Defendants go to prison for robbery of Laguna Niguel medical marijuana dispensary – responding authorities investigate shop’s legitimacy

Our Orange County marijuana dispensary lawyers noted a defendant was sentenced to 54 years in prison for the robbery of a Laguna Niguel medical marijuana dispensary and the attempted murder of its owner, the Orange County Register reported.

As we have reported repeatedly on our Marijuana Lawyer Blog, legally operating medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles are too often victimized by crime. The risks are further exacerbated when high-ranking law enforcement officials such as the Los Angeles County Sheriff make statements that essentially blame dispensary owners and employees for being crime victims.
In this case, two other defendants, ages 21 and 22, were convicted in October of two counts of attempted murder and two counts of second-degree attempted robbery. An accomplice had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder and one count of second-degree attempted robbery. They were each sentenced to seven years in state prison.

The men were accused or the September 2008 robbery of a Laguna Niguel dispensary. During the robbery the defendant struggled with the owner, firing two shots that went through a window. He attempted to fire several more times during the struggle but the firearm failed. Employees were able to pry the gun way from him.

To add insult to injury, the responding authorities launched an investigation into the legitimacy of the shop. Perhaps the reason the city did not know of its existence is because it has responded to inquiries for license by saying its code prohibits such establishments!

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