan Bailey is involved in a criminal grey area medical marijuana ring that traffics high grade marijuana between California, Colorado and Chicago. It's unofficially known as a “green rush”, where investors buy in low and move the cannabis to make a fortune in the medical marijuana industry.

Bailey told newspaper Sun-Times “Some people in the industry have gotten lucky. Other guys like me have gotten caught in the system.” This not only cheats the system, but spits in the face of everything the medical marijuana movement has accomplished.

At a trial before Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood, Bailey was accused of being the ringleader of the operation of shipping the 42 pounds of marijuana. He was sentenced last week to six years in prison, and is currently being held in Stateville Correctional Center. His attorney Richard Beuke said police didn't have enough evidence to link him to the crime stating, “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Apparently Bailey wasn't cut out for the criminal life, and he obviously wasn't very good at it. He should have just stuck things out as a mortgage broker.

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