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Support for North Carolina man facing criminal drug charge

In Hendersonville, North Carolina, a public display of support has been taking place for a man facing criminal drug charges. The owner and operator of the "Blue Ridge Medical Cannabis Research Corporation" claims law enforcement personnel conducted a raid on his business in 2013, seizing his marijuana plants and charging him with possession and trafficking of the substance.

This likely sounds like everyday police business in North Carolina, but this case is a little different. The owner of the business says he has paid the North Carolina Department of Revenue several thousand dollars to secure an "art of healing" license allowing him to operate his business. Further, he claims he has also paid the thousands of dollars required for the necessary tax stamps associated with selling "unauthorized substances."

The business owner's attorney said this about the defendant: "He was trying everything he could to operate as a legal business." The defense attorney also clarified that while holding an art of healing license does not provide actual permission to deal in illegal drugs, authorities typically require the tax stamps following a charge of selling illegal substances.

If this doesn't already sound confusing enough, the Henderson County District Attorney also weighed in saying, "It's common for the state to assess a tax on people facing drug charges based on the amount they're accused of selling, using or distributing." Supporters of the defendant allegedly also commented, expressing how unfair it is for the state of North Carolina to take the business owners payments and then place his enterprise in the realm of criminal activity.

While only time will tell the outcome of this odd drug case, a good defense attorney has a lot of ammunition to use in defending a client from criminal drug charges such as these. As marijuana laws undergo change from state-to-state, it's crucial to research what is allowable and what is not before operating an art of healing business.

Source: WYFF4.com, "Group gathers in support of cannabis grower who faces criminal charges" Myra Ruiz, Jul. 14, 2014

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